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DWU's Lamer claims school's first track national title

BROOKINGS -- In her home state, Kamber Lamer made Dakota Wesleyan University history on Thursday. Lamer, a senior from Hartford, won the indoor pentathlon event at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic C...

Dakota Wesleyan University senior pentathalete Kamber Lamer poses for a photo at the Dakota Wesleyan University/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex earlier this week. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University senior pentathalete Kamber Lamer poses for a photo at the Dakota Wesleyan University/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex earlier this week. (Matt Gade / Republic)

BROOKINGS - In her home state, Kamber Lamer made Dakota Wesleyan University history on Thursday.

Lamer, a senior from Hartford, won the indoor pentathlon event at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, becoming the first Tiger in school history to claim a national championship in track and field.

She totaled 3,678 points in the five-faceted event, outscoring Indiana Tech's Leondra Correia, who scored 3,522 points. Lamer, who was the top-seed heading into the event, sealed the winning outcome with a last lap pass of Correia in the 800-meter run to finish fifth. Her time in that race - 2 minutes, 28.71 seconds - was a personal record by nearly four seconds, after leading by 23 points heading into the 800 run.

"I just knew right off the bat when we got into the 800 run that I had to keep up with the Indiana Tech girl, and I knew I had to catch her on this last lap," Lamer told the NAIA website following her performance, while catching her breath. "I just took it home. I had to do what I had to do, and I'm really thankful for all of my coaches, my family and all of the support I got here today."

Lamer won the high jump (1.65 meters / 5.4 feet), was second in the long jump (5.63 meters / 18.47 feet) and the 60 meter hurdles (8.95 seconds). Lamer was also 11th in the shot put (9.8 meters / 32.15 feet).

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Earlier in February, Lamer was the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's athlete of the meet, after claiming the GPAC triple jump title at the conference indoor meet.

Lamer has a chance to do more damage this weekend at the national meet. She has the nation's second-best triple jump mark at 39 feet, 5 inches, and is ranked No. 4 in the country in the long jump at 19 feet, 2.5 inches. She is the school record holder in the pentathlon, 60-meter hurdles, long jump, and triple jump in indoor competitions.

For the opening day, DWU holds the overall women's team lead in the championships, with 10 team points thanks to Lamer.

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