Cross Country Places Second in Demon Invitational

Posted Oct 12, 2007 19:53:25

Cross Country Places Second in Demon Invitational

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Louisiana Tech?s men?s cross country team finished off the regular season Friday afternoon at a 4 p.m. race on the campus of Northwestern State with a second place finish; only three points out of first place.

Junior Jace Benoit led the way for the Bulldogs with a third place finish on the four-mile course with a time of 21 minutes, 10 seconds, while junior Cory Denstel took a sixth place finish on a time of 21:43. The Bulldogs elected to run only five for the day with a team consisting of two juniors and three freshmen.

?I thought the freshmen ran pretty well,? Tech head coach Gary Stanley said. ?I was pleased with their efforts. I think they thought it would be easier than it was, and as a result we were beaten by three points. Hopefully, it was a lesson learned, and we?ll get ready for the next one.?

Freshmen David Monroe, Kyle Davis and Steven Cortez all finished in the top 10 of the meet. Monroe ran 21:48 for seventh, Davis finished eighth at 21:54 while Steven Cortez finished tenth at 22:00.

It was the final meet of the regular season, and the Bulldogs will return to action Oct. 27 for the 2007 WAC Cross Country Championships in Logan, Utah.

?I feel the season as a whole was good,? Stanley said. ?We?ve only been beaten three times. The aggregate of scores is about 15-3. It?s gone as well as I could expect with such a young team, but we don?t know what to expect for the conference meet. As long as we give a good effort, then I?ll be pleased.?



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