Lions Roar into 2017
LMU track will begin competition this Sunday.
ORINDA, Calif. - The LMU Men's and Women's Track & Field teams will open their season on Sunday at the West Coast Invitational and West Coast Challenge to be held at Miramonte High School on Orinda, Calif. The Lions will face off in an 'old fashioned' double-dual scoring meet against conference foes USF, Santa Clara and host Saint Mary's. The doubleheader will be the only opportunity this this season to compete in a traditional team competition against conference rivals.
The women's team will be getting some help from the women's soccer team in the form of freshmen Kallie Kampfl and Phoebe Riley, sophomore Emily Carman and senior goalkeeper Sophie Leksan. This group is no stranger to the sport of Track & Field, however. Carman's "day job" is a midfielder on the LMU women's soccer team. However as a prep at Brea Olinda HS she was 11th in the CIF Division III Southern Section 100m hurdles and part of the 10th place 4x400m relay team. Defender Kallie Kampfl has run 64.14 in the 400m and jumped 4-5 in the high jump. The deepest event for the Lions will be the 3000m which will feature the season debut of senior Danielle Shanahan, who ran 15:52.37 in an indoor 5000m in December. That performance currently ranks her seventh in the country amongst collegiate runners indoors for the 5000m distance.
On the men’s side, the trio of Jack Polerecky, Jordan McLennan, and Koby Pederson will debut for the Lions in the 3000m and lead a strong contingent in the event. In addition, several school records will be at stake in the Discus as freshman Matt Stein and sophomore Brian Joeger are slated to compete in the Invitational and Challenge, respectively. The Lions will also compete in a smattering of events to include the high jump, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 100m, 200m and the always exciting 4x400m relay to round out the two meets.
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