Levins overtook national champion Lawi Lalang in the final seconds of the 5,000-meters.
SUU Strategic Communications

Levins Earns Canadian Olympic Qualifier with 5K Finish at Mt. SAC

April 25, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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+ Qualifier.

"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 steeplechase.

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 9:30.78.

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.