(Gulf Shores, Ala.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s track and field teams completed day one of the SSAC Championship meet. The team broke six school records and had one individual champion in the two day event held at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Anthony Parker was the top conference performer while setting a school record in the Javelin on Friday afternoon. Parker had a winning throw of 47.89m which far outpaced the former school record of 42.46m which had been held by Billy Reames since 1996. Parker topped 12 competitors and earned 10 points which helped the Wolf Pack finish Day 1 in a tie for third place with Spring Hill College.
Christian Lynch set the school’s 100m record in the preliminary race. The freshman from Baltimore qualified for the finals in the 100m race with the eighth best time of 11.00 seconds. He was .01 seconds faster than Chris Vo’s school mark which had stood since 1997. Lynch will be one of eight participants in Saturday’s 100m final. He also earned the Wolf Pack six points in the standings with a third place finish in the long jump with a 6.42m mark. Parker earned three points in the long jump as he finished sixth at 6.05m.
Justin Johnson finished with the sixth fastest 200m time in the preliminary races. His mark of 22.35 defeated his own school record from earlier this year of 22.68. It also means he we qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The men’s 4x800m relay team of Mike Corso, Toren Arnold, Mario Ramirez, and Paul Freese came in second place with a mark of 8:00.26. That obliterated the old school mark of 8:40.02 which had stood since 1999 while also earning the Wolf Pack men eight points in the standings.
The women’s 4x800m relay team also set a school record of 10:08.63 while placing third. Denise Powell, Kennedi Henneberger, Emma Larson, and Jessica Williams earned six points in the women’s standings while barely defeating the 10:09.91 mark set by last year’s squad at the SSAC Championships.
Maddie Guidry established the Wolf Pack pole vault record as she finished second in the conference with a mark of 2.88m. The Wolf Pack have never had a pole vault record in the “new era” of athletics. Guidry finished .15m behind the individual champion Morgan Creswell of Brenau while earning eight points for the women. Loyola’s women sit in fifth place after Day 1 having compiled 17 points.
Day 2 of the the SSAC Championship meet will have track and field events beginning at 11 a.m.
Naja Cowan- 13.09- 13th
Naja Cowan- 27.39- 16th
Raquel Derganz Baker- 28.01- 18th
Denise Powell, Kennedi Henneberger, Emma Larson, Jessica Williams- 10:08.63- 3rd*
Maddie Guidry- 2.88m- 2nd*
Jackie Gross- 28.75m- 6th
Harley Augustine- 24.98m- 10th
Christian Lynch- 11.00-8th (Qualified for Finals)*
Mark Robinson- 11.59- 16th
Justin Johnson- 22.35- 6th (Qualfied for Finals)*
Christian Lynch- 22.58- 9th
Vincent Manuel- 23.52- 17th
Mark Robinson- 24.41- 19th
Alexander Morano- 37:17.19- 6th
Mike Corso, Toren Arnold, Mario Ramirez, Paul Freese- 8:00.26- 2nd*
Christian Lynch- 6.42m- 3rd
Anthony Parker- 6.05m- 6th
Carlos Flores- 26.56m- 9th
Anthony Parker- 47.89m- 1st*
Carlos Flores- 16.68m- 12th
Women - Team Rankings - 6 Events Scored
1) Brenau 86
2) Southern Wesleyan 34
3) Emmanuel (Ga.) 28
4) William Carey 27
5) Loyola-New Orleans 17
6) Spring Hill 14
7) Brewton-Parker 10
8) Belhaven 4
Men - Team Rankings - 6 Events Scored
1) Emmanuel (Ga.) 53
2) William Carey 42
3) Spring Hill 30
3) Loyola-New Orleans 30
5) Southern Wesleyan 22
6) Belhaven 10
7) Bethel (Tenn.) 8
8) Brewton-Parker 1