Track Team Competes at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational
Next week's meet at Long Beach State will be the final race for the entire team.
April 12, 2014
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Lisa Santroch won the steeplechase and Stasia Demick and Lindsay Sheaffer ran the two fastest 800s in school history as the Pepperdine track teams took part in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.
Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS), a junior, has run the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase three times in her debut season of track and has won it twice. She finished with a season-best time of 11:03.66, three seconds better than the runner-up and nearly six seconds better than her previous personal best. Santroch came in first place out of 14 competitors.
"Lisa ran a fairly conservative pace to start out, then she started picking it up and looked really strong," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "We're really excited about how she's taken to the steeplechase. She's doing great after just three events and it usually takes two years to learn."
Sheaffer (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS), a freshman, broke the school record in the women's 800 meters earlier this season. Demick (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy), a sophomore, now has the record after posting a 2:16.88. Sheaffer was right behind in 2:17.23. They finished second and third in their heat, and 16th and 17th overall (out of 111 runners).
"Lindsay led for most of the race but got boxed in right at the end," Radnoti said. "She still ran a great race and ran her best time. But Stasia came from the outside and passed her, and she ran a great time. It was a good race for both of them and we're excited about that."
Freshman Elle Lemco (San Jose, Calif./Prospect HS) had a good showing in the women's 5,000 meters. She took sixth place out of 52 runners with a time of 17:55.22, which was less than a second off her season best.
Sophomore Syrii Daniel (Yucaipa, Calif./Yucaipa HS) had the team's top time in both the 100 and 200 meters, while senior Chloe Levray (Burbank, Calif./Lycee International de Los Angeles) did the same in the 400 with a personal-best time. Junior Triston Brown (Colorado Springs, Colo./Briarcrest Christian HS) won her heat in the 200.
On the men's side, freshman Aric Crowell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS) had a personal-best time and the Waves' top time of the day in the 800 meters, freshman Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) had the team's best time in the 1,500 meters and freshman Gordie Thomas (Fallbrook, Calif./Great Oak HS) won his heat in the 1,500.
"We're teaching all of the freshmen how to race," Radnoti said. "The times will come, but several of our runners had a good lesson today."
Pepperdine's last meet of the season for the entire team will come next weekend at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on April 18-19. After final exams, some runners may continue in pursuit of NCAA qualifying times.