Ladyjacks Fourth at Rice Invitational
Sept. 17, 2005
HOUSTON, Texas - Junior Ashley Monteau raced to a first-place finish to lead the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack cross country team to fourth place in the Rice Invitational Saturday. Monteau completed the 4,000-meter course in 14:24.09, winning by a margin of 13 seconds.
As a team, the Ladyjacks followed Monteau's strong performance by placing the next four runners between the 19th and 28th positions. SFA finished with a team score of 94, trailing third-place team Texas-San Antonio by 10 points.
"It was a great opener," SFA coach Lou Snelling said. "The girls got some good positive experience that we can take into our more important races."
Junior LaKoa McKeever finished 19th with a time of 15:55.89. Sophomore Amber Bagwell (15:56.94) was 22nd, sophomore Katrina Nicholas (16:10.20) took 25th, junior Kimbri Lettkeman (16:24.02) finished 29th and sophomore Kirsten Wieseman came across the line in 37th place with a time of 16:45.63.
"The race was only a 4K," Snelling said. "I think if we had had another kilometer, the results would have been different. We were coming on strong. We had a pretty conservative start since this was the first meet of the season. Overall, it was a real positive experience."
Monteau is the defending Southland Conference cross country champion. She won the 2004 race with a time of 20:24.27, nearly a full minute ahead of the second-place runner. Snelling said he expects another strong season from the junior.
"She's obviously very fit right now," the coach said. "It's going to be a lot of fun for her this season."
SFA's next scheduled cross country action is Oct. 3 at the Northwestern State Invitational in Natchitoches, La.
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