Three Lions Run Career Bests at Steve Scott Invitational
Lapovich Goes Out With A Bang in Last 5K
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The Lions ran at the Adidas Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC-Irvine leading up to the finale for most of the team at the Occidental Invitational next weekend. Most of those who raced competed in the 1,500 meters on Saturday afternoon. The only exception was senior Grant Lapovich who ran in the 5,000 meters on Friday night.
Lapovich saved his best performance in the 5,000 meters for his last race at that distance under the Lion colors. Lapovich ran a career best of 14:49.93 and finished 10th in a highly competitive race. With his time, he moved up on the LMU top-20 list from 18th to 13th, which was an improvement from his junior year when he debuted in the event. Lapovich will graduate next weekend and the run the final race in his LMU career in a 10,000 meter race at the Portland Twilight.
On Saturday, in windy and hot conditions, personal bests were at a premium. For freshman Hannah Wohlenberg, not even tough weather conditions could stop her. Wohlenberg improved on her previous best by nearly four seconds, running 4:41.63 and placing second in her heat. Her time is good enough to put her in 19th on the LMU top-20 list. As a freshman, Wohlenberg is now on the LMU all-time top-20 list in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and now the 1500 meters.
In addition to Wohlenberg, sophomore Joey Rodgers also ran a career best by over a second with a time of 4:07.81. For Rodgers, he has improved his time by five seconds this season. Also, he has personal bests this season in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
Freshman Matt Stein was a heat winner and narrowly missed his personal best. Stein ran 4:02.85 which was less than a half a second from a personal best. Freshman Jacob Heink was also a heat winner with a time of 4:17.04. Heink was just two tenths of a second from a personal best. Finally, sophomore Kyla Danforth was also a heat winner running 4:45.65. Although not a personal best time, it was a season best for Danforth.
The top performance of the day on the women’s side was from senior Danielle Shanahan who was sixth overall and ran 4:24.05 in a very competitive race. On the men’s side, sophomore Branden Estrada ran 3:53.69 and also finished sixth in the meet over the 1,500 meter distance.
Next Saturday, most of the Lions will wrap up their season at the Occidental Invitational. In addition, seniors Lorena Garcia, Grant Lapovich & Danielle Shanahan will be participating in their graduation ceremonies celebrating an outstanding four-year career at LMU!
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