LMU Men Set Team Time Record
Lions set new team time mark at UCI Cross Country Invitational.
Sept. 8, 2003
Huntington Beach, California - The Loyola Marymount cross country teams competed at the UC Irvine Invitational over the weekend. LMU's men's squad finished ninth in the team competition and set a number of records along the way.
For the second week in a row, the team's number one runner was sophomore Kenny Arehart who covered the 8000 meter (five mile) course in 27:06, a new personal best. He was followed by junior Bernie Ochoa in 27:24. Sophomore Adam Bacon was the third Lion to cross the finish line also in a new personal best of 27:42. Sophomore Greg Corry (28:00) and junior Andy Thompson (28:09) rounded out the scoring five for LMU. Their performance over the weekend also represented another team average (five-man) record for the Lions.
"I'm super proud of our guys," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "Even though it was hot and humid, we got big performances from Kenny and Adam and that put us over the top. Last year we averaged 27:47 at our conference meet when we were peaked, rested and ready. Today in only our second meet of the season, we averaged 27:40. We are getting stronger with every race."
The women struggled home in 11th place over the 5000 meter course. Freshman Kristen Gonzalez led the team in a time of 20:41 in only her second collegiate race. Gonzalez was followed by senior captain Maria Degitz (20:57), sophomore Lara Del Rio (21:03), freshman Deborah Hom (22:01) and sophomore Erin Wilkinson (22:19).
"It was a tough day," Guerrero said. "We haven't been to this meet in several years, but we have a young, capable team, and I wanted to give these guys some experience going up against some of the bigger schools. Four of our scoring five were freshmen or sophomores, and I think our youth showed a little bit today."
The Lion women were without freshman Katie Strachan (sidelined due to illness). Strachan had finished in first place for the Lions at the Bronco Invitational last weekend.
The University of Arizona won both team titles.
Next up for the Lions is the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State on Saturday, September 13, in San Diego.
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