Clayton State places six on USTFCCCA Men’s Outdoor All-Southeast Region team
NEW ORLEANS, La. – May 16, 2012 – The USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association) released its 2012 Outdoor All-Region teams on Wednesday, and the Clayton State Lakers placed six athletes on the All-Southeast Region team.
Selected from Clayton State were Russell Lawless, Ayrton Azcue, Ricky Fort, Shelby Russell, Edlin Veras and Devon Lawlson. Azcue, Fort, Russell and Veras were each selected All-Region for a second straight season, while this is the first All-Region honor for both Lawless and Lawson.
Lawless, a sophomore from Richmond Hills, Ga., became the first Laker athlete to earn All-Region honors in three events. He was selected in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 1,500-meter run and the 800-meter run. It was the steeplechase where Lawless truly excelled. The first Clayton State athlete to compete in the event in more than six seasons, Lawless set the school record with a time 9:41.94 at the Division II Southeast Regional.
He placed second in the event twice this season.
Azcue, a junior from Zizur Mayor, Spain, was also a multiple All-Region selection in both the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay. He set the Clayton State team record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.89 at the Bob Polluck Invitational at Clemson. He won the event at the Coach "O" Invitational at Troy, and finished second in the Gem of Hills Invitational at Jacksonville State.
Azcue is joined by Fort, Russell and Veras on the 4x400-meter team that earned All-Region honors. Fort is a senior from Davisboro, Ga., while Russell is a senior from Oklahoma City, Okla., and Veras is a senior from Hollywood, Fla. Together, they garnered second-place finishes at the Emory Classic, the Emory Invitational and the Gem of the Hills Invitational and won the event at the Division II Southeast Regional and the Coach "O" Invitational.
Lawson, a freshman from Columbus, Ga., gives the Lakers a bright future in the 400-meter hurdles as an All-Region selection. He placed third in the event at the Emory Classic and fourth at the Gem of the Hills Invitational.