Loyola Track Teams Set New Records at USA Invitational


MOBILE, Ala. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s track teams wrapped up their fourth meet of the 2012 outdoor season at the 12th annual USA Invitational on Saturday hosted by the University of South Alabama. The meet was held at the Jaguar track facility in Mobile.

“We had a good day with records and personal best times set. They worked hard all season and I expect them to improve each year if they continue to stay committed,” said Loyola head coach Andy Canegitta.

Sarah Tortorich broke her previous records in the 200m and 400m dashes. Tortorich ran a time of 25.27 in the 200m, beating her previous time of 25.67. In the 400m, the junior clocked a time of 57.85, besting her record time by a second from just a month ago at the Louisiana Classics.

Lauren Fincher broke her 2010 Loyola record of 1:10.22 in the 400m hurdles event. Fincher posted a time of 1:09.82.

Claude Nelson was the lone record setter for the men. Nelson achieved a time of 22.76 in the 200m race, breaking Daniel Afanador’s 2011 record of 22.85. In addition, Nelson was .08 seconds off from setting a new Loyola record in the 100m dash when he clocked a time of 11.08. Thus, Chris Vo’s 1997 record of 11.01 still stands.

William Maye set a new personal best in the 400m, as he recorded a time of 56.20. Finally, Carlos Flores achieved new personal bests in the shot put and discus throw with distances of 10.05m and 27.49m respectively.

The Wolfpack track teams will return to action next weekend at the Southeastern Invitational in Hammond.

Below is a complete listing of Wolfpack results from the USA Invitational:

Women Men


Sarah Tortorich, 25.27

Raquel Derganz-Baker, 29.22


Claude Nelson, 11.08


Sarah Tortorich, 57.85

Raquel Derganz-Baker, 1:05.63


Claude Nelson, 22.76


Denise Powell, 2:32.98

Elysia Pendezec, 2:51.67

Emma Larson, 2:41.52


William Maye, 56.20

Tucker Scott, 56.00


Denise Powell, 5:19.21


Mario Ramirez 2:11.79


Elizabeth Gienger, 12:23.51


Michael Corso, 4:28.90

Dylan DiMartino, 4:49.52

Galen Westerfield, 5:00.68

400m Hurdles

Lauren Fincher, 1:09.82


Michael Corso, 9:59.34

Chris Graugnard, 11:01.35


Shot Put

Carlos Flores, 10.05m



Carlos Flores, 27.49m