A school record and plenty of personal bests highlighted a busy weekend for the Saint Mary’s men’s and women’s track teams, as the Gaels competed at numerous meets across the state.
“The team ran really tough this weekend,” said Saint Mary’s assistant coach Brett Zorich. “Most ran multiple races and we had a lot of (personal records) and season bests.”
Noah McDermott set a new Saint Mary’s record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday at the Bryan Clay Invitational. His time of 9 minutes, 10.80 seconds was 14th-best in the field of over 60. It was his first steeple race of the season.
“Noah crushing the school record in his very first steeple of the year is very exciting,” added Zorich. “We look forward to seeing what he can do in the next few weeks.”
AZUSA, Calif. — Most of the noise generated by the Gaels over the weekend came at Azusa Pacific’s Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday and Friday, highlighted by McDermott’s program record in the steeplechase.
McDermott’s record race came in a competition that produced seven meet record times and four stadium record times. It was also a personal best for him.
Haley Dorris continued her impressive season with another personal record, this time in the 1,500. Dorris ran 4:33.94 and finished in the top-third of a large and competitive field. Her event also saw five runners turn in stadium and meet record times.
Tyler Gershman tallied a personal record in the 800, dipping under the two-minute mark at 1:59.23. He was one of two Gaels under two minutes in the 800, with Samir Habash running 1:57.95. Raymond Boffman posted a season-best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:11.45. Nolan Dozier nearly eclipsed his own personal record from this season in the same race, finishing 11th in his heat in 15:00.15.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Gaels went to work in the 1,500s at the Beach Invitational on Saturday with heat victories and personal bests.
Neylene Leon won her heat of the 1,500 in 4:49.99. That came after running a 10,000-meter race at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday. Dorris ran her second 1,500 of the weekend, running 4:40.75.
Boffman tied his season best in the 1,500, going under four minutes with a time of 3:58.29. Dozier was again near his personal best in the event, posting a time of 4:04.01. McDermott came back from his school record in the 3,000 steeplechase to nearly win his 1,500 heat. He would battle for the victory against West Coast Conference foe Ben Davis of Loyola Marymount before finishing third in 4:05.24.
HAYWARD, Calif. — Two Gaels made their collegiate debuts at the 1,500-meter distance Saturday at the East Bay Invitational.
Dustin Espinoza and Jayman Peterson both ran their first collegiate 1,500s at the meet hosted by Cal State East Bay and held at Chabot College. Peterson ran 4:15.35 in his first college 1,500. Espinoza ran 4:23.00. Johnny Jimenez also ran the 1,500 at the meet, turning in a time of 4:14.93 for 16th place. Espinoza and Peterson would both double in the 800 as well later Saturday.
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