Lions to Compete at the Long Beach Relays

March 2, 2006

This Week on the Track... The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the Long Beach Relays in Long Beach, Calif. this weekend. The meet is set for March 4 and gets underway at 10:25 a.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here and following the instructions to the Pyramid.

A Look at the Competition... The Lions will face teams from around Southern California at the Long Beach Relays. Some of the teams that competed last year include UNLV, USC, Long Beach State, Cal Poly Pomona, Claremont, Cal State San Marcos, El Camino College, Cerritos College and Long Beach City College. West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine is also scheduled to compete.

For the Lion Men... A total of 15 Lions will be competing in three relay events as well as two individual events.

For the Lion Women... A total of 14 women will be competing in two relay events as well as two individual events.

Saturday's Events... An event schedule with participating Lion athletes can be found by clicking here.

Last Time on the Track... The Lions opened the season by competing in the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet as an officially sanctioned varsity track team. The Lions had many successes in their first meet, breaking several school records as well as the program's first official event title from sophomore Laura Mickelson in the women's 3000m run. Not only did Laura win the event, but she also ran 10:00.09, smashing the previous school record of 10:50.42 held by Kristen Gonzalez. Right on Laura's heels were Sara Mickelson (third in 10:02.6) and Brittany Rezowalli (seventh in 10:36.8), also running under the previous record. Another school record was broken in the women's 800m run when sophomore Claudia Bishop ran 2:21.5, eclipsing the previous record of 2:22.31, which she set as a freshman.

Not to be outdone by the women, the men also had a record-breaking day. Junior Drew Haberkorn finished 10th in the 3000m in a school record time of 8:59.47, breaking the previous record of 9:10.39 set by Adam Bacon in 2004. Also under the record was freshman Trevor Wiseman finishing in a time of 9:07.27. Adam Stebbins established a new 400m record with a time of 52.29 to finish sixth overall.

Last Year at the Long Beach Relays... The Lions did not compete in any individual events at the Long Beach Relays, but instead concentrated their efforts on the men's and women's distance medley. This move paid off as both teams set school records. The men's team made up of Haberkorn, Reynaldo Barrera, Bacon and Lino Almeida ran a time of 10:41.95, bettering the previous record of 11:05.64 set back in 2002. The all-freshman women's team of Kandance Logan, Sara Mickelson, Bishop and Laura Mickelson ran to a record time of 12:32.56, which was 31 seconds better than the previous record set in 2004.





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