Nov. 23, 2004
BEAUMONT - The Lamar track and field team signed another addition during last week's early signing period, inking Anahuac's Stacey Monteau to a national letter of intent to run for the Lady Cardinals, beginning in the fall of 2005.
A three-time state qualifier last season, Monteau is the second early signee for the Lady Cardinals, joining Renee Graham of Hawera, New Zealand, who will be eligible in the spring of 2005.
"Our goal for the early signing period was to sign impact performers and Stacey definitely qualifies as an impact performer," Head Coach Trey Clark said of his latest addition.
Following a Southland Conference women's cross country championship this fall, Clark is extremely pleased with Monteau's signing.
"It's always exciting to have individuals with her talents and abilities joining your program," Clark added. "She possesses everything we look for in an athlete."
The soon-to-be Anahuac High graduate finished third in this year's 3A state cross country meet and placed sixth in the 1,600- and 3,200-meters at last spring's 3A state track and field meet.
"I think I can come in and contribute," Monteau stated after signing. "I have a pretty good base right now, but I think once I get some training I'll be able to contribute more and help the team win another (conference) championship."
The younger sister of Stephen F. Austin sophomore Ashley Monteau, Stacey felt comfortable with Clark and assistant coach Sita Waru, citing the pairs' strong coaching philosophy as a contributing factor towards her decision to sign with Lamar.
"Our family is always competitive and we always want to win, and they (Clark & Waru) are the same way," Monteau said.