April 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -
Lamar University's Matt Johnsen turned in the second-fastest time in school history in the men's 10,000 meters as he faced an elite field at the Stanford Invitational on Friday.
Johnsen turned in a clocking of 29 minutes, 25.70 seconds as he finished 16th in his section. His time was the 26th fastest in Division I this season.
"That was Matt's first 10K," Lamar coach Trey Clark said. "He ran an extremely smart race. His goal was to run 29:30 in order to solidify a spot in the first round (of the NCAA West Preliminaries)."
Johnsen, the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year for men's cross country and men's indoor track, as well as the Southland Conference's Runner of the Year for indoor track, didn't have much time to savor his effort. After flying back to Beaumont the day after the race, he flew to Poland on Monday, in order to compete in the World University Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
"Our plan for Matt after he returns from Poland is to let him recover from racing and traveling, and let him prepare for the Southland Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships," Clark said.
The Southland Conference Championships are set for May 11-13 in San Marcos, Texas. The NCAA West Preliminaries are scheduled for May 25-26 in Austin, Texas. The NCAA Championships are in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.