MOBILE, Ala. – Daniel Afanador, Raven Lewis and Sarah Tortorich each broke their own school records on Saturday at the USA Invitational.
Afanador’s 22.85 second finish in the 200 meters put him in 12th place in the event, and broke the school record he set earlier this season.
Lewis bested her previous school record in the long jump by two inches, placing 10th in the event with a 16’3” leap. Lewis also finished fifth in the triple jump with a personal-best 34’7” mark. Lewis set a third personal record of the meet when she ran a 59.82-second 400, good for eighth place at the meet.
Tortorich took nearly a full second off of her 200 meter time from the Rhodes Invitational meet two weeks ago to set a new school record in the event. Her 25.67-second race gave her a tenth place finish. Tortorich had Loyola’s previous top time in a 2010 meet. Tortorich had a second top-ten finish as she came in .02 second behind teammate Lewis in the 400, earning ninth place in the event.
Vanessa Righeimer had Loyola’s top overall performance at the meet, finishing fourth in the 5K with a time of 19:50.14. Among the other strong finishes at the Invitational, Jenna Knoblach finished 10th in the 800 meters, and Kenny Tsao had a fifth place race in the 1500.
“It was a hot day but we did well and expect times to continue to improve toward the end of the season. We will back off on the workouts a little and target the next couple weeks to hit personal best times,” Loyola track coach Andy Canegitta said.
The team will head to Houston on April 23 to run in the Rice Twilight Meet, and will cap off its regular season on April 30 with an appearance in the Golden Eagle Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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