April 16, 2014
BEAUMONT – The motto for the Mt. SAC Relays has been “Where the world’s best athletes compete” and five athletes from Lamar’s track team will be hoping to be considered in that group as they compete in the prestigious event at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
“When you have good distance kids, you need to get them to the meets that they can qualify for NCAAs from,” head coach Trey Clark said. “Mt. SAC has been a staple on our schedule for years, and they do a really good job at making sure the kids are in the right races to run fast. Everybody in these races is looking for a top time, so it’s just a great place to compete.”
Chief among the group might be Sam Stabler, who has been placed in the Elite Invitational field for the 5,000 meter race. A junior out of Queniborough, England, Stabler was the dominant performer at the Southland’s Indoor Championships, narrowly missing a berth into the NCAA Championships in the mile run by a fraction of a second. He’s kept up his form in outdoor season, and he currently ranks No. 11 in the country in the 1,500 meter run.
Louise Webb also earned a spot in an Elite race, and she’ll run in the Elite Open 3,000 meter steeplechase. The English graduate student currently ranks first in the Southland in the event by a comfortable margin. She enjoyed a successful meet at Stanford earlier this season, debuting in the steeplechase with the 26th-best time in the country, and she’s hoping to maintain the form that saw her take home the Southland’s athlete of the year award during indoor season.
Leigh Lattimore and Mike Kershaw will both compete in open 5,000 meter races. Lattimore also ran at Stanford and posted the best 10,000 meter time for a Lamar female athlete in over 30 years and currently ranks 24th nationally in the event. Kershaw currently ranks second in the conference in the 5,000.
rounds out the LU delegation at the event, and he’ll be aiming to improve his league-best 800 meter time. The graduate student out of Southampton, England, currently ranks 45th
on the NCAA West qualifying list.