March 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams fared well at the UCLA Invitational with a limited squad. With just 11 athletes competing, the Lion men and women combined for one event winner, one heat winner, and six school records.
The Lions opted to rest many of their distance runners this weekend, taking only a partial squad to the UCLA Invitational.
In the first event for the Lions, freshman Keyon Mitchell established a school record leap of 21' 8.75" in the long jump, placing eighth.
In the women's 1500m, junior Kristina Fernandez, running her first collegiate race, ran a strong race to finish in 5:25.14.
The men were next on the track in the 1500m. Freshman Paul Beckwith ran very even splits in his first attempt as a collegiate, placing fourth in a respectable time of 4:11.34. Junior Mo Elmi battled hard to finish seventh in 4:19.75.
Sophomore Adam Stebbins looked to continue his stellar season in the men's 400m. After falling slightly behind in the first 200m, Stebbins came back strong for the victory in his heat, good for fifth overall. Stebbins' time of 49.6 bettered his school record of 49.85 set two weeks ago
In the men's 100m, freshman Jon Hornberger gave a valiant effort to finish second in his heat and 10th overall with a time of 11.39.
Mitchell was looking for his second school record of the day in the men's triple jump. Mitchell did not disappoint, not only breaking his own LMU record with a jump of 45' 8," but also winning the event. The performance makes Mitchell currently undefeated in his young collegiate triple jump career, after also claiming victory at UCSB two weeks earlier.
In the women's high jump, freshman Celsa Tonelli set a collegiate personal best of 5' 1" to finish seventh. Tonelli was followed closely by fellow freshman Gabrielle Hybki who finished eighth with a jump of 4' 11".
Next on the track was the women's 800m where senior Melani Hom
was looking to take down the school record time of 2:20.5 set just last year. Hom really went after it, coming through the 400m in 65 seconds and taking the lead with 300m to go. Hom was not able to hold for the victory, but her effort was still good for second, setting a new school record of 2:18.16 in the process. Sophomore Lindsay Vitort
also ran a solid race to finish in 2:35.17.
In the men's 800m, freshman Jordan Legan showed a lot of heart to finish fifth in his heat with a time of 2:05.45, also his collegiate debut at the 800m distance.
Senior Dominic Quiller was next up for the Lions in the men's 400m hurdles. Quiller ran strong from the start and managed to break his own school record in a time of 1:02.64.
In the men's 200m, there were three Lions looking to tear up the track. Stebbins, after running a superb 400m, followed that up with breaking his own school record in the 200m. His time of 22.92 placed him 14th overall. Stebbins was followed by Hornberger (23.25) and Quiller (24.69).
The final event of the day for Lions was the women's 2-mile. Sophomore Abby Fall ran an excellent race to finish 10th, running 11:32.09, which beat her personal best time by 12 seconds.
Next up for the Lion track team will be the Ben Brown Invitational on March 9th and 10th.