(New Orleans, La.) - The Loyola University New Orleans’s men and women’s track team will return to action this weekend in Baton Rouge for the LSU Outdoor Relays. The relays will take place at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium starting on Friday March 22 at 4 pm. The meet will continue through Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
“LSU is a great opportunity to run fast time because it’s a fast track. It is a mondo FTX surface, the same used in the Beijing Olympics. It’s a great place for our relays to improve their times, which I feel that they are more than capable of doing. The distance runners have traditionally performed at a high level in Baton Rouge and I expect that to continue this weekend. We look forward to Elizabeth Gienger competing in the steeplechase for the first time ever. This weekend should be a great meet.”
The Wolf Pack set five new records at the Louisiana Classics meet in Lafayette last weekend. That followed the teams’ previous two records set in the first outdoor meet of the season at the Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium. The records were all set by the Pack’s relay teams.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team collected a school record with a time of 50.85. The team of Candace Johnson, Sarah Tortorich, Alexandra Lain, and Etashat’e Hollins bested the mark of the 1999 Wolf Pack squad who posted a 55.40 time.
The men’s 4x100 meter relay team of Claude Nelson, Mario Ramirez, Piero Ramirez, and Mark Robinson ran a time of 45.02 which came in just ahead of the 45.82 second school record. The previous record was held by the 1996 team of Banks, Graham, Leahy, and Morse.
The women's 4x400 meter relay team put up a time of 4:14.55. The team of Johnson, Tortorich, Emma Larson, and Lain bested the previous school mark of 4:15 set in 2010 at a meet in Baton Rouge.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team also took down a school record by posting a time of 3:35.46. The team of Mario Ramirez, Piero Ramirez, Nelson, and William Maye toppled the mark of 3:38.6 which was set in 2010.
Christina Guzman also earned a school record for shot put when she threw for a distance of 9.92 meters or 32 feet, 6.5 inches in Saturday’s competition. Guzman had already beaten the school record of 28 feet one inch earlier in the season when she threw 9.8 meters at the Tulane Team Challenge.
Senior Sarah Tortorich ran a 26.02 time in the 200 meter dash on Friday evening. Tortorich currently holds the school record in the event with a time of 25.27 set in a 2012 race in Mobile, Alabama.
Claude Nelson also came close to setting a school record in the 200 meters by running a 23.50. Nelson set the school record at a race in Mobile last year when he ran a time of 22.76.
Both Tortorich and Nelson were selected as the SSAC Track Athletes of the Week for their performance in the week concluding on March 17th. Tortorich was the winner for all SSAC women’s track athletes as she participated in four events at the Louisiana Classics. The senior from New Orleans, Louisiana participated in the 200m dash, 400m dash, 4x100 relay team, and 4x400 relay team.
Nelson also participated in four events at the Louisiana Classics as he ran the 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay team. The senior from Boston, Massachusetts came just short of breaking his own school record in the 200 meters by running a 23.50 second race. Nelson’s current school record of 22.76 was set in a 2012 race in Mobile.
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