Feb. 7, 2014
BEAUMONT – Sam Stabler and Leigh Lattimore may both boast of the Southland’s top times in the 3,000 meter run, but they are looking to move up the national charts in the event as they set out for Notre Dame to run at the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Center.
Stabler, who is the reigning Southland Athlete of the Week after becoming the second Cardinal to record a sub-four-minute mile, will be looking to build on an already-strong indoor season. Earlier this year, he completed the 3,000 in 8:01.29, which ranked No. 1 in the country at the time. However, since that day, it has dropped to No. 18. This weekend the Queniborough, England, native may set his sights on LU’s record time of 7:53.42, which was set by Francis Kasagule in 2008.
“Sam’s ranked fifth in the mile and 18th in the 3K, so hopefully we can go up there and get him into the top five in both,” LU distance coach Darren Gauson said. “It’s a good field and it’ll be pretty competitive. I think he can get pretty close to that school record, and if he does that, he’s going to have a really good shot at getting to nationals.”
Lattimore, who fell just short of the national meet in cross country, finished the 3,000 in 9:47.53, and this weekend will mark the second time she’s run in the event this season. She currently holds over a 10-second advantage over teammate Louise Webb in the event on the conference leaderboard, and that lead is well over 20 seconds faster than the closest non-LU runner.
“Leigh has a pretty good mark on the board, and hopefully she can improve on it up there in an elite field,” Gauson said. “I think she can put up a quick time, and we can see where that will put her nationally. She’s pretty excited about the chance to have a great indoor season after just missing out on nationals in cross.”
Both races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.