One Title Defended, Another Earned in Brea
Both the men and women's teams win, while senior Sheree Shea wins the individual title at the Mark Covert Classic.
Sept. 1, 2012
BREA, Calif. -- LMU Cross Country started the 2012 season on a winning note with twin victories at the Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Senior Sheree Shea returned after a missing most of last year as a redshirt with an individual win in the women's 5k race, leading the LMU women to a second consecutive title at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The scoring five for the LMU men all placed in the top 11 overall giving the Lions a low score of 24 (2-3-6-8-11), beating second-place Long Beach State by 42 points.
LMU's men were lead by junior Weston Strum who finished the 8k race fourth overall, finishing with a time of 25:17.8. Fellow junior Drew Dalton finished close behind in 25:27.8 for fifth overall. Senior Sterling Lockert completed in a time of 25:45.1 for an eighth-place finish. Tyre Johnson was next in order, running a 25:49.5. Sophomore Michael Vorgitch closed out the LMU scoring five with a time of 26:01.3, for 11th.
Sophomore transfer Daniel Gibson had a time of 26:17.4 in his first race as a Lion, for 15th overall in the race. Freshman Michael Duncan made his LMU debut finishing in 26:34.1, which was 25th overall. The Lions beat a field of 14 colleges and universities which included fellow WCC member San Diego who finished 13th.
On the women's side, Shea ran a time of 17:54.3, winning the race by a little under two seconds. Senior Cassandra Salazar and senior transfer Callie Mulgannon crossed the finish line within seconds of each other for sixth and seventh place. Salazar ran a time of 18:24.1, while Mulgannon completed at 18:26.7. Freshman Kelli Sugimoto finished her first collegiate race in 10th-place in 18:40.6. Senior Caroline Draper crossed at 18:44.5 for 13th.
Sarah Vitug, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara, finished in 19:16.9 for 18th overall. Freshman Evelyn Gonzalez ran the 5k course in 19:20.6 for 19th. LMU defeated second-place Long Beach State by 15 points. The 13-team field for the women also included San Diego, won finished fourth overall.
The Lions look to continue the momentum from Saturday's victories next Saturday, Sept. 8 at the UC Irvine Invitational. The meet begins at 8:30 a.m.
- GO LIONS -