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Lamb signs to run at Flagler College


Sullivan High School senior Dossan Lamb will be continuing his running career in Florida.

Lamb made it official on Monday after he had previously signed a letter-of-intent to run cross country and track at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

“I am so excited to have the chance to continue my career as a runner and get an education,” Lamb, who has battled injuries throughout his prep career. “The grandparents live four hours away and some of my family will be moving down to Florida next year.”

Lamb, who had offers from all over the United States, said that the warmth and beauty of St. Augustine and Flagler was too much to turn down.

He said he doesn’t deal well with running in cold weather.

“I am very much looking forward to having the chance to run in the warm weather of Florida,” he said. 

“The campus is absolutely beautiful. I fell in love with Flagler the moment I looked at a picture on my phone.”

The bad side of the weather will be running in the heat and humidity that Florida has to offer.

“It will be an adjustment,” said Lamb. “I know it gets very hot and humid.

“I would rather adjust to hot weather than to try and adjust to the cold.”

Lamb said his earliest memories of running were with his dad Clint Lamb, who also was a standout distance runner at Sullivan.

“I remember having the chance to run with my dad when I was very young,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to run with dad during his cool downs.”

Dossan said he vividly remembers being in the third grade as he was trying to run his first six-minute mile.

“We were at the track,” said Dossan. “The football team was practicing and virtually everybody stopped and was watching as dad was encouraging me to break six minutes.

“I probably wasn’t even five feet and weighed about 65 pounds then.”

Even though Dossan fell in love with running at an early age, he wasn’t serious until later in his career.

“In the eighth-grade, I would just run, win a few races and then go home and play video games,” he said. “I was just messing around.”

Lamb has dealt with various health problems throughout his career, including Osgood-Schlatter disease, an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia).

“It was in my right knee. It was like a bruised feeling. It was very sore to the touch,” said Lamb. “I just ice it and take ibuprofen. They said it can be caused by growth spurts when bones, muscles and tendons are changing.”

Earlier in his career, Lamb experienced seizures.

“One day I was talking to Will King and just fell face first into the concrete,” said Dossan. “Another time it happened during a race.

“They it is was because my body was changing. I had ADHD and was going through puberty. I also was not drinking enough water. I even had night terrors for a while.”  

But Lamb said he is as healthy as he has been in a while. Dossan’s peers finally convinced him to get in the weight room.

“I have gained about eight pounds of muscle,” he said. “I am 5-foot-9 and weigh 126 pounds. I weighed about 118 when I started lifting.”

Dossan said that his career turned around when he ran 200 miles in the summer before his sophomore year.

“I just decided I needed to take it seriously,” he said.

He runs seven days a week during the season and five or six days per week in the off-season.

He said he will be running LSD — long slow distance.

“That’s what I will be running in the summer,” said Dossan, who said he has looked up to runners like Steve Prefontaine and watches a Rocky movie before each competition. “I will be running miles and miles.”

Lamb, who’s mom is Erica Vandergriff, said his goals in his final season of track include running under 10 minutes in the two-mile, getting his mile time down to 4:39 and running a 2:05 half-mile.

“I ran 4:50 earlier and a 2:08,” he said. “I believe I can get there.”

He said his goal in college is to run a 4:16 mile, one second quicker than his dad ran.

Lamb, who will major in business, said the college distance in cross country will be 8k and 10k, which is 6.2 miles.

He said that he doesn’t know for sure about what will be his best events in track.

“I am looking forward to all of the new challenges ahead,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible, including my parents, coaches and teammates.

“It has always been a dream of mine to run in college. I am hoping to get to Florida by July so I can have a chance to visit my grandparents for a week and have a chance to get settled.”


Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Dossan Lamb, a senior at Sullivan High School, signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track and field at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He is surrounded by his parents Clint Lamb and Erica Vandergriff.

Also pictured, back, from left, SHS cross country coach Samantha Unger, Sullivan athletic director Otto Clements and SHS principal Tara Jenkins.

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