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    Cross Country Opens Season In Beaumont
    Luke Romanko and Colby Mehmen were the top finishing pair for SFA on Friday.
    Luke Romanko and Colby Mehmen were the top finishing pair for SFA on Friday.

    Sept. 2, 2012

    BEAUMONT, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin cross country teams opened up the 2012 season with a strong showing at the Cardinal Relays at Claiborne Park on Friday.

    Both the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks ran in pairs in a relay-style race with the men running three legs apiece for a total of 12 miles while the women ran two legs apiece for a total of eight miles. They went head-to-head with teams from fellow Southland Conference schools Lamar and Sam Houston State.

    "I was happy with how we performed overall," cross country coach Cody Clark said following the meet. "Essentially it was a competitive workout with the style we ran, but it was good to go up against runners from other schools and get the competitive juices pumping."

    The freshman duo of Colby Mehmen and Luke Romanko finished with the top SFA time on the men's side at 66:20.2, finishing second vs Lamar and fourth against Sam Houston. Colby McCune and Jonus Rodriguez were less than a minute behind at 67:18.2 to come in third vs the Cardinals and sixth against the Bearkats.

    Seniors Hunter Russell and Adam Saloom were next at 67.32.0, followed by the pair of Michael Barnett and Cody Brown (67:38.0) and the duo of Cameron Courtney and Nick Guerra (68:16.4).

    On the women's side the unattached freshman pair of Katrina Fite and Shelby Pesek was the first SFA pair to finish, coming in at 53:14.9. That time placed them fourth against Lamar and third against Sam Hosuton State. Amanda Walters and Danielle Burchett were next at 54:06.1, which was good for fifth vs LU and fourth against Sam Houston State.

    Randi Plentl and Laurie Byrd also finished win 54:31.1, which was sixth against both the Cardinals and Bearkats.

    SFA will next be in competition Sept. 14 when it travels to Houston for the Rice Invitational.