Track to Debut this Saturday

Feb. 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Track team will debut their full squad this Saturday at the Pomona Pitzer All-Comers Meet. The Invitational is hosted by Pomona Pitzer College in Pomona, Calif.; the running events will start at 11:40 pm. LMU will have athletes entered in the 3000meter race at 12:00 for the men and 12:15 for the women and later in the mile at 2:50 pm for the men, and 3:05 for the women.

Last year the Lions had a groundbreaking track season on both the men's and women's sides. For the women, Tara Erdmann set four school records and was nationally ranked in four distance events, culminating her season earning All-American honors for the 10k. Sheree Shea and Cassandra Salazar also had standout performances and set personal records in the 5k. Shea, Salazar and Erdmann qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships. This was the first time in LMU history to have three female athletes qualify in track for the West Regional Championship. Additionally in 2010 six athletes ran top personal bests in the 5k that put them in LMU's top-twenty all time.

For the men, the Lions also saw leaps and bounds of improvement. A young but talented men's team ran times that put them in the top of LMU's all time records. For the 5k, LMU put four new records in the top eight all-time for LMU. Sterling Lockert set a new school record in the 5k at 14:33 while Connor Pastoor, and Greg Innes also broke the 15 minute barrier for the 5k. Previously LMU only had two athletes in history to break 15 minutes, however last year, LMU had three in one season. In the 1500m, the Lions set four new all-time bests for LMU with four athletes running under 3:57.



With such improvements last year, the Lions are looking to continue this progress this season. Saturday will be a good start to another successful season. Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "This meet is a great opportunity for our athletes to see where they are fitness-wise after having not raced in months. Also for a number of our kids it will be their first-ever track meet at the college level so it's a great way to shake off some of the rust and ease into the outdoor season." While it is early in the outdoor track season, the Lions will dust off their track spikes and hope for some fast times.


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