SUU's Cameron Levins Wins Gold in International XC ChampionshipMarch 21, 2012
Author: Kyle Cottam
Southern Utah University's Cameron Levins outdid his second-place finish in 2011 and captured the gold medal at the 2012 North America, Central America and Caribbean Cross Country Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad, over the weekend. The victory helped the Canadian national team to a second-place finish behind the United States.
Levins finished the 8k course in 24:04.13, a little more than six seconds faster than the second-place finisher and three-time NCAA All-American Christopher Landry of the U.S.A. (24:10.61). The time was almost a full minute faster than his closest teammate, Barry Britt, who finished the race in sixth place with a time of 24:54.21.
The Americans finished first as a team by finishing second through fifth, with the Canadians scoring Levins' first place finish and then the sixth, seventh and ninth-place finishers.
The race was made up of athletes from eight countries, including the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tabago, Dominican Republic and Bermuda.
Levins qualified for the international race after a first-place finish at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in November of 2011. His first-place finish in that event was his second consecutive gold medal in the Canadian Championship.
This marked Levins' second turn in the NACAC Championships. He finished in second place at the 2011 NACAC Cross Country Championships, with a time of 23:46.
Levins came into this year's meet with a great deal of momentum after putting in a pair of All-American performances at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships two weeks ago. The senior recorded a fourth-place finish in the men's 5k and third-place finish in the 3k the very next night.
The 2012 NACAC cross country course is an 8k, but will not afford teams a berth to the 2012 World Championships which will not be held this year because of the Olympic Games in London.