Track Teams Compete Well Despite Rain in Northridge

Erin McConlogue

March 17, 2012

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Senior Lauren Lodge broke her own school record in the 1,500 meters and the Pepperdine track teams had a good day running in the rain at the Northridge Invitational on Saturday.

"It was cold and rainy all day today," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "We had our team stay in the bus to keep warm between races. Anyone that PRd today was outstanding because the conditions were so tough. A number of schools didn't show up or left because of the conditions. I'm really proud of all of our team that ran today. It was a good day for Pepperdine."

Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS) has run three different races at three meets this season, and has set school records in each of them. She ran the women's 1,500 meters in 4:37.31 on Saturday, finishing in fifth place and breaking her own record that was set in 2011 at the Cal Poly Invitational by .02 of a second. Lodge also holds the 3,000 and 5,000-meter records.

Radnoti also credited senior Aneasha Lawrence (Simi Valley, Calif./Village Christian HS) for running a strong 1,500 that resulted in a personal best.

The best finishes of the day were turned in by sophomore Natasha Hamlin (Arcadia, Calif./Mayfield Senior School), fourth in the women's 100 meters, and junior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS), fourth in the men's 1,500 meters.

Other top 10 finishes were posted by freshman Erin McConlogue (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Mira Costa College/Palomar College), seventh in the women's 400 meters, and sophomore Jesse Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS), 10th in the men's 1,500 meters.

Hamlin and McConlogue won their respective heats.

Pepperdine is next in competition at the UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday, March 24.



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