Bacon, Degitz Lead Lions to Strong Finish at Aztec Invite
Adam Bacon and Maria Degitz post top finishes for the men and women at the SDSU Aztec Invitational Saturday.
Sept. 19, 2004
San Diego, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country took home fourth (men) and eighth (women) place finishes among Division I competitors at the 60th annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational Saturday. Adam Bacon smashed his previous best time on the course to lead the men, while Maria Degitz led the women with her time of 20:00.
Leading the Lions for the second straight meet, Bacon clocked a time of 26:59 to oust his previous course best of 28:29 (2003) for a top-20 finish. While Bacon was establishing himself among the top-20 finishers for scoring purposes, LMU's three-four-five runners closed within five seconds each of each other, leaving the Lions fourth among Division I competition and ahead of West Coast Conference opponents Pepperdine and San Diego.
Degitz, clocking an even 20:00, led the LMU women with a top-50 finish. The Lions' team time of 101:15 beat their previous course record of 105:29, set in 2003. The gap between the first and fifth finishers was just 25 seconds, LMU's second-smallest gap on any course in program history, helping the Lions to an eighth place finish among Division I participants.
Saturday's race marked the first time in Head Coach Scott Guerrero's tenure that the teams were able to place in the invitational division, rather than the less-competitive open division. Guerrero has been at the helm of both cross country squads since 1998.
The Lions will travel north next weekend to compete at the Stanford Invitational. The race will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
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