March 2, 2013
South Bend, Ind. - By virtue of ranking in the top-16 nationally, seniors Declan Murray and Gina Valgoi have qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800m and 5000m, respectively. Apart from the two seniors, there were plenty of other highlights on day two of the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind. Head coach Randy Hasenbank was impressed with the effort turned this afternoon.
"Nice to get a school record out of our women's 4x400m squad," commented Hasenbank. "Really a great run for that young group. Our men's 4x400m posted a time that will move them up to second on the all-time board as well. We'll let the teams recover over spring break before opening up the outdoor season at Vanderbilt in a few weeks."
Murray, out of Strongsville, Ohio, saw his only action of the day as part of the men's 4x400m relay squad along with fellow senior Mike Wetzel, sophomore Kevin Glastetter and freshman Jake Mazanke. The quartet posted a time of 3:10.83, which puts them into second-place on the all-time board at Loyola. Freshman Chris Strup put a cap on a fine indoor rookie campaign by turning in a time of 21.96 in the 200m dash. Junior Ryan Van Portfliet, competing in the 800m run, finished with a time of 1:53.29.
The women's 4x400m squad also shined, as senior Candice Carajohn, sophomore Jade Kinney and freshmen Rebecca Stearns and Amber Davis posted a new school record in the event by turning in a time of 3:40.39.
The spotlight will now shine on Murray and Valgoi as they head to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. next Friday and Saturday. Murray will be seeded seventh in the 800m run, a five spot improvement for him over the previous year, while Valgoi has earned the twelve seed as she makes her first appearance at the indoor championship meet. The Rambler senior is no stranger to the national scene either though, as she became the first female cross country athlete in Loyola history to qualify for the NCAA Championships last November.
A full schedule of events will be released later this week. Check back with loyolaramblers.com or follow Loyola Track & Field on twitter @RamblersTFXC for more information.