May 16, 2004
SAN MARCOS - Twelve Lamar athletes qualified for the finals of their respective events in the second day of action at the 2004 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bobcat Stadium on the campus of Texas State University.
Seven women and five men posted qualifying times during Sunday's preliminary rounds and all 12 will compete for points in Monday's finals.
Senior Jeremy Kemp led the men with a pair of qualifying marks in the 100- and 200-meters. He secured the eighth and final qualifying spot in the men's 100 with a time of 10.81 and also qualified in the 200 after posting a 21.62. Teammate Jake Champagne also earned a finals berth with the third-fastest qualifying time in the 800, posting a season-best time of 1:52.57.
Junior Candace Taylor and Amber Prather each qualified in the 800-meters, while Jackie John, Rowan Baird and Sarah Weir all qualified in the 1,500-meters. Taylor clocked a time of 2:15.68 and Prather recorded a season-best time of 2:17.29. John notched a time of 4:41.55 in her first meet as a Lady Cardinal, while Baird posted a 4:42.99 and Weir finished in 4:47.52.
Freshman Toni Sylvester and sophomore Chinelo Nwobu each ran season-best times in the women's 400-meters and both qualified for Monday's final. Sylvester raced to a 55.96, while Nwobu turned in a 56.77. Lon Winchester and Johan Hed each qualified in the men's 400 with season-best times of 48.60 and 48.43, respectively.
Freshman Amanda King placed seventh in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, one of two running event finals held on Sunday. King ran a season-best time of 11:31.46, scoring two points for the Lady Cardinals.
In the men's 3,000, freshman Hamish Meacheam raced to a fifth-place finish in a season-best time of 9:23.04. Meacheam's finish earned LU four points, putting the Cardinals in ninth place after two days of action.
The Lady Cardinals finished Sunday in 10th place with six total points. Stephen F. Austin led the men's and women's competitions with 82 and 62 points, respectively.
Junior Rachel Ince concluded the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 4,115 for 11th place. The Hemphill native concluded Saturday's action with a second-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 26.07. She wrapped up Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters after posting a 2:32.11.
Sonya Chalk equaled her season-best of 5-4 ¼ in the high jump, but she placed 11th and failed to score. Men's high jumpers Josh Goodwin and Casey Cole each posted jumps of 6-4 ¾, tying for seventh place. The tandem's tie gave Lamar three combined points towards its team total.
Lumberton product Britney Fesco just missed scoring for the Lady Cardinals in the javelin, placing 11th with a throw of 121-1.
Action concludes on Monday with the field event finals starting at 1 p.m. and running event finals opening at 6 p.m. The field events start with the women's discus, while the women's 4X100-meter relay kicks off the running events at 6:05 p.m.