April 7, 2013
HUNTSVILLE - The Lamar men's and women's track teams couldn't have asked for much more at Saturday's Sam Houston State Quad Meet as the Cardinals accounted for nine individual titles and a number of other impressive finishes at Bowers Stadium.
"It was a pretty good meet for us," head coach Trey Clark said. "We wanted to come up here and get some work accomplished in a competition setting, which you can't replicate in practice. We competed across the board, and that was the most important thing that we can take from today."
In addition to Lamar, the meet featured athletes from Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State and Texas Southern.
Jumps and distance were the Cards' bread and butter once again, led by a pair of strong performances by Beatrice Douglas. The junior took home the high jump title by clearing five feet, five inches, and added to it later with a distance of 18 feet, 11.75 inches in the long jump.
"I think I did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong," Douglas said. "But the good thing about track meets like this is that you can come in and get reps. It lets you make mistakes and learn from them. I felt like I did a pretty good job in the long jump, and I think my indoor season definitely helped me start off strong outdoors."
Douglas wasn't the only Card jumper walking home with a win as both Austin Powell and Nick Fyffe put up standout performances too. Powell posted a height of six feet, 2.75 inches in the high jump. Fyffe won the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 10.25 inches, and finished third in the long jump at 22 feet, 7.25 inches.
"My long jump was an improvement from last week, so I'm happy with that," Fyffe said of his day. "Triple jump was a little rough because it was just 30 minutes after long jump. I ended up winning, but it wasn't near where it should have been. I love meets like this because it lets me get out there and make adjustments while I'm jumping, which isn't always going to work at a big meet."
Other standout jumpers included Carissa Hill and Erin Brown in the long jump with marks of 18 feet, 1.75 inches and 17 feet, 10.25 inches, respectively, to finish tied for fourth and sixth. Robert Badillo posted a distance of 44 feet, 1.25 inches to place fourth in the triple jump.
Ryan Creech was the standout track performer of the day, leading the LU distance group by winning the 5,000 meter crown with a time of 14:41.73.
"I think it was a pretty positive day for me," Creech said of his performance. "I didn't have that turnover over the last 800 meters, but it was still a good race, and hopefully Mt. SAC will change that here in a couple weeks."
Joe Wade and Sam Bradley put together a 1-2 finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Wade completed the course in 9:15.19, and Bradley finished in 9:25.46.
Bradley also competed in the 1,500, placing fifth at 4:01.64, and after missing nearly a year due to injury, Ash Harrell made his collegiate debut for the Red and White with a fourth place finish in the event at 4:00.94.
Becky Gough grabbed the 1,500 meter title with a time of 4:40.09, and Claire Miles made her return to competition with a 5,000 crown, finishing the race in 18:24.00. Miles also ran in the 1,500, finishing third at 4:44.16.
Both Kim Campbell and Idara Effiong ran in the 800 with the latter placing second at 2:01.15 for the men, and the former finishing in 2:23.51 to end fifth for the women.
Ashley Idunoba was the lead LU sprinter once again, earning the 200 meter dash title with a time of 24.31, and Sarah Shim was fifth in the event at 25.64.
"It was kind of nerve-wracking because it was my first 200 of the year, and I wanted to do well," Idunoba said. "Overall, I think I did well for my opening race of the season, but I need to clean up my finish a little bit to put up a better time."
Saschelle Slaughter was the top Card finisher in the 400, finishing fourth with a time of 56.53, and Zach Hicks put up a sixth place performance in the men's 200 at 21.98.
The men's 4x400 team made the strongest showing in relays for Lamar as the team of TaMar Hicks, Zach Hicks, Trey Finnex and Ronnie Whitty posted a time of 3:17.46, which was 1.83 seconds off the pace of Sam Houston's winning quartet.
Denisha Nichols finished fourth in the discus with a mark of 114 feet.
The Cards will return to action next weekend at the McNeese State Invitational in Lake Charles.