Lions Trample Over Pepperdine in Opening Duel

Aug. 31, 2008

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Malibu, Calif. - The LMU men's and women's cross country teams easily defeated Pepperdine in the first dual meet of the season, run on Saturday morning in Malibu, Calif.

The men won easily 17-45 with five runners crossing the line in 16:00. On the women's side, it was a much closer race as the Lions edged Pepperdine, 25-31.

Senior Trevor Wiseman won the men's race last year in a time of 16:05. All five qualifying runners, Wiseman, freshman Thomas Finnigan, junior Brian McDonald, sophomore Connor Pastoor, and freshman Phillip Benavides, crossed the finish line this year at 16:00 even.

All five of the women's qualifiers finished in the top-10, only three seconds apart from each other. Leading the pack of Lions was freshman Brieanna Delaney, coming in third with a time of 19:16. Along with Delaney, freshman Stephanie Felix and sophomore Tara Erdmann finished the three-mile race with a time of 19:16. Anchoring the pack were Abby Fall and Brooke Lademan with times of 19:18 and 19:19 respectively.  The women also improved drasticaly from last year's race where the LMU average was 19:41.

"Our goal on both the men's and women's sides was simply to keep five runners together to the finish.  Both teams did a great job and showed a lot of discipline and maturity," head coach Scott Guerrero said.

Next up for the lions is the UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday, September 6. The race starts at 9:00a.m.




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