Track Continues to Turn in Quick Splits

March 30, 2010

Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU Track team competed in the Cal-Nevada Championships this past weekend hosted by UCLA at Drake Stadium. The Lions competed on both Saturday and Sunday over the weekend and continued to set impressive times with stellar performances from freshman Sheree Shea, Greg Innes and Elliott Peaks.

For the women, freshman Sheree Shea led the Lions in the 5,000meter race placing second overall in 16:54.17. Breaking 17 minutes for the 5000m distance is a personal record for Shea and only the fifth Lions in LMU history to do so. While not her best performance this season, Cassandra Salazar followed Shea across the line in 17:36 still coming in the top five in the entire race. Freshman Caroline Draper turned in her second 5k for the season in 18:22 placing 14th overall while senior Broke Lademan clocked a 18:47 for the distance. Marissa Diehl also ran the 5k coming in with a 19:35. In the 1500meter race on Sunday, Cynthia Chaidez placed 22nd overall in 4:56.50 while teammate sophomore Megan Fairley came in right in step in 4:56.91.

In the women's field events, senior Gabrielle Hybki jumped a 4-10.25 in the women's high jump and Chelsea Wirschem jumped a 10.48 in the women's triple jump. In the men's sprints events Elliott Peaks ran both the 100m and the 200meter dash. Peaks ran an 11.51 for 100m and his 23.15 for 200m is a personal record and second all-time for LMU. Senior Keyon Mitchell's 6.60m in Men's Long Jump and 7th place finish overall in the triple jump with a 14.16 meters is also a season personal record.

 

 

In the men's distance events, Oran Arms and Greg Innes continued to light up the track for the middle distances. Oran Arms ran 1:56.09 in the 800m, which is a personal record for the distance. Freshman Greg Innes also set another personal record in the 1500m with a 3:55.24 placing 8th overall. This is the Innes second personal record in two races and also puts him under the qualifying mark of 3:57.50 for the USATF Junior meet. LMU now has three athletes (Sterling Lockert, Greg Innes and Sheree Shea) who have run qualifying times for the junior meet and junior Tara Erdmann as the first ever LMU athlete for the pro meet.

In the 5000meter race senior Brian McDonald led the lions with a 14:44.49 which is less than five seconds off his overall personal record. Sophomore Thomas Finnigan ran a 15:17 overall, while freshman Tyre Johnson set a personal record for the distance at 15:21.12. Junior Mike Herrera also ran a personal best with 16:22.15 while teammate Mike Carlone was close behind in 16:28.

Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "All in all we had a good weekend at Cal-Nevada, with lots of folks running well. Hopefully it is good momentum going into Spring Break and will give our kids motivation to keep up with their training."

In addition, Tara Erdmann's 10k time from the Stanford Invitational Friday night is currently ranked #9 in the WORLD and #6 American according to all-athletics.com. Only 4 women ran sub 33:30 last year in NCAA Div I and Erdmann's 33:22.79 is one of the best in history.

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