Lions Put Up Top Results in Race With Nation's Best
Seven men post career-best times at Stanford Invitational.
Sept. 26, 2004
Palo Alto, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country had a strong showing at Saturday's 31st annual Stanford Invitational, as both the men and the women beat last year's team times on the same course. In an event that featured over 4,000 runners, the Lions stood out, posting career-best performances.
Eight runners represented the LMU men's squad in the race, with the top seven (Adam Bacon, Lino Almeida, Drew Haberkorn, Bernie Ochoa, Reynaldo Barrera, Kenny Arehart, and Jonathan Macneil) all posting career-best times.
The top six LMU men each beat the time of the Lions' first finisher in 2003. Saturday's No. 6 runner, Arehart, finished in 27:03, while 2003's No. 1 runner, Bacon, had posted a time of 27:10.
The Lions were again led by Bacon in 2004, who finished in a career-best 25:34 (55th). Almeida recorded his first career second position finish for the Lions, crossing the line in 26:24 (93rd).
Senior Andrew Thompson was the Lions' No. 8, and the only runner who did not set a career-best time. Thompson lost his shoe in a stampede at the start of the race and ran the entire 8K wearing only one racing flat, still finishing in a respectable 28:35.
The men finished 14th overall, topping West Coast Conference opponent Saint Mary's (19th).
The women's squad also had a strong race, posting a team time of 1:21:21 that topped last year's team time of 1:22:52. The Lions entered nine runners, seven of which were freshmen and sophomores, with three true freshmen finishing in the top six. One of the freshmen, Claudia Bishop, made her collegiate debut as the Lions' No. 4 with a time of 24:26 (83rd).
Sophomore Kristen Gonzalez and freshman Laura Mickelson led the Lions, crossing the line together at 24:04 and 24:06 (72nd and 73rd).
The Lions opted to enter the 6K race, while WCC opponents San Francisco and Santa Clara entered the 4K.
The invitational featured the west's top teams, including host Stanford, who was the preseason No. 1 (women) and 2 (men) squad. The top-ranked Cardinal took the women's title, while Cal Poly topped the men's side.