Big Night at West Coast Invite
Seven personal records were recorded Thursday night, including potential NCAA West Regional qualifying marks.
May 15, 2014
SALEM, Ore. Seven personal records were recorded Thursday night, including potential NCAA West Regional qualifying marks, as a dozen members of the LMU men's and women's track teams competed in the West Coast Invite hosted by Willamette University.
The meet served as a final opportunity to lower times headed into next week's postseason selection.
Freshman Kyra Burke got the evening slate off to a hot start as she crushed her previous personal, and LMU all-time, record of 10:46.22 in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:32.99. Entering the week, the No. 48 time in the West Region was 10:34.73, while Burke's mark Thursday night would rank No. 46.
Sheree Shea and Danielle Shanahan followed with a 1-2 finish in the 1,500m, both achieving personal best times. Shea, who is already a postseason lock in the 5K and 10K events, turned in a winning time of 4:22.58, which would rank No. 38 in the West Region (updated through 5/12).
Shanahan, meanwhile, trimmed nearly two seconds off her best time in the 1,500m with a 4:25.32 finish. In the most recently released rankings, three athletes were tied at No. 46 at 4:23.28.
In the women's 5K, Grace Graham-Zamudio raced to a personal record 16:19.82, which would rank No. 39 in the most recent Regional rankings. Kelli Sugimoto also achieved a personal record time in the event, finishing in 16:33.49.
On the men's side, Weston Strum won the 1,500m in 3:44.10, just shy of his all-time best of 3:42.67, which was the 18th fastest time time in the West Region entering the week.
Fellow senior Kevin Joerger posted a massive PR in the 5K, placing second in 14:10.09. The time far eclipsed his previous best time of 14:22.68 as he now ranks second in LMU's all-time record book. Senior John Pickhaver rounded out the personal records set by the Lions with his 14:41.28 5K finish.
The official NCAA Regional Qualifiers list will be released Thursday, May 22 with the West Regional beginning May 29 in Fayetteville, Ark.