Despite upset loss to Northwestern State, Harrington still setting records

Kade Harrington

The honors continue to roll in for Lamar University junior running back Kade Harrington, who is off to one of the best starts in the history of NCAA FCS football. That start has earned the Kingwood native a spot on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year watch list.

Harrington is one of only 32 players named to the watch list, which includes only seven running backs. Harrington joins McNeese State’s Daniel Sams (QB) and Sam Houston State’s Jared Johnson (QB) as the only three representatives from the Southland Conference.

A two-time NCAA FCS Offensive Player of the Week and three-time Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week selection, Harrington has rewritten the LU and conference record books through the team’s first six games. One of only two players to rush for 1,000 yards nationally this season, Harrington has recorded the school’s first, second, fourth and 12th-best single-game rushing performances this season. All four efforts came in Southland games. The nation took notice when Harrington rushed for 230 yards and set a new school record for all-purpose yards in the Cards upset of No. 3 Sam Houston State in Huntsville. Harrington followed that up with a 152-yard performance at No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana.

Despite the 48-35 loss at previously winless Northwestern State, Harrington ran for 282 yards on 36 carries with five touchdowns, raising his total to a school-record 14 scores.

Harrington also leads the nation in total rushing yards, and yards per game at 185.8.

The Cardinals (3-3, 2-2) return to action Saturday, Oct. 24, when they host Central Arkansas (3-3, 3-1) at 6 p.m. Lamar is 0-4 all-time against Central Arkansas, including an 0-2 mark at home.

Lamar Hall of Honor

Cassi (Ridell) Presley, Chris Stroud and Rush Wood have been announced as the newest members of the Lamar University Athletics Hall of Honor, Director of Athletics Jason Henderson announced.

The induction ceremony is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at the University Event Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library on the LU campus. The trio will also be honored at halftime of the McNeese State at LU football game that night at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

“We are extremely excited to be announcing this year’s hall of honor class,” Henderson said. “It represents two individuals who have stood out in their respective sports, as well as an administrator who was instrumental in helping to let the public know about the great tradition of success at Lamar University.

Presley was a standout for the LU volleyball and women’s track and field squads. A four-year letterwinner in volleyball for the Cardinals, Presley was a three-time All-American South Conference selection. At the time of her graduation, she was fifth all-time at LU with 1,177 kills, third with 893 digs and second in service aces with 163. She helped the Cardinals win the 1987 American South Conference regular-season championship.

As a member of the track and field team, she won American South Conference championships in the indoor and outdoor high jump during the 1988 season. She was the recipient of the Julie and Ben Rogers Leadership Award for indoor track and field at LU, and received the 1989 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Award as the top female student-athlete at LU.

One of the best golfers in Southland Conference history, Stroud was the SLC’s Golfer of the Year all four of his seasons at LU, becoming the only golfer in SLC history to accomplish that feat. A two-time Ping All-America selection, he helped the Cardinals win three Southland Conference titles and make four appearances in the NCAA Regionals.

A two-time Southland Conference individual champion, Stroud finished third at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He is the only golfer in conference history to receive SLC Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season. A 2014 inductee into the Southland Conference Hall of Fame, Stroud has won more than $9 million on the PGA Tour. His best finish is a second-place showing at the 2013 Travelers Championship.

Wood recorded two separate stints in the LU Athletics department, serving as sports information director from 1979 until 1991 before going into the newspaper industry. He came out of retirement in 2009 to become LU’s assistant athletics director for media relations to help oversee the return of football to the university.

Wood began his journalism career in 1967 with stops at the Houston Post and El Paso Times before his first stop at LU.

Wood was the 2013 recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award, presented annually to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference or its member institutions.

Volleyball

LU lost a home match to Central Arkansas, 3-0, on Oct. 15 to fall to 13-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Lady Cards will host the next two beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. against Northwestern State and Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Stephen F. Austin at 1 p.m.

Soccer

The LU soccer team continues to struggle, losing 6-2 to Abilene Christian on Oct. 16 before a tie with Incarnate Word, 1-1, on Oct. 18 to fall to 6-10-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the Southland Conference.

Freshman Jordan Mulnix tied a school single-season record with her 12th goal of the season in the 1-1 tie to Incarnate Word.

Mulnix’s goal tied the mark set by Kimmy Albeon in 2012 and was the 42nd goal of the season for the Cardinals breaking the previous team mark of 41 set in 2012. The tie leaves the Cardinals trailing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by three points for the final Southland Conference Tournament berth with three games remaining. McNeese State and Northwestern state are also ahead of the Cardinals in the standings.

LU has three remaining games, all on the road. The Cards are at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Friday and at Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. Sunday before traveling to McNeese State for the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

“We have our work cut out for us,” said head coach Orlando Cervantes. “We’re probably going to have to win out and get some help. But we can only worry about what we can control.”

— Compiled by Chad Cooper

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