BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's track program saw several personal bests set and competed hard throughout the day as it traveled to Cal to compete in the Brutus Hamilton Open on Friday.
The Gaels got started with the 1,500 meter race. Sophomores Gilbert Mundo and Cormac McCullaugh would battle through a great race to set new lifetime bests of 3:56.41 and 3:56.50, respectively.
“Cormac and Gilbert finished with solid times today," associate head coach Mark Carberry said. "We know we can still make a few tweaks to improve these performances even further too. They are gaining confidence and racing well at the end of the season, which is always the goal.”
Shortly after the 1,500, the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase would see freshman Katie Alioto lower her personal best by five seconds, finishing in third place with a time of 11:12.16. Trevor Araujo raced unattached for the men, cruising to a 10:02.3 finish.
More personal records would fall in both the women’s and men’s 5,000 meter race. Freshmen Carina Novell and Taylor Khan would cross the line in 17:50.98 and 17:53.52, and Cristina Garcia (18:04), Tiffany Monsalud (18:35) and Erin Burke (18:57) also competed for the Gaels.
“The women ran excellent today. We have a young team so to see them succeeding at this level this early is very encouraging," head coach Marty Kinsey said. "We’ve never had three women in the 17’s (10-kilometer equivalent) before and knowing Katie would be right there is fantastic. Even the women who had struggles today still hung in there and fought to the end. We are peaking at the right time and our game plan is working well."
In the men’s 5K, freshman Zach Hansen would lead the way for the Gaels in a time of 14:56.65 and Chris Garcia would set a new personal best with a 15:57.31. Senior Jordan Lerma would finish up a stellar career at Saint Mary’s with a strong showing in 15:39.31.
“Jordan is one of the few people who has endured our coaching change and bought into our system," Kinsey said. "Because of his effort he was able to set multiple lifetime bests and we are just thrilled he stuck with it and helped make our team better. I’m delighted he was able to finish up with such a strong effort.”
Next up for the Gaels is the Hornet Open at Sac State on May 4, then the West Coast Invite at Willamette University on May 11.