Running Down a Dream
Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson represent LMU at the NCAA regionals this Friday.
May 23, 2006
This Week on the Track - Loyola Marymount track will make program history this weekend, as the Lions send two runners to NCAA regionals in Provo, Utah. Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson will represent LMU at the regional competition, with the goal of qualifying for the NCAA National Track Championships. For anyone wishing to come out and support Lions, the meet gets underway at 1:00 p.m. PST. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking here.
LMU and the NCAAs - LMU track sends representatives to the NCAA regional in just its first season of sanctioned competition. LMU Athletics announced the sponsorship of men's and women's track this February. In just this first season, the Lions qualified two runners in the women's 5000m in Laura and Sara.
A Look at the Competition - The women will face the Western region's top competition, including representatives of the West Coast, Pac-10, Mountain West, Big West, Western Athletic and Big Sky conferences.
For the Lion Women - Both Lions will compete in the 5000m, and race time is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. Pacific time. Laura and Sara will look to finish in the event's top five, which would qualify them for the NCAA Championships in June. Laura enters the competition ranked 11th in the West, while Sara ranks 20th.
Last Time on the Track - LMU took three athletes to compete at the Occidental Invitational . All three athletes registered personal records and two broke school records. First on the track was the women's 1500m, where both Laura and Sara ran gutsy races, pushing the pace faster than they have all year. Laura finished second among collegiate athletes and ninth overall in 4:34.42, bettering the school record time of 4:39.1 she set at the Johnny Mathis Invitational in April. Sara also finished strong, running a personal record time of 4:39.77 to finish fifth among collegiate athletes and 13th overall. The second event for the Lions was the men's 400m, where freshman Adam Stebbins was looking to finish his season on a high note. Running out of a tough lane one assignment, Stebbins ran his best race of the season. Coming from behind, Stebbins closed strong to take second in his heat in a school record time of 50.44, which eclipses the previous record he set two weeks prior. His time is currently the fastest among WCC athletes.
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