Track Heads to Cal State LA For Second Meet

March 3, 2017

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The Lions are back in action this week at the Cal State L.A. Invitational. This is a local, two-day meet in which all of the running events are hosted on Saturday, March 4 at the Jesse Owens Track. This is one of the closer competitions so fans wouldn't have to travel too far to come and support the team! The Lions will only be competing in one event, the 1500 meters which goes off at 11am. This race is a final tune-up leading up to the "official coming out party" at the Oxy Invite on March 10 where all athletes will be in their "specialty" events.

Although in past years this meet tends to fall on a warmer Saturday, this year it is expected to be 70 degrees and slightly overcast.

Thank you for your support and GO LIONS!!


Orinda, CA ñ The LMU menís and womenís track and field teams opened the 2017 campaign at the West Coast Invitational and West Coast Challenge on February 19. In the womenís 3,000 meter run, the Lions were led by senior Danielle Shanahan who was victorious by 17 seconds running a 9:36.7. Sophomore Maddi Vorgitch and freshman Hannah Wohlenberg were neck-in-neck with Vorgitch finished 6th in a time of 10:18.2 and Wohlenberg 7th in 10:18.7. For Wohlenberg, this was a two second personal best in the event. For the Lady Lions as a team, they improved substantially on a time trial run just three weeks earlier.

On the menís side, junior Jack Polerecky and sophomore Jordan McLennan were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 3,000 meters. Polerecky ran a personal best time of 8:27.9, which was a 3-second improvement on his previous best time. McLennan ran 8:31.1. Four other Lions had personal best times to include sophomore Brian Joerger (8:42.4), along with a trio of freshman Matt Stein (8:55.2), Ben Davis (8:56.5), and Marcus Avila (9:03.0). For Joerger, it was an improvement of 17 seconds, which was the largest of all the personal bests recorded. Like the Lady Lions, the men improved as a team from their time trial three weeks earlier.

Undoubtedly the performer of the meet was by freshman Emily Carman who set a school record in the 100 meter high hurdles. Carman, who would normally be seen on the pitch in an LMU soccer game, ran the hurdles for Brea Olinda High School and was a CIF qualifier in the 300 meter hurdles. In addition to Carman, LMU soccer players senior Sophie Leksan, freshman Phoebe Riley and freshman Kallie Kampfl also subbed in to compete on the track for the Lions.




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