More Personal Records at Stanford Invitational and Cal-Nevada Championships

March 30, 2009

Los Angeles, Calif -

Loyola Marymount Men and Women's Track team continued to improve on their 2009 spring season. This past weekend the Lions competed at the Cal-Nevada Championships and the Stanford Invitational. Out of the 15 LMU participants, 10 made new personal records.

At one of the most prestigious track meets of the spring, three lions participated at the Stanford Invitational. For the first time in LMU track history, Loyola Marymount sent male athletes to the event. Along with Tara Erdmann senior Trevor Wiseman and junior Brian McDonald made their mark.

Erdmann made her presence known immediately. Erdmann won section 3 of the women's 5000 meters. The sophomore from Tucson, Arizona ran a new personal best of 16:41.91. To view Erdman's dominance at Stanford, click on the following link, http://www.flotrack.org/videos/coverage/view_video/234811/165152.

Wiseman and McDonald competed in section 4 of the same event. McDonald finished in 13th place with a time of 14:43.51 while Wiseman finished in 19th place with a time of 14:57.35.

At the Cal Nevada Championships in Westwood, LMU's newcomers made an impact. Freshman Oran Arms established a new personal best and tied a school record. In the 1500 meters Arms became only the second male in LMU history to go sub-4 in the metric mile and the first freshman to do so.

Freshman Cassandra Salazar also impressed in Westwood. Salazar took almost a minute off her previous personal record in the 5000 meters with a 16:53.35. Not only was she the second in the race it was also only her second attempt in the event. Salazar was only a second of the NCAA regional qualifying standard of 16:52.


 

 

Philip Benavides also performed well in the 5000 meters. Benavides set the new freshman record as well as a new personal best with a time of 15:01.83.

Loyola Marymount Track will be in action again this weekend. The Lions will travel back to Westwood for the UCLA Invitational on Friday.

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