March 31, 2006
This Week on the Track...The Loyola Marymount women's track team will send representatives to the prestigious Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. this Friday. It is one of the top collegiate meets in the United States. Over 4,000 athletes will descend on Stanford's track over the next two days for the competition.
For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet begins on Friday, March 31 and gets underway at 8:15 a.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.
A Look at the Competition... The Lions will be facing their strongest competition yet with teams from around nation, as well professional runners. Many of the nation's top colleges and universities will be competing. Some of the teams include Stanford, Oregon, Arkansas, BYU, Michigan, and Washington.
For the Lion Women... A total of three women will be competing in the 5000m. The sophomore trio of Laura Mickelson, Sara Mickelson and Brittany Rezowalli will represent the Lions on Saturday, April 1 at 8:15 a.m. This is the first time that LMU has had anyone qualify for the Stanford meet. "It's a big deal," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "They are ready to take it to a whole new level. The best possible outcome would be that they would also qualify for NCAA Regionals, which would be another huge first for our track team. To do all this in our very first official track season would be amazing."
Last Time on the Track... The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a successful showing at the UC Irvine Collegiate Classic on March 24 and 25. The teams combined to break six school-records and establish two others.
The Lion women kicked the meet off on Friday night with a school-record breaking performance in the 3000m. Both Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson broke the previous school record time of 10:00.09 set by Laura at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet earlier this year. Their times of 9:53.57 and 9:56.1 were good enough for eighth and ninth place in a very competitive field. Also competing were Abby Fall, who ran a personal-record of 10:32.84, and Brittany Rezowalli, who was timed in 10:40.71.
Next up for the Lions was Lori Sims in the women's 400m, where she didn't disappoint. She ran a school-record time of 61.94, narrowly eclipsing the previous record of 62.1 she set at the Ben Brown Invitational two weeks earlier.
The records continued to fall with the men's 400m. Freshman Adam Stebbins ran a career-best 51.36 to finish sixth in his heat and break his own school-record of 51.9 set at the Ben Brown Invitational.
Dominic Quiller was the next to take aim at a school-record performance. Running 65.89 in the men's 400m hurdles, Dominic narrowly broke his own school-record time of 66.21, which he set two weeks prior at the Ben Brown Invitational.
The final individual event on the track for the Lions was the men's and women's 1500m in which 17 athletes were set to compete. Claudia Bishop led the way for the women finishing sixth in her heat while running a school-record time of 4:43.34, which smashed the previous record by five seconds. Kristen Gonzalez also ran a personal collegiate-best time of 4:55.42 to finish 10th in the heat.
The men were next on the track in the 1500m, where the heat included 11 Lions. In a very exciting finish, Reynaldo Barrera came in a close second to lead the way for the Lions. His time of 4:05.64 easily broke the school-record time of 4:09.72, which he set last year at the Occidental Distance Carnival. Reynaldo was closely followed by fellow Lions Trevor Wiseman (4:06.21), Drew Haberkorn (4:07.48) and Mo Elmi (4:08.47), all of whom were under the previous school-record.
The last event on the track was the men's and women's 4x400m relay, which the Lions were competing in for the first time. The women's team consisting of Lori Sims, Melani Hom, Claudia Bishop and Kristen Gonzalez finished third in their heat and established a school-record time of 4:17.01. The men's team consisting of Adam Stebbins, Mo Elmi, Reynaldo Barrera and Trevor Wiseman ran a very respectable time of 3:45.77 to place fifth in their heat and established a new school-record.
Last Year at the Stanford Invitational... - The Lions will be competing in the Stanford Invitational for the first time.