March 22, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. - Sophomore Sam Penzenstadler captured a first place finish in the men's 1500m run as the Loyola University Chicago track & field teams kicked off their outdoor season on day one of the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational this afternoon. Head coach Randy Hasenbank was impressed with what he saw from his athletes on the opening day of competition.
"We had a nice day," said Hasenbank. "Several personal bests, highlighted by Paul Yovanic in the hammer throw and Alyvia Clark in 1500m run. Sam Penzenstadler won the 1500m run and competed very well. We're looking forward to a big day tomorrow."
Penzenstadler, out of Oshkosh, Wis., turned in the top performance of the day for Loyola. He edged out Jarrod Eick from Miami (Ohio) to take the win in the men's 1500m run invitational. Penzenstadler will be back at it tomorrow afternoon when he competes in the 800m run.
Junior Alyvia Clark led the way for the Rambler women on the track, finishing fourth in the 1500m run invitational while turning in a personal best time of 4:27.83. Like her counterpart Penzenstadler on the men's side, Clark will compete in the 800m run tomorrow afternoon.
Paul Yovanic was the top performer in the field on the men's side, posting a personal best throw of 49.74m. Equally impressive in the field was senior Candice Carajohn, as she led the charge for the women's side. The Seneca, Ill. product registered a mark of 11.92m in the triple jump, earning herself a third-place tie with Sarah Rautio of Southern Illinois. Carajohn will also return to action tomorrow, as she will see action in the 400m hurdles.
Loyola will be back at it tomorrow at the Black & Gold Invitational. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the action on the track will commence at 11 a.m.