March 27, 2013
BEAUMONT - A number of select athletes this weekend will look to make a name for themselves as the Lamar men's and women's track teams compete at the Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational.
The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will feature a number of Cardinal relay teams and a handful of individual performers. The event, which showcases some of the nation's top high school, college and professional athletes, will take place at the 20,000-seat Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. The collegiate events boast of over 2,000 athletes from more than 200 schools.
"The Texas Relays is an event that the kids always look forward to," head coach Trey Clark explained. "It's an opportunity for them to go up against some of the best competition in the country. It's always a great atmosphere, and typically, it's where people try to take a step forward and kick off the season strong."
Making the trip on the men's side are: Sam Bradley, Treyvon Davis, Jonathan Edwards, Trey Finnex, TaMar Hicks, Zach Hicks, Ronnie Whitty and Wesley Williams. Traveling for the women will be: Shakevia Fleeks, Elzbieta Gawron, Carissa Hill, Ashley Idunoba, Chasity Peters, Sarah Shim and Saschelle Slaughter.
Three distance runners will be headed to one of the nation's biggest meets as the Stanford Invitational will host some of the top distance performers in the country.
Sam Stabler, Matt Johnsen and Joe Wade will travel for LU in the event. Stabler currently ranks first in the NCAA West Region and second nationally in the 1,500 meter run after last week's Victor Lopez Classic, and Joe Wade took home an individual crown at the Southland Indoor Championships. Matt Johnsen is no slouch either, earning All-American honors in cross country last fall before being sidelined for much of the indoor season.
"I'm excited to get going with the Stanford meet," distance coach Darren Gauson said. "This is a chance for our athletes to obtain qualifying marks for the NCAAs later this year. This is the first big distance meet of the year, and it gives us a chance to go up against the best athletes in the country."
Also running on the west coast this weekend will be Becky Gough, who also grabbed a Southland individual crown last month. She'll be participating in the 5,000 meter run at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday.
Lamar will begin its weekend on Thursday evening in Austin when Sam Bradley competes in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The rest of the Cardinal athletes in action with week will start on Friday. Live TV coverage of the Texas Relays will be provided via the Longhorn Network, and streaming coverage of the Stanford meet is available via Flotrack.org.