Lions Return to Claremont
LMU will run at the Strehle Track for the third this year, this time in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
April 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- After weekend runs in the Bay Area last weekend, the Lions return to southern California for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Event: Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational
Location: Claremont, Calif.
Venue: Strehle Track
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Host: Pomona College & Pitzer College
THIRD TIME IN CLAREMONT
Earlier this month, some young Lions got an opportunity to compete at the Cal/Nevada Track Championships. Freshman Andres Lopez competed in the 3000-meter men's steeplechase finishing with a time of 10:26.86. Sophomore Laura Delgado ran the women's 3000-meter steeplechase in 12:01.77. Also, freshman Derek Weber participated in the 10,000 meters.
In February, LMU Track had a record-breaking day at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers Meet on Saturday. Many Lions broke personal records while winning events in their season opening race on the outdoor track.
Drew Dalton won section one of the men's 3000-meter run finishing in 8:27.07, winning the race by more than 12 seconds. 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.
A SAN FRANCISCO TREAT
Junior Michael Carlone broke his personal record in the 3k steeplechase, finishing 15th at the SF State Distance Carnival. Carlone ran a time of 9:48.58, shaving his prior PR by nearly 14 seconds.
In the women’s 5000m at the SF State Distance Carnival, senior Cassandra Salazar ran a 17:08.72 for eighth place, a season-best time. Brittnie Munoz finished ninth in 17:09.24, for a new personal record. Brieanna Delaney also broke her personal record running a 17:17.26 to cross the finish line 13th. Junior Caroline Draper finished 15th running a 17:22.26, and establishing a new PR. Kelly Shogren ran her first sub-18, finishing in 17:58.64 and also setting a new personal best.
Senior Oran Arms ran a season-best 4:02.17 to finish 22nd in the 1500-meters at the SF State Distance Carnival.
TARA DOES IT AGAIN
Tara Erdmann won the elite section of the Stanford Invitational 10,000-meter race on Friday while setting a new personal-record and running the fastest 10k time in the U.S. at 32:31.15. Erdmann's time was under the U.S. Olympic Track & Field "A" standard of 32:45, which automatically qualifies her for the U.S. Olympic Trials held this June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Erdmann led 14 women with times under 33 minutes. Her first 5k time was 16:26, followed by 16:05 in the second 5k. Erdmann's last mile time was 5:05.
Sophomore Drew Dalton set a school record at the Stanford Invitational running a 14:18.86 in the men’s 5000-meter race for a fourth-place finish. His time also established a new personal record for him at that distance.
Drew won the men's 3000-meter race with a time of 8:13.29, his new PR, a new meet record, and a new LMU record at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational in March. Dalton started the track season 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 the winner on the indoor track.
The sophomore followed his performance at the All Star Mile with a win in section one of the men's 3000-meter run at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers meet in February. Dalton finished in 8:27.07, winning the race by more than 12 seconds at the Strehle Outdoor Track.
At the Ben Brown Invitational in March, Dalton finished 10th overall in the 5000m, setting a then PR with a time of 14:28.74.