A video of Levins' 5,000-meter run victory can be found at Flotrack.org here.
WALNUT, Calif./Azusa, Calif. - Apr. 21 - Cameron Levins punched his ticket
to the 2012 Olympics in London with a first-place finish in the 5,000-meters at
the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday. Levin's overtook NCAA 3,000-meters, 5,000-meters
and cross country champion Lawi Lalang in the final seconds of the race,
recording a top national time of 13.18.47 and earning a Canadian Olympic A+
"It felt better than any other race and I knew going into
the final mile that I was going to make it," Levins said. "Training has gone
really well this past week but I never could have expected to achieve the
Olympic standard this early in the season. It feels amazing."
Southern Utah was also represented at the prestigious Mt.
SAC Relays by Austin West, who earned a fourth-place position in the Summit
League with a 3:50.56 finish in the 1,500-meters. Devan Antczak also race with
the T-Bird distance squad, recording a 20th-place time of 9:28.35 in the
Cody Olsen represented the throwers at Mt. SAC and recorded
a seventh-place finish in the javelin, throwing to a mark of 200-4. Multi
athletes Wade Nielson and Stephen Wilson also competed at Mt. SAC, finishing
ninth and 13th in their division with decathlon scores of 6228 and 5243 respectively.
The Thunderbirds also competed at Azusa Pacific's Bryon Clay
Invitational on Friday, where the men's 4x100-meter relay squad took the title
with a 41.94 finish. The squad included Kyle Kopp, Wade Nielson, Preston Myers
and Shaun Murray. Myers also led the T-Birds in the 200-meter dash, recording a
second-place Summit League time of 21.53.
The men's distance team also earned some top finishes at
Azusa Pacific, led by Clinton Rhoton with a third-place finish in the
5,000-meters. Rhoton was followed by Ryan Barrus in ninth place with a time of
15:00.85. Daniel Kller led the team in the 800-meters with an 11th-place time
of 1:53.34, while Dallas Eborn finished 10th in the steeplechase with a
Kyle Kopp led the men in the field, finishing sixth in the long
jump with a distance of 23-6 and tying his own personal record. SUU was
represented by Chris Johnson and Phillip Renaud in the throws, as Johnson earned
a ninth-place mark of 51-7.75 in the shot put while Renaud finished 21st in the
hammer with a 149-1 toss.
The Thunderbirds will now prepare to host Utah Valley in a
dual at home on Apr. 28, set to begin at about 5 p.m. Several members of the
team will then compete at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto,
Calif., on Apr. 29.