PALO ALTO, Calif. - Apr. 30 - Cameron Levins spent another weekend on the national stage as he raced to a first place finish in the 10,000-meters at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday. Levins' time of 27:27.96 ranks first in the world according to IAAF.org and qualifies for London 2012 with a Canadian Olympic A standard.
"To run at a world stage like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Cam," head coach Eric Houle said. "His accomplishment yesterday really speaks of all the hard work he has put into this sport."
Levins pulled ahead of professional runner Sam Chelanga and Stanford's Chris Derrick in the final lap of the 10,000-meters, breaking Southern Utah's 30-year-old record of 28:57.00 (set by Hernando Hernandez in 1982).
Women's distance leader Diana Medina-Mitchell also competed in a 10,000-meter run at Stanford, earning a 41st-place national ranking with a time of 34:07.67. Medina-Mitchell's time also shatters SUU's previous record of 35:51.14, set by Stephanie Hart in 2004.
"Diana's performance was absolutely astounding," Houle continued. "To come in and break the school record by more than 1:40 reallys shows what she has accomplished in her time at Southern Utah."
Both athletes lead the Summit League in the 10,000-meters, 5,000-meters and 1,500-meters as they prepare to compete at the conference championship, set for May 10-12 in Fargo, N.D.