Lions Shine at Occidental Invitational
LMU Track closes out their regular season with strong performances at the Occidental Invitation
May 8, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Lions closed out their regular season last night with a strong showing at the Occidental Invite. Sophomore Sheree Shea led the Lions with an individual win in the women's 5k in 16:31 while freshman Weston Strum set a new school record in the men's 5k. The Lions saw personal records and all-time performances from both the men and women across the board to close out their regular season.
The women were led by sophomore Sheree Shea who won the 5k race in 16:31. Setting a grueling pace, Shea led the race from lap one, running the entire race with a considerable lead ahead of the rest of the pack. This performance is only four seconds off her personal best, which she ran in an extremely competitive race at the Stanford Invitational earlier this season. Shea's performance this weekend goes to show her competitive strength even when she is ahead of the pack.
Next for the Lions, Freshman Alyssa Bellia had a breakout performance in her first 5k on the track. Bellia ran a 17:04 in her first 5k this season placing fourth overall. This is not only an impressive performance but also 7th all-time at LMU. Next for the Lions sophomore Jessica Mumaugh recorded a huge personal best in 17:17. Mumuagh improved her preivous best of 17:41 by over 24 seconds to finish in 17:17 and place 10th overall. Junior Brieanna Delaney was next for the Lions placing 14th overall in 17:21, the second fastest time Delaney recorded for the 5k this season. Delaney was followed by sophomore Caroline Draper who recorded a big personal best finishing in 17:26 and improved her season record by over ten seconds. Finally rounding out the Lions pack in the 5k, freshman Brittnie Munoz recorded an 18:07. Also for the women freshman Kelly Shogren competed in the 1500m race recording a personal best in 4:56.
In the men's 5k race, the Lions were led by top trio, Weston Strum, Tyre Johnson, and Drew Dalton. Weston Strum led the Lions with a fourth place finish and huge personal best as well as a school record. Strum improved on his previous best of 14:36 by over fifteen seconds to finish in 14:19. This performance is a new school record by over ten seconds. Tyre Johnson also had a standout race recording a personal best and the second fastest all-time record at LMU. Johnson placed 10th overall in 14:30 for the 5k race improving his previous best by over twenty seconds. Finally freshman Drew Dalton also recorded over a twenty-second personal best in 14:35 placing 13th overall. Dalton's performance also earns him a spot in the Lions top five all-time records for the 5k.
In the men's 1500m freshman Dan Smith led the Lions in 4:09. This is a big personal best for Smith by over three seconds for the 1500m distance. Next for the Lions, RJ Larrieu also recorded a huge personal best in 4:10 improving by over twelve seconds. Philip Benavides had a strong performance in 4:12 and Mike Evans also recorded a good effort in 4:14. Finally for the men Michael Carlone competed in the 3000m steeple chase for a personal best of 10:02 and a 16th place overall finish. Carlone has improved his steeple race by over thirty seconds throughout the season ending on his fastest performance yet.
Overall the Lions had a great day on the track with big races to close out the regular season.
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