Top-10 Finishes and Personal Bests Come Under the Lights at Oxy

March 18, 2006

Eagle Rock, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams continued their inaugural season in fine fashion Friday night under the lights at the Occidental College Distance Carnival.

With no event shorter than 800m, the competition is "a distance lover's paradise" in the words of Head Coach Scott Guerrero. "This meet has always been one of my favorites. Occidental has a beautiful facility and they run this meet at night under the lights. And every fan in the stands is a fan of the distance races, unlike most traditional track meets," Guerrero said.

The evening started off with a bang as Claudia Bishop, Kristen Gonzalez and Melani Hom finished 2-3-4 in the women's 800m. Their times of 2:20.50, 2:20.66, and 2:20.94 were not only all personal bests, but also were all under the old school record of 2:21.50 set by Bishop earlier this year.

Next up in the men's 800m, junior Reynaldo Barrera finished seventh overall in a time of 1:59.58. Barrera has not run the event since his freshman year, when he recorded a best of 2:05.90. Also recording a collegiate best was newcomer Mo Elmi, who finished 12th in 2:00.94

In the women's 1500m, sophomore Sara Mickelson was set to go after the school record of 4:48.79, however it was not to be. After suffering a bad fall within the first 200m of the race, Mickelson bounced up and still managed to finish a very respectable sixth place in a time of 4:53.3, still a personal best. Freshman Caitlin Jennings was the next Lion finisher in 5:20.7, bettering her mark by seven seconds from earlier this season.



In the men's 1500m, sophomore Alex Rendon was the top Lion finisher in 4:20.28, peeling an impressive 11 seconds off his personal best set just last weekend at the Ben Brown Invitational.

The final event of the evening for the Lions was the 5000m run, which consists of 12.5 laps around the oval. Here again, records fell as the Lions combined for seven top-10 finishes and 12 personal bests. In the men's race, junior team captain Drew Haberkorn, sophomore Jon Macneil, and freshman Trevor Wiseman finished 5-6-7 in personal record times of 15:29.49, 15:33.36 and 15:35.61 respectively. Other Lion finishers included Mo Elmi (16:09.40), Reynaldo Barrera (16:12.3), Damian Kearney (16:21.68), Chris Eagan (16:22.59), Anthony Gutierrez (16:26.73), and Sean Sisk (16:27.26).

In the women's race, Abby Fall (18:27.03), Brittany Rezowalli (18:32.43), Kristen Gonzalez (18:33.32) and Claudia Bishop (18:42.59) all recorded top-10 finishes. Also competing for the Lions were Kelly Yahr (19:13.70), Melani Hom (19:26.25), and freshman Ahnie Draper (20:01.79)

Next up for the Lions is the UC Irvine Collegiate Classic on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th.



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