April 25, 2014
BEAUMONT - With just one meet left until the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, the Lamar men's and women's track and field teams will be looking to impress on Saturday afternoon as they compete at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight Meet at Holloway Field and Ley Track on the campus of Rice.
The day's events will feature some of Lamar's most successful athletes as the team will be looking to hit its stride heading into next month's meet. Chief among the group will likely be distance runners Sam Stabler and Louise Webb. Both were named Southland Indoor Athletes of the Year earlier this semester and both are also coming off some of their best performances of the season.
Stabler, who already sits second in school history in the 1,500 meter run, will be looking to better his time in the event, and he's coming off another top performance last week at Mt. SAC Relays, where he ran the third-fastest 5,000 in the history of the Southland Conference. Webb, who is also set for the 1,500, ran the second-fastest 3,000 meter steeplechase in conference history last week.
The duo will be joined in the races by Mike Kershaw, Sean Chalmers and Sean Guiney for the men and Leigh Lattimore for the women.
Ryan Creech, the reigning indoor 5,000 champion, will be gunning for another strong performance in the race outdoors, and he'll run alongside freshman Laurie Probert. Claire Arnold will look to lead the women's group, and she'll be joined by Belinda Aguilar, who ranks sixth in the conference in the event, Angela LaBorde and Nora-Beth Saunders.
A pair of Texas-based freshmen will run in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as Beaumont native Tye Norman
will compete for the men, and Kingwood native Megan Flanagan
is set to do so for the women.
Aaron Bennett, currently the Southland's top 800 runner, will be aiming to improve his time even further. TaMar Hicks and Rachael Davee are also slated to race in the event.
Eleven Cards will compete in the 400. Saschelle Slaughter and Sarah Shim, who each rank in the top eight in the Southland, will lead the women, and Trey Davis, a conference finalist in the race a year ago, is aiming to move into the top 10 on the men's side.
Sydney Wandix had one of her best days as a Lady Cardinal earlier this month, and she'll be looking to build on it even further in the 100 and 200.
In the hurdles, Dominique Taylor and Brielle Johnson will both run in the 100. Le'Trey Burton will race in both the 400 and 110, where he currently ranks eighth in the league.
Johnathon Reece and Robert Badillo are each schedule to compete in two jumps events. Reece, who is just .25 inches shy of the top Southland mark in the high jump, will be making another attempt to better it, and he's also looking to put up a strong mark in the long jump. Badillo will participate in the long jump and the triple jump.
On the women's side, both Erin Brown and Brianna Foley will take part in the long and triple jumps. Slaughter, currently ninth in the Southland in the triple, will join in the latter, and the trio of Beatrice Douglas, Nicole Alozie and Carissa Hill is slated to compete in the former.
High jumper Emma Lowry, thrower Denisha Nichols and pole vaulters Hannah Callaway and Leslie Beard round out the scheduled field athletes.