Impressive Results Continue for Lions at SDSU Invite

Sept. 18, 2005

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San Diego, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country had another record showing Saturday, as both the men's and women's squads took home fourth place at the competitive San Diego State Aztec Invitational. The women broke the team time record they set just two weeks ago, while the men placed two individuals in the top-20.

Both LMU squads finished fourth in the competitive Invitiational division. The 61st annual SDSU event holds two divisions, an Open division and an Invitational division reserved for nationally ranked and other competitive Division I programs. This was just the second year that LMU was classified in the Invitational division, and the Lions jumped to the fourth place finish from last year's eighth (men) and 10th (women) place spots.

The top four women runners, all sophomores, set career bests for the 5000m distance, each posting their fastest run at that distance for any course. The squad ran a 5000m team time of 95:20, which shattered the previous record of 97:07 that they set just two weeks ago at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational. The Lions were only outdone by nationally-ranked Arkansas, Northern Arizona, and San Diego State, all schools that also field competitive track programs.

Similary, the men's team finished fourth behind three programs that are all nationally-ranked in their respective divisions. LMU's top two men Saturday, Lino Almeida and Drew Haberkorn both finished in the top-20. But it was the depth of the number three, four, and five runners for the Lions that finished within 15 seconds of each other to round out the scoring five and secure the fourth place team spot.

"I was very pleased with the way both teams performed," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "I was happy with the results in the men's race, especially considering that we held out our top two freshmen who were in the scoring five for us two weeks ago at Cal State Fullerton. We wanted to rest them up for next weekend's Stanford Invitational, because that is where we really want to come out with all of our guns blazing."



The Lions will travel to Palo Alto for that competition next Saturday.



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