July 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - After impressive seasons on the track, four Lamar athletes were further recognized for their work in the classroom on Wednesday as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its annual all-academic awards.
Sam Stabler, who won four individual Southland titles and a relay crown over the course of the indoor and outdoor seasons, headlines the group, and he's joined by fellow Brits Aaron Bennett and Louise Webb as well as Missouri City native Saschelle Slaughter.
Stabler, a junior engineering major out of Queniborough, England, spent much of the spring semester as one of the top distance athletes in the country. During indoor season, he came just one-tenth of a second shy of qualifying for the NCAA national meet after becoming just the second Cardinal in history to run a sub-four-minute mile. He would ultimately claim conference championships in the mile, 3,000 and distance medley relay on the way to earning Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year.
During outdoor season, Stabler qualified for the 1,500 championships at the NCAA West Preliminary and earned Southland titles in both the 1,500 and 5,000. He ultimately became the second consecutive LU athlete to lay claim to both Southland track student-athlete of the year awards in a single season.
Webb, who was the first-ever Southland athlete to win both the 800 and 3,000 at the same conference meet, just completed her first year in Beaumont. The Southampton, England, native went on to claim the indoor newcomer and athlete of the year awards, and she's currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology. She also earned a berth to the NCAA West prelims in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Bennett, another Southampton product, made it out of the first round in the 800 at the NCAA prelims, and he was an all-conference honoree in the event during both indoor and outdoor seasons. He was also a member of the record-setting distance medley relay during indoor season, and he's currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.
Slaughter rounds out the honorees after qualifying for the NCAA outdoor prelims in the 400 meter dash. She recently graduated from LU with a degree in communications and helped LU to a distance medley relay title during indoor season in addition to posting the second-best 400 time in school history.
As a team, the LU women, which carried a combined 3.13 GPA also earned recognition from the USTFCCCA.