Lions To Face National Competition At Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invite And Mt. SAC Relays

April 12, 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 Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational in Los Angeles on Friday. For anyone wishing to come out and support Lions, the meet gets underway at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

Sophomore Adam Stebbins will compete at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. on Friday, April 13. For anyone wishing to support him, his race gets underway at 2:15 p.m. Directions to this meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition - The Lions running at Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee will face teams from Northern Arizona, Colorado, BYU, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Butler, Arkansas, Portland, Rice, Washington State and TCU, among others.

Stebbins will compete in the men's 400m at the Mt. Sac Relays. His competition will include runners from Cal State Northridge, Providence, Cal State Fullerton, Notre Dame and Azusa Pacific.

For the Lion Men - A total of seven athletes will be competing in seven individual events, including freshman Keyon Mitchell, who qualified for the invitational section of the triple jump Saturday at the RJ/JJK Invitational.

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

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams once again fared well at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational with a limited squad. The Lion men and women combined for two new school records. The next event for the Lions was the men's 1500m. Running in the second heat, sophomore Trevor Wiseman ran with the leaders from the gun. Wiseman challenged for the lead down the backstretch, but was out leaned. Wiseman's time of 3:58.76 broke his own school record time of 4:00.1, making him the first Lion ever under the four-minute barrier. Also running a stellar race in the second heat was freshman Cameron Pagett, as his time of 4:03.66 was a new personal best by four seconds. Next on the track was the men's 800m, where senior Reynaldo Barrera was looking to break the school record which has eluded him all season. Running a near perfect race, Barrera finally reached his goal, running 1:56.19 to take nearly a second off the longest standing LMU school record, which was set in 2003. Last Year at the RJ/JJK Invite and Mt. SAC Relays - The Lions will be competing in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational for the first time.

At the Mt. SAC Relays last year, Laura Mickelson competed in the university/open heat of 5000m Thursday afternoon in extreme temperatures, which reached 87 degrees. With the pack settling on an easy pace, Mickelson took control of the race and took over pace-setting duties for the first eight laps. Mickelson then began to pull away, finishing in a stellar time of 17:00:25 to take the heat victory by over 30 seconds. Her time was just shy of the NCAA regional qualifier and the 16:57.69 school record she set two weeks earlier at the Stanford Invitational.





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