Lyngstad Wins C-USA Individual Title for the Second Straight Year



Oct. 30, 1999

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tulane cross country runner Hanne Lyngstad captured the Conference USA individual championship for the second consecutive season, topping the field by more than 25 seconds Saturday at McAlpine Park.

Lyngstad, a junior from Elverum, Norway, ran a 5,000-meter course-record time of 16:43.2 in winning her second Conference USA championship in as many seasons. It was Lyngstad's fourth win in four events this season. She finished more than 25 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher, UNC Charlotte's Kelly Travis, who posted a time of 17:07.5.

Lyngstad's efforts helped the Green Wave women to a fourth-place finish with 98 points. She was one of three Tulane runners to finish in the top six places. Freshman Theresa Maru finished fourth with a time of 17:27.8 and sophomore Katrina Gemmell finished sixth with a time of 17:38.1 to each garner all-conference accolades.

South Florida won the women's championship with 66 points, while Marquette (71) and Cincinnati (80) finished second and third, respectively.

Also competing for the Green Wave women were Hanna Ritakallio (38th/18:40.6), Lyndie Galka (49th/19:07.4) and Lana Garner (65th/20:22.9).

On the men's side, freshman Solomon Kandie posted his fourth top-10 finish of the year in leading Tulane to a fifth-place team finish. Kandie covered the 8,000-meter course in 24:19.7 to finish sixth individually. It was his fourth top-10 finish of the season and earned him all-conference honors.

As a team, the Green Wave tallied 154 points to finish fifth behind league champion Southern Miss, who won the event with 43 points. South Florida (58), UNC Charlotte (70) and Cincinnati (135) rounded out the top four finishers.

Also competing for Tulane was Peter Rotich (20th/25:12.7), Jacob Busienei (27th/25:36.9), Meshack Mulupi (38th/26:02.7), Anthony Lagat (54th/26:52.1), Meyer Friedman (61st/27:18.9) and Mark Williams (65th/27:41.2).