Feb. 27, 2016
Day One Results
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Loyola University Chicago track and field teams ended day one of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships with one event title and six spots in Saturday's running event finals. After one day of competition, the men are in sixth place with 10 points, while the women sit ninth with 11 points.
The men's distance medley relay team highlighted the day, bringing home the team's first conference title in the final race of the night. The quartet of Peter Archibald, Sam Urben, Jake Mazanke and Jamison Dale crossed the finish line with a time of 10:00.01, the eighth-fastest time in school history, to win the event. Archibald led off and gave the Ramblers an early lead before handing off to Sam Urben, who built on the lead. Mazanke then put it away, as Dale began the final leg with a four-second lead and cruised to the title. The Ramblers have now won the DMR title twice in the last three years.
"I am very, very proud of the men on that relay," said head coach Randy Hasenbank. "They are all terrific young men. As nice as they are, they each have an animal inside, and that competitive spirit is vital to our team."
On the women's side, three Ramblers scored points in the 5,000m, led by a fifth-place finish from Lindsey Brewis. The sophomore clocked a personal-best time of 7:06.99, the sixth-fastest time in school history, while Sydney Stuenkel (17:08.73) finished steps behind to place sixth. Emma Hatch rounded out scoring in the event, placing eighth with a personal-best time of 17:12.20, the eighth-fastest time in school history.
"I was proud of all five of our women in the 5k," said Hasenbank. "It was a fierce battle, and to take three of the top-eight spots in this conference is impressive. Sydney set the tempo for our crew early and hung on four sixth, she fought hard. The young girls were very impressive. We needed those points."
The Rambler women also scored points in the distance medley relay, as the quartet of Erin Falsey, Brady Rodney, Cassie Bloch and Abby Jahn placed sixth with a time of 12:09.83, less than one second from cracking the program's all-time top-10 board in the event.
"I was proud of the women's DMR," continued Hasenbank. "While they finished sixth, they put points on the board and showed great determination. Erin did a great job of keeping us in it off the leadoff. That was her first 1200m ever, and I thought she gave the whole group a boost of confidence."
The Ramblers secured six spots in four of Saturday's running event finals. A trio of Ramblers qualified for tomorrow's 800m finals, as Jake Mazanke, Peter Archibald and Kevin White will represent Loyola in the event. Mazanke (1:52.32) clocked the fastest time of the day en route to winning his heat, while Archibald also finished first in his heat with a time of 1:53.17. White took third in his heat with a time of 1:52.84, his second-fastest time of the season.
"We fully expected our two seniors to get through," said Hasenbank. "Kevin has the talent and the confidence so I was not surprised to see him advance."
Chris Strup is on to the 60m dash finals for the fourth straight year after finishing second in his heat with a season-best time of 6.87, while Jaz Hayes (21.86) won his heat to advance to tomorrow's 200m finals.
"These two have shown incredible consistency in the sprints for us," said Hasenbank. "You can always count on them."
On the women's side, Hannah Magnuson advanced to Saturday's finals in the mile after finishing third in her heat with a time of 5:04.43.
"Hannah was right on point today," said Hasenbank. "She is confident and ready for tomorrow. "
Action at the MVC Indoor Championships concludes tomorrow beginning at 11:30 a.m.