Sims, Brooks and Noble win GSC honors
Lee University’s track team saw three runners win GSC honors in one week.
Freshman Camilla Sims was selected as the GSC Women's Field and Freshman Performer of the Week, sophomore Josiah Brooks was named GSC Field Performer of the Week, and freshman Christian Noble was named GSC freshman of the week.
Sims achieved this honor by placing well at the recent Emory Invitational.
She placed fifth in the discus, throwing 37.39 meters, shot put, 12. 46 meters and sixth in the hammer throw, 38.93 meters. These placements helped propel the Lady Flames to second place out of 40 teams.
Brooks placed second in both the triple jump, 14.92 meters, and long jump, 7.14 meters. He met the provisional standard for the triple jump and the 100 meter dash, with a time of 10.57. His triple jump was first place in the GSC.
Noble won the 3000-meter steeplechase by nine seconds with a time of 9:07.63. This time set a new Lee record, and set Noble up with a cozy ranking of third among DII runners.
Sims is relatively new to the sport, having begun playing her junior year of high school. Ranking low going into the meet, she ended up making it to finals and placing against DI schools.
“There’s some good competition in our conference and in shot put and discus. I surpassed the marks of the girls in our conference, so I was able to score when it really didn’t seem like I had a chance,” Sims said.
Sims believes that her consistency sets her apart from other athletes.
“I’m very consistent. I try to improve every meet, and I usually do...I work up to each mark,” Sims said.
Both Sims and Brooks contribute their recent successes to their coaches.
“Our coaches have been pushing us in practice….they motivate you and really care about how you do, and they really want to see us go to nationals.” said Brooks.
Brooks considers his strength as an athlete to be participating in many events and continuing to improve in each of those events.
“One meet it may be the 100, one meet the triple jump, the long jump or the 200,” Brooks said. “It’s hard to be consistent, but I think as a whole as a team we’ve been consistent at improving.”
Both athletes are excited with where the Lee Track and Field program is headed.
Sims looks at her future in track and field and sees nationals in the next four years in all four events she does. She also hopes to achieve a national provisional mark in one of her events.
Brooks sees nationals in his future as well.