Track to Race at Ben Brown Invite
The LMU track team will race at the Ben Brown Invitational this Saturday in Fullerton, Calif.
March 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After a successful start to their season at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational two weeks ago, the LMU Track team has set their sights on their next opportunity to test their themselves on the track. This Saturday in Fullerton, Calif. the Lions will race at the 2011 Ben Brown Invitational. The Invitational has traditionally drawn a competitive set of entries and participants from across the nation. The Lions will be looking to make a strong appearance and continue their early season success. The meet which is hosted by Cal State Fullerton will start at 10:00am while the Distance Carnival portion of the Invitational will start later in the day at 6:00pm.
Already in only their first meet of the year, the Lions set new records and personal bests across the board. However even after this early success, the Lions have continued to train hard on and off the track to continue this success. This Saturday is a big meet with a competitive set of entries which will really give the Lions their first test of the spring. LMU has athletes entered to compete in the men's and women's 1500m, 5000m and 3000m steeple chase.
Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "We are really looking forward to this weekend as we really consider it our "outdoor opener." Even though it's still early in the season we've had the chance to get several quality weeks of training under our belt and historically this meet has been good to us. Additionally, we have a lot of young folks who will be making their collegiate debut in their respective races and even though we are really just looking for a benchmark, it wouldn't surprise me to see some very good early season times."
For the women, six Lions will be racing in the 5000m. Two weeks ago, Sheree Shea led the Lions and won her race in the 3k at the Pomona Pitzer Invite. Last year Shea qualified for NCAA West Regional Championships with a 16:50 personal best and will be looking to improve on this time. Junior Brieanna Delaney also had a strong race to start her season with a personal best in the 3k. Freshman Brittnie Munoz will test out her first 5k on the track after having a stellar cross country season. Sophomores Caroline Draper and Jessica Mumaugh will be looking to improve from their freshman times. Finally Stephanie Felix who is coming off a red-shirt season last spring will be looking to get back on the track again. Finally in the 1500m which races earlier in the day, Senior Cynthia Chaidez came in second in her race at Pomona and should be a top contender while senior teammate Shea Franklin and freshmen Laura Delgado and Kelly Shogren are looking to set their own pr's.
The men have a strong middle distance presence: Greg Innes and Oran Arms are racing the 1500m and currently hold top three times on LMU's all-time records list. Freshman Mike Evans and Dan Smith are looking to develop their speed in the 1500m again while senior Matt Duncan will jump up in distance for his senior year with the 1500m. Later in the evening, the Lions have a strong pack of guys who can all race together in the 5000m. Freshmen Drew Dalton, Kevin Joerger and Weston Strum already raced in the Lions top seven in cross country and are helping to lead this quick pack. Additionally Kevin Joerger and Weston Strum both won their first track races of their collegiate careers at Pomona. Also in this pack, Sterling Lockert and Tyre Johnson have helped lead the Lions as well, Lockert is the current school record holder in the 5k. Senior Connor Pastoor broke 15 minutes in the 5k last season and will be looking to get closer to that personal best, while Philip Benavides is coming off a redshirt track season. Finally Henry Jordan ran a huge personal best two weeks ago for the 3k. Michael Carlone will stick with the 3k distance and race the steeple this weekend.
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