Track to Close Out Regular Season at Occidental

Freshman Weston Strum for the Lions

May 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For more Meet Information visit: Occidental Track

The LMU track team will travel to the Occidental Invitational this Saturday for their last regular season competition of the season. The Occidental Invitational, hosted by Occidental College in Eagle Rock, CA. has drawn a competitive set of entries with some of the top school from across the west coast participating. This year the Lions will see competition against San Diego State, USC, UCLA, Fresno Pacific, Cal State Northridge among others; the running events will start at 3:00pm on Saturday.

The Lions have had an impressive season of continual improvement and stellar individual performances. Each invitational has brought new school records, personal bests and overall strong competition. As the last regular season invitational, the Lions will be looking to showcase their hard work this season with fast splits this Saturday at Occidental.

The women will be led by sophomore star, Sheree Shea in the 5k. After an impressive 5k, performance at the Stanford Invitation where Shea ran a huge personal best of 16:27, she went on to run 34:02 for the 10k earning her a top-25 national ranking earlier this season, with number-one ranked teammate Tara Erdmann. With these performances, Shea will be looking to have yet another stand out race this weekend. Shea will be leading a top group of Lions in the 5k, who all have recorded personal bests throughout this season. Junior Brieanna Delaney ran 17:17 in her last 5k and sophomore Caroline Draper also ran a personal best in her last race of 17:35. Jessica Mumaugh and freshman Brittnie Munoz both have recorded personal bests of 17:41 this season and finally Alyssa Bellia who has recorded quick times in the 1500m will make a 5k debut. Also for the women, freshman Kelly Shogren will race in the 1500m heat looking to set a personal best.



In the men's 5k the Lions will be led by a strong trio of Drew Dalton, Tyre Johnson and Weston Strum. All three have had impressive seasons setting school records across the board. Strum set the school record in the mile in 4:20 and then went on to record a 14:36 in the 5k at Ben Brown. Tyre Johnson had an impressive 10k at the competitive Mt. Sac Relays where he set a new school record in 30:42 and broke 15 minutes for the first time in his career earlier this season in the 5k. Freshman Drew Dalton has also led the Lions this season winning the 3000m at the UC Irvine Invite in 8:24 and then also broke 15 minutes in the 5k at the Cal/Nevada Championships. Each will be looking to have strong performances in their last 5k of the season.

In the men's 1500m, the Lions will be led by sophomore Sterling Lockert. Lockert ran a 3:56 two weeks ago at the UCSD Triton Invitation and will be looking to stay close to that season best. Mike Evans, had a stellar performance early in the season of 4:00 for the 1500m while RJ Larrieu has recorded 2:01 for the 800m and 4:22 for the 1500m. Also in the 1500m, Dan Smith has recorded big personal bests throughout the season clocking a quick 4:12 at Long Beach while Philip Benavides also has shown some speed in 4:06 at Cal/Nevada. Finally for the men, Mike Carlone will race the 3000m steeple chase where he recently ran a big personal best of 10:11 two weeks ago at the Triton Invite.

Overall the Lions will have a good opportunity to record personal bests and more records across the board this weekend. After Occidental, the Lions will look to the NCAA West Region Championships at the end of May.



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