"Last Chance" Meet Has Seven Lions Looking to Go Faster
Seven Lions look to move up West Regional qualifying list
May 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Seven LMU runners will take to the track for the "last chance" meet this Saturday looking to achieve NCAA Regional qualifying marks at the West Coast Invitational hosted by Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Tara Erdmann and Sheree Shea have already posted marks that are fast enough to qualify for regionals and they will be joined this weekend by Cynthia Chaidez, Drew Dalton, Weston Strum, Tyre Johnson, and Brieanna Delaney, who are racing for their final opportunity to move on to the regional round.
Erdmann, Shea, and Chaidez will be competing in the women's 1500m, which is set to start at 7:45 p.m. Erdmann, who has the fastest time in the nation over 10,000m distance this season, figures to qualify in that event and also in the 5,000m, for which she has the seventh-fastest time in the region. She and Shea, who is among the top 10,000m runners in the west, will be looking to this meet as a tune-up for the regionals. Chaidez and Delaney, who runs at 10 p.m. in the women's 10,000m, will be aiming to join them and top the school-record of three female regional qualifiers set last season.
Dalton, Strum, and Johnson will each be shooting to become LMU's first-ever male regional qualifier. Dalton goes off first in the men's 1500m at 8 p.m. At 9:25 p.m, Strum runs in the men's 5000m while Johnson will complete the day's racing in the men's 10,000m at 10 p.m.
The NCAA West Region Meet will be held at the University of Oregon from May 26-28. Last year, Erdmann, Shea, and Cassandra Salazar all competed for the Lions.
Schedule of Events
Women's 1500m (7:45pm)
Tara Erdmann, Cynthia Chaidez, Sheree Shea
Men's 1500m (8:00pm)
Men's 5000m (9:25p)
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