Running Through the Twilight Zone

April 15, 2004

By Maria Judnick
Staff writer
The Loyolan

This story appeared in the Loyolan March 31, 2004

The LMU track team competed in the Occidental Distance Carnival on the evening of Friday, March 19. The meet was unusual because it began at twilight.

Head coach Scott Guerrero enjoyed this meet because not only is it run at night, but is one of the middle meets of the season, which can display the team's abilities. Night meets are better for the team, because "there are better conditions on the track, cooler temperatures and it's a great time when you get to run under the lights," said Guerrero. "It's also nice because at this meet, it is just the distance events, so all the fans love to see the distance events and are rooting for the runners."

Every LMU runner in the meet set either a personal record or a new team record.

The LMU women had many runners finish in the top 10. In the 1500 meters, freshman Kristen Gonzalez earned an eighth place with a time of 5:05.87, a new school record. The 5000 meters saw two LMU women runners in the top 10 junior Trinity Amalfatino came in third with a time of 18:47.40, a new school record. Senior Maria Degitz finished in seventh place in the 5000 with a personal best of 18:59.58. The personal best marks the first time Degitz ran the event in under 19 minutes. Also finishing well in this race were freshman Melani Hom and sophomore Michelle Toapanta. Toapanta cut almost a minute off her time at the meet.

The LMU men's team focused its attention on the 5000 meters. Sophomore Adam Bacon finished in eighth place with a school record time of 15:37.29. Guerrero was also very pleased to note that three track members managed to run the event in under 16 minutes, a good time for the runners. The other sub-16 finishers were junior Bernie Ochoa and sophomore David Steinhafel.

Of the meet, Guerrero said, "Everyone ran really well. It is almost expected now, being in the middle of the season to see times go down, but you never know if things can come together so well. It's good to see that people are setting records every time they touch the track."

The next meet will be the team's major road trip as the Lions will head to San Francisco for the Johnny Mathis Invitational at San Francisco State University. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 3.




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