Trio of Ramblers Ranked in Top-Five on College Leaderboard

Trio of Ramblers Ranked in Top-Five on College Leaderboard
Dec. 14, 2015

TFRRS College Leaderboard

CHICAGO, Ill. - After two weekends of NCAA Track and Field competition featuring nearly 100 meets across the country, a trio of Ramblers hold some of the fastest times in the nation in their respective events. Loyola kicked off the 2015-16 campaign on Dec. 4 at the GVSU Holiday Open, and three seniors currently rank in the top-five of the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) College Leader Board.

Peter Archibald highlighted Loyola's season-opener, as the Geneva, Ill., native clocked a personal-best 1,000m time of 2:23.92, the second-fastest time in school history, to win the event. Archibald's time was also a new Kelly Family Turf Building facility record, and is currently the fastest 1,000m time in the nation by nearly three seconds. Jake Mazanke finished just behind his teammate to finish runner-up at the meet, and his time of 2:27.61 is not only the ninth-fastest time in school history, but also currently ranks fourth in the nation.

"We really like the event," said head coach Randy Hasenbank of the 1,000m race. "While it no longer contested at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, it provides our middle distance runners a great opportunity to measure their strength. We will run plenty of 800-meter races throughout the season so it is nice to use this event, along with the 600-meter race, from time to time to get some work in. We can also use this event to predict our ability at 1,200-meters, which is the first leg of the distance medley relay, a MVC Championship event."

"I think the time is a very good indicator of Peter's fitness and strength," continued Hasenbank. "He has become more consistent overall. He has a lot of talent and a great training partner in fellow senior Jake Mazanke. Those two have been a big part of the Loyola middle distance resurgence that we have seen over the past four years."

On the women's side, Rebecca Stearns won the 600m race at the GVSU Holiday Open with a time of 1:33.97. The time was not only five seconds faster than the second-place finisher, but currently ranks fifth in the nation. Stearns set the school record in the event in 2013 with a time of 1:31.17.

"Rebecca is set up well," said Hasenbank. "She is very strong right now and I am looking forward to her having a great senior campaign. Like Peter and Jake, she is a standout middle distance runner whose name appears all over the Loyola record books. Heading into her senior season, she already holds the indoor record for 600 and 800 meters."

In addition to the top-five rankings, three Ramblers sit in the top-20 on the TFRRS College Leaderboard. Jaz Hayes ranks seventh in the 300m after opening the season with a third-place finish in the event, while Sam Urben and Elijah Olige rank 16th and 17th, respectively, in the 600m.

Loyola has the next few weekends off from competition, and will resume action on Jan. 16 at the Illini Classic.

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