Lions Survive the Heat

April 19, 2009

Walnut, Calif. - Loyola Marymount Track team competed in two meets this past weekend. Four athletes competed at the Mt. SAC Relays while the rest of the team competed at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. Despite the weather conditions LMU set new personal bests as well as broke old school records in the men's and women's 5,000 meters.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational LMU competed is some of the worst weather conditions all season. "This past weekend was definitely a mixed bag with the temperature really wreaking havoc." Head Coach Scott Guerrero commented. "One thing that I have learned about the heat over the years is that there never seems to be any `in-between.' People are either hugely affected or it seems to have little to no effect."

The weather did not affect the performances of Michael Herrera, Cynthia Chaidez, Megan Fairley and Kelly McEnerney as they set personal records at the invitational. Chaidez, Fairley, and McEnerney all competed in the women's 5,000 meters. Chaidez ran a 17:47.14 for fifth place overall. Fairley was close behind in seventh place with a 17:53.03. McEnerney completed the top ten in her heat with a 19:20.28. Herrera competed in the men's 1,500 meters. He finished seventh in his heat with a time of 4:16:52. "I really think these guys were the most impressive given the extremely difficult conditions you faced." Guerrero commented.

At the Mt. Sac Relays school records were shattered in the men's and women's 5,000 meters. Brian McDonald broke his own school record (14:41:32) in the event with a new personal best of 14:39.44. Tara Erdmann added another school record to her all ready successful career at LMU. Erdmann brought down the top time in the women's 5,000 meters previously held by Laura Mickelson (16:30.04) in 2006. Erdmann ran a 16:27.48 in the event.



Loyola Marymount Track will be back in action next Saturday. The Lions will compete at the UCSD Triton Invite in San Diego.


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