Triton Invite Ahead for Track
LMU will run in the annual meet in La Jolla this Saturday.
April 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Lions return to the track this Saturday in La Jolla, Calif. as they participate in the UCSD Triton Invitational.
Event: UCSD Triton Invitational
Location: La Jolla, Calif.
Venue: Triton Track and Field Stadium
Dates: April 28, 2012
Host: UC San Diego
LAST YEAR AT THE TRITON INVITE
Sheree Shea had a stellar race in front of a hometown San Diego crowd, where she won the top heat of the 1500m at the UCSD Triton Invitational. Shea ran a 4:31 clocking the fastest time on the day earning the UCSD 1500 Invite Champ over top competitors from UCSB, SDSU, Long Beach State and UC Riverside.
Alyssa Bellia continued to show top speed on the track, turning in almost a ten second personal best for the 1500m running a 4:44. Close in step, Brittnie Munoz shaved a couple seconds off her personal best to run a 4:46. Caroline Draper also a personal best in 4:47.5 with teammate Brieanna Delaney close behind in 4:49. Jessica Mumaugh turned in a 4:52 for a big personal best breaking five minutes in her second 1500m race this season. Kelly Shogren ran a two second personal best in 4:57. Teammate Laura Delgado ran a 5:10 while Jillian Jaccard ran 5:22 and Megan Fairley ran 5:34.
Greg Innes led the men in the 800m race finishing in 1:56 clocking his fastest time all season for the distance. RJ Larrieu finished in 2:01 in his first 800m race this season for a big debut at the distance with teammate Dan Smith close behind in 2:02 for a personal best as well. Michael Herrera also turned in a solid performance in 2:06 and a one second personal best for the distance.
In the 1500m, Weston Strum led the Lions in 3:53 recording his fastest time of the season for the 1500m distance and the third fastest time of the day at the Invitational. Sterling Lockert ran a top time for this season in 3:56 for a top performance on the afternoon. Drew Dalton also had a solid performance in 3:58. Mike Evans recorded a 4:08 for the distance while Connor Pastoor finished in 4:11 for a big season best. Henry Jordan turned in a 4:14 debut for the distance. Finally Phillip Benavides finished in 4:16 and Matt Duncan in 4:31. Also for the men Scott Donahue competed in the 5000m distance where he raced his first 5k on the track this season in 16:05. Michael Carlone also had a big performance in the 3k-steeple chase, turning in over a ten second personal best in 10:11.
The Lions had a busy weekend on the track, last weekend, running in two events over three days. LMU participated in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. and the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State, breaking records in both events. Michael Carlone ran a school record in the 3k steeplechase at the Beach Invitational. Weston Strum, running unattached, had a great day at the Beach Invitational finishing in the top three in two races.
This past Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays, Brieanna Delaney finished 22nd overall in the women’s 10,000 meters with a time of 36.20.38. Close behind her was Caroline Draper who finished in 36:31.90 for 24th.
On Friday, sophomore standout Drew Dalton ran a time of 14:46.05 in the men’s 5000 meters for 25th overall.
Saturday saw the Lions at the Beach Invitational held in Norwalk, Calif. In the 800 meters, Weston Strum took 3rd place running the distance in 1:50.53 and setting a new personal record. Senior Oran Arms had a time of 1:56.66, his best this season, for 80th.
In the 1500 meters, Weston Strum continued his great performance for the day with a second-place finish and a time of 3:48.56 for his second PR of the day. Dan Smith ran a 4:11.39, a season best, for 98th. Mike Evans was close behind finishing in 4:12.89. Henry Jordan finished 107th, crossing the finish line at 4:23.85. Jonathan Miller recorded a time of 4:24.71.
Carlone finished the men’s 3k steeplechase in 9:46.08, a new personal record by 16 seconds, for 18th overall. Andres Lopez came in 22nd with a time of 10:32.26
Laura Delgado recorded a 21st-place finish in the women’s 3k steeplechase with a time of 12:02.56.
The women’s 1500 meters saw Kelly Shogren finish the race with a time of 4:52.13, a PR for her, for 72nd. Alyssa Bellia ran a 4:57.48, a season-best, for 84th. Michelle Hickerson had a time of 4:59.97, which placed her 88th. Jessica Mumaugh recorded her season-best time of 5:01.28 for 90th.
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.
ABOUT THE UCSD TRITON INVITE
An elite field of over 50 collegiate programs and competitors from around the world will converge on the Triton Track and Field Stadium this weekend as UC San Diego will play host to the annual Triton Invitational.
This weekend's competition will feature over 1,000 entries and nearly as many individual athletes. Among the schools represented will be Division I powers Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Auburn, along with several schools from around the state, including San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton among others.
Several individual standouts are expected to be on hand, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Trafton and American record holder Suzy Powell, both of whom will be competing in the women's discus for the second consecutive year. The women's javelin field will feature 2008 U.S. Olympian and former American record holder Kim Kreiner.
On the track, 2008 World Championship finalist Jenny Adams will highlight the list of competitors in the women's 100-meter hurdle field.
On the men's side, the discus competition has the potential to be one of the best in the history of the Triton Invite as current world leader Lawrence Okoye of Great Britain will square off with the second, third, fourth, sixth, 12th and 13th ranked throwers in the world. Okoye is the top seed with a mark of 218'7".
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