March 7, 2009
AMES, Iowa -
University of Wyoming senior, Sam Lambert had one last chance to improve on his already 15th-best provisionally qualified 35lb weight throw this weekend at the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier meet in Ames, Iowa.
Unfortunately he was unable to do so as he walked away with a toss of 65' 4", just under two feet shorter than his personal best this season 67' 2.25", which he had at the Robert Shine Invitational.
"Sam was just a bit off technically because he was just pressing a little too much, trying for that big throw," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "There is a really strong field going into next weekend's NCAA Championships and it may come out that Sam will be about seven inches short. Sam has had a great career and I am very proud of the way he competes, and finishing in the top-20 in the nation is never an easy task."
Lambert is only a junior during the outdoor track and field season so he will have two more years to qualify for the outdoor NCAA Championships.
Fellow senior Jake Shanklin will compete for the Cowboys at the NCAA Championships beginning March 13-14 in College Station, Texas. Shanklin holds the fifth-best throw in the nation and will vie for a National Championship.