Ben Brown Invitational Next on the Track for the Lions

March 8, 2006

This Week on the Track... The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the Ben Brown Invitational in Walnut, Calif. this weekend. The meet will be hosted by Cal State Fullerton, but will take place at Mt. San Antonio College. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet takes place on March 11 and gets underway at 12:05 p.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition... The Lions will face strong competition from teams around Southern California including Santa Clara, Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, CS Fullerton, UNLV, USC, Long Beach State, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside and CS Dominguez Hills.

For the Lion Men... A total of 15 Lions will compete in five individual events.

For the Lion Women... A total of 15 women will compete in five individual events.

An event schedule with participating Lion athletes can be found by clicking here.

Last Time on the Track The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams continued their successful and record-breaking season at the Long Beach Relays. The teams combined for five school records and four personal bests.

The quartet of Mo Elmi, Jonathan Macneil, Trevor Wiseman and Drew Haberkorn ran 18:08.56 in the men's 4x1600m relay, finishing fifth and smashing the previous record set back in 2002 by 50 seconds.

The record setting continued with the women's 4x800m relay, when the team of Claudia Bishop, Kristen Gonzalez, Melani Hom and Kelly Yahr established a new school record of 9:49.78 to finish second.

The Lions also made history in a non-distance event when Dominic Quiller established a new school record time of 66.21 in the 400m intermediate hurdles.

Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson destroyed the field in the women's 5000m, finishing first and second respectively. Their times of 17:15.48 and 17:16.31 easily eclipsed the previous record of 17:52.66 set by Laura Mickelson last year.

The women's 1500m also provided a new school record as well as personal record. Bishop and Gonzalez finished second and third, while Bishop narrowly broke her own school record by .39 seconds running 4:48.7. Gonzalez set a new collegiate best of 4:58.45.

The day was rounded out by Reynaldo Barrera finishing a strong sixth in the men's 1500m, narrowly missing his own school record by .22 seconds running a time of 4:09.94.

Re-Writing the Record Books Through the first two meets of the first officially sanctioned track season, the Lions have broke or established nine school records.

Last Year at the Ben Brown Invitational The Lions established or broke multiple school records while competing at the Ben Brown Invitational. Then-freshman Sara Mickelson started the historic day by establishing a new school record in the women's 1500m in a quick time of 4:55.63. She was followed closely by Hom in 4:56.16 and Bishop in 4:57.56. The next record-breaking performance came when then-freshman Laura Mickelson ran 18:00.49 in the women's 5000m, breaking the previous record set by Trinity Amalfitano in 2004. The final stellar performance of the meet came when Adam Bacon ran 15:21.49 in the men's 5000m, breaking his own record by one second from 2004.





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