Lions To Face Strong Competition at Cal-Nevada Championship, Mickelson To Race Nation's Best at Stanford

March 29, 2007

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track team will compete in two meets this weekend. The majority of the team will compete at the Cal-Nevada Championships in Fresno, Calif. Friday and Saturday. For anyone wishing to come out and support Lions, the meet gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Directions to the meet are available here.

Junior Laura Mickelson will compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday, March 31. For anyone wishing to come out and support Mickelson, her race gets underway at approximately 7:45 p.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition - The team running at Cal-Nevada will face squads from around California and Nevada, including UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Cal State San Marcos.

For the Lion Men - A total of nine athletes will be competing in six individual events and one relay.

For the Lion Women - A total of six athletes will be competing in five individual events.

Mickelson will be competing in the 5000m at the Stanford Invitational and will face competitors from schools including Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Colorado, Stanford, and Arizona State. Mickelson will be looking to achieve an NCAA regional qualifying time of 16:52.

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams fared well with a limited squad at the Trojan Invitational. The Lion men and women combined for three heat winners and two school records.

The first event for the Lions was the women's 3000m, where junior Claudia Bishop ran an excellent race in her first attempt at the distance. Her time of 10:29.7 was good for 14th overall.

Next up was the women's 800m. Senior Melani Hom ran just off the lead through the first lap. With 300m to go, Hom made her move pulling into second and then taking the lead with 200m left. Hom cruised to victory in her heat in a personal best and school record time of 2:17.62.

In the men's 800m, senior Reynaldo Barrera, like Hom, ran just off the lead through the first lap, but then took the lead with 400m to go and cruised to victory with a time of 1:59.05.

In the men's 200m, sophomore Adam Stebbins ran an excellent last 100m to take victory in his heat with an impressive time of 22.71, just shy of his school record time of 22.70. Freshman Jon Hornberger also ran an excellent race; his time of 23.02 was a personal best for the season.

The final event of the day for Lions was the men's 3000m. Sophomore Trevor Wiseman went out with the leaders and battled hard to finish fourth. His gutsy running paid off with a school record time of 8:40.49, which bettered the previous record by six seconds. Freshman Cameron Pagett continued his stellar first season with a 10-second personal record. His time of 8:53.1 was good for sixth.

Last Year at the Cal-Nevada Championships and the Stanford Invitational - The Lions will be competing in the Cal-Nevada Championships for the first time.

In a thrilling race at the Stanford Invitational last year, Mickelson took the lead after 800m and led virtually the entire race until she was passed with a lap to go. Mickelson hung tough, finishing second in the heat in a new school record time of 16:57.69, shaving 18 seconds off the previous mark. Brittany Rezowalli had an excellent race as well, running 18:07.67, 13 seconds off her previous best.





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