LEWISTON - During his time at Lewis-Clark State College, Sam Atkin has made history every step of the way, and he recently added the greatest accomplishment of all. Atkin, a former standout on the track and in cross country, will become the second Warrior to compete at the Olympics when he heads to Tokyo to represent Team Great Britain later this month. He will race in the 10,000m final on the first day of the track and field events, July 30.
“Calling myself an Olympian is a wonderful statement,” Atkin said. “I hope it shows other athletes in any sport, including all LCSC students past, present and future, that goals, no matter how big or small, can be accomplished.”
The Lincolnshire, England native qualified for the 10,000m back in December when he ran the fourth-fastest time in British history at 27:26.58 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He did so while wearing his LC State jersey. The nine-time All-American solidified his spot on the team with a race last week and will train for the next few weeks before flying out to Tokyo.
Atkin is the second LC State athlete to earn a trip to the Olympics. Emerson Frostad became the first in 2008 when he competed in baseball as a member of Team Canada. The distance runner won four individual national titles at LC State and was voted the LC State Men’s Track and Field and Men’s Cross Country MVP of the Decade.