All-time leading scorer Alex Cowling claimed Female Athlete of the Year while Colin Welmon and Anthony Ireland shared the Male Athlete of the Year honor.
The hunt for Regional qualifying times continued this past weekend as the Lions competed at the prestegious Mt. SAC Relays and the BEach Invitational.
The LMU men's and women's track teams posted numerous career and season best marks at the Spring Break Collegiate Invitational hosted by UC Irvine.
The Lions will participate in the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State this Saturday.
LMU, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the Gaels will meet at the West Coast Quadrangular and Relays hosted by Saint Mary's this weekend.
Briefly... Kelli Sugimoto is in her first season with LMU Cross Country and Track & Field...
High School... 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...
Personal... 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.