NCAA West Preliminary Begins Thursday
NCAA outdoor track postseason action begins Thursday in Austin, Texas for four Lions.
LOS ANGELES - Championship season begins Thursday for LMU track as four Lions embark to Austin, Texas and the campus of the University of Texas for the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary.
Action for LMU begins Thursday, May 28 with de Bondt racing in the 1,500m first round at 5:30 pm (CT). The sophomore is the first Lion to qualify for the 1,500m run at the NCAA's, entering with a season-best time of 4:23.71.
Graham-Zamudio will also race on Thursday, tackling the semifinals of the 10,000m run at 9:00 pm (CT). The senior gained entry into the field with a season-best time of 34:32.06.
Should de Bondt advance to the 1,500m quarterfinals, she will race again on Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 pm (CT). Shanahan and Sugimoto will be the final Lions to compete, taking on the 5,000m semifinals on Saturday at 8:05 pm)CT). Shanahan enters the postseason with season-best time of 16:08.82 while Sugimoto's best time is 16:20.27.
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.
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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