Getting on Track
With another race under their belt before NCAA Regionals the Lion's track stars gained good racing experience at Georgia over the weekend
May 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Lions travelled to Georgia this past weekend for the Georgia Tech Invitational. Four Lions travelled to compete as they continue their post-season competition for this spring. Highlighted once again by Junior Tara Erdmann's stellar performance, the Lions will be looking to NCAA Regionals after pushing through their last Invitational.
Junior Tara Erdmann led the Lions with once again another personal and school record. Erdmann ran a 4:24 for the 1500meters placing 6th overall in the top heat of the day and once again delivering a stellar performance for LMU. She is now ranked 40th in the West Region for the 1500meter and qualifies her for the three premiere distance events in the Track and Field sport (1500m, 5k, 10k). With Regionals just around the corner, Erdmann will be looking to continue an already successful season amidst the top runners in the west.
Cassandra Salazar and Sheree Shea also competed on the women's side. Salazar raced a 1500meter heat, however after being stuck in a tough position in her heat, she was unable to set a personal record with 4:45. While not her best performance, Salazar's sights are truly set on next weekend at West Regionals. Freshman standout Sheree Shea was also in a similar position. Having hoped to race a fast enough time in Georgia to qualify, she pulled out early and will have to wait to find out if she makes the list with her previous 5k time.
On the men's side, freshman Greg Innes was unable to compete due to a nagging injury that flared up on race day. In an effort to rest up before his last race at USTAF in June, the decision was make for Innes not to race to prevent further injury. For both the men and women, overall it was a weekend of ups and downs with the ultimate long-term plan of preparing for NCAA West Regionals.
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