Track to Compete in Ben Brown Invitational

March 4, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Lions have been rained out at two of their previous scheduled races this spring and are looking to get a good race under their belt. Ben Brown Invitational, which is hosted by Cal State Fullerton, will start at 10am for the short distances while the distance portion will begin at 6:00 pm with a 3000m.

Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "This meet is like our outdoor "opener." We generally run a couple of practice meets in February but this is really the first time we want to come out with all our guns blazing."

On the men's side the Lions will be looking to record their first 5k times on the track. Freshman Sterling Lockert, sophomore Thomas Finnigan, Connor Pastoor and senior Brian McDonald are set to lead the Lions with a quick clip across the line. Others to watch in the 5k race will be Scott Donahue, Michael Herrera, Tyre Johnson, and Michael Carlone. Earlier in the day in other distance events Daniel LaCava, Oran Arms, Greg Innes, and Erich Yanoschik will compete in the 1500m race earlier in the day.



The majority of the women are set to compete in the 5000m race including top finishers so far this season Tara Erdmann, Sheree Shea, Cassandra Salazar and Cynthia Chaidez. Also in the 5k we will see Delaney, Draper, Lademan, Fairley, Mumbaugh, Jaccard, Diehl, and Franklin all looking to turn in a good time for their first race at the 5k distance this season.

The Lions are also entered in other sprint races and field events on both the men's and women's side. Travis Roberts is entered in the 400 and 200 meter sprints while teammate Elliott Peaks will race in the 100m and 200m races and Matt Duncan in the 400 meter hurdles. In jumps the Lions will see Keyon Mitchell in the Triple Jump as well as Chelsea Wirschem for the women's Triple Jump. Gabrielle Hybki who is the current school record holder will compete in the High Jump.

Coach Guerrero commented, "We've had some problems with people getting sick this year but I think whoever is healthy and gets to the line on Saturday will run very fast. Last year we had a number of kids set personal bests at this meet even though it is early in the season and I wouldn't be surprised to see the same this year. Based on what I've seen so far I would say that we are ahead of where we were at the same point last year. Saturday's meet will be the real test though."

Results will be posted online at



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