Lions to Face Strong Competition at the UCI Collegiate Classic

March 22, 2006

This Week on the Track... - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the Collegiate Classic in Irvine, Calif. this Friday. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet takes place on March 24 and 25 and gets underway at 6 p.m. PST on Friday. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition... - The Lions will be facing strong competition from teams around Southern California and the nation. Some of the participating teams include UC Irvine, Air Force, Cornell, Michigan, Arkansas, and UC Riverside.

For the Lion Men... - A total of 16 Lions will be competing in four individual events and one relay.

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

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

Last Time on the Track... -The men's and women's track teams continued their inaugural season in fine fashion Friday night under the lights at the Occidental College Distance Carnival.

The evening 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 this year.

Next up in the men's 800m, junior Reynaldo Barrera finished seventh overall in a time of 1:59.58. Also recording a collegiate best was newcomer Mo Elmi, who finished 12th in 2:00.94.

In the women's 1500m, sophomore Sara Mickelson was set to go after the school record of 4:48.79, however it was not to be. After suffering a bad fall within the first 200m of the race, Mickelson bounced up and managed to finish a very respectable sixth place in a time of 4:53.3, still a personal best. Freshman Caitlin Jennings was the next Lion finisher in 5:20.7, bettering her mark by seven seconds from earlier this season.

In the men's 1500m, sophomore Alex Rendon was the top Lion finisher in 4:20.28, peeling an impressive 11 seconds off his personal best set just last weekend at the Ben Brown Invitational.

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, junior team captain Drew Haberkorn, sophomore Jonathan Macneil, and freshman Trevor Wiseman finished 5-6-7 in personal record times of 15:29.49, 15:33.36 and 15:35.61 respectively. Other Lion finishers included Mo Elmi (16:09.40), Reynaldo Barrera (16:12.3), Damian Kearney (16:21.68), Chris Eagan (16:22.59), Anthony Gutierrez (16:26.73), and Sean Sisk (16:27.26).

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. Also competing for the Lions were Kelly Yahr (19:13.70), Melani Hom (19:26.25), and freshman Ahnie Draper (20:01.79)

Last Year at the UC Irvine Collegiate Classic... - The Lions will be competing in the Collegiate Classic for the first time.





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