Lions Split Between Occidental Distance Carnival and Long Beach Relays This Weekend

March 14, 2007

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will send split squads to two meets this weekend. The distance runners will be competing at the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday night, March 16th in Eagle Rock, Calif. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet gets underway at 6:00 p.m. Directions can be found by clicking here.

The Lion sprinters and jumpers will compete at the Long Beach Relays on Saturday, March 17th in Long Beach, Calif. For anyone wishing to come out and support Lions, the meet gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Directions can be found by clicking here and then follow the instructions to the Pyramid.

A Look at the Competition - Both Lion squads will be facing teams from around Southern California. Some of the teams that competed at the distance carnival last year include Redlands, Lewis & Clark, Vanguard, Carleton College, Pomona-Pitzer, Cal State San Marcos, Occidental, Whittier College, Cal Lutheran, Fresno Pacific, La Verne, Claremont Mudd Scripps, and Ventura College.

Some of the teams that competed at the relays last year include Long Beach State, Cerritos College, USC, El Camino College, Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona, Long Beach City College and Cal State San Marcos.

For the Lion Men - A total of 11 Lions will be competing in four individual events at the distance carnival, while four others will compete at the Long Beach Relays in three individual events and one relay.

For the Lion Women - A total of nine women will be competing in four individual events at the distance carnival, while two others will compete at the Long Beach Relays in one individual event.

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a successful showing at the Ben Brown Invitational last Friday and Saturday. The Lion men and women combined for four school records and one heat winner.

The action started with the women's 3000m steeplechase, which was part of the distance carnival on Friday night. Running in the event for the first time, the Lions showed a lot of heart and guts in a very challenging event. Junior Claudia Bishop led the way, running 11:53.56 to establish the school record. She was followed by sophomore Caitlin Jennings (12:29.93) and senior Melani Hom (12:33.54).

The next event for the Lions was the men's 5000m. After the pace started slower than desired, junior Jonathan Macneil took the lead but was followed closely by sophomore Trevor Wiseman and senior Drew Haberkorn. Soon, Wiseman took over pace-setting duties only to be passed with 300m to go. However, Wiseman came back to pull out the victory. He was clocked in 15:04.96, which shattered the previous school record of 15:21.36 set by Lino Almeida in 2005. Also under the record were Haberkorn (15:11.7) and MacNeil (15:14.68). In the third heat of men's 5000m, freshman Cameron Pagett and Paul Beckwith ran impressive races, with Pagett going under the previous school record with a time of 15:20.23 followed by Beckwith in 15:24.03. Pagett's time was also the fastest debut in the men's 5000m for the Lions and broke the freshman record.

In the first heat of the women's 5000m, junior Laura Mickelson was looking to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. After running a strong race and taking the lead for a few laps, Mickelson fell short, but still ran a spectacular time of 17:12.33. The mark ranks sixth all-time for the Lions in the event. Mickelson's time is even faster than her 5000m debut last year, where she went on to eventually run 16:30.04 and qualify for the NCAA Championships.

In the women's 800m, Hom, who was doubling back after running the steeplechase the night before, ran a perfect strategic race. With the goal of starting conservatively, Hom ran a strong second lap to finish sixth after being in last place with a lap to go. Her time of 2:17.86 broke the school record of 2:18.16, which she set just last week.

In the men's 200m, senior Adam Stebbins continued to take time off his own school record. His time of 22.85 eclipsed the previous record of 22.92 set just last week. Hornberger ran to a photo finish in his heat, but was out-leaned at the tape to take second with a time of 23.04. Quiller ran 24.49 to finish fourth in his heat.

Last Year at the Occidental Distance Carnival - Last year's show started off with a bang as Claudia Bishop, Kristen Gonzalez and Melani Hom finished 2-3-4 in the women's 800m. Their times of 2:20.50, 2:20.66, and 2:20.94 were not only all personal bests, but also were all under the old school record of 2:21.50 set by Bishop earlier in 2006.

Next up in the men's 800m, Reynaldo Barrera finished seventh overall in a time of 1:59.58. Barrera had not run the event since his freshman year, when he recorded a best of 2:05.90. Also recording a collegiate best was Mo Elmi, who finished 12th in 2:00.94.

The final event of the evening for the Lions was the 5000m run, which consists of 12.5 laps around the oval. Here again, records fell as the Lions combined for seven top-10 finishes and 12 personal bests. In the men's race, Drew Haberkorn, Jonathan Macneil, and Trevor Wiseman finished 5-6-7 in personal record times of 15:29.49, 15:33.36 and 15:35.61 respectively.

In the women's race, Abby Fall (18:27.03), Brittany Rezowalli (18:32.43), Kristen Gonzalez (18:33.32) and Claudia Bishop (18:42.59) all recorded top-10 finishes.

-GO LIONS-

 

 

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