Partial Squad To Compete At UCSD Triton Invite

April 19, 2007

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in the UC San Diego Triton Invitational in San Diego Saturday. The action begins at 11:00 a.m. Directions can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition - The Lions will be facing teams from around Southern California and the nation. Some of the teams that will be competing this year include UC San Diego, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State, Stanford, New Mexico, Hawaii, Cal Poly Pomona, and Long Beach State.

For the Lion Men - A total of seven Lion men will be competing in eight individual events.

For the Lion Women - Three Lion women will be competing in six individual events and one relay event.

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams fared well at both the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and the Mt. Sac Relays.

In the final race of her collegiate career, senior Melani Hom was looking to end on a high note. After focusing her efforts on the 800m this season, Hom has continuously taken time off the school record, and Friday's race was no different. Hom saved her best for last, running a school record time of 2:15.04.

After Hom's stellar performance, sophomore Trevor Wiseman looked to make his own headline in the men's 5000m. Wiseman ran a gutsy race that paid off in the end when he crossed the line in 14:58.57. His time broke his own school record by five seconds and succeeded in going under the elusive 15-minute barrier. Also running a great race was freshman Cameron Pagett, who knocked two seconds off his personal and freshman record with a time of 15:18.32. Paul Beckwith gave a solid effort as well crossing the line in 15:54.69.

In the men's triple jump, freshman Keyon Mitchell continued his successful first season. Competing in the tough invitational flight, Mitchell placed fourth with a seasonal-best jump of 46'9.5", breaking his school record by over a foot.

Competing in the long jump for the first time, freshman Jon Hornberger had a quality leap of 19'9.75" to place eighth. Hornberger also gave a strong effort in the men's 100m, running 11.21 to place second in his heat, the second-fastest time of the year for him.

The next event for the Lions was the women's high jump. Freshman Gabrielle Hybki held her own against stiff competition, placing fifth with a jump of 5'3".

The next Lion to take to the track was senior Dominic Quiller in the men's 400m hurdles, where he finished in 60.74.

In the women's 5000m, junior Laura Mickelson led the way for the Lions. Mickelson hung with the leaders for the majority of the race, finishing in 17:11.64 to place seventh. Also competing for the Lions was freshman Annie Holden in 19:00.36.

Sophomore Adam Stebbins was the lone Lion competing at the Mt. Sac Relays. Stebbins gave a valiant effort in the men's 400m, finishing in a solid time of 50.03.

Last Year at the Triton Invitational - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams posted three personal records at last year's Triton Invitational.

The Lion women kicked the meet off in the 1500m with the first personal record performance. Hom improved upon her personal best by five seconds when she ran 4:45.51 to place third in her heat and 11th overall.

Next up for the Lions was the men's 1500m, where Mo Elmi and Drew Haberkorn both ran strong races. Elmi and Haberkorn barely missed out on setting personal records when they ran 4:07.52 and 4:08.54 to place 11th and 12th in their heat respectively.

The men's 400m was next on the track for the Lions. Stebbins ran 52.26 to win his heat again.

The final event for the Lions was the men's 5000m. In the first heat, Wiseman flirted with the school record of 15:21.36, falling just short in a stellar time of 15:26.0. In the second heat, Elmi ran a gutsy race, taking the lead with 600m to go, but was out-leaned at the finish. Elmi's time of 15:40.46 was a huge 29-second personal record for him.





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