Feb. 2, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Two weeks ago, Becky Gough grabbed the mile crown at an indoor meet on the campus of McNeese State, and on Friday she repeated the feat and added a 3,000 meter title to the mix as well as the Lamar track teams wrapped up a successful day at the Jeff Davis Invitational at the Ralph O. Ward Recreation Complex.
"We had some really good performances today, but Becky's stands out," head coach Trey Clark said. "There were some freshmen who went out and won as well, and that was a great thing to see. We held some kids out to let them rest, so to see the younger guys step up was huge. Winning championships takes a lot of good performances from a lot of people, and we're continuing to find people that can contribute."
Gough ended the day with the top Southland marks so far this season in both the mile (5:02.71) and the 3,000 (10:12.99) to earn her second and third event titles of the year.
"The mile was the main race that I wanted to go out and run hard, and I was really, really pleased with it," Gough said. "It's nice to win there again because I do feel comfortable there. I wasn't really sure what to expect in the 3K. The McNeese girls came out quite hard, and when they started to slow down, I went into auto-pilot a bit and got out to a lead. It was enjoyable."
Gough wasn't the only winner though, Sarah Shim picked up her first collegiate victory by completing the 400 with a time of 59.92. She came back later in the day to combine with Shakevia Fleeks, Chasity Peters and Saschelle Slaughter to win the 4x400 relay crown with a time of 3:58.26.
Other top women's track performers include Nora-Beth Saunders
, who completed the 3,000 with a time of 10:43.51 to finish second, and Kim Campbell
, who grabbed a third place finish in the 600 with a time of 1:45.84.
Erin Brown picked up third place honors as well, leaping 18 feet, 1.5 inches in the long jump, and Hannah Callaway was fifth in the pole vault after topping 10 feet, six inches.
On the men's side, TaMar Hicks grabbed his first win for the Cards as well, taking home the 600 meter crown with a time of 1:26.76.
Ryan Creech very nearly joined him in the victory column, but a surging Stephen Kerr of McNeese erased the Irishman's lead right at the end of the 3,000 meter run to win by just over a half of a second. Creech finished in 8:38.51.
A number of other Cardinals put up top five performances, highlighted by the trio of Sam Stabler, Ronnie Whitty and Michael Kershaw as each finished third in their respective event. Stabler completed the mile in 4:11.32, Whitty knocked out the 400 in 51.83 seconds and Kershaw clocked in at 1:57.85 in the 800.
Trevon Davis and Wesley Williams also joined them, with Davis ending the 400 in 51.87 seconds to pick up fourth, and Williams ending fifth after a time of 8.14 seconds in the 55 meter hurdles.
The men's 4x400 team of was second in the relay, clocking in at 3:24.17.
Michael Lester led the way for the jumpers, ending third in the long jump at 22 feet, five inches, and Austin Powell was fourth in the high jump, topping five feet, 11.5 inches.
Jared Parker rounded out the top finishes for the Cards, putting up a mark of 14 feet, nine inches in the pole vault.