Busy Saturday for Track
Erdmann travels to Seattle looking to qualify for the nationals, while the team competes in Norwalk.
March 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES - LMU Track will be looking for wins across the Pacific coast this Saturday. The team will be at the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State University, while redshirt-senior Tara Erdmann will be at the UW Final Qualifier in Seattle as she runs for a chance to qualify to race at the NCAA National Championships.
This Week: UW Final Qualifier
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Venue: Dempsey Indoor Track
Date: Saturday, Mar. 2
Times: 1:35 p.m.: Women's 3000m
LAST YEAR AT THE UW FINAL QUALIFIER
Tara Erdmann became the first LMU athlete to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track National Championship in the 3000 meters, after finishing third at the Final Qualifier in 9:12.
Erdmann placed 3rd behind Katie Floods and Megan Goethals of Washington with less than a five-second spread separating finishers one through five. Erdmann finished in front of Marcy Stephanie and Jessica Tonn of Stanford running 9:12.25, just under the automatic qualifying time of 9:13.
ONLY SECONDS AWAY
Erdmann finished the women's 3000-meter invitational run in 9:12.15 for the sixth-best overall time at the Flotrack Husky Classic this past month. Tara's time was the third-best time for a collegiate runner in the field, but fell two seconds short of qualifying for the NCAA National Championships. The time was the Tucson, Ariz. native's personal-best in a 3000m.
ABOUT THE UW FINAL QUALIFIER
The UW Final Qualifier is open to all Division I athletes and teams as well as athletes who are able to meet the minimum entry standards. All NCAA Division I athletes will be given preference in seeding assignments in order to serve the focus of the meet. This will be a short meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at approximately 3:00 p.m.
This Week: Beach Classic
Location: Norwalk, Calif.
Venue: Cerritos College Track
Date: Saturday, Mar. 2
Times: 10:30 a.m.: Women's 1500m; 11:05 a.m.: Men's 1500m
OFF TO A FAST START
LMU Track had a record-breaking day at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers Meet on Saturday. Many Lions broke personal records while winning events in their season opening race on the outdoor track.
Drew Dalton followed his collegiate best performance in the indoor mile at the University of Portland's "All Star Mile" with a win in section one of the men's 3000 meter run. Dalton finished in 8:27.07, winning the race by more than 12 seconds at the Strehle Track. Tyre Johnson crossed the finish line eighth overall with a time of 8:57.81. Coming in a few seconds behind Johnson was junior Michael Carlone who ran a 9:04.81, beating his previous time at the All Comers Meet by nearly 24 seconds.
In the second section of the men's 3000m, sophomore Henry Jordan finished fourth overall with a time of 9:13.65. Phillip Benavides ran a 9:18.63 resulting in an eighth place finish. Andres Lopez and Derek Weber finished ninth and 17th overall, with times of 9:21.72 and 9:39.33 respectively, in their first outdoor track races at LMU.
Six Lions' women competed in the 3000-meter. In section one, Brieanna Delaney had a second-place finish in 10:19.57, beating her time in last year's race by over three seconds. Brittnie Munoz ran a 10:24.36, the fourth-best time in the race. Junior Caroline Draper finished fifth in the race with a time of 10:31.23 improving on her result last year by 10 seconds. Cassandra Salazar completed the three-pack of LMU runners, finishing sixth in 10:33.14. Kelly Shogren was close behind the LMU pack for a eighth-place finish and a time of 10:43.29. Michelle Hickerson crossed in the line at 10:47.81 for 12th overall. Laura Delgado won the second section of the women's 3000m with a time of 11:04.39, a new personal record.
In the men's mile, senior Oran Arms set a new personal record by nearly a second, finishing first in the second section of the race, with a time of 4:27.21. Mike Evans finished fourth overall in the third section of the mile, crossing the finish line at 4:43.21.
ABOUT THE BEACH CLASSIC
The Beach Classic features student-athletes from 28 different schools. Among the Division I programs that will be competing are host Long Beach State, USC, and Cal State Fullerton. The meet begins Friday with field events and returns on Saturday with a full day of action. The field events get underway at 9 a.m., while the track events are slated for a 10 a.m. start. The final event on the schedule is the last heat of the men's 5000m at 7:10 p.m.