Sheaffer Sets 800-Meter Record in First Track Meet of Season
Feb. 22, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman Lindsay Sheaffer set the Pepperdine school record in the women's 800 meters as the Waves' track teams got the 2014 season underway on Saturday in a three-team meet at Westmont College.
The Waves ran against the host Warriors and UC Santa Barbara, and head coach Robert Radnoti was pleased with his team's first meet of the season.
"It was a good start for the team," Radnoti said. "We had a lot of freshmen running in their first college track meet and this was a good beginning for them."
Sheaffer (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:19.34, narrowly beating the previous school record of 2:19.46 set by Aneasha Lawrence in 2012.
"This was really a good first effort for Lindsay and we're excited about her future," Radnoti said.
Freshman Izzy Connell (Campbell, Calif./The Harker School) was the Waves' top finisher in both the 100 and 200-meter sprints. She was second in the 100 meters in 12.75 (which puts her at #5 on the Waves' all-time list) and was third overall in the 200 meters. She won her heat with a time of 26.48.
Freshman Jordan Spencer (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS) took third overall in the 400 meters, while senior Chloe Levray (Burbank, Calif./Lycee International de Los Angeles) won a 400-meter heat that consisted of her and four teammates. Freshman Tori Occhipinti (Coto de Caza, Calif./Crean Lutheran HS) was third overall in the 100-meter hurdles, and her time of 16.52 clocks in at #3 on the Waves' all-time list.
On the men's side, freshman Torin Wile (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) was third in the 800 meters, and his time of 1:56.72 was just a little more than a second off the school record. Freshman Aric Crowell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS) was the best of three Waves competing in the one-mile. Freshman Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) ran well in the 3,000 meters, Radnoti said.
Pepperdine heads east for Spring Break to do its usual Project Serve community service project at the Hope Children's Home in Tampa, Fla., and then will run at the Savannah State Relays in Savannah, Ga., next Saturday (March 1).