Cross Country

Samantha Garcia
Samantha  Garcia


San Jose, CA

High School:
Evergreen Valley HS



Shanahan 13th at NCAA West Regionals

Danielle Shanahan earned her second consecutive top-20 regional finish.


Lions Embark to Seattle for NCAA Regionals

The Lions will race at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 13.


Cross Country Races at 2015 WCC Championships

The Lion men and women race Saturday morning in Spokane at the 2015 WCC Championships.


Bronco Invitational On Tap

LMU's cross country teams will compete at the Bronco Invitational on Saturday in Sunnyvale.


Women First, Men Second at Capital Cross Challenge

Both Lion squads had three top-10 finishers.


Cross Country - WCC Championships, Oct. 31, 2015

Cross Country - WCC Championships, Oct. 31, 2015 Plantes Ferry Sports Park, Spokane, Wash. Photos by Kyle Terada


XC | Mark Covert Classic - Sept. 5, 2015

Cross Country at Mark Covert Classic - Sept. 5, 2015


2015 Iggy Awards

10th annual Iggy Awards for Los Angeles Airport Marriott on Apr. 30, 2015.


Cross Country at Mark Covert Classic - Aug. 30, 2014

Cross Country at Mark Covert Classic - Aug. 30, 2014 Photos by Jeff Golden

At LMU...

In cross country... competed in five meets... lowered both her 5k and 6k personal best times... raced to a career-best 17:51.35 not he 5k course at the Vanguard Invitational... placed 41st at the West Coast Conference Championships in a 6k personal best time of 21:43.0... competed in her first NCAA West Region Championship, finishing in a time of 23:36.8... In track... best times were 4:45.56 in the 1,500m at the Cal State LA Invitational (Mar. 7), 10:15.90 in the 3,000m at the West Coast Quadrangular (Feb. 21) and 17:43.55 in the 5,000m at the Ben Brown Invitational (Mar. 14)... times in the 3k and 5k were new career lows...

In cross country... ran a 6k personal best 23:06.84 at the West Coast Conference Preview Meet... 5k personal best 18:19.9 at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational... competed in four total meets... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll.. In track... best times of 4:48.75 in the 1,500m at the Cal/Nevada Championships and 10:26.00 in the 3,000m at the West Coast Quadrangular...

In cross country... personal best of 18:37.1 at the Titan Invitational... personal best in 6k races with time of 24:56.0 at Triton Classic Invitational... in track... set LMU's eighth fastest time and personal record in the 1500m with a time of 4:40.47 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational... set LMU's 15th fastest time and personal record in the 3000m with a time of 10:16.37 at UCI Spring Break... personal best in the 5000m with a time of 18:12.62 at Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championship...

High School...
Graduated from Evergreen Valley High School as Magna Cum Laude and a member of the National Honors Society... coached by Jim Sena and Jonathan Hubbs... lettered four years in varsity cross-country and track for four years... team Most Valuable Runner in cross-country all four years and Most Valuable Athlete in track for three years... team captain in cross-country for three years... team won BVAL Championship in 2008 and 2009... MHAL Champion in 2009, 2010... placed top-ten in BVAL and CCS championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010... first-team All-CCS in 2010... qualified for state championship meet in 2008, 2009, 2010... named to Footlocker Frosh-Soph Western Regional First Team in 2009... holds third-best time in history at Montgomery Hill Course (2.75 miles in 17:22)... completed four San Jose Rock 'n Roll Half Marathons, winning her division every year... MHAL 3200-meter champion (2010), BVAL 3200-meter champion (2009, 2010), MHAL 1600-meter champion (2011)... CCS finalist all four years... Arcadia Invitational qualifier in 2010... holds Evergreen Valley HS record in 800m, 1500m, 1600m, mile, 3000m, 3200m, and the two-mile... played soccer for two years (freshman and senior)... named team best offensive player (2011-12)... recorded one goal and one assist during freshman year, three goals and three assists in nine games during senior year... named EVHS Female Athlete of the Year all four years while in HS (2009-12)... ran personal-bests of 2:23.1 in the 800m, 4:57.7 in 1500m, 5:12.5 in 1600m, 5:25.56 in the mile, 10:37.43 in 3000m, 11:14.32 in 3200m, 12:11.29 in two-mile, 18:46 in the three-mile, 19:41 in the 5000m... ran against teammate Kelly Parsons in high school... ran in the same league as teammate Weston Strum (BVAL)...

Samantha Garcia was born October 22, 1994 in San Jose, CA to parents Grace Soto and Luis Garcia... has one older brother, Luis, who attended San Francisco State... volunteered with San Jose Family Supportive Housing, Silicon Valley Rebuilding, St. Francis of Assisi church, Vintage Senior Home, Hersey's Citywide Youth Track Meet, Creekside Cabana Club, and as a junior high and elementary school tutor... considered the University of the Pacific and San Francisco State before choosing LMU... chose LMU because it "will allow me to receive a quality education in a safe and secure environment," allow her to remain connected with her religion, continue her running career while studying a degree that will enable her to reach her goal of becoming a doctor, and the "pristine and jaw dropping gorgeous" campus... a Biochemistry major...


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