April 22, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Raquel Lambdin beat more than 100 runners when she captured the 800-meter race at last week's Mt. SAC Relays, and on Tuesday afternoon the accomplishment was recognized when she was named the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week, it was announced.
Lambdin, a junior from Camarillo, Calif., won her first Big West weekly honor with a career-best performance at Mt. SAC. Racing in the second of seven heats in the university open section, Lambdin turned in a time of 2 minutes, 6.47 seconds. That beat her previous best of 2:07.54 set at last year's Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State.Lambdin came back later in the Mt. SAC meet and was the rabbit for the women's elite 1,500.
Her time from Mt. SAC ranks Lambdin No. 1 in the Big West, No. 12 in the NCAA West Region and No. 27 nationally. Lambdin moved up a spot to No. 2 on the Aggies' all-time 800 list. She entered the season ranked in the top 10 in the 1,500 and 3,000 as well, won the 1,500 at last year's Big West Championship and qualified for the NCAA West Prelim meet.
Lambdin's Big West award was the sixth for the women's team this season.
Other winners this week included Shyan Vaziri (UCSB), who was the men's track honoree, and long jumper Willie Alexander (Long Beach State) and javelin thrower Lacey Surak (UC Irvine), who captured the men's and women's, respectively, field awards.
The Aggies will return to competition this weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal.