Lyngstad Named LSWA Runner of the Year



Dec. 7, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - The honors continue to roll in for Tulane cross country runner Hanne Lyngstad, as the junior was named the 1999 women's Runner of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association.

Lyngstad, a native Elverum, Norway, captured the honor for the second year in a row after a 1999 season in which she did not finish lower than fourth in any of the six meets in which she competed.

Lyngstad captured four individual wins this season, including the 1999 Conference USA championship, which she won for the second consecutive year. For her efforts, she was named the C-USA Runner of the Year for the second straight time. She also earned 1999 NCAA all-District honors and qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the second time with a runner-up finish at the 1999 NCAA South Central District Championships.

She capped her season with a fourth-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships with a 5,000-meter time of 16:50.30. She also garnered All-America honors for her efforts. She is the only student-athlete in school history to earn consecutive berths to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. For her efforts, Lyngstad was named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award.

Tulane also swept the Newcomer of the Year awards, as Theresa Maru and Solomon Kandie each garnered the honor. Maru was an all-Conference USA and NCAA all-South Central District selection for the Green Wave women and qualified for the NCAA Championships, while Kandie led the men with four top-10 finishes this season. He was also an all-conference and NCAA all-district selection.

Joining Lyngstad and Maru on the LSWA all-Louisiana women's cross country team was sophomore Katrina Gemmell. Sophomore Peter Rotich was a men's all-Louisiana selection as well, joining teammate Solomon Kandie.