Ramblers Continue Assault on Record Books at Iowa Open

Senior Declan Murray broke a 37-year old school record in the 1000m race today at the Iowa Open.

Senior Declan Murray broke a 37-year old school record in the 1000m race today at the Iowa Open.

Jan. 12, 2013

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Declan Murray set a new school record in the 1000m and Alison Szykowny did the same in the weight throw as the 2013 edition of Loyola track & field resumed their season this afternoon at the Iowa Open. The Ramblers totaled 24 top-ten performances and seven school records fell today at the UI Recreation Building on the campus of the University of Iowa.

"Today served as a great opener for the 2013 campaign," stated Loyola head coach Randy Hasenbank. "Declan Murray shattered a 37-year old school record in the 1000m run. Alison Szykowny was also terrific in throws."

On the men's side, one of the highlights of the day was senior Declan Murray setting a new school record in the 1000m race by posting a time of 2:23.46, besting the old record by 0.64 seconds. Murray also ran the anchor leg, teaming with Mike Wetzel, Bay Abbott and Kevin Glastetter, on the winning team in the 4x400m final. Making his season debut, junior James McLachlan set a new school record in the 60m dash. The Wymondham, England native broke Nick Herold's previous school record by 0.3 seconds this afternoon. In the field for the Ramblers, freshman Keagan Potts, making his collegiate debut, broke the seven-year old record in the pole vault with a height of 13 ft 6 in.

The Rambler women also enjoyed a record-breaking day in Iowa City. Sophomore Alison Szykowny got the day off to a great start in the field, breaking the school record in the weight throw. The sophomore from Palos Heights, Ill. would do the same in the shot put, eclipsing the previous record by over two feet. Senior Candice Carajohn turned in an impressive performance in the triple jump finals, earning first-place with a jump of 11.90m. On the track, freshman Breanna Walker posted a time of 7.69 in the 60m dash, edging out the old school record by 0.07 seconds. Like their men's side, the 4x400m team consisting of Candice Carajohn, Jade Kinney, Rebecca Stearns and Amber Davis finished first in the final.

Both sides will be back in action next weekend when they compete at the two-day Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., beginning on Friday.