Feb. 19, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a successful showing at the UC Santa Barbara Tri meet on Saturday. The Lion men and women combined to set 10 new school records and had two event winners.
In overall tri-meet scoring, both the LMU men and women placed third, while UCSB won both competitions. Scoring on a double dual format, the Lions narrowly lost to the Warriors from Westmont in the men's competition 47-44. When scoring only the events where the Lions competed, LMU held its own, narrowing the gap between UCSB and defeating both the Westmont men (44-32) and women (36-30).
Freshman Gabrielle Hybki started the Lions off in an uplifting fashion by placing third overall and breaking her own school record in the high jump. Her jump of 5'3" bettered her previous record mark of 5'2" set two weeks ago at Cal State Northridge.
The women's mile was the next event for the Lions. Senior Kristen Gonzalez and junior Claudia Bishop led the field through the first three laps. Gonzalez (5:12.02) held on to finish fourth, while Bishop (5:16.79) finished in fifth.
The men were next to toe the line in the mile, with hopes of taking down the three-year-old school record of 4:35, held by the late Adam Bacon. Sophomore Trevor Wiseman and senior Reynaldo Barrera were mixing it up in the lead pack for the first few laps until the pace really picked up. Wiseman battled hard and finished in 4:21.96, good for fifth overall and breaking Bacon's record by over 13 seconds. Barrera held on for sixth in a time of 4:28.02, also under the old school record.
In the men's 400m, sophomore Adam Stebbins was looking for redemption after tying his school record two weeks ago. Stebbins did not disappoint, smashing the school record by 0.59 while running 49.85 and finishing second overall. It was Stebbins' first time under the 50-second mark.
Next up for the Lions was freshman Keyon Mitchell
, who was competing in the men's triple jump, a first for the LMU track and field team. Mitchell proved he will be one to watch this spring when he won the event with a jump of 44'6.75", scoring seven huge points for team and establishing a new school record in the process.
Freshman Jon Hornberger was the next Lion to etch his name in LMU history when he established a school record of 11.3 while finishing fourth in the men's 100m dash.
Breaking further ground for the Lions was a trio of women in the 400m hurdles, marking the first time that LMU has competed in the event on the women's side. Senior Melani Hom led the way, running a respectable time of 1:09.89 to finish second and establish a school record. Hom was followed closely by Bishop, who placed third in a time of 1:10.43, and sophomore Caitlin Jennings (fourth in 1:16.27).
Next on the track was the women's 200m. After Hybki broke her high jump record earlier in the day, she decided to take her talents to the track, where she established a new school record time of 29.2 while placing fourth.
In the men's 200m, the Lions were looking to break the two-week-old record of 24.08 set by senior Dominic Quiller. Stebbins decided that breaking one school-record in the meet wasn't enough when he blazed home in a time of 22.94, placing fourth overall. Hornberger also went under the previous record with his time of 23.2, good enough for sixth.
The Lions looked to continue the day heading into the penultimate event, the 3000m. The women were first on the track with junior Laura Mickelson and sophomore Abby Fall leading the way. After setting the pace for nearly seven laps, the Lions were passed only briefly, as Mickelson stormed back for the victory in a time of 10:16.64. Fall held on strong, placing fourth and set a new personal best (10:26.66) by six seconds.
The men also had great success in the 3000m with all four Lions breaking or setting personal best times. Senior Drew Haberkorn led the Lions by running a very consistent race en route to smashing his own school record by 13 seconds. His time of 8:46.08 was good for fifth. Haberkorn was followed by junior Jonathan Macneil in 10th, whose time of 9:00.79 was 20 seconds faster than his previous best. Also competing were Wiseman (11th in 9:05.65) and freshman Cameron Pagett (12th in 9:09.18).
The Lions were looking to cap the superb day with a strong showing the in 4x400m relay. The women Lions ran an aggressive race, placing second and setting a new school record in the process. The team, consisting of Bishop, Hom, freshman Annie Holden and Gonzalez, ran 4:14.01, breaking the old record of 4:17.01 set just last year.
The men were hoping to follow up the women's performance with a record of their own. The team of Stebbins, Mitchell, Hornberger and Barrera fell just short, running 3:34.99, only .66 off the school record set last year to finish fourth.
Next up for the Lion track team is a quadrangular meet versus San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. on February 24th.