Lions Look For Records At The Steve Scott Invite, Mickelson To Race Nation's Best In Palo Alto

April 26, 2007

This Week on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams will compete in two meets this weekend. Most of the Lions will compete at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif. Saturday. For anyone wishing to come out and support the Lions, the meet gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking the following links below.

Junior Laura Mickelson, who has already qualified for the 2007 NCAA Regionals, will compete at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Sunday, April 29. For anyone wishing to come out and support Mickelson, her race gets underway at 8:53 p.m. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.

A Look at the Competition - The squad running in Irvine will face teams from around California such as UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, CS San Marcos, Santa Clara, CS Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Long Beach State, and UC Riverside.

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

For the Lion Women - Freshman Gabrielle Hybki will be competing in the high jump for the Lion women at the Steve Scott Invitational.

Mickelson will be competing in the 10,000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational and will face collegiate runners from Stanford, Arizona State, Michigan, Boise State, and Texas Tech. Her competition will also include professional runners from Nike, Reebok, Adidas, and Asics, as well as former Olympians. Mickelson will be looking to break the 35-minute mark, which would provisionally qualify her for the NCAA Championship.

Last Time on the Track - The Loyola Marymount men's and women's track teams had a strong showing at the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego. The Lions set two new LMU records as the spring track season continued.

In the men's 1500m, sophomore Trevor Wiseman continued his assault on his own school record. Running in the middle of the pack for the first two laps, Wiseman moved up to second place and challenged for the lead. Wiseman was unable to catch the leader, but still managed to take another second off his own school record, crossing the line in 3:57.8. Also running strong races were junior Mo Elmi (4:08.13) and freshman Cameron Pagett (4:11.38).

The next record breaking performance came from freshman Jon Hornberger in the men's 100m. Hornberger's time of 11.17 took 0.02 seconds off his own school record. His strong 100m performance came after solid mark of 19'6" in the men's long jump.

The next event for the Lions was the women's high jump. Freshman Gabrielle Hybki had a solid performance with a jump of 5'1.75".

Sophomore Adam Stebbins had a strong finish in the 400m to place fourth in his heat with a time of 50.01. Also competing in the 200m, Stebbins once against finished strong to place third in his heat with a time of 22.76, just off his own school record.

Next on track was the men's 4x100m relay. The team consisting of Hornberger, Stebbins, freshman Keyon Mitchell and senior Dominic Quiller had quality handoffs to aid their strong effort of 44.15.

In the men's triple jump, Mitchell had another successful outing, placing fifth overall with a jump of 45'6.25".

The next Lion to take to the track was Quiller in the men's 400m hurdles, where he ran a quality race to finish in 60.99.

In the women's 3000m, junior Kristina Fernandez led the way for the Lions. In her first attempt at the distance, Fernandez gave a valiant effort finishing with a time of 12:48.82.

Last Year at the Steve Scott Invitational - The Loyola Marymount men's track team took four athletes to compete in the Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine in 2006.

The first event on the track was the men's 400m, which started the record breaking day. Adam Stebbins ran a time of 50.87 to place third in his heat and break his own school record of 51.36, which he set on the very same track five weeks prior.

Next up for the Lions was the men's 1500m, where Trevor Wiseman capped off a stellar freshman season by winning his heat and breaking the school record in the process. His time of 4:03.13 bettered the school record time of 4:05.64 set by Reynaldo Barrera on the same track five weeks before.

Also in the same heat was Barrera, who finished ninth in a time of 4:12.53. The final event on the track for the Lions was the men's 5000m. Mo Elmi was the lone Lion athlete, but he held his own taking the lead early on in the race. Elmi finished sixth in a time of 15:48.54.

The Loyola Marymount women's track team took Laura Mickelson to compete against the nation's elite at the Stanford Cardinal Invitational. Mickelson was set to compete in the second heat of the 5000m on Sunday evening, where she was looking to get under the NCAA regional qualifying standard of 16:52.

After a brisk first lap, the pack settled in with Mickelson in perfect position. Unlike previous races, Mickelson was able to let the other athletes take care of pace setting duties, which allowed her to conserve much needed energy. The leaders, including Mickelson, came through the mile in 5:18.

With a mile to go, Mickelson was battling for the lead and was well ahead of regional qualifying pace. The race was going to come down to a final one-lap sprint. Heading down the backstretch, Mickelson was a few meters behind, looking strong, but she just ran out of track. She finished second in a regional qualifying time of 16:30.04, which was a huge 27-second personal-record, shattering the school record.

Mickelson's time qualified her for the 2006 NCAA Western Regional Championship.





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