Mickelson Qualifies For NCAA Regionals, Three LMU Records Go Down At Cal-Nevada Championships
Lions find success at two meets this weekend.
April 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams returned to campus after a successful weekend at both the Stanford Invitational and the Cal-Nevada Championships. For the second straight season, junior Laura Mickelson qualified for the NCAA Regional in the women's 5000m.
Mickelson was the lone Lion competing at the Stanford Invitational Saturday night in Palo Alto, Calif. Running in the second heat of the women's 5000m, her goal was to break 16:52, which would qualify her for the NCAA West Regional. With perfect running conditions, Mickelson competed hard from the start in the large 29-person field. With so many talented runners in the field, everyone was tightly bunched, jockeying for position, but Mickelson managed to avoid a potentially devastating fall at the 1600m mark. None of these obstacles stopped Mickelson, as she ran 16:43.71 to qualify the regional meet in Eugene, Ore. Her time was the third-fastest in school history and 14 seconds faster than she ran at the same meet last year.
While Mickelson was competing in Palo Alto, the majority of the team was busy doing battle at the Cal-Nevada Championships in Fresno, Calif., where the Lion men and women combined for four school records.
The first event for the Lions on Friday was the preliminary round of the women's high jump. Freshman Gabrielle Hybki was looking to finish in the top eight, which would qualify her for the finals on Saturday. Hybki did just that when she jumped 5'3", tying her own school record and moving her into eighth place.
While the high jump competition was being contested, junior Brittany Rezowalli toed the line in the women's 1500m, where she ran 5:01.55.
In the men's long jump, freshman Keyon Mitchell had another quality performance when he jumped 21'0.75."
The men's 400m was next on the track, where sophomore Adam Stebbins gave a valiant effort, placing fifth in his heat with a time of 50.35.
Following the 400m was the men's 100m. Freshman Jon Hornberger ran a strong race from the gun, shaving .1 seconds off his school record when he crossed the line in 11.19.
Next on the track was the women's 800m. Senior Melani Hom was looking to continue her assault on the school record and she didn't disappoint. Hom, running a near-perfect race with even lap splits, battled hard to place fourth in her heat. Her time of 2:15.28 cut over two seconds off her own school record, which she just set last week.
The next Lion to take to the track was senior Dominic Quiller in the men's 400m hurdles. Quiller gave a quality effort to run 61.58.
The final event of the day for the Lions was the men's and women's 5000m. Conditions were less than ideal, as the temperature climbed into the 80's. In the men's race, junior Jonathan Macneil was the top finisher with a time of 15:52.56. MacNeil was followed by senior Drew Haberkorn (16:04.32) and freshman Paul Beckwith (16:13.54).
In the women's 5000m, sophomore Abby Fall led the way for the Lions. Fall ran an excellent race finishing in 18:05.93, less than a second off her personal best. Also competing for the Lions was freshman Annie Holden, who ran a huge personal best time of 18:32.45, shaving 10 seconds off her previous time.
In the high jump finals on Saturday, Hybki was feeling confident after her excellent jump on Friday. Her confidence paid off as she jumped 5'5" to place third overall, establishing a new personal best and breaking her own school record by two inches.
Back on the track, the men's 4x100m relay team consisting of Hornberger, Stebbins, Quiller and Mitchell had great handoffs and established a school record time of 43.54.
The final event of the competition for the Lions was the women's steeplechase, where again the heat was a factor. Junior Claudia Bishop ran a gutsy race, finishing in a time of 11:59.97.
Next up for the Lion track team will be the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 7th.
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