Nov. 30, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Seniors Declan Murray (600m, 1:17.14) and Mike Wetzel (300m, 34.35) each set new school records, while freshman Rebecca Stearns (600m, 1:31.17) did the same as the Loyola University Chicago men's and women's track & field teams got their seasons off to an early start at the Laker Early Bird Invite in Allendale, Mich.
"There were a lot of great performances in both the field events and on the track," commented head coach Randy Hasenbank. "We opened up with five school records, which is very exciting for our program. The coaches have done a great job of getting the squads ready to this point. Declan Murray had a very impressive day and it is great to have Mike Wetzel back in the lineup. I also thought that Amber Davis and Rebecca Stearns turned in great showings for our women's side."
On the men's side, Murray and Wetzel, along with freshman Jake Mazanke and junior Bay Abbott, also contributed to shattering another school record, as they posted a time 3:13.30 in the 4x400m relay. Wetzel (7.07) came in right behind freshman Chris Strup (7.06), who finished in fifth-place in the 60m dash. Senior Paul Yovanic, the only Rambler competing in a field event for the men's side, placed second in the men's weight throw with a top distance of 17.98 meters.
The day's theme of breaking school records continued on the women's side as well. Along with Kinney and Stearns, the women's 4x400m relay team also set a new school record. Senior Candice Carajohn, sophomore Anietra Butler and freshmen Jade Kinney and Amber Davis posted a time of 3:48.40, surpassing the old record by almost three seconds. Carajohn also took first-place in the triple jump with a top mark of 11.87 meters. Freshman Alexis Ellis (11.29 meters) finished in second behind Carajohn. Sophomore Alison Szykowny also posted a top-five field finish, placing fourth in the weight throw with a best of 16.19 meters.
Loyola will return to action in the new year when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Iowa New Year's Classic on January 12.