Strong Showing by the Lions Despite Unfavorable Conditions
LMU track teams combined for two new school records, five event heat winners, and a number of personal bests through the winter-like weather.
March 13, 2006
Walnut, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had another successful showing at the Ben Brown Invitational on Saturday, despite severe weather conditions consisting of rain, wind, hail, and near-freezing temperatures. The teams combined for two new school records, five event heat winners, and a number of personal bests.
Adam Stebbins got the Lions started in the right direction with a school-record breaking victory in his heat of the men's 400m. His time of 51.9 seconds eclipsed the previous record of 52.29, which he set two weeks earlier. This was after the meet had been suspended for approximately 45 minutes due to lightning and hail. Meanwhile in the women's 400m, Lori Sims established a new school-record time of 62.10, finishing sixth in her heat and 14th overall.
The final competitor for the Lions in the short events was Dominic Quiller who ran 67.67 in the 400m hurdles.
Next on the track was Kacy Sommers, who ran a collegiate-best time of 2:04.22 to win his heat of the men's 800m.
Following Sommers, the Lions had 14 athletes competing in the men's and women's 1500m. Claudia Bishop narrowly missed breaking her own school record when she placed sixth overall in a time of 4:49.91. The Lions dominated the second heat of the women's 1500m when Melani Hom and Kristen Gonzalez finished first and second, running 4:52.96 and 4:56.17 respectively. Ahnie Draper and Caitlin Jennings continued right where Hom and Gonzalez left off, finishing second (5:19.85) and third (5:27.83) in their heat, both in personal record fashion.
Not to be outdone by the women, the men turned in a few notable performances as well in the 1500m. Reynaldo Barrera finished fifth in his heat of the men's 1500m in a time of 4:11.34 while Mo Elmi, using a strong finishing kick, won his heat in a time of 4:19.4.
With the sun setting and the temperatures continuing to plummet, it was now time for the 11 Lions running the men's and women's 5000m to take the track. Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson started things off by placing fifth and eighth overall, while running very respectable times of 17:19.85 and 17:39.58 considering the conditions. Laura Mickelson was the top collegiate finisher in the women's 5000m. Mickelson and Mickelson were followed by Brittany Rezowalli and Abby Fall who finished fifth and eighth in the second heat, both establishing new personal records of 18:20.40 and 18:37.49.
Drew Haberkorn led things off for the Lions in the men's 5000m by finishing fifth in his heat and setting a personal record time of 15:33.67, breaking his previous best time by 27 seconds. Haberkorn was followed closely by Jonathan McNeil (15:50.86) and Trevor Wiseman (15:59.36), who finished 12th and 14th respectively, both personal records. The day concluded with one of the more exciting races of the day when Chris Eagan took the lead in the 5000m for good with 300m to go, winning his heat in a personal record time of 16:15.94
Next up for the Lion track team is the Occidental Distance Carnival on March 17th.
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