Lions Set Team Time Records at Stanford Invitational

Sept. 25, 2005

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Palo Alto, Calif. - Both the men's and women's cross country squads set team time records this weekend at the Stanford Invitational, with the women finishing 12th overall and the men 21st. Two sophomores led the Lions, as Lino Almeida and Sara Mickelson posted impressive performances.

The LMU men's squad finished 21st as a team in the 8000m race, with each of the Lions running a career best for the distance. Almeida (25:41) led the Lions, with his 8K time landing second on the LMU all-time leaders' list. Almeida's time this weekend was second only to school record holder Adam Bacon, who ran 25:34 at this meet last season.

Freshman Sean Sisk also stepped up, running 26:31 and finishing in the No. 3 spot for LMU. The Lions showed their team's depth again this week, as their top five finished within 54 seconds of each other. As a team, the men have never run faster on any course, as the overall team time of 131:29 (26:18 average) is a team time record for the 8K distance. LMU's previous 8K team time record (132:14) was set in 2004, led by Bacon.

"I would say our men definitely rose to the occasion," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "I was super proud of literally every single one of our guys. Every last one of them ran very well."

The women's team also had a strong showing, finishing 12th overall. Sophomore Sara Mickelson (22:12) led the Lions for the first time in her young career, and became the school record-holder for the 6000m in the process.



"Most impressive for Sara is that not only did she manage to out-run her sister Laura (22:13) for the first time in her life, but last year at this meet, she was our No. 8 runner at 25:42," Guerrero said. "Sara, Laura, and Brittany Rezowalli all had huge races, running well under 23 minutes and setting huge career-bests for the 6K distance."

The women's previous team time record for the 6K was also set in 2004, at the NCAA Regionals (117:31). Today's team time of 115:26 smashed that previous mark.

The difference between LMU's 12th place finish and eighth place Cal was just 28 points in a meet that featured over 200 finishers.

"Our one through five game clearly hurt us at 2:02," Guerrero said. "In a meet this size, you give up too many points. If we cut that gap in half, all of a sudden we move up to sixth or seventh place."

The field was competitive once again this week, with the women's race featuring fifth-ranked Stanford, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, No. 23 Portland, and several top-25 non-Division I opponents.

On the men's side, the Lions' competition included fourth-ranked Stanford, who swept both the 4K and 8K races, No. 4 Chico State (DII), No. 11 Azusa Pacific (NAIA) and No. 24 Westmont (NAIA).



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