May 15, 2006
Eagle Rock, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track team took three athletes to compete at the Occidental Invitational Saturday. All three athletes registered personal records and two broke school records.
First on the track was the women's 1500m, where both Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson were competing in a final tune-up race before the NCAA Western Regionals. Both Laura and Sara ran gutsy races, pushing the pace faster than they have all year. Laura finished second among collegiate athletes and ninth overall in 4:34.42, bettering the school record time of 4:39.1 she set at the Johnny Mathis Invitational in April. Sara also finished strong, running a personal record time of 4:39.77 to finish fifth among collegiate athletes and 13th overall.
"Running a shorter, faster race helps give them confidence that they can run with the tough competition they will face at NCAA regionals," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said.
The second event for the Lions was the men's 400m, where freshman Adam Stebbins was looking to finish his season on a high note. Running out of a tough lane one assignment, Stebbins ran his best race of the season. Coming from behind, Stebbins closed strong to take second in his heat in a school record time of 50.44, which eclipses the previous record he set two weeks prior. His time is currently the fastest among West Coast Conference athletes.
Next up for the Lion track team is the NCAA Western Regional Championships in Provo, Utah on May 26th where sophomores Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson will run in the women's 5000m.