Lions Run with Nation's Best
Cross country squads participate in No. 1 Stanford's invitational.
Sept. 28, 2003
Palo Alto, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount cross country teams competed in the 30th annual Stanford Invitational this weekend at the Stanford Golf Course. The men finished 18th, while the women placed 21st in their distance brackets. Sophomore Adam Bacon and junior Andy Thompson paced the men, both finishing the 8k in 27:10.
The men finished in a team average time of 27:38. Following Bacon and Thompson were sophomores David Steinhafel, Kenny Arehart, and Greg Corry who rounded out the scoring five crossing the line at 27:27, 27:46, and 28:33, respectively. Bernie Ochoa (29:14) and Drew Haberkorn (29:30) also ran for the Lions, who placed 18th of the 22 teams in their division.
In West Coast Conference head-to-head scoring, the men out-scored Saint Mary's 18-39 but fell to Santa Clara 15-44. San Francisco ran two participants in the 4000m race, but did not field a team.
Top-ranked Stanford won the men's division, while No. 20 Cal Poly finished second.
The women placed 21st of 26 squads, averaging a team time of 24:35 for the 6k. Two freshmen once again led the Lions, with Kristen Gonzalez and Katie Strachan finishing in 23:47 and 24:30, respectively. Sophomore Lara Del Rio crossed the line at 24:50 and junior Alexis Gernhardt finished her second collegiate race in 24:52. Freshman Melani Hom rounded out the women's scoring five in 24:53. Co-captains Maria Degitz and Trinity Amalfitano also ran for the Lions, finishing in 24:56 and 27:29.
The women beat San Francisco (28-29) and Saint Mary's (21-37), but fell to Santa Clara (15-44) in WCC head-to-head scoring.
No. 24 UCLA defeated No. 2 Stanford to earn the women's title.
Up next for the Lions is the Alumni Run, held as part of the Manhattan Beach 10k. LMU cross country alumni will join the varsity squads for the community run which begins at 7:30 a.m.
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