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  • SUU's Cameron Levins places third in 3K, fourth in 5K .
    by Joshua Perry, SUU News
    Published - 03/13/12 - 06:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cameron Levins competes in the 3,000-meters and 5,000-meters at the national championship. (SUU photo)
    Cameron Levins competes in the 3,000-meters and 5,000-meters at the national championship. (SUU photo)
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    (Nampa, ID) - Cameron Levins backed up a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter Saturday at the Indoor Track and Field National Championship in Nampa, Idaho last weekend. Results

    Levins said he couldn't have run any better.

    “I finished higher than I was supposed to and finally got on that top 3 podium,” he said.

    Track and field head coach Eric Houle said Levins’ performances were phenomenal.

    “To perform and be consistant at this level is what you hope for,” Houle said. “Sometimes more amazing things happen.”

    Levins finished the 3K with a time of 7:49.48, just over three seconds behind the race champion, Lawi Lalang of Arizona State.

    Levins ran a 13:38.12 to finish in fourth place in the 5K on Friday. Lalang was also the winner of the 5K race.

    He received All-American honors in both races.

    Levins also scored 11 points for SUU, putting the T-Birds in a tie for 15th place and just a single point behind BYU. SUU came into the meet ranked 31st in the nation.

    Houle said Levins will focus on distance races in the outdoor season and prepare to make another run at the Outdoor National Championships in June.

    Levins said he’ll continue to chase an NCAA title and work towards qualifying for the the Olympic Games in London.

    “I keep finishing better and better,” Levins said. “I’ve only got two more places to go, and the Olympics only come once every four years so I'm going to give it my all.”

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