Topping Off a Busy Weekend
The LMU Track team saw more records set and personal bests over a busy weekend of competition.
May 4, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Track team traveled to three different Invites this weekend to face some of the top competition on the west coast. When faced up against nationally ranked competition, LMU only proved they could rise to the occasion and have become a top distance program in Division I athletics. LMU touched the track at the Oregon Invitational, Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford and the Irvine Invitational.
Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "We definitely had an epic weekend of track & field. This is probably the busiest weekend we have ever had in our track history but it demonstrates our commitment to putting our athletes in the best possible situation to help them achieve."
Senior Brian McDonald started the weekend off running his first ever 10k at the University of Oregon Invitational. To close out his career as a Lion McDonald ran a personal best and school record of 31:13. McDonald led the Lions in Cross Country to second place team finish and set school records throughout the season. His success for the program has continued into the spring Track season with a huge school record his past weekend for the 10k. Head Coach Scott Guerrero commented, "Brain has really helped lift the program to new heights since arriving here as a sophomore so it was cool to see him be able to close out his college career by running a school record time of 31:13 in the 10,000m at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR."
On Saturday it was on to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational where Lady Lions freshman Sheree Shea and Junior Tara Erdmann ran in the 5000meters. Shea ran a personal best time of 16:50.66 for the 5000m, her fastest all season. Erdmann finished with a time of 16:16.50 which is the second fastest all-time at LMU and is only eclipsed by her own school record 15:55 that she ran earlier this season. Both Shea and Erdmann faced some of the top competition in the nation at Stanford and represented the Lions well with their successes.
Finally on Sunday, LMU saw their final competition of the weekend at the Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. The Lions got another personal record and school record from senior Daniel LaCava in the 1500meters. LaCava shattered the school record in the 1500m by almost three seconds running a season-best 3:50.94. Freshman Michael Carlone also set a personal best in the 1500m event in 4:12.18 while Erich Yanoschik also competed in the 1500meter. In field events at UC Irvine, Senior Keyon Mitchell closed out his collegiate career by finishing 11th in the Triple Jump at 45'01.50".
Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "It's nice to see so many kids running so well so much later in the season. As our track program has gotten stronger we have had kids continue to compete deeper into the track season and move on to post-season competition. This is no small feat considering our challenging academic calendar with final exams the first week of May."
Next up the Lions will compete at the Occidental Invitational in Eagle Rock, CA on Saturday, May 8.
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