Santroch Runs Final Steeplechase of the 2014 Season
May 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pepperdine junior Lisa Santroch turned in a fifth-place finish in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday night in the last track meet of the season for any of the Waves.
All of Pepperdine's runners except for Santroch ended their season after final exams in April. Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS), who played soccer at Pepperdine her first two years and switched over to cross country and track this year, began running the steeplechase in March and showed enough promise that she decided to keep training in hopes of achieving an NCAA Regional qualifying time.
Santroch's time of 11:00.07 on Saturday was just a bit off her season high of 10:56.99. Unfortunately, her best time does not place her among the top 48 steeplechase runners in the West Region.
Still, Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti has high hopes for Santroch's senior year and believes that she is capable of achieving an NCAA-qualifying time, especially with a full year to train.
"When we talked about strategy, we knew Lisa had to run pretty quickly," Radnoti said. "So we had her push the pace the first two laps, a lot faster than normal, and it was a little bit too much. It was a risk worth taking, but she got tired and didn't have enough. Still, Lisa had a really good season. She ran five steeplechases in her first season of track and I'm really proud of her. She's pumped about the future. The first thing she said was that she was going to get ready for cross country season, and then come back for track next season and go even further. She's got a great spirit and it's a pleasure to coach her."