Feb. 17, 2012
LOS ANGELES – With the cross-country season over, LMU’s distance runners turn their attention to the outdoor track, as the Lions will compete in the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers Meet in Pomona, Calif. this Saturday, Feb. 18. The competition will begin for the Lions at noon with the men’s 3000m race.
This Week: Pomona-Pitzer All Comers Meet
Location: Claremont, Calif.
Venue: Strehle Track
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Times: 12:00 p.m.- Men’s 3000m; 12:25 p.m.- Women’s 3000m; 3:40 p.m.- Men’s Mile; 4:00 p.m.- Women’s Mile
LAST YEAR’S AT POMONA-PITZER ALL COMERS
The Lions kicked off their 2011 spring outdoor track season winning three of the four events they were entered in, taking second in the fourth in rainy and windy conditions. Nine Lions set new personal records in their first race of the season.
For the women, Sheree Shea set a new personal record in the 3000-meter race. Shea won the race in 9:57 and was the only finisher to break ten minutes. Additionally with this performance, Shea became only the fourth female in LMU history to break ten minutes in the 3k. Brieanna Delaney ran a personal-best of 10:23.03, placing fifth overall and placing her 10th all-time in the 3k at LMU. Brittnie Munoz ran 10:23.28 for a personal-best in her first collegiate track race. Jessica Mumaugh finished in 10:32 for a personal record besting her previous record by 15 seconds. Caroline Draper's 10:41 was an improvement over her performance at this same invitational in 2010, while Kelly Shogren ran 10:42 in her first collegiate track race. Stephanie Felix finished in 10:55 breaking into the top 20 overall, placing 19th overall.
In the mile, Cynthia Chaidez
ran 5:12 for a second place overall finish. This time places her 3rd all time at LMU in the mile. Shea Franklin
ran a 5:32 finishing 11th overall. Laura Delgado
finished 29th overall in 5:48 for her first college track race.
For the men, the Lions were highlighted by a spectacular finish by freshman Weston Strum who came from last place to win the mile in 4:20.33. With this win and time, Strum broke LMU's record running the fastest outdoor mile in LMU history. Also in the mile race, sophomore Greg Innes and junior Oran Arms both finished in 4:28 placing 12th and 13th respectively. Thomas Finnigan came in close behind placing 15th overall 4:31 while Mike Evans ran 4:34 placing 21st overall in his first college track race. Also for the Lions, Scott Donahue, who is coming off an injury, ran 4:42 placing 33rd overall. Dan Smith placed 38th in 4:45 and Mike Herrera tied his personal best finishing in 4:45 placing 39th overall.
In the 3000m, on the men's side, the young talent of LMU's track team continued to shine. Kevin Joerger won his first college track race in 8:40 putting him 8th all-time at LMU. Sterling Lockert got a top five finish in 8:42 for the Lions while teammate Tyre Johnson finished in 8:51 placing 10th overall. Connor Pastoor just missed breaking nine minutes placing 17th overall in 9:00. Henry Jordan placed 20th overall finishing in 9:05 in his first collegiate track race with a time that placed him 20th all-time at LMU. Finally Phillip Benavides ran 9:14 placing 29th, Michael Carlone finished 39th in 9:27 overall.
The Lions are off to a good start on the track this year. In indoor races, LMU’s Tara Erdmann and Drew Dalton both turned in wonderful performances.
LMU's Tara Erdmann finished the women's 3000 meter invitational run in 9:12.15 for the sixth best overall time at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Erdmann's time was the third best time for a collegiate runner in the field. The time was the Tucson, Ariz. native's personal-best in a 3000m.
Tara also recently represented the United States at the 2012 Aviva International Match held in Glasgow, Scotland. Erdmann finished with a time of 9:39.01 against some of the world’s best distance runners.
LMU sophomore Drew Dalton finished with the fastest time for a collegiate entrant at the West Coast All-Star Mile in Portland, Ore. Dalton finished second overall in the race in 4:16.26, less than a second behind overall winner Ian Cronin who represented Brooks Racing. The event was held in the Chiles Center on the campus on the University of Portland during halftime of the LMU-Portland men's basketball game, which was won by the Lions, 76-62.
LMU will feature a number of first-time collegiate track runners at the All Comers meet. Andres Lopez, Derek Weber, and Michelle Hickerson will be making their LMU track debuts. Stephanie Felix will make her 2011-12 debut, as she did not compete during the cross-country season.
For the men, Oran Arms, Phillip Benavides, Michael Carlone, Mike Evans, Tyre Johnson and Henry Jordan will compete in their first outdoor track race of the season.
Brieanna Delaney, Laura Delgado, Caroline Draper, Brittnie Munoz, Cassandra Salazar, Marissa Diehl and Kelly Shogren begin their outdoor track season for the women.
ABOUT THE POMONA-PITZER ALL COMERS MEET
The All Comers Meet is open to college, university and open athletes only. Field events will begin at 10:30 a.m. Track events will commence at 11:40 a.m.
Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field the Sagehen sports teams in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, an NCAA Division III conference. Sagehen teams include soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track & field, golf, tennis, water polo, swimming and diving.