Dec. 5, 2012
CHICAGO - Following a record-breaking day at the Laker Early Bird Invite last Friday, the Horizon League awarded three members of the Loyola University Chicago track & field team athlete of the week honors. Senior Declan Murray and freshman Rebecca Stearns were named men's and women's Horizon League Runners of the Week, respectively. This marks the third time that Murray has been recognized with the weekly honor, while it is the first time for Stearns. Rambler senior Candice Carajohn was also named the women's Field Athlete of the Week, receiving the honor for the second time in her career.
Murray was terrific in the first meet of the season in Allendale, Mich., breaking his own school record in the 600m by 1.63 seconds. Along with senior Mike Wetzel, freshman Jake Mazanke and junior Bay Abbott, the Strongsville, Ohio native also contributed in breaking the school record in the 4x400m relay, besting the old mark by 1.10 seconds.
"Declan showed us that he is eager and ready to start off where he ended last year," said head coach Randy Hasenbank. "He opened up with two school records and has a lot of confidence."
The Rambler women swept the weekly honors on both the track and in the field. Freshman Rebecca Stearns burst onto the scene in her first collegiate action. The Darien, Ill. product finished first in the 600m race with a time of 1:31:17, shattering the old school record by 5.95 seconds.
"Rebecca Stearns had a great opener and showed a lot of ability," continued Hasenbank. "Her fall training has clearly paid off. She races with no fear and is fun to watch. I think that she will have a wonderful season."
Carajohn, out of Seneca, Ill., captured first-place in the triple jump by posting a top mark of 11.87m. She also contributed on the track along with sophomore Anietra Butler and freshmen Jade Kinney and Amber Davis, as they broke the school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:48.40.
"Candice had a very nice season opener," commented Hasenbank. "She contributed in posting a school record in the relay, while falling just a couple inches shy of the school record in the triple jump. She has really become a student of the sport, as she continues to learn and improve in every event. I think she is just scratching the surface of what she can do in the triple jump."
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.