Three Lion individuals and both teams earned academic recognition by the USTFCCCA.
The four Lions competing in the NCAA postseason wrapped up action Saturday night.
NCAA outdoor track postseason action begins Thursday in Austin, Texas for four Lions.
The quartet of Lions were each accepted into the preliminary championships field, the NCAA announced Thursday.
After setting three PR's Sunday, the Lions await NCAA West Region selection this week.
NCAA West Preliminary Preview Part Two
In cross country... WCC All-Academic honorable mention... personal best 6k time of 20:37.3 was set at the West Coast Conference Championships... was an All-WCC Second Team honoree with her 14th place finish... placed 71st in a time of 21:41.6 at the NCAA West Region Championships... In track... set PR times in all three events she competed in... best marks were 4:26. 53 in the 1,500m at the Portland Twilight Meet (May 17), 9:42.41 in the 3,000m at the Aztec Invitational (Mar. 27) and 16:20.27 in the 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays... all three marks would rank No. 5 in the LMU all-time record book at season's end... mark in the 5k qualified her for the NCAA West Preliminary for the second straight season... she would place 30th overall in the Regional in 16:52.94...
In cross country... WCC All-Academic honorable mention... ran a 6k season best and finished 71st at the NCAA West Region Championships with a time of 20:58... ran a 5k personal best 18:22.9 at the Chile Pepper XC Festival... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll... In track... advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary in the 5,000m... placed 42nd overall in 17:44.70... season best time in the 5k was 16:33.49, set at the West Coast Invitational... other best times were 1:33.29 in the 1,500m at the Triton Invitational, 10:05.00 in the 3,000m at the West Coast Quadrangular and 35:27.51 in the 10,000m at the West Coast Last Chance Meet...
In cross country... ran in five 6k races... personal best of 21:43.12 at the NCAA DI West Regional Championship... ran in one 5k race... personal best of 18:40.6 at the Mark Covert CSU Fullerton Season Opener...in track... competed in eleven meets... set LMU's 11th fastest time and personal record for the 1500m with a time of 4:41.67 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational... set LMU's sixth fastest time and personal best in the 3000m with a time of 9:57.91 at the UCI Spring Break Invitational... set LMU's sixth fastest time and personal best in the 5000m with a time of 16:57.74 at Mt. SAC Relays...
Graduated from Mira Costa High School... ran cross-country and track as a varsity athlete for four years under coach Renee Williams-Smith... captain of the cross-country team during her senior season... All-Bay League in cross-country three years... All-CIF Division II during her senior year as she placed fourth... set personal-record at Mt. SAC course in 17:25... team was three-time state runners-up for Division II... finished 12th at the state championships during her junior year... three-time All-Bay League in track... ran 1600m in personal-record 4:57, 3200m in 10:48... made it to the CIF finals in her junior year... received the Seal Bearer honor during her senior year... CSF all four years... recipient of the Leadership Hermosa Beach scholarship... recipient of the Bill Cooper scholarship... represented Mira Costa in "Team to Win"... covered as a high school athlete by The Daily Breeze and The Beach Reporter...
Kelli Nicole Sugimoto was born January 11, 1994 in Torrance, Calif. to parents Mollie and Cary Sugimoto... has one sister, Kayla... volunteered at L.A. Skid Row, feeding and making relationships with the homeless... president of the "Lend a Hand" club in high school... member of Friendship Circle club and organization... volunteered at Sports Beach Camps helping young people with special needs... considered Santa Clara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Arizona, Rice, UC Davis, Univ. of San Francisco, Alabama, Univ. of San Diego, Wyoming, UC Berkeley, and Stanford before deciding to attend LMU... chose LMU because she "immediately felt at home" when touring the campus for the first time, its size, because it is "big enough to branch out and explore and small enough to lead, thrive, and not get lost in it," the campus's beauty, the Hannon Library, the coaches, and the team... an English major.
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