Demick, Lemco Highlight Track's First Day at Cal/Nevada Meet
April 4, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Stasia Demick ran the second-fastest 800-meter time in Pepperdine women's track history on Friday, highlighting the Waves' efforts on the first day of the Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championships.
Demick (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy), a sophomore, recorded a time of 2:18.40, good for 18th place. That was more than a second better than her previous best set this year. The time would have set a school record last year.
Freshman Elle Lemco (San Jose, Calif./Prospect HS) also turned in an impressive performance in the women's 10,000 meters. Her time of 38:19.19 put her in eighth place out of 23 competitors, and moved her into #4 on the Waves' all-time top five list in that event.
Sophomore Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS) placed 13th out of 35 runners in the women's 5,000 meters with a time of 18:09.99. That was 45 seconds better than the previous week, and about 10 seconds better than her previous personal best.
For the men, three freshmen were in action on Friday. Torin Wile (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) competed in the 800 meters and Gordie Thomas (Fallbrook, Calif./Great Oak HS) and Ben Fox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS) took part in the 5,000 meters.
Three more runners will compete on Saturday: freshman Lindsay Sheaffer (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) in the women's 1,500 meters, junior Lisa Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase and freshman Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) in the men's 1,500 meters.