Feb. 8, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Both Leigh Lattimore and Sam Stabler continued to move up the all-time performance lists for the Lamar track team as each posted the second-best time in school history in the 3,000 meter run at the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
Stabler, who holds a commanding conference lead in the race, shaved another second off his time, finishing in 8:00.64 and clocking in just .06 seconds behind Michigan State's Caleb Rhynard for the event crown. Nationally, Stabler's time ranked 18th upon the conclusion of the race.
"Sam really came out and attacked that national mark, but he just came up just a little short of what we were hoping for," LU distance coach Darren Gauson said. "He was on pace for it about a mile in, but he slowed a bit towards the end. That said, he still put up a personal best and ran a great race today."
Francis Kasagule, a former Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year, holds Lamar's record in the 3K with a time of 7:53.42.
Lattimore cut nearly 12 seconds off of her best time, finishing seventh and fourth among NCAA athletes with a time of 9:35.64. The Pinner, England, now leads the Southland by 22 seconds and the fastest non-LU runner in the league by over a half minute.
"Leigh's race was a little up-and-down, but she still showed a lot of improvement," Gauson explained. "We were shooting for a sub-9:30 time, but I'm still pretty happy with her performance. She put some more space between her and the rest in the conference."
Clerc Koenck owns the school record on the women's side, posting a time of 9:30.45 in 2008.
The LU men's and women's track and field teams will return to action next Friday at the Cupid Classic in Birmingham, Ala.