April 3, 2014
FRISCO – Lamar distance runners have created a reputation for themselves both on the track and in the classroom, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that 2014 Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year Sam Stabler was also named Southland Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Stabler, a junior out of Queniborough, England, set a new meet record en route to winning the mile at the conference meet earlier this year, and he followed up by running the anchor leg for a record-setting distance medley relay later in the day. He also took home the 3,000 meter crown and finished the meet as the conference’s top point-scorer. Earlier in the season, he set the school and conference record in the mile, finishing with a converted time of 3:59.33 at the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston.
Stabler, who also carries a 3.82 grade point average in chemical engineering, is the fourth consecutive men’s Cardinal distance runner to win Student-Athlete of the Year. Former All-American Matt Johnsen won the cross country honor in the fall, and former five-time Southland individual champion Joe Wade took home both the indoor and outdoor honors last season. Overall, five Cards have won the men’s indoor award in the past six years.