Lions Among Top Three at Fullerton Invite

Sept. 3, 2005

Fullerton, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country opened its season with a statement Saturday, as the women's squad finished third of 24 teams and placed three runners among the race's top seven runners. The men also had a strong showing, finishing 10th as a team.

Sisters Laura Mickelson (18:41.50) and Sara Mickelson (18:48.40) finished the 5000m second and fourth individually, with fellow sophomore Brittany Rezowalli (18:55.20) crossing the line seventh overall. Senior Lara Del Rio (20:15.80) also finished among the top-50.

The three top-seven finishes led the Lions to a team time of 1:37:07.10, good for third place. That time sets a new program record for the fastest 5000m team time.

LMU topped West Coast Conference foes Pepperdine and San Diego and local opponents Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State.

"Today, we looked better than ever," eighth-year Head Coach Scott Guerrero said.

Sophomore Lino Almeida picked up where he left off in 2004, leading the men's team with a 8000m time of 27:45 to finish in the top 30. Almeida was backed by junior Drew Haberkorn (28:15.60), senior Kenny Arehart (28:36.40), and newcomers Sean Sisk (28:44.40) and Trevor Wiseman (28:48.60).



The men's total team time of 28:26.00 placed the Lions 10th, ahead of Pepperdine and San Diego.

"With five of our top seven finishers on the men's side being freshmen and sophomores, the future looks good," Guerrero said.

Complete results are available here.

The Lions will face the Toreros again next weekend as part of the USD Invitational in San Diego Saturday.



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