Shanahan Moves into NCAA Regional Contention
Freshman Danielle Shanahan raced to a huge personal record 16:19.73 in the 5,000m Saturday in San Francisco.
May 10, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO Freshman Danielle Shanahan raced to a huge personal record 16:19.73 in the 5,000m run to lead a contingent of LMU men and women track athletes at the 2014 West Coast Last Chance Open hosted by the University of San Francisco at San Francisco State's Cox Stadium Saturday.
Shanahan trimmed nearly 10 seconds off her previous career best time and now sits in very likely contention of holding an NCAA West Regional qualifying time. Entering this weekend's competition, her time of 16:19.73 would rank 38th. The top 48 times in each event earn postseason qualification.
The rookie's PR finish was good for first place in the 5k race as the Lions went 1-2 in the event with junior Grace Graham-Zamudio finishing second in 16:26.75, less than one second shy of her PR.
Sophomore Kelli Sugimoto made her career 10,000m debut, finishing in 35:27.9, a time that would have qualified her for the NCAA Regional in 2013. Entering this week, the 48th top time in the West was 35:05.94.
Rounding out the Lion women closing out 2014 with personal record marks were Chloe Curtis (4:31.41) and Kyra Burke (4:40.46) in the 1,500m.
Redshirt senior John Pickhaver turned in one of the top highlights on the men's side, winning the 10k in a near PR time of 30:53.65. Freshman Grant Lapovich also had a PR mark in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 9:58.91.
For those still in the hunt for an NCAA qualifying mark, one final "last chance" meet remains on the Lion schedule - the West Coast Invitational in Willamette, Ore., on May 15. The official NCAA Regional Qualifiers list will be released Thursday, May 22 with the West Regional beginning May 29 in Fayetteville, Ark.