May 26, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Two members of Loyola University Chicago track and field represented the Maroon and Gold today at the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the campus of the Univesity of Tennessee.
Senior distance runner Sean Conroy (Cork, Ireland) advanced to Saturday's final after placing 12th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:51.35. Conroy, who won the Horizon League title earlier this month to qualify for the meet, looks to qualify for next weekend's NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Former LU standout Jim Westphal earned the last All-America honor for the Maroon and Gold in the 10,000m at the 1992 NCAA Championships.
"Sean advancing to the 1,500 final is a great step for the Loyola Track and Field program and he has a great opportunity to place in the top five to qualify for the NCAA Championships," Ramblers head coach Marc Burns said.
In addition to Conroy, junior jumper Marcia Faustin (Orland Park, Ill.) also competed in women's high jump, but was unable to record a mark. Faustin qualified for the regional meet by recording a personal-best leap of 5-8.75 at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 5 before capturing her third consecutive Horizon League high jump title on May 12.