Claremont, Calif. – The LMU men’s and women’s track & field teams competed at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comer’s meet on Saturday in Claremont, Calif.
“This early season meet was an opportunity for the Lions to run a 3000m race to gauge their improvement from a Time Trial,” said Lions head coach Scott Guerrero. “I would say for the most part, we did improve.”
The men started off Saturday’s action with junior Brian Joerger leading the way as the top collegian and second overall in the race. Joerger ran 8:39.25, just a couple of seconds shy of his career best which he set last year in the middle of the season at the Aztec Invitational. Senior Harry Loasby had another strong performance for the Lions finishing third overall and running 8:40.38, breaking his own Hong Kong National Record.
The runner of the meet on the men’s side came from Joseph Garcia, who was the third Lion to cross the finish line and fifth overall. Garcia ran a personal-best time of 8:41.61, which was nearly 12 seconds faster than the Time Trial a little over three weeks ago. Garcia had a high school 3200m career best of 9:22.56 which converts to an 8:44.02 mark in the 3000m, so his 8:41.61 would equate to a personal best in that event as well.
Junior Branden Estrada and sophomore Ben Davis were next for the Lions running 8:44.35 and 8:45.81 respectively. Davis was also just a couple seconds shy of a career best which he also ran last year at the Aztec Invitational.
Freshman Kyle Freidler had a spectacular race, running 8:46.56 which was over 10 seconds faster than his Time Trial time a little over three weeks ago. Friedler had a high school 3200m career best of 9:30.06 which converts to 8:51.01 in the 3000m. His 8:45.56 today would equate to a personal best for the 3200m as well.
On the women’s side, the Lions were led by the duo of sophomore Hannah Wohlenberg and junior Kyla Danforth. Wohlenberg was the top collegian and second overall in the race with a time of 10:12.02. Danforth was third in a time of 10:13.79. For Wohlenberg and Danforth, it was about a 20 second improvement from the January Time Trial.
Juniors Emily Hubert (10:47.11) and Giselle Masedo (10:47.38) also made significant improvements from the Time Trial by nine and 27 seconds respectively. Sophomore Ann Kelly ran 10:55.92, while teammate Elena Garcia ran 10:58.79.
In section 2 of the 3000m, freshman Gaby Guerrero won her heat by 11 seconds with a time of 11:03.27. This was a 40 second improvement from the Time Trial.
Grace Graham-Zamudio, a 2015 Alum of LMU, won the 3000m race in a time of 9:58.20. Graham-Zamudio was a three-time NCAA West Region qualifier in the 5000m and 10,000m as a junior and 10,000m qualifier as a senior. Her highest Regional finish was 14th in the 10,000m as a junior, just two spots shy of making the National Championships.
Up next for the Lions, they will compete at the West Coast Invitational and West Coast Challenge on March 4 in Orinda, Calif.
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