Feb. 5, 2014
FRISCO – The plaudits continue to come in for Lamar distance runner Sam Stabler after he became just the second athlete in school history to run a sub-four-minute mile, and on Wednesday, he was named Southland Athlete of the Week.
Stabler, a native of Queniborough, completed the event with a time of 3:59.33, good enough to win the event at the Howie Ryan Invitational and move up to fifth in the national rankings. He is one of just six athletes in the country to break the four-minute barrier this season and one of two within the state of Texas. Earlier this season, Stabler earned Athlete of the Week after completing the 3,000-meter run with a conference-best time of 8:01.29, more than 20 seconds faster than any other Southland runner.
Stabler wasn’t the only standout runner this weekend as Louise Webb set conference-best times in both the mile and 800 at the meet, but unfortunately did not take home the weekly honors.
LU will return to action later this week as Stabler and Leigh Lattimore will run at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.