Declan Murray ranks first in the NCAA West Region in the 800m after his run today.
 
Declan Murray ranks first in the NCAA West Region in the 800m after his run today.
 
 
Murray Breaks Own Record In 800m As Track & Field Opens Weekend

April 5, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. - Senior Declan Murray broke his own school record in the 800m run this afternoon, highlighting a big day for Loyola track & field as the Ramblers competed at the Pepsi Florida Relays and the Chicagoland Championships. Head Coach Randy Hasenbank had plenty of good things to say about the results from this afternoon and evening.

"Declan posted a nice mark at Florida today and Chris Strup continues to impress," said Hasenbank. "We're looking forward to much better conditions here at Lewis tomorrow. I'm excited to see our relays put up some nice marks in Florida as well."

Murray, who just completed an indoor season where he earned First Team All-America honors, exploded out of the gate in his first action of the outdoor season at the Pepsi Florida Relays. His time of 1:48.02 earned him a third-place finish in the event and shaves over half of a second of his school-record time. It also ranks first in the NCAA West Regional standings as the Strongsville, Ohio native seeks to qualify for the national meet later this season.

The sprinters also enjoyed a big day in Gainesville. Chris Strup provided a highlight for the men's side, posting a time of 10.73 seconds in the 100m dash that elevates him into second-place all-time at Loyola. On the women's side, sophomore Jade Kinney and freshman Amber Davis turned in times of 54.98 seconds and 55.18 seconds in the 400m dash that will move the duo into second and third place, respectively, on the all-time Loyola boards.

At the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, throwers Alison Szykowny and Paul Yovanic built on their great performances from last weekend at the Raleigh Relays. Szykowny, a sophomore out of Palos Heights, Ill., took first-place in the hammer throw and finished a close second in the shot put. Yovanic, a senior from Highland, Mich., finished in second-place in the hammer throw.

Both the Florida Relays and the Chicagoland Championships will conclude tomorrow. The action in Gainesville will begin at 10 a.m. local time, while the events will commence in Romeoville at noon.