Lions to Run in Irvine Invite
LMU Track returns to Anteater Stadium for UC Irvine's annual invitational race.
March 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- After a two week break, the Lions head back to the track as they will compete in the Spring Break Invitational hosted by UC Irvine this Saturday.
This Week: UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Venue: Anteater Stadium
Date: Saturday, Mar. 24
Times: Track Events (12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
LAST YEAR'S AT SPRING BREAK INVITATIONAL
The LMU Track team continued to set personal bests and all-time records at the UC Irvine Invitational. The Lions saw a win in the 3000m from Drew Dalton, and the first collegiate runner to finish in the women's 3000m from Sheree Shea. Throughout the day, the Lions continued to record some of the fastest times they have all season.
In the women's 3000m, the Lions were led by Sheree Shea who came from the back of the pack to place second overall and the first collegiate woman to finish in 9:37.96. Next for the Lions, a strong pack of four, Brieanna Delaney, Jessica Mumaugh, Caroline Draper and Brittnie Munoz all crossed the line within ten seconds. Brieanna Delaney set a personal best in 10:06.34, with Jessica Mumaugh close in step with a 10:06.50 which is a personal best as well. Caroline Draper also improved her 10:29 season best to 10:13.28 for an all-time best. Brittnie Munoz improved on her previous 3k with a 10:16.89 and a 16th place finish. Finally, Stephanie Felix ran 11:15 placing 26th overall.
In the women's 1500m, Laura Delgado finished in 5:11 for a season best. In the men's 1500 meter race, Greg Innes and Sterling Lockert led the Lions in step finishing 3:57.3 and 3:57.46 respectively. Innes and Lockert placed 5th and 6th in the race and are only one second off LMU's top three all time 1500m times. Oran Arms finished 10th overall in 4:00 flat. Tyre Johnson was close behind in 4:08 finishing 14th overall. In the second heat, Mike Evans led the Lions with an eight place finish in 4:08 with teammate Philip Benavides in 4:10. Dan Smith came in next for the Lions in 4:14. Finally for the Lions, RJ Larrieu finished in 4:24. Oran Arms also competed in the 800m race. Arms finished in 1:56 overall is only one second off his personal best.
In the men's 3000m Drew Dalton led the Lions with a new school record of 8:24 for the 3k. Dalton won the race from the start and didn't look back to win the race, setting a new school 3k record as just a freshman. Teammate Kevin Joerger finished close behind in 8:36 for a personal best as well, a time that stands fifth all-time at LMU. Henry Jordan also set a personal best of 8:58 improving by over seven seconds. Finally, Michael Carlone competed in the 3000m steeple chase for the Lions running 10:34 just off his overall personal best.
LAST TIME ON THE TRACK
LMU's Track team had many personal record times and a few near records at the 2012 Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton held on March 10. With top 10 performances in a variety of events, LMU Track had a great afternoon and evening in Brea.
The men's 3000-meter steeplechase final saw two Lions finish in the top 10. Junior Michael Carlone was fourth overall with a time of 10:04.1, just seconds from his personal record. Andres Lopez recorded a time of 10:22.6 in his first collegiate steeplechase race.
Kevin Joerger finished 11th overall in the men's 5000-meter run "B" race with a time of 15:03.35. In the "A" race, sophomore Drew Dalton set a new personal record with a 14:28.74 for 10th overall while junior Tyre Johnson finished in 24th place with a time of 14:51.33.
The women's 5000 meter "A" race end with three Lions in the top 10. Brittnie Munoz set a new personal record with a 17:15.40 for sixth overall in the race. Brieanna Delaney was right behind Munoz finishing seventh in 17:17.52, just edging her previous PR by .27 seconds. Caroline Draper crossed at 17:36.06 for 10th. Senior Cassandra Salazar ran an 18:13.40 finishing 25th.
Aeoleone Bristow set a new personal record in the 1500 meters, running a 4:56.32 and finishing 27th overall. Sophomore Laura Delgado ran a 5:07.44 to place 38th overall. Jessica Mumaugh ran a 5:19.03 in the 1500m finals. Senior Stephanie Felix crossed the finish line at 5:20.05. Marissa Diehl came in with a time of 5:24.42 in the race.
In the men's 1500 meter run, senior Oran Arms finished the race in 4:05.47 for 29th place overall. Sterling Lockert was seconds behind Arms, finishing 33rd with a time of 4:07.63. Mike Evans ran a 4:13.16 placing him 48th. Philip Benavides crossed the finish line at 4:14.48. RJ Larrieu came in at 4:27.94.
LMU redshirt-senior Tara Erdmann earned her seventh All-American honor March 10 with a near victory at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Erdmann finished the women's 3000 meter race in 9:16.87, only one second behind overall winner Emily Infield of Georgetown, to take fifth place. Erdmann nearly captured the national title, falling behind with less than three minutes left in the race after leading it for several minutes.
The race started with the pack of 17 competitors running in a tight bunch. As the pack started to spread and space was created, Erdmann cruised into second place. At the 600m mark, she was leading the pack. Tara hit the 600m mark at 1:13 into the race and battled with Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk for the lead, with Erdmann in front for nearly four minutes. At 2000 meters, Erdmann dropped back to second place and held on as the front of the field battled for position. Tara gave a final effort in the last 200 meters and ran her hardest through the finish line crossing just a second behind Infield. Erdmann's outstanding effort placed her in the top five, the only competitor from a non-BCS conference school.
In February, LMU sophomore Drew Dalton finished with the fastest time for a collegiate entrant at the West Coast All-Star Mile in Portland, Ore. Dalton finished second overall in the race in 4:16.26, less than a second behind overall winner Ian Cronin who represented Brooks Racing. The event was held in the Chiles Center on the campus on the University of Portland during halftime of the LMU-Portland men's basketball game, which was won by the Lions, 76-62.
The race was competitive from the start. Dalton's time of 4:16.26 beat the University of Portland's Tre Perry by more than a second and recent USC alum and Portland native John Carley by two seconds. Dalton is coming off of an impressive freshman track season that saw him win the Spring Break Invitational at UC Irvine in the 3000m and finish fifth at the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championships in the 5000m.
ABOUT THE SPRING BREAK INVITATIONAL
The annual event hosted by the UC Irvine Anteaters attracts teams from across the nation.