On Track with Stellar Speed

April 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The weekend at the competitive Mt. Sac Invitational, the LMU Track team put on their spikes and took the track with great success. The Lion's own Tara Erdmann shattered her 5k personal record, breaking sixteen minutes for the first time in her career. In addition, the Lions had five other personal records across the board and proved that they are some of the top runners in the west.

So far this spring, Junior Tara Erdmann has had the season of a lifetime. This weekend just added to her accolades, but also put her as one of the top runners in the nation. Erdmann ran a 15:55.64 in the 5000 meter invitational race, which is not only a huge personal best, but also one of the top times in the nation. To break 16 minutes in the 5k put Erdmann as one of the handful of collegiate women to get under that mark. In addition to this top time, Erdmann's 10k performance currently is ranked in the top-five nationally for the 10k.

Coach Scott Guerrero said, "Tara's 15:55.64 not only shatters her 5000m PR (and school record) of 16:27.48 set last year...but will end up as one of the top-5 or 6 times in the nation so far. Going into the weekend only four collegians across all divisions had run sub-16 minutes for the 5k. It is an incredibly exclusive club."

On Thursday night, sophomore stud, Cassandra Salazar ran a great 10k debut. Finishing in a quick 34:59.56, Salazar should be have a good shot at qualifying for NCAA West Regionals with this time. With a great performance for her first 10k race ever, Salazar still has a lot of potential for this season.

On Friday evening, the Lions once again saw personal records and overall strong performances from both the men and women. In the women's 5k race, Brieanna Delaney set a personal record of 17:35.02 finishing 13th overall. Delaney previously had run a 17:48 for the 5k last season and now stands 9th all time at LMU. Teammate Cynthia Chaidez also ran a personal best of 17:46.64 for the 5k. In other 5k races, freshman Caroline Draper turned in a solid 18:06.

 

 

On the men's side Connor Pastoor ran a personal best of 14:41.81 finishing 9th overall in his heat. This time puts Pastoor as third all time at LMU. Teammate Brian McDonald just scraped under the 15minute mark with a 14:55 and Thomas Finnigan turned in a 15:42.

For the 1500 meter distance, Oran Arms turned in another personal best of 3:56.3 which keeps him 5th all time at LMU. Returning to the track healthy Daniel LaCava turned in a 3:53.17 and finished 8th overall in his heat. Freshman Greg Innes also turned in another solid performance or 3:56 for the 1500 while Erich Yanoschik turned in 4:17.86.

Overall the Lions had a very successful weekend with personal bests, top times and national caliber performances. Next up the Lions will race at UCSD Invitational in San Diego, Calif. On April 24th.

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