Lions Look to Finish Strong at Johnny Mathis Invite

April 6, 2006

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the Johnny Mathis Invitational in San Francisco, Calif. this Saturday. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet takes place on April 8 at San Francisco State University and gets underway at 1 p.m. PST. 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 California including San Francisco State, Humbolt State, Cal State Hayward, Sonoma State, Santa Clara, Butte College, Santa Rosa College and UC Santa Cruz.

For the Lion Men - A total of 15 Lions will be competing in six individual events and one relay.

For the Lion Women - A total of 16 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 Loyola Marymount women's track team took three athletes to compete against the nation's elite at the Stanford Invitational. All three women competed in the fourth heat of 5000m on Saturday morning.

In a thrilling race, Laura Mickelson took the lead after 800m and led virtually the entire race until she was passed with a lap to go. However, 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. Fellow sophomores Sara Mickelson and Brittany Rezowalli had excellent races as well with Sara Mickelson running 17:21.91 and Rezowalli running 18:07.67, knocking 13 seconds off her previous best.

Last Year at the Johnny Mathis - The Lions had many stellar performances breaking three school-records. Then-freshman Claudia Bishop started things off by running 4:49.09 in the women's 1500m, breaking the previous school-record of 4:51.15 she set two weeks earlier. Next on the track was the women's 5000m, where then-freshman Laura Mickelson narrowly eclipsed the school-record running a time of 17:54.54, which broke her previous record time of 17:58.54 set two weeks prior. Finally it was the men's turn to show their stuff in the 5000m. In an exciting race, then-freshman Lino Almeida and junior Adam Bacon battled down the backstretch with Almeida finishing in a school-record time of 15:21.36, narrowly edging Bacon who ran 15:21.54.





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