Lions Look to Take Down League Foes at West Coast Challenge

Feb. 21, 2007

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the inaugural West Coast Challenge in Malibu, Calif. this Saturday. The meet will be scored in a double dual format, giving the Lions a chance for multiple team victories in one meet. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet takes place on February 24 and gets underway at 10:00 a.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition - The Lions will be facing West Coast Conference foes Pepperdine, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.

For the Lion Men - A total of 14 Lions will be competing in 11 individual and relay events.

For the Lion Women - A total of 14 women will be competing in 10 individual and relay events.

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a successful showing at the UC Santa Barbara Tri meet on Saturday. The Lion men and women combined to set 10 new school records and had two event winners.

In overall tri-meet scoring, both the LMU men and women placed third, while UCSB won both competitions. Scoring on a double dual format, the Lions narrowly lost to the Warriors from Westmont in the men's competition 47-44. When scoring only the events where the Lions competed, LMU held its own, narrowing the gap between UCSB and defeating both the Westmont men (44-32) and women (36-30).

Freshman Gabrielle Hybki started the Lions off in an uplifting fashion by placing third overall and breaking her own school record in the high jump. Her jump of 5'3" bettered her previous record mark of 5'2" set two weeks ago at Cal State Northridge.

In the mile, sophomore Trevor Wiseman and senior Reynaldo Barrera were mixing it up in the lead pack for the first few laps until the pace really picked up. Wiseman battled hard and finished in 4:21.96, good for fifth overall and breaking Adam Bacon's record by over 13 seconds. Barrera held on for sixth in a time of 4:28.02, also under the old school record. In the men's 400m, sophomore Adam Stebbins smashed the school record by 0.59 while running 49.85 and finishing second overall. It was Stebbins' first time under the 50-second mark.

Next up for the Lions was freshman Keyon Mitchell, who proved he will be one to watch this spring when he won the event with a jump of 44'6.75", scoring seven huge points for team and establishing a new school record in the process.

Freshman Jon Hornberger was the next Lion to etch his name in LMU history when he established a school record of 11.3 while finishing fourth in the men's 100m dash.

Breaking further ground for the Lions was a trio of women in the 400m hurdles, marking the first time that LMU has competed in the event on the women's side. Senior Melani Hom led the way, running a respectable time of 1:09.89 to finish second and establish a school record. Hom was followed closely by Claudia Bishop, who placed third in a time of 1:10.43, and sophomore Caitlin Jennings (fourth in 1:16.27).

Next on the track was the women's 200m, where Hybki established a new school record time of 29.2 while placing fourth.

In the men's 200m, Stebbins decided that breaking one school-record in the meet wasn't enough when he blazed home in a time of 22.94, placing fourth overall. Hornberger also went under the previous record with his time of 23.2, good for sixth.

In the women's 3000m, junior Laura Mickelson and sophomore Abby Fall set the pace for nearly seven laps before being passed only briefly. Then Mickelson stormed back for the victory in a time of 10:16.64 while Fall held on strong, placing fourth and setting a new personal best (10:26.66) by six seconds.

Senior Drew Haberkorn led the Lions in the men's 3000m by running a very consistent race en route to smashing his own school record by 13 seconds. His time of 8:46.08 was good for fifth. Haberkorn was followed by junior Jonathan Macneil in 10th, whose time of 9:00.79 was 20 seconds faster than his previous best.

The Lions were looking to cap the day with a strong showing the in 4x400m relay. The women Lions ran an aggressive race, placing second and setting a new school record in the process. The team, consisting of Bishop, Hom, freshman Annie Holden, and Kristen Gonzalez ran 4:14.01, breaking the old record of 4:17.01 set just last year.

The men were hoping to follow up the women's performance with a record of their own. The team of Stebbins, Mitchell, Hornberger and Barrera fell just short, running 3:34.99, only .66 off the school record set last year to finish fourth.

Last Year at the West Coast Challenge - This is the inaugural year of the West Coast Challenge.





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