Joe Wade wins steeplechase at SLC Championships
May 12, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Joe Wade won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase to highlight Lamar's efforts on the second day of the Southland Conference Championships at Texas State University on Saturday.
Wade won the event in a time of 8 minutes, 54.70 seconds, finishing 4.05 seconds ahead of runner-up Adam Saloom of Stephen F. Austin. The meet record of 8:46.65 was set by Lamar's Frank Montebello in 1982.
The men are in sixth place with 26 points heading into Sunday's competition. McNeese State leads with 65 points.
Lamar's Andy Fontenot was eighth in the men's long jump with an effort of 7.35 meters (24 feet, 1.5 inches).
In the women's competition, Lamar's Beatrice Douglas finished third in the long jump with a personal best of 6.02 meters (19-9), which puts her second on Lamar's all-time list.
LU's Ashley Idunoba, the defending champion in the women's 200 meters, turned in the top time in that event in Saturday's preliminaries with a personal best of 23.79 seconds, third on Lamar's all-time chart. Idunoba, who was fifth in qualifying for the 100 meters in 11.56 seconds, also the second-fastest time on the Lamar chart, will compete in the finals of both events Sunday.
The Lady Cardinals are tied with UT Arlington for 11th place in the team standings with six points apiece. Stephen F. Austin leads the women's competition with 55 points.