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Lodge Breaks 1,500-Meter Record at UCSB


 
 

MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine track and field freshman Lauren Lodge broke the school’s record in the 1,500-meter run this past Saturday at the season-opening UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Roundup. Lodge posted a runner-up time of 4 minutes and 43.66 seconds, erasing Chelsea Wishard’s (Lawai, Hawai’i/Kauai HS) 2008 mark of 4:45.64. 

In breaking the school record, Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS) also came within .56 seconds of beating UCSB’s Andrea Jacobs for the meet’s title.

Pepperdine head coach Robert Radnoti said their battle was a major highlight.

 

“They traded the lead several times over the last 200 meters and it looked like either one of them would win at different times,” he said. “Each of them pushed the other to a faster time, and it was incredible for Lauren to post a 10-second personal record in her first college race. Her training has been going so well these first two months it will be exciting to see how much faster she can run through the rest of her freshmen season.”

 

Both men's and women's 3,000-meter races also produced some solid times and personal records for everyone competing. Conrad Wozniak (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) and Kenny Smith (Willits, Calif./Willits HS) led the men’s side with their third and sixth-place times of 8:41.02 and 8:55.79.

 

Wozniak's time set a new school record that eclipsed current assistant coach Chris Ogle's 2008 milestone of 8:45.97.

 

Elizabeth Coe (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Brieanna Carroll (Pusan, South Korea/Pusan American HS) were tops for Pepperdine in the women’s race, coming in third and fifth with marks of 10:22.04 and 10:25.79. Coe’s time missed beating Courtney Young’s school record by .9 seconds.

 

“The 3,000 was a good race for everyone,” Radnoti said. “They have been training so hard this season and it’s going to pay off big time. I know that many of our young runners are feeling tired as the work load has been probably more than they have ever done, but they are going to see great results and today was the start of something special for our distance runners. They should all feel good about their performances.”

 

In the sprint events, Brittany Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS), Amanda Ajdari (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS) and Bridgette Walker (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS) placed second, third and fourth in the 100-meter dash with times of 12.94, 12.98 and 13.00, respectively.

 

Ajdari went on to take third in the 200-meter dash at 26.69.

 

In the field, Aneka Myles (Victorville, Calif./Silverado HS) posted near personal records in the shot put and discus with distances of 9.55 meters (31'03.75") and  29.02 meters (95'02.50").

 

Pepperdine competes at home this coming Saturday, Feb. 28 for the West Coast Track Challenge, featuring Loyola Marymount and San Diego. The all-running events meet starts at 10 a.m.

 

Next Sunday, the track and field program travels to Florida to compete at the University of South Florida as well as complete a week long Project Serve at the Hope Children's Home. This will be the team’s third trip to work with special children, who, Radnoti says, “teach us more than we give.”


 

 

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