April 19, 2013
BEAUMONT – With a handful of standout distance runners competing in California and a number of other athletes using the weekend to rest, head coach Trey Clark and his Lamar men’s and women’s track teams will bring a smaller group than normal to Ley Track and Holloway Field for the J. Fred Duckett Twilight Meet on Saturday afternoon.
“This is a meet that gives us an opportunity to develop some kids and rest some others,” Clark explained. “Sometimes you need a meet like this and a split squad; it really lets us meet the needs of each individual athlete. Expectations are the same, however, this is an opportunity for the kids to go out there and get better and progress toward the end of the season.”
Johnathon Reece, who made his outdoor debut a week ago with a first place showing in the high jump at the McNeese Springtime Classic, will look to lead the jumps group. The freshman out of New Waverly topped six feet, nine inches in the event and is coming off an indoor season that saw him pick up Southland Freshman of the Year.
Also jumping will be Erin Brown and Carissa Hill in the long jump. Hill put up a distance of 18 feet, five inches at last week’s McNeese meet to rank 15th in the conference in the event, and Brown sits 21st after leaping 17 feet, 10.25 inches at the SHSU Quad Meet.
Brown will also join Saschelle Slaughter in the triple jump. Brown’s mark of 36 feet, three inches is the 13th-best in the SLC, and Slaughter, who made a name for herself as a sprinter during indoor season, put up a distance of 35 feet, 11.25 inches at Rice’s Victor Lopez Bayou Classic last month, ranking 15th in the league.
On the track, Claire Miles
will look to improve her standing in the 5,000 meter run after putting up a time of 18:24 at SHSU, ranking eighth, and the duo of Sam Bradley
and Ryan Kelly
will take part in the race for the men.
Eight sprinters will run in a number of races with Elzbieta Gawron, Chasity Peters, Sarah Shim and Sydney Wandix racing on the women’s side, and the men’s team will feature Treyvon Davis, Jonathan Edwards, Trey Finnex and Ronnie Whitty.
In the 800, Kim Campbell will run for the Lady Cards, and the duo of Idara Effiong and TaMar Hicks are slated to run for the men.
Other LU performers will include Le’Trey Burton in the 110 meter hurdles, Denisha Nichols in the discus and the trio of Leslie Beard, Jared Parker and Cody Williams in the pole vault.