More Lion PRs at UCLA and Stanford

Chloe Curtis raced to a PR time in the 800m.
April 2, 2016

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LOS ANGELES - A pair of Lions raced against the nation's elite at the Stanford Invitational while the remainder of the LMU men's and women's track teams turned in strong performances across the board at the UCLA Legends Distance Carnival Friday night.

Junior Danielle Shanahan and senior Brandon Vientos earned their way into the prestigious Stanford Invitational to compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m, respectively. Shanahan, in her 2016 5k debut, placed 15th in her section in 16:12.17. That mark is nearly identical to her finish in the same event at Stanford one year ago (16:12.54) and just shy of her personal record of 16:08.82.

In his 10k collegiate debut, Vientos turned in the second best time in LMU program history at 30:03.09. The school record of 29:38.26 is currently held by Kevin Joerger (2013).



Back home in Los Angeles, seven women and five men set personal records at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Highlighting the women's performances was a 2:15.54 PR for senior Chloe Curtis in the 800m. The mark, more than two seconds better than her previous best time, ranks fifth best in the LMU record book.

In the women's 5k, freshman Elena Garcia cut more than 30 seconds off her best time, finishing in 17:57.65. Sophomore Maddi Vorgitch also turned in a PR time in the 5k, finishing in 17:18.53.

Senior Kayla de Bondt was just .25 seconds off her PR time in the 1,500m, finishing in 4:23.96. Also setting individual records in the 1,500m were Marisa Carino (4:47.39), Evelyn Gonzalez (4:46.02) and Danielle Nunez (5:02.72).

For the men, junior Grant Lapovich trimmed nearly eight seconds off his 5k time, finishing in 15:08.64. Sophomore Jack Polerecky won the race in 14:49.19 and senior Ryan Vargas raced a PR time of 15:29.95.

In his third collegiate 1,500m, freshman Branden Estrada ran his first sub-four minute time, finishing in 3:59.76. And in the 3,000m steeplechase, senior Michael Duncan raced a solid 9:16.01 while freshman Koby Pederson cut nearly 30 seconds off his previous best time, finishing in 9:30.80.

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