April 19, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. - Top conference times have become an expected result out of the Lamar distance program this season, and this weekend proved no different as four runners completed races at the 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Friday night.
Sam Stabler, who has become the dominant performer in the Southland Conference this semester, further added to his fantastic junior campaign by posting a time of 13:55.16 in the 5,000 meter run. The time is the second-best in school history and ranks as the third-fastest in the history of the Southland. The Englishman competed in the Elite Invitational section of the event, putting him up against some of the stiffest competition that a Southland athlete will face this season and placed 23rd overall and 12th among collegians.
Stabler now comfortably holds the top spots in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races on the league's performance list.
Michael Kershaw also ran in an open 5,000 race, placing 18th in his section with a time of 14:31.92, which is a personal-best and the third-best in the Southland this year.
Louise Webb further added to her already-strong outdoor season by trimming a few seconds off of her league-best 3,000 meter steeplechase time. The graduate student out of England placed fifth in the Elite Open section with a time of 10:19.83, which is the second-fastest time in both school and Southland history, putting her nearly 30 seconds clear of the second-best performer in the conference this season.
Aaron Bennett was the top college finisher in section three of the open 800, ending in 1:51.68. The Southampton, England, native still holds the top time in the event in the conference.