BERKELEY, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's and women's track team competed at the Brutus Hamilton Track and Field meet on Friday hosted by California and once again had several shining moments. The race of the day came from junior transfer Trevor Araujo, who not only set a new personal best in the 3,000 meter steeple chase by a solid 17 seconds, but lowered the school record held by David Stiles from 9:55 down to an impressive 9:45.
"We knew Trevor was going to be in a fast heat, so our focus going in was to stay calm and cool and not get caught up in the first few laps, but try to execute a solid final 1,000 meters," said associate head coach Mark Carberry. "He has stayed healthy, consistent in a solid base with mileage, and as a result improved by almost a minute from a year ago."
"I heard coach Carberry yelling with 1,000 meters to go to start making my move. With 800 to go I heard coach Kinsey yelling the same thing. I started to push the pace, caught a few people at the end and closed in 66 seconds. That was a lot of fun," Araujo said.
On the Women's side sophomore Alicia Doohan raced a savvy second heat of the 1500 to out kick Samantha Hamilton from the University of San Francisco to tie her personal best of 4:49. "This is a good confidence boost for Alicia. She was able to tie her Pr off of less speed work and more threshold training. She was able to run a tactical race as well and should have a great 5k race in two weeks at the West Coast Invite," said head coach Marty Kinsey
Other notable races on day: Junior Rajpaul Pannu eclipsed the 15 minute mark in the 5k once again racing to solid 14:54, freshman Nick Ellingson set a new personal best in the 5k closing with a strong kick and time of 15:30, freshman Gilbert Mundo lowered his 1500 personal best down to 4:02, and freshman team captain Cormac M McCullaugh raced a rare 1500/5000 double to set two new personal bests on the day with times of 4:03 and15:55 respectively.
"Looking at this race on a whole for our program is encouraging. Two years ago we only had 2 people qualify for this meet, last year 6, and this year we had 13. Next year we are looking at having full squads compete as our teams just keep getting better and better," stated Kinsey.