Lions Have Another Successful Weekend

March 22, 2009

Irvine, Calif - After a weekend off, Loyola Marymount's Track and Field team was back in action this weekend. The Lions competed at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational on March 20-21. Of the 25 LMU participants, 17 made personal records.

On Friday night LMU competed in distance carnival portion of the meet. The Lions competed in the individual section of the 1500 meters as well as both the men's and women's 3000 meter races.

In only her second race of the year, Tara Erdmann finished fourth overall in the 1500 meters. Erdmann finished in a time of 4:30.72. Annie Holden, Cynthia Chaidez, Madeline Hess-Maple, Kylie Hunsaker, and Caitlin Jennings also competed in the 1500 meters. All five also ran personal best times. Holden finished the race in 4:42.02 for sixth place in section one and Chaidez was right behind her with 4:42.65 for eighth place in the same section. In section two Hunsaker finished in sixth place with a 4:52.05. Hess-Maple finished in the top ten in the same section with a 4:56.59 and Jennings completed her best time in the event with a 5:08.08 in section three.

In the women's 3000 meters Megan Fairley, Brooke Lademan, Marissa Diehl and Shea Franklin also ran to new personal records. Lademan finished in 17th place with at 10:15.19. Fairley was right behind her in 20th place with a time of 10:17.98. Diehl just missed out on the top 25 with a time 10:36.44 for 26th place overall. Franklin continued to improve with her personal best of 11:14.66 for 34th place.



On the men's side Trevor Wiseman's performance was a highlight in the 3000 meters. Wiseman finished first among collegiate finishers in the men's 3000 meters in 8:29.96. Connor Pastoor, Phillip Benavides, Lino Almeida, Scott Donahue and Michael Herrera reached personal bests in the event. Almeida, Pastoor, and Benavides finished in the top 15. Almeida finished eighth overall with a time of 8:38.94, Pastoor ran LMU's next best time with an 8:44.76 for 11th place, and Benavides finished right behind with 8:48.23 for 13th place. Donahue and Herrera rounded out the top times for LMU. Donahue ran the course in 8:58. 98 for 18th place while Hererra finished in 25th with a 9:23.69.

In the men's 1500 meters LMU Oran Arms and Daman Coffman also set new personal records. Arms finished in seventh place in section one with a time of 4:00.66 while Coffman ran 4:12.13 to finish second in section two.

In the field events Keyon Mitchell and Gabrielle Hybki led the Lions. Mitchell finished fifth in the Triple Jump and achieved a new collegiate best with a mark of 47'6.5". Hybki placed fifth in the High Jump with a clearance of 4'11".

LMU Men's and Women's Track will return to action this weekend in two events. The Lions will be competing at the Cal Nevada Invitational in Westwood and the Stanford Invitational Pao Alto, Calif.

The Stanford Invitational is one of the premier distance events in the country. There have been a handful of women run there over the years including Laura Mickelson and current athletes Abby Fall and Tara Erdmann. This year LMU will have their first male qualifiers. Along with Erdmann, Trevor Wiseman and Brian McDonald will be compete in the 5000 meters on Friday Night in Palo Alto.

The rest of the team will compete in the Cal-Nevada Championships hosted by UCLA. The Cal-Nevada meet will begin with a distance carnival on Saturday night and conclude on Sunday afternoon.


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