Women Take First at WCC Preview, Men Third
Danielle Shanahan and Grace Graham-Zamudio went one-two in the women's field at the West Coast Conference Preview Meet Saturday.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Racing the course that they will contend for the 2014 West Coast Conference Championship on in November, the LMU women's and men's cross country teams took first and third, respectively, Saturday at the WCC Preview Meet hosted by Santa Clara.
Danielle Shanahan was the individual champion in the women's 6K on the Baylands Park course, leading the Lions to their second straight meet title. The reigning WCC Freshman of the Year finished in 20:50.9, just ahead of fellow Lion Grace Graham-Zamudio who placed second in 21:03.4.
Four Lions finished in the top 10, helping the squad to total 39 points. Kayla de Bondt was seventh in 21:24.2 and Kelli Sugimoto was eighth in 21:26.0. Chloe Curtis (21st, 22:03.8), Samantha Garcia (27th, 22:15.5) and Kyra Burke (36th, 22:30.9) rounded out the scoring Lions.
San Francisco took second overall with 51 points and Cal Poly was third with 70 points. Other WCC schools competing were Gonzaga (5th, 120 points), Santa Clara (7th, 210 points), Pepperdine (8th, 228 points) and Pacific (9th, 245 points).
On the men's side, LMU totaled 82 points with four top-20 collegiate individual finishers. Senior Daniel Gibson was the Lions' top finisher, placing seventh overall in 24:40.4 for the 8K course. Freshmen Christopher Fredlund was 16th among collegiate racers in 25:07 and Jack Polerecky was 18th in 25:16.3. Junior Brandon Vientos was 20th in 25:21.3.
Cal Poly won the team title with 29 points, including four top-10 finishers. Santa Clara took second with 46 points. Other WCC schools competing included San Francisco (5th, 116 points) and Pepperdine (6th, 177 points).
A squad of Lions will compete next week, Sept. 20, at the Mustang Challenge Collegiate Invitational before a top group of Lions head to the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 27.
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