Santroch Runs Twice at Steve Scott Invitational on Saturday
May 3, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Lisa Santroch, the last member of the Pepperdine track team still in action, ran twice at the Steve Scott Invitational on Saturday as she tries to get ready for one last crack at an NCAA qualifying time in the steeplechase.
For most of Pepperdine's runners, track season ended after the previous week's final exams and graduation, but Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) has continued to train, as Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti believes she's close to earning a spot in an NCAA regional in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Santroch didn't run in the steeplechase on Saturday, but instead competed in the 400-meter hurdles and the 1,500 meters.
"Lisa had a PR in the hurdles and a near-PR in the 1,500," Radnoti said. "This is all about setting up the schedule to run a great race next week. She had two good training days this week, and today served as a speed development day for next week's event. She's going to be ready for an eye-popping steeplechase at Occidental. Lisa is pretty excited about it."
Santroch will run in the steeplechase at the Occidental Invitational next Saturday (May 10). The goal is to qualify for the NCAA preliminary rounds on May 29 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Santroch, a junior who is in her first season running for Pepperdine after playing soccer the previous two years, ran 76.05 in the 400-meter hurdles (the best by any of the Waves' runners this year) and 4:48.59 in the 1,500 meters (placing her 24th out of 56).