March 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Coming off of record-breaking performances at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational, LMU Track travels to Claremont, Calif. for the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championships.
This Week: Cal-Nevada Track & Field Championships
Location: Claremont, Calif.
Venue: Burns Track & Field Complex
Dates: Saturday, Mar. 31 - Sunday, Apr. 1
Hosts: Claremont-Mudd-Scripts Colleges
Last Saturday, LMU had a great day on the track. Multiple Lions finished in the top 10 of their races and set new personal records, while LMU got an individual victory and meet record at UC Irvine's Spring Break Invitational.
Sophomore Drew Dalton won the men's 3000 meter race with a time of 8:13.29, his new personal record, a new Spring Break Invitiational record, and a new LMU record. Junior Tyre Johnson also set a new PR of 8:44.24, finishing sixth overall. The Lions had a pack of four runners finish eighth through eleventh. Sterling Lockert crossed the finish line at 8:49.78, Kevin Joerger finished in 8:51.39, Henry Jordan ran a time of 8:55.67 for a new personal-best, and junior Michael Carlone finished the pack with a time of 8:59.45. Dan Smith ran a time of 9:12.02 for 16th overall. Freshman Andres Lopez improved on his time from the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers by nearly five seconds, finishing in 9:16.82, 17th overall. Derek Weber ran a time of 9:43.22.
LMU finished with four runners in the top seven in the women's 3000m. Cassandra Salazar
finished fourth overall, crossing the finish line in 10:07.41. Caroline Draper
ran a time of 10:08.83 for fifth, Brieanna Delaney
finished sixth with a time of 10:10.23, Brittnie Munoz
came in at 10:11.48, beating her previous best by more than five seconds, for seventh place. Sophomore Kelly Shogren
came in at 10:31.34, 12th overall, setting a new PR by more than 10 seconds. Laura Delgado
finished 20th, in 10:53.48, also eclipsing her PR by more than 10 seconds. Michelle Hickerson
ran a 11:03.17 for 22nd.
The Lions' participation at the meet began with Mike Evans competing in the men's 1500m. Evans finished in 4:12.37. In the men's 800m, senior Oran Arms ran a 1:56.74, second in his section, and 11th overall. Mike Evans ran a time of 2:03.07, which was 34th overall.
LAST YEAR AT THE CAL-NEVADA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The LMU Track team recorded yet another weekend of successful performances. For the women, in the 1500m, Kelly Shogren and Laura Delgado finished 18th and 19th overall respectively in 5:00 and 5:04. Both Shogren and Delgado were less than three seconds off their personal bests from this season and will be looking to shave those seconds off in their next race.
In the 5000m distance, the Lions were led by Brieanna Delaney who turned in a fourth place finish and a five second personal record. In cold, windy conditions Delaney led a pack of Lions to top performances in the 5k race. Brittnie Munoz ran a huge personal best, improving by over twenty seconds to finish in 17:41. Caroline Draper also recorded a personal best, finishing in 17:44 recording a tenth place finish. Finally sophomore Jessica Mumaugh also turned in a solid performance running 17:50 and placing 12th overall.
For the men, the Lions were highlighted by an individual win by Mike Evans in section 1 of the 1500m. Evans ran a personal best by over eight seconds finishing in 4:00.84 to win the first heat. Greg Innes also turned in a personal best in the second heat finishing in 3:54 placing third overall in a competitive race. Oran Arms also had a sub-four performance finishing in 3:58 placing 10th in the second heat. The Lions had a big pack in the first heat also turn in good performances. Philip Benavides ran 4:06 for a solid race to place 6th overall. RJ Larrieu turned in a season best in 4:22. Dan Smith ran 4:17.
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.
PREVIOUSLY IN CLAREMONT
LMU Track had a record-breaking day at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers Meet in February. 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 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.
In the women's mile, Stephanie Felix finished in 5:46.44, for sixth overall in her section. Senior Marissa Diehl ran a 6:01.05 for fourth in the third section of the race.
ABOUT THE BURNS TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX
The stadium provides seating for 3,000 spectators. The track is a full-pour polyurethane surface by Martin Surfacing and has nine lanes. All of the field events except the hammer throw will take place in the interior of the track. The discus ring is at the east end. The shot ring in at the west end along with the high jump apron and the javelin runway. The pole vault and women's horizontal jumps are on the north side and the men's horizontal jumps are on the south side. The hammer throw facility is located to the southeast of the stadium. Runways are the following lengths: 180' (M LJ), 150' (PV), 140' (W LJ), 130' (JT), 100' (HJ). The long jump boards are at 10'. The triple jump boards are at 37' and 41' for men and 27' and 32' for women. 3/8" spikes for the javelin and high jump and 1/4" for the other jumps and all running events.