Track to Compete in Mt. Sac Invitational
Over the course of this weekend, the LMU Track team will see tough competition at the Mt. Sac Invitational
April 15, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Men's and Women's track team will compete in the Mt. Sac Invitational this weekend in Walnut, Calif. This year, LMU has the most athletes accepted under the qualifying standards in this competitive invitational in school history. LMU will have athletes competing in the 10,000m, 5,000, and 1,500meter distances.
Starting on Thursday evening LMU will see sophomore Cassandra Salazar in her first 10,000 meter race. Salazar ran a 4:41 1,500meter at UCLA this past weekend and has a 17:03.7 personal record in the 5,000m this season.
On Friday, Megan Fairley will race in the women's 1500meter race while four men, Daniel LaCava, Greg Innes, Oran Arms and Erich Yanoschik will compete in the men's 1500m race at 11:35am. Freshman Greg Innes already has run a 3:55.2 personal record for the 1500m distance this season and he will be looking to improve upon that mark which stands fourth all time at LMU. Innes currently holds the school record in the 800m and should have a good race this weekend. Both LaCava (3rd) and Arms (5th) are also in the top five all time at LMU.
Later on Friday evening, to start off the 5,000 meter races Tara Erdmann will race in the Invitational heat at 8:35 pm. After a spectacular season thus far with four school records and some of the top times in the nation, Erdmann should record another good race. Sheree Shea, Cynthia Chaidez, Brooke Lademan, Brieanna Delaney, and Caroline Draper are also scheduled to race in the women's 5000meter race heats. Freshman Sheree Shea has had a successful season so far clocking a 16:54 for 5k this season. Both Brooke Lademan and Cynthia Chaidez ran under 18minutes for the 5k last track season and will be looking to improve those marks. Freshman Caroline Draper and sophomore Brieanna Delaney each have broke the 18 minute mark with 17:52 and 17:55 for 5k respectively earlier this season and will also be looking to race under those marks.
In the men's 5000m the Lions will see senior Brian McDonald, Connor Pastoor, Thomas Finnigan and Tyre Johnson racing at 11:25pm. Brian McDonald has run a 14:44.4 for the 5k this season only five seconds off his 14:39 personal record from last season. Connor Pastoor ran an all time best of 14:49 at the Ben Brown Invite earlier this season while at the same meet Thoman Finnigan also set a best time of 15:11. Freshman Tyre Johnson has been slowly coming into his own this track season improving to a quick 15:21 at the Cal/Nevada Championships two weeks ago.
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