Four Lions Break Men's 5K LMU Record

March 12, 2007

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Walnut, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a successful showing at the Ben Brown Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Lion men and women combined for four school records and one heat winner.

The action started with the women's 3000m steeplechase, which was part of the distance carnival on Friday night. Running in the event for the first time, the Lions showed a lot of heart and guts in a very challenging event. Junior Claudia Bishop led the way, running 11:53.56 to establish the school record. She was followed by sophomore Caitlin Jennings (12:29.93) and senior Melani Hom (12:33.54).

The next event for the Lions was the men's 5000m. After the pace started slower than desired, junior Jonathan Macneil took the lead but was followed closely by sophomore Trevor Wiseman and senior Drew Haberkorn. Soon, Wiseman took over pace-setting duties only to be passed with 300m to go. However, Wiseman came back to pull out the victory. He was clocked in 15:04.96, which shattered the previous school record of 15:21.36 set by Lino Almeida in 2005. Also under the record were Haberkorn (15:11.7) and MacNeil (15:14.68). In the third heat of men's 5000m, freshman Cameron Pagett and Paul Beckwith ran impressive races, with Pagett going under the previous school record with a time of 15:20.23 followed by Beckwith in 15:24.03. Pagett's time was also the fastest debut in the men's 5000m for the Lions and broke the freshman record.



In the first heat of the women's 5000m, junior Laura Mickelson was looking to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. After running a strong race and taking the lead for a few laps, Mickelson fell short, but still ran a spectacular time of 17:12.33. The mark ranks sixth all-time for the Lions in the event. Mickelson's time is even faster than her 5000m debut last year, where she went on to eventually run 16:30.04 and qualify for the NCAA Championships.

In the second heat, sophomore Abby Fall and freshman Annie Holden both ran strong races. Fall's time of 18:05.38 was only .12 off her personal-record set at the end of last year, while Holden's time of 18:42.7 was very impressive for her first ever 5000m race on the track. Sophomore Ahnie Draper, running in the third heat, also ran a strong race to finish in 19:48.03.

In the men's long jump, freshman Keyon Mitchell placed 17th with a mark of 20' 7.75". In the triple jump, Mitchell suffered his first defeat of the year when he placed eighth with a jump of 43' 7.75".

Next on the track was the men's 800m. Senior Reynaldo Barrera ran a strong race in a very competitive field. His time of 1:59.99 was good for seventh all-time for the Lions. In a later heat, freshman Jordan Legan cut nearly three seconds off his season best with his time of 2:02.68.

In the women's 800m, Hom, who was doubling back after running the steeplechase the night before, ran a perfect strategic race. With the goal of starting conservatively, Hom ran a strong second lap to finish sixth after being in last place with a lap to go. Her time of 2:17.86 broke the school record of 2:18.16, which she set just last week.

Over at the high jump pit, freshman Gabrielle Hybki and Celsa Tonelli both had strong performances with each jumping 5' 0.25". Hybki finished ahead of Tonelli based on number of misses.

Back on the track, sophomore Adam Stebbins had a strong finish to place sixth in his heat of the men's 400m. His time of 50.16 was good for third all-time for the Lions.

In the men's 100m, freshman Jon Hornberger finished strong after a slow start, crossing the line with a time of 11.41, good for second in his heat.

Competing in the men's 400m hurdles, senior Dominic Quiller ran 1:05.07 to finish sixth in his heat.

In the men's 200m, senior Adam Stebbins continued to take time off his own school record. His time of 22.85 eclipsed the previous record of 22.92 set just last week. Hornberger ran to a photo finish in his heat, but was out-leaned at the tape to take second with a time of 23.04. Quiller ran 24.49 to finish fourth in his heat.

The final event of the day for the Lions was the 1500m. In the men's race, junior Mo Elmi continued to improve when he ran 4:15.19. Also competing for the Lions in subsequent heats were sophomore Sean Sisk (4:26.78) and freshman Andrew Hirning (4:42.19).

In the women's 1500m, junior Brittany Rezowalli ran her second-fastest time ever when she crossed the finish line in 4:55.04.

Next up for the Lion track team will be the Occidental Distance Carnival on March 16th and the Long Beach Relays on 17th.



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