Big Weekend at Mt. SAC and Beach Invite
The hunt for Regional qualifying times continued this past weekend as the Lions competed at the prestegious Mt. SAC Relays and the BEach Invitational.
April 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU men's and women's track record books took a beating (in a good way) following a marathon weekend of competition, which began Thursday and Friday at the 55th Annual Mt. SAC Relays and concluded Saturday at the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State at Cerritos College.
On the men's side, Weston Strum and Kevin Joerger posted school-record marks in the 1500m and 10k, respectively, at Mt. SAC. Strum's career-best time of 3:46.65 bests the previous LMU record of 3:50.94 set by Daniel LaCava during the 2010 season. Joerger, running in his first-ever 10k, set the Lion bar at 29:38.26, well below the previous mark of 30:28.88 achieved by Tyre Johnson in 2011.
Strum's time also ranks No. 48 in the NCAA Division I West Region qualifying list through April 21 while Joerger's mark is No. 26. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 48 declared in both events will earn a spot in the Regional.
On the women's side, three Lions entered the LMU top-10 lists in their respective events while six career-best marks were achieved.
Sarah Vitug's career best 4:27.65 in the 1500m at Mt. SAC ranks No. 2 all-time at LMU, while also putting her in the No. 78 spot in the most recent NCAA DI West Region Qualifying list. Callie Mulgannon also achieved a career best time in the 1500m (4:28.92) to rank No. 95 through the weekend competition.
In the 5000m run at Mt. SAC, Kelli Sugimoto (16:57.74) and Brittnie Munoz (16:59.61) both achieved career-best times that bumped them up to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, in the all-time LMU record book.
"This was an outstanding weekend of racing for us," said LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero. "We achieved two school records, added another 'probable' to the NCAA West Region list in Kevin Joerger and Sarah Vitug and Callie Mulgannon are also knocking on the door in the 1500m as well."
Strum (5000m) and Sheree Shea (5000m and 10000m) also each have previous marks that have them in strong position to make the NCAA West Region.
The most qualifiers that the LMU track program has have ever had in one year is three women, achieved in 2010, while the men have never had a Regional qualifier.
The Lions will continue to chase lower marks on April 26-27 at the UCSD Triton Invitational and the UCI Steve Scott Invite.