CEDAR CITY, Utah - Mar. 7 - SUU distance runner Cameron Levins will conclude his final collegiate indoor season this weekend at the NCAA National Championship in Boise, Idaho. Levins is set to double in distance events, racing in the 5,000-meter run on Friday and the 3,000-meter run on Saturday.
“I’ve been dealing with some sickness the last couple weeks so preparation has not been ideal,” Levins said. “I want to just go in and do my best, and if something great happens, great.”
Levins currently ranks fourth in the nation in the 3,000-meters with a SUU record seed of 7:48.25, recorded at the UW Invitational. He will race alongside the top three competitiors Ryan Hill of North Carolina State, Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Diego Estrada of Northern Arizona. Hill leads the field with a seed time of 7:43.08.
BYU's Miles Batty will also compete in the 3,000-meters with a sixth-place current national ranking. Levins competed against Batty at the Millrose Games earlier in the season, where he placed seventh in the Wanamaker Mile behind Batty's second-place finish.
Levins ranks ninth in the 5,000-meter field after recording another Southern Utah-best time of 13:42.90, also at the UW Invitational. Lalang leads the field with a seed of 13:08.28 while Estrada will also be among the competitors with a 13:39.54 seed.
“For any school to get an athlete to Nationals in such a competitive field is really a success,” head coach Eric Houle said. “To walk out with another All-American citation would be an added bonus.”
The 5,000-meter run is set to begin at 8:05 p.m. on Friday, with the 3,000-meter run will take place on Saturday at 7:55 p.m. A live stream of the events will be provided online by ESPN3 here for subscribers to select television providers.
The rest of the Track & Field squad will continue the outdoor season at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif., and the Oxy Distance Carnival in Los Angeles, Calif., which are set for Mar. 16-17.