Lions Face a Tough Field at Stanford

Sept. 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

The Lions fought through a tough day of competition in Northern California at the Stanford Invitational. Against some of the strongest teams in the nation, the Lions had solid team performances with individual highlights from Tara Erdmann, Sheree Shea for the women and Weston Strum for the men. The men placed 15th overall as a team while the women just missed a top five finish with a sixth place team finish.

For the women Tara Erdmann turned in another top performance for the Lions placing in the top 5 with a fourth place finish in 20:44. Erdmann led the Lions across the line against top runners from Stanford, Cal and UCLA. Teammate Sheree Shea had a stellar top ten finish placing 8th overall. Shea improved on her last year's performance breaking 21 minutes with 20:57 for the 6k course and getting a top ten overall finish. Brieanna Delaney was once again the Lions number three runner placing 51st overall in 22:23. Senior Cynthia Chaidez had a solid performance for the Lions placing 58th 22:31 overall. Freshman Brittnie Munoz continued to improve as a freshman X factor for the Lions as their number five runner on the day finishing 59th overall in 22:36. Freshman Michelle Hickerson and sophomore Jessica Mumaugh rounded out the Lions top seven in 22:40 and 22:47 respectively. Freshman Alyssa Bellia also had a solid race in 22:59 placing 91st, while junior Megan Fairley finished in 23:36 and sophomore Caroline Draper in 23:39. The women placed 6th overall as a team behind Stanford, Cal, Long Beach State, Cal Poly and UCLA.

The men were led by freshman superstar Weston Strum 25:28. Strum finished 91st in a competitively loaded field to lead the men as a freshman. Strum was followed by sophomore Sterling Lockert who ran 25:43 for the 8k placing 113th overall. Junior Phillip Benavides came back in action for the Lions placing 121st as the Lions number three runner in 25:50. Freshman Drew Dalton came in as the Lion's number four runner 129th in 25:57 with freshman teammate Kevin Joerger rounding out the Lions scoring five in 26:06 placing 139th overall. Strum, Dalton and Joerger's top performances put three freshmen in the Lions top five. Senior Connor Pastoor ran the 8k course in 26:09 followed by sophomore Tyre Johnson in 26:15 to round out the Lion's top seven. Finally junior Thomas Finnigan finished in 27:22, while sophomore Greg Innes finished in 27:57. In a deep field, the Lions placed 14th overall.

In the men's race, the Stanford men took the team title with 31 points, Arkansas took second with 43 points and Northern Arizona placed 3rd with 123 points. On the women's side the Stanford women also took the team title with 41 points, University of California took second with 86 points and Long Beach State came in as the dark horse edging out Cal Poly to place 3rd overall. Last year the Lions had breakout performances at Stanford, however today they showed a lot of young talent from the men's side and two top ten individual finishes on the women's side.

Next up the Lions will travel to NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 16th.

 

 

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