Jun 13, 2014 6:12 PM by Richie Melby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, OR - As the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue in Oregon, the story-lines also continue to improve. Expectations can be high and difficult to uphold, but Arizona senior Lawi Lalang is used to the pressure.
"I don't go online and read what people say because that might mess up my strategies," said Lalang. "I keep my head down and do my thing."
And it's working. Lalang knows he's being held to higher expectations than many other athletes. Blame it on the records. Or maybe the championships. Still, Lawi enters the weekend's NCAA Outdoor Championships focused on the task at hand: adding another couple of NCAA titles.
"I'll be a little bit nervous but it's going to be exciting," he admitted. "I've been through three of them so it won't be a big deal.
"We just have to go out there and try our best."
Lawi's best is mighty impressive. He owns nearly every UofA distance record and is one of only two men to win four collegiate distance titles in one academic year. Now you know why he has that smile on his face with every lap that goes by.
"It's always nice being happy. It's nice to enjoy every day," he said. "The training is something I really like and enjoy doing, I feel like it's an exciting thing."
This weekend's Outdoor Championships will be the last collegiate laps Lawi Lalang will run. But his career will be far from over.
"After Eugene, I'm headed to Europe for some races. My next step is professional running."