Everlyne Lagat 30th, Oscar Franco-Parra 61st at NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 19, 2001

GREENVILLE, S.C.--Washington State University's Everlyne Lagat finished 30th and Oscar Franco-Parra 61st at the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships held here Monday, at the Furman University Golf Course.

Lagat ran a time of 21 minutes and 20 seconds on the women's 6,000 meters course and was the first of three runners to finish at that time. Lagat, the younger sister of former WSU great and Olympic bronze medal winner Bernard Lagat, is a junior who transferred from Malone College, in Ohio, this fall. She is WSU's second cross country All-American, joining Megan Maynard who placed 22nd in 1998. Lagat was the NAIA champion last year at Malone College.

'Everlyne is not too happy and thought she could have run better, especially in the middle of the race when people began passing her and she didn't really respond,' Cougar coach James Li said. 'At the end she felt pretty strong. This was a great season for her and she has been running faster this year than last. After having good performances in the Pac-10s and Regionals, I would think she was capable of being in the top 20 today but being an All-American is nothing to be ashamed of. She is looking forward to more consistent training and her first track season.'

Franco-Parra, a senior from Beaverton, Ore., finished 61st Monday in a time of 30:30 on the men's 10,000 meters course. Lagat and Franco-Parra were WSU's only participants in the national meet.

'Oscar had a very good run today and ran better than at the Regional meet in Tucson,' Li said. 'He was the 13th finisher out of our region at nationals and the credentials of the people he beat were very good.'

Colorado narrowly edged Stanford, 90-91, for the men's team title while the BYU women won the women's championship. Individual champions were Eastern Michigan's Boaz Cheboiywo and Arizona's Tara Chaplin.

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