Lions Dominate the Competition in Riverside as Both Men and Women Win Races
LMU Cross Country has record setting day in Riverside
Sept. 17, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif - Both the LMU men and women's cross country teams won races at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif. The men won the second 8k race of the day while the women's team won the 6k Inviational highlighted by a record setting day by redshirt senior Tara Erdmann.
The Lions began a beautiful day in Riverside with a win by the women's team in the first race of the meet. The race saw a tight competition by the top two finishers but it was Erdmann who pulled away during the final third of the race and blew away the rest of the field to finish at 20:01.9, setting a new course record, a new LMU 6k record and wining the overall top spot.
Many Lions established new personal bests in Riverside. Senior Brieanna Delaney had a career best finish in a 6k race with a time of 21:00.5 to finish 9th overall. Sophomore Veronica Wallington also established a new career best with a 21:10.2 finish for 14th overall. Junior Caroline Draper finished 22nd with a time of 21:23.2 joining her teammates in establishing a new record time. She was immediately followed by sophomore Brittnie Munoz who also set a record time of 21:24.3 to finish 23rd. The women's team had a strong 1-8-13-21-22 finish to beat second place UC Santa Barbara, 65-69.
LMU's men performed well in their victory in the second 8k race of the day. As the women did earlier, the men also established several personal bests. Junior Sterling Lockert finished 2nd overall with a personal record time of 24:25.4. Lockert was followed immediately by sophomore Weston Strum who ran a 24:36.5 to finish 3rd. Fellow sophomore Kevin Joerger had a career best of 25:06.2 to finish 6th overall. Freshman Michael Vorgitch had a strong time of 25:43.6 to finish 12th in his second collegiate race. Junior Greg Innes ran a 25:59.1 to finish 17th and round out the Lions top 5 finish of 2-3-4-6-9 for 24 points beating second place Occidental College who finished with 53 points.
In the Men's Invitational, the Lions finished 10th overall. LMU was led by junior Tyre Johnson who had a personal best 24:22 in the 8k race to finish 13rd overall. Following Johnson was Drew Dalton at 24:41.6, Michael Carlone at 25:54.9, Connor Pastoor at 26:03.1 and Jonathan Miller at 26:22.8.
Next up for the Lions is the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. next Saturday, Sept. 24th.
CENTENNIAL SEASON: LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which included more than 900 fans at the Sept. 10 game against Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Up next is the women's volleyball game against conference newcomer BYU on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The game will feature special promotions, giveaways and honor the history of LMU athletics and LMU women's volleyball. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.
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