Right on Track

March 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - This weekend the LMU Track team competed in the Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton. In the pouring rain the Lions fought through the tough conditions still setting records and competing with tenacity. The Lions were highlighted by freshman Sterling Lockert setting a new school record for the 5k in 14:33.59.

On the men's side, freshman Sterling Lockert led the Lions setting a new school record in the 5k. Lockert made an incredible track debut finishing the 5k race in 14:33.59 for his first ever 5k on the track in less than ideal conditions. Connor Pastoor also turned in a good performance joining the elite of LMU distance runners breaking fifteen minutes for the 5k. with a 14:49.06. Previously only two Lions, Trevor Wiseman and Brian McDonald, had broke fifteen for the 5k, however yesterday evening Lockert and Pastoor joined the ranks with their performances at Ben Brown. In the 1500m race, freshman Greg Innes made his freshman debut in the 1500m with a time of 3:59.77. Only four other three other Lions have ever dipped under the 4-minute mark for 1500m, so in his first 1500m race this season, Innes has great potential. Also notable for the Lions, Brian McDonald broke 15 for the 5k with a 14:53 while sophomore Thomas Finnigan turned in a solid 15:11. Junior Michael Herrera also came close to a PR with a 16:27 for the 5k distance.



On the women's side, sophomore Cassandra Salazar led the Lions with in a stellar race finishing in 17:03.72 for 5k. For Salazar, to achieve this time so early in the season shows that she has all the potential to have a great season and set a PR at this distance. Right behind Salazar, freshman Sheree Shea ran he first 5k on the track finishing in 17:16.38. Freshman Caroline Draper also turned in a good 5k performance. For her first 5k on the track she ran ran sub-18 turning in a 17:52 in her first-ever 5k on the track in the rain. Brieanna Delaney also came in right under 18 minutes with a 17:55. This put the Lions with four women under 18minutes, where in 2009, LMU only had five women in school history to break 18. Also notable, senior Brooke Lademan ran an 18:13.74 5k and freshman Jessica Mumaugh ran an 18:24.02 for her first 5k on the track.

Sophomore Tara Erdmann travelled north to Seattle for another shot at qualifying for NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3000m. Erdmann who had previously run a "provisional" time of 9:31 ran a 9:19.69 setting a huge personal record and school record for the distance at an indoor invitational hosted by the University of Washington. This time also moves her up to #20 in the nation at this distance and a chance at earning a spot at NCAA's. Follow her ranking online

In the shorter distances and field events, senior Keyon Mitchell placed 7th overall in the Triple Jump with a 14.08. Elliott Peaks won his heat of the 100m and improved his collegiate best to 11.56. Travis Roberts won his heat of the 400m in his collegiate debut at the distance with a 50.77 the second fastest split ever run by an LMU athlete at this distance.

Looking forward, both freshman Sheree Shea and Sterling Lockert ran times that qualify them for the USATF Junior National Championships which will be held in June. The qualifying times for the 5000m are 15:04.50 for men and 17:50.0 for women. Not all freshman can be considered a junior athlete as they cannot turn 20 in 2010, however with their performances, both Shea and Lockert have a great season ahead of them. More info at: www.usatf.org

Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "I was very impressed with our freshman, they really went out and competed--even in the pouring rain we had some really stellar performances. Overall, everyone really went out there and competed in the tough conditions and turned in some good times for our first competitive invitational this season."

For complete results go to Flash Results


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