Dec. 20, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Nineteen Lamar track and field athletes, and a coach, have been named to the Southland Conference's All-Time Outdoor Track and Field Honor Roll announced league officials Friday afternoon. The Lamar men have 13 players named to the squad, while there are six Lady Cardinals honored.
In similar fashion to the indoor team, the majority of the Lamar representatives found their success on the track while three were in field events. The event breakdown of Lamar athletes includes seven sprinters, five distance runners, four middle distance athletes, two throwers and a jumper.
The 19 Lamar athletes honored by the league include Troy Amboree (sprints), Jackie Colbert (sprints), Jackie Harris (sprints), Doug Hinds (sprints), Junior Holmes (sprints), Pedro Caceres (middle distance), Rafael Colmenares (distance), Francis Kasagule, Samuel Kosgei (distance), Frank Montebello (middle distance), Thomas Eriksson (jumps), Don Davis (throws), Steve Rice (throws), Ashley Idunoba (sprints), Chinelo Nwobu (sprints), Becky Brooke (middle distance), Renee Grahman (distance), Clerc Koenck (middle distance) and Amanda King (distance).
Eight of Lamar's 20 selections were also named to the Southland Indoor Honor Roll as well. The athletes who were honored for both the indoor and outdoor seasons included Hinds, Kasagule, Kosgei, Eriksson, Brooke, Graham, Koenck and head coach Sonny Jolly.
Amboree found success both on the track and in the field. He earned All-America honors in the long jump twice, and was a member of the Cardinals 1984 1,600-meter relay team that finished second at the NCAA Championships. He was named the 1984 outstanding track athlete after winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes, as well as taking the long jump title.
Colbert also won several different individual titles, but all of his success came on the track. Colbert, a three time champion in the 220-yard dash, also won the 100 yard dash and the 1972 440-yard dash. He was named the 1971 SLC Outstanding Track Performer after winning the meet high-point award.
A three-time 1,600-meter relay All-American, Harrison also took home the conference individual titles in the 400 meters during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. While Harris found success in the quarter mile, Holmes dominated the true sprints. Holmes won the 1978 and 1979 conference titles in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
Caceres and Montebello recorded their success in the middle and true distance events. Both athletes recorded individual titles in the 1,500 meters, while Caceres also brought home the 1984 5,000-meter championship. Caceres would go on to represent Argentina in the 1984 Olympics. In addition to his 1,500-meter title, Montebello won the two steeplechase titles, and would eventually set the league's meet record in the event (8:38.37).
Colmenares is another in a long line of standouts the Cardinals have produced in the steeplechase. A 1985 individual champion, Colmenares set the conference record (8:38.37) in 1986.
Davis and Rice are two of the better discus throwers in Southland history. Davis won three individual titles in the event during the 1975-77 seasons. Prior Davis controlling the league in the event, Rice set the standard in the discus. Rice also won three individual discus titles between 1971 through 1974.
Nwobu won back-to-back Southland titles in the 400 meters in 2005 and 2006. Idunoba recorded equal success in the 200-meter dash in the early part of the decade. Idunoba won consecutive 200-meter titles in 2011 and 2012.
A two-time individual champion in the steeplechase, King also set the all-time and meet record in the event when she clocked a time of 10:16.99 during the 2007 season.