Lions Head to Stanford Invitational Friday

April 3, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After running at the Arizona State Invitational last weekend, the LMU track team will head to the 34th annual Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track and Angel Field. The Stanford Invitational is one of the biggest and highly-anticipated track meets on the West Coast, featuring many of the top collegiate and high school athletes from around the country.

The meet begins Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. with section five of the women's 5,000 meters. The first session ends at 4:47 p.m. with the high school boy's 100 meters.

At 5:36 p.m., competition resumes with the distance carnival, which will feature some of the best distance races of the year. The Stanford Invitational and Cobb Track have traditionally produced several record-setting performances. The top sections of the steeplechase, the 5,000 meters, and the 10,000 meters are all slated for Friday night.

Saturday's competition begins at 9 a.m. with the high school girls 400-meter hurdles. The final event of the first session is the men's 4x400-meter relay that is scheduled for 5:29 p.m. The distance carnival will follow at 6:07 p.m., featuring the top sections of both the men's and women's 1500 meters.

Last season the Stanford Invitational produced a record 316 athletes who achieved regional qualifying standards. Competing at the Stanford Invitational will be a mixture of West Coast Conference, regional and national programs. In addition to their conference foes, including Santa Clara and San Francisco, LMU will face national powers Arkansas, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Baylor, Florida State, Tennessee and BYU.

At last weekend's Arizona State Invitational, Keyanna Adger finished eighth in the 100 meter dash (12.69) to kick things off for LMU. Adger was back at it again in the 200 meter, placing 19th in 26.81. Freshman Tara Erdmann took third in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:29.17 before fellow freshman Brenn Donnelly crossed in 5:07.41 to claim 25th overall. Caitlin Jennings and Megan Lynch finished just moments later, turning in times of 5:08.91 and 5:10.55 to take 26th and 27th, respectively.

 

 

Senior Laura Mickelson paced the Lion runners in the 3000 meter, claiming fourth in 9:58.93. Abby Fall followed with a time of 10:15.65 to take 13th before Brittany Rezowalli crossed the line in 10:21.85 for 17th. Brooke Lademan, Ahnie Draper and Shea Franklin finished 27th through 29th, in that order, with times of 11:13.96, 11:33.71 and 11:48.74.

Jon Hornberger got the men started on the day, finishing 16th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.33. Julius Jones placed 18th in the race in 12.27 before Adam Stebbins took 13th in the 400 meter with a time of 50.69. Michael Herrera ran in the 800 meter, turning in a time of 2:07.14 to take 17th overall.

Junior Trevor Wiseman led a pack of Lions in the 1500 meter, claiming 22nd in 4:00.26. Connor Pastoor finished 29th in 4:09.97, senior Lino Almeida claimed 33rd in 4:15.76, Michael Herrera crossed in 4:22.63 for 34th and Jacques Delouche took 35th in 4:41.55.

Cameron Pagett paced five LMU runners in the 3000 meter race, taking 14th with a time of 8:47.20. Brian McDonald (8:47.93), Sean Sisk (9:00.46), Scott Donahue (9:14.37) and Paul Beckwith (9:19.02) finished 16th, 21st, 24th and 26th, in that order.

Freshman Matt Duncan was the lone representative from LMU in the 400 meter hurdles, taking 22nd in 59.42. Keyon Mitchell took sixth overall in the long jump, leaping 6.91 meters (22'8") before taking fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 14.26 meters (46'9.50").

Following the invitational this weekend, LMU will head to Westwood, Calif. to partake in the UCLA Invitational on April 11 and 12.

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