School records fall for Loyola at Samford Invitational

Wed, 02/13/2013

(Birmingham, AL) Loyola University New Orleans had five school records fall as they sent 20 track and field athletes to compete at the Samford Multi and Invitational Indoor meet Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. The event was held at Birmingham CrossPlex.

Annie Hills broke the indoor track school record for the mile by running 5:27.07 in the event. The previous record was 5:44.00 which was set by Vanessa Righeimer last February. It was one of five school records set on the day.

Sarah Tortorich finished the highest of the Wolf Pack runners in the 60 meter dash with an 8.20 time. She followed that up with a team best time of 1:00.32 in the 400 meter dash.

The women's distance medley team also set a school record with a time of 13:27.15. Hills ran the lead leg and Tortorich ran second, followed by Denise Powell and Francesca Vaccaro.

On the men's side, Claude Nelson was the top Wolf Pack finisher in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.27. That time broke the school record for the distance, although it was less than a second faster than William Maye's 54.86 time. Mario Ramirez finished with a time of 55.51 in the event. Maye previously held the school record with a time of 56.28.

Piero Ramirez set a school record in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.95. Ramirez's time broke Tucker Scott's school record of 27.32 at the McNeese Invitational last year.

The men's distance medley team set a record as well with a time of 11:34.47. Mike Corso, Nelson, Paul Freese, and Jonathan Malbrue were able to break the previous school record of 11:55.54.

The track team will be back in action on February 15 as they participate in the LSU Twilight Indoor competition. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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