The LMU men's and women's cross country teams placed a trio of runners on the 2013 West Coast Conference All-Academic First Teams while seven additional Lions were named to their respective Honorable Mention teams, the league office announced Thursday.
The Lions dominated the field Saturday morning in Malibu at the WCC Preview Meet, easily taking both team titles while Grace Graham-Zamudio and Weston Strum took top individual honors for the second time this season.
The Lions participate in their final race before the conference championships next Saturday in Portland.
LMU's women get their second victory of the season after winning the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. LMU's men finish second.
LMU Cross Country travels to up the state for the annual Stanford Invitational.
2013 WCC Cross Country Championships in Malibu, Calif.
In cross country... WCC All-Academic honorable mention... ran a season best 21:29.5 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational... 5k season best 18:59.9 at the Mark Covert Classic... placed 37th overall in 22:55 at the West Coast Conference Championships... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll... In track... best times included 4:57.00 in the 1,500m at the Triton Invitational, 10:22.00 in the 3,000m at the West Coast Quadrangular and 17:48.97 in the 5,000m at the Ben Brown Invitational...
In cross country... ran in three 5k races... personal best of 18:25.0 at the UC Irvine Invitational... ran in four 6k races... personal best of 22:10.50 at the West Coast Conference Preview Meet... in track... personal best in the 1500m with a time of 4:49.99 at the Oxy invitational... recorded LMU's 13th fastest time and personal best in the 3000m with a time of 10:14.90 at the West Coast Quadrangular... set LMU's 19th fastest time and personal best in the 5000m with a time of 18:01.41 at Ben Brown Invitational...
Graduated from Thousand Oaks High School... ran cross-country and track for four years under coach Keena Carstenson... varsity athlete in cross-country and track for three years... named All-Ventura County in cross-country as a junior and senior... All-Marmonte league as a senior... ran the 3 mile in 17:07 at Woodbridge for PR... 5k PR of 18:03 at Woodward Park... named Most Improved (2008-2010), Most Reliable (2009), Runner of the Year (2010-2011)... All-Marmonte league as a junior in track... PR in 3200m in 10:57 and 1600m in 5:15 on the track... named Outstanding Distance Runner (2012)... received Superintendent's highest academic honor... named Ventura County Scholar Athlete of the Year... ran with her brother Kevin and Sam Worley in high school...
Melanie Jean Joerger was born April 10, 1994 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. to parents Bonnie Talcott and Scott Joerger... father Scott ran cross-country and track... has two brothers, Kevin, who also runs for LMU Cross Country & Track, and Brian who runs cross-country and track at Thousand Oaks High School, and one sister Lexi... volunteered with Thousand Oaks Flyer youth track, tutor at Park Oaks Elementary, served as Lighthouse Church Worship Leader and Vacation Bible School counselor... considered the University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before deciding to go to LMU... chose LMU because it was "the most affordable, had a great team, and I love everything about it"... a business-finance major...
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