Lions Repeat as West Coast Challenge Champions, Set Six LMU Records

March 3, 2008

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MALIBU, Calif. -

The LMU men's and women's track teams dominated competition once again at the Second Annual West Coast Challenge on Saturday in Malibu, Calif. The competition featured teams from around the WCC, including host Pepperdine, San Francisco, Santa Clara and University of San Diego.

The WCC does not sponsor an official conference championship in track and field. As a result, the West Coast Challenge is considered amongst its competitors to be the "unofficial" conference meet. The Lions dominated competition last year to take the inaugural event, and this season proved similar.

Scoring as a double-dual format, the Lion men defeated Pepperdine (58-19), USF (59-23) and Santa Clara (64-15). The women also easily handled their opponents, defeating Pepperdine (48-35), USD (71-5), USF (46-32) and Santa Clara (57-26).

In the day's first event, the 100 meter dash, the first of six new LMU records was set by Katie Osborne. The senior ran the distance in 13.16 seconds, taking second behind Pepperdine's Brittany Clark at 13.13.

Osborne was back on the track in the 200 meter dash, taking first in the race with a time of 27.62. Keyanna Adger also placed first in the second section of the race in 28.26.

Brandi Young and Brenn Donnelly finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 meter dash. Young crossed the line in 1:03.94, while Donnelly recorded a time of 1:06.69.

LMU once again found itself in the top-spot after a race as Tara Erdmann took first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.67. Sophomore Annie Holden followed in third place with a time of 2:22.86.

Erdmann recorded her second victory on the day when she crossed the line in 4:39.31 to take the 1500 meter run. Junior Abby Fall placed third in the race with a time 4:47.69, while Brooke Lademan (5:12.86) and Kristina Fernandez (5:23.13) finished ninth and 13th, in that order.

Senior Laura Mickelson placed second in the 3000 meter run in 10:01.20, while fellow senior Brittany Rezowalli finished in 10:23.00 to take sixth place.

Caitlin Jennings finished third behind Pepperdine and San Francisco after turning in a time of 1:14.52 in the 400 meter hurdles. Freshman Chelsea Wirschem took fifth in the race in 1:22.31.

The team of Osborne, Adger, Young and Jamie Bell combined to post a new LMU record in the 4x100 meter relay. The four turned in a time of 51.34 to claim second to Pepperdine in the race.

Donnelly, Annie Holden, Young and Erdmann combined to take third place in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:28.66. Another record fell in the distance medley, as Erdmann, Jennings, Abby Fall and Mickelson combined to run the race in a LMU record time of 12:30.69.

LMU claimed the top two spots in the men's 100 meter dash, with Jon Hornberger (11.50) and Keyon Mitchell (11.58) finishing in those places, respectively. The Lions also took first and second in the 200 meter dash. Adam Stebbins claimed first after crossing the line in 22.89 seconds before Mitchell finished right behind him at 23.00.

Stebbins was back at it again in the 400 meter dash, claiming the top spot with a time of 50.30. Lino Almeida, Michael Herrera and Paul Beckwith finished sixth, seventh and eighth for the Lions in the 800 meter run, turning in times of 2:03.60, 2:06.87 and 2:08.08, respectively.

Almeida moved-up three spots in the next race, the 1500 meter run, after posting a time of 4:08.34 to claim third place. Scott Donahue finished fifth in the race in 4:10.51.

Junior Trevor Wiseman set a new LMU record in the 3000 meter, crossing the line in second with a time of 8:30.48. Brian McDonald took fifth in the race for LMU in 8:46.95. Jonathan MacNeil and Sean Sisk rounded-out the top-10 finishers for the Lions, taking eighth and ninth in 8:56.13 and 9:00.08.

Freshman Matt Duncan set another new LMU record, this one coming in the 110 meter hurdles, after turning in a time of 18.19 seconds. Duncan, Jacques Delouche and Connor Pastoor took the first through third spots in the 400 meter hurdles, posting times of 1:01.32, 1:05.90 and 1:08.79, in that order.

A team of Lions, namely Stebbins, Hornberger, Duncan and Mitchell, claimed first place in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 48.06. It was much of the same story in the 4x400 meter relay, as Almeida, Mitchell, Duncan and Stebbins combined to record the final LMU record on the day. The team posted a time of 3:29.72 to easily defeat the competition in the race.

The distance medley was won by Pepperdine in 10:50.28, but the Lions claimed second in the race. McDonald, Herrera, Donahue and Wiseman teamed to post an 11:12.78, defeating Santa Clara's third-place team by just under 16 seconds.

The Lions will return to action this Saturday when they participate at the Ben Brown Invitational in Walnut, Calif. at 10 a.m.




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