Oct. 28, 2000
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Tulane University captured the individual titles in both the men's and women's races at the Conference USA cross country championships. The men's team took runner-up honors in the championship, while the women finished in third place in the event, which was hosted by Saint Louis University.
Green Wave junior Solomon Kandie (Nairobi, Kenya) posted a time of 24:32 over the 8,000-meter race to edge Houston's Mike Olaque, who logged a 24:34 time, to win the men's contest. Meanwhile, Tulane sophomore Theresa Maru (Kipkarren River, Kenya) ran her 6,000-meter course in 21:06 to win the individual honors among the women.
South Florida won the men's championship with 44 points while Tulane was second with 91 points. UNC-Charlotte (97 points), Marquette (111), and DePaul (136) rounded out the top five.
The women's team title was earned by Marquette with 44 points, while South Florida (56 points) took second, and the Green Wave's 104 points were third overall. Cincinnati (127) and Houston (154) rounded out the women's top five.
Following Kandie for the Wave men's team were juniors Anthony Lagat (Eldama-Ravine, Kenya) and Peter Lotich (Kapsabet, Kenya), who finished 10th and 11th, respectively. Junior Meshack Mulupi (Kilimambogo, Kenya) and senior Meyer Friedman (Franklin, La.) closed out the scoring for the Green Wave.
On the women's side, senior Hanne Lyngstad (Elverum, Norway) was also impressive, earning a third-place finish with a time of 21:32. Junior Katrina Gemmell (Palmerston North, New Zealand) finished 15th, while junior Lyndie Galka (Ft. Stewart, Ga.) and freshman Carlyne Pradieu closed out the scoring for Tulane.