March 21, 2007
This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles Saturday.
The meet takes place at Katherine B. Loker Stadium and begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found by clicking here and here.
A Look at the Competition - The Lions will be facing teams from around the country and Southern California. Some of the teams that will be competing this year include New Mexico, Michigan, Texas A&M, USC, Washington State, as well as several of the Cal State schools.
For the Lion Men - A total of 10 Lions will be competing in eight individual events.
For the Lion Women - A total of six women will be competing in three individual events.
Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams continued to improve, setting numerous school records at both the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday night and Long Beach Relays on Saturday.
The Lion men and women combined for one event winner, one heat winner, and eight school records.
The first event on the track was the men's 800m. Senior Reynaldo Barrera challenged the school record time of 1:57.11, but fell slightly short. However, he still managed to set a new personal best time of 1:57.41.
In the women's 800m, senior Melani Hom ran a strong second lap to finish second in 2:18.23, just shy of her school record time of 2:17.86 set last week.
The next event on the track was the men's 1500m. Sophomore Trevor Wiseman ran an impressive race, nearly breaking the four-minute barrier. His time of 4:00.1 bettered his own school record time of 4:02.38 set at the West Coast Challenge. Also running a great race was freshman Cameron Pagett, who ran 4:07.54 in his debut in the event. He was followed closely by freshman Paul Beckwith, who ran a season best time of 4:11.27.
In women's 1500m, junior Laura Mickelson took a commanding lead from the gun. Mickelson ran unchallenged the entire race en route to victory in a time of 4:50.23. Following Mickelson was freshman Annie Holden, who ran 5:04.4 in her collegiate debut in the event.
Breaking new ground for the Lion men was freshman Andrew Hirning, who competed in the 3000m steeplechase. Hirning gave a good effort, establishing the school record with his time of 11:11.95.
In the women's 3000m steeplechase, junior Claudia Bishop ran a solid race to finish third. Her time of 11:41 shattered her own school record time of 11:53.56 set just last week.
The 5000m was the last event of the day for the Lions. Junior Jonathan Macneil led the way for the Lions and was on school record pace through the first mile. After slightly dropping off the pace, MacNeil finished strong, running 15:15.19, the second-fastest time of his collegiate career.
In the women's 5000m, sophomore Abby Fall and junior Brittany Rezowalli ran strong races, working together for the first half of the race. Fall pulled away in the last mile to finish third in 18:08.08, while Rezowalli finished 10th in 18:33.75.
While the Lions distance squad competed on Friday night, the sprinters and jumpers competed on Saturday at the Long Beach Relays.
The men's 4x100m relay started the day off for the Lions. The team comprised of senior Dominic Quiller, Stebbins, freshman Jon Hornberger and freshman Keyon Mitchell, but final results were not available.
In the men's long jump, Mitchell soared to a school record jump of 22'5" to finish eighth overall in the competition. Also competing in the triple jump, Mitchell jumped his second-best effort of the season (45'2.25") to finish fifth.
In the men's 400m, Stebbins ran a strong race to finish third in his heat with a time of 51.01.
Competing in the men's 100m, Hornberger ran an impressive race, nearly winning his heat with a school-record time of 11.29.
In the women's high jump, freshman Gabrielle Hybki placed ninth with a jump of 5'1", while fellow freshman Celsa Tonelli jumped 4'11" to take tenth.
Next on the track was the men's 400m hurdles where Quiller continued to shave time off of his own school-record. His time of 60.19, was over two seconds faster than his previous best.
In the men's 200m, Stebbins took time off his own school record for the third consecutive week. His time of 22.7 eclipsed the previous record of 22.85. Also competing in the 200m were Hornberger (23.22) and Quiller (24.39).
Last Year at the Trojan Invitational - The Lions will be competing at the Trojan Invitational for the first time.