Ramblers Finish Strong on Day Two of MVC Championships

Feb. 28, 2016

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - After a fantastic first day that saw the men's distance medley relay team bring home a conference title, the Loyola University Chicago track and field teams wrapped up day two of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships with four-top three finishes. The Rambler men totaled 39 points to place sixth, while the women took ninth with 15 points.

The Rambler men nabbed two spots on the podium in the 800m, as Peter Archibald (1:5315) and Jake Mazanke (1:53.35) placed second and third, respectively. Kevin White (1:56.92) also scored points in the event with an eighth-place finish, giving the Ramblers a total of 15 points from the 800m finals alone.

Archibald and Mazanke then joined Sam Urben and Leron Norton to capture a third-place finish in the 4x400m relay, as the quartet clocked a time of 3:19.19. The Ramblers worked from the back throughout the race, as Mazanke took the baton in sixth place and stormed down the final stretch, passing three teams in the final meters to earn a spot on the podium.

The duo of Archibald and Mazanke notched three top-three finishes on the weekend, which includes Friday's conference title in the distance medley relay, to earn All-MVC honors in three events.

"Jake and Peter were outstanding," said head coach Randy Hasenbank. "We laid out the plan for the weekend some time ago. They stepped up every time and answered the bell. It was an amazing weekend for those two and they deserve every honor that came their way."

Jaz Hayes grabbed a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in the 200m, earning All-MVC honors in the event for the second time of his career. The junior entered the finals as the fourth seed and improved upon Friday's preliminary time to clock a 21.75 in the finals.

"When it is all said and done Jaz will be one of Loyola's all-time bests, if not the best sprinter in program history," said Hasenbank. "He does a really nice job of showing up big in conference championships."

Chris Strup competed in the 60m finals for the fourth straight year, this time placing seventh with a time of 6.93 to add points for the Ramblers.

On the women's side, Emma Hatch contributed to Loyola's point total in her second event of the weekend, placing seventh in the 3,000m with a time of 9:48.37, less than a second off of her personal-best. The sophomore also scored points in Friday's 5,000m race.

"I was really pleased with the weekend that Emma Hatch had," said Hasenbank. "Her work ethic is just terrific and that is what put her in the position to score in both events. She is a fighter and we needed that."

Hannah Magnuson added points with an eighth-place finish in the mile, as the senior improved on Friday's time by over two seconds to clock a 5:02.36.

Loyola also got points from an eighth-place finish in the 4x400m relay, as the quartet of Brady Rodney, Rebecca Stearns, Natajah Simmons and Breanna Walker crossed the finish line with a time of 3:52.75, the fastest time of the season.

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