Lions Compete in Season Finale at Occidental Invitational
Seven Current and One Former Lion Run Career Bests
Eagle Rock, Calif. -
For most of the Lions, the 2017 track season came to an end on Saturday night at the Occidental Invitational. This meet historically is extremely competitive and lends itself towards running fast times. For many of those who competed, they did not disappoint.
Leading the charge was junior Jack Polerecky who ran 14:17.02 over 5,000 meters to establish himself amongst the elite in LMU history. He improved his time by over four seconds and is currently fourth (4th) on the LMU top-20 list in the 5,000 meters. Polerecky is also ranked third (3rd) in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:21.00.
Sophomore Jordan McLennan ran a career best in the 5,000 meters running a strong 14:42.57 moving him up to 12th on the LMU top-20 list. McLennan improved on his mark by nearly seven seconds from his previous best, which he ran earlier in the season on the same track. In addition to the 5,000 meters, McLennan ends his season with a personal best in the 1500 meters (3:54.70) good enough for ninth (9th) on the LMU top-20 list.
In just his second 5,000 meter race on the track, redshirt freshman Ben Davis cracked the 15-minute barrier running 14:58.48 in a decisive victory in the second heat of the 5,000 meters. Davis debuted last week in the distance running 15:03.33. For Davis, he is now amongst the top-20 in LMU history leaping over teammate Brian Joerger by just one second.
Freshman Jacob Heink debuted in the 5,000 meters running 15:17.17. Similar to Davis, Heink had a very strong performance in his first try at the distance. Also, sophomore Joey Rodgers ran a career best of 15:32.31, improving on his previous mark by three seconds. Rodgers ran personal bests in six of his nine races this spring ending the season with career bests in the 1500 and 5,000 meter races in his last opportunity.
Junior Christopher Fredlund ran 3:56.81 in the 1500 meters, which is a career best and ranks 14th on the LMU top-20 list. Fredlund ran a personal best by over a second. Like a broken record (pun intended), freshman Matt Stein ran another personal best of 4:01.16 inching himself closer to breaking the 4-minute barrier. This was Stein's third time this season he had run a career best.
Leading the way for the Lions in the 1500 meters was sophomore Branden Estrada who ran 3:54.17. On the women's side, sophomore Emily Hubert ran the 1500 meter distance in 4:46.73. In the women's 5,000 meters, LMU alum Grace Graham-Zamudio ran a career best of 16:10.83 good enough for third (3rd) in the event and just half a second from a win. Graham-Zamudio improved on her best time by eight seconds.
Next weekend a small group of Lions will travel to Oregon for the Portland Twilight, which will be a "last-chance" opportunity for those in consideration for qualification into the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Senior Danielle Shanahan will run in the 1500 meters with fellow senior Lorena Garcia. Junior Maddi Vorgitch and redshirt freshman Kyla Danforth will run the 10,000 meters. Senior Grant Lapovich will end his Lion career in the 10,000 meters alongside teammates Jack Polerecky and sophomore Koby Pederson.
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