Four Qualify for NCAA West Regional
The quartet of Lions were each accepted into the preliminary championships field, the NCAA announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - Senior Grace Graham-Zamudio, junior Kelli Sugimoto and sophomores Danielle Shanahan and Kayla de Bondt will represent the LMU track team at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Regional in Texas next week. The quartet of Lions were each accepted into the preliminary championships field, the NCAA announced Thursday.
This marks the third consecutive year, and ninth overall in the 10 years of sponsoring women's track (and since the re-establishment of the men's program), that the Lions have advanced athletes into the postseason. Four qualifiers ties the second most advancing in a season, matching the four that qualified in 2013.
Graham-Zamudio, Sugimoto and Shanahan are making their second straight appearance in the NCAA's while de Bondt, in her first year with the Lions, advances for the first time in her collegiate career.
Graham-Zamudio will compete in the 10,000m run, gaining entry with her season-best time of 34:32.06, which ranks 38th in the West Regional field of 48.
Shanahan and Sugimoto will both race the 5,000m for a second straight year. Shanahan will head to Austin, Texas, ranked 18th in the field with a season-best time of 16:08.82. Sugimoto is 31st with a season-best time of 16:20.27.
de Bondt makes the field of 48 in the 1,500m after a career performance at last week's Portland Twilight last chance meet. Trimming two seconds off her best time, she will head to Regionals ranked 37th with a time of 4:23.71.
The 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Regional will be contested May 28-30 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. The top 12 from each event in each of the two preliminary regional competitions advance to the NCAA Championships June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.
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