Lions Impress at Stanford Invite
Teams finish seventh, 12th at one of nation's toughest tests.
Sept. 29, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country turned heads on both the women's and the men's sides Saturday against some of the nation's toughest competition at the 34th annual Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. The women finished seventh of 28 teams and the men took 12th of 32.
Laura Mickelson finished eighth overall to lead the Lion women to a seventh place team finish, ahead of regionally-ranked Utah and Long Beach State. In a field that featured the nation's very best, LMU also topped some other notable programs, including Cal, Long Beach State, Nevada, and West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's.
Mickelson was supported by two Lions who finished within a minute of her 21:04: freshman Tara Erdmann, who finished 11th in 21:18 in her first-ever 6K, and Abby Fall, who finished 23rd in 21:46. "Abby showed the biggest improvement for us this weekend," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "She peeled 83 seconds off her 6K best with a 21:46, and her top-25 finish was key to our team's success."
The women's team again topped its fastest team time ever, besting the previous mark set last year at the same meet by 26 seconds, running 1:50:06 (average 22:01) over the 6K course. The Lions had three women break the 22-minute barrier, an all-time first for the program.
The Lion men were also impressive, topping Santa Clara, regionally-ranked Baylor, and previously regionally-ranked UC Irvine in the 8K, despite the absence of the Lions' No. 2 runner. Senior captain Jonathan MacNeil paced the Lions, finishing 51st in the 8k with a time of 25:23.
The men's team had all five across in just over one minute, with Trevor Wiseman (25:34) and Lino Almeida (25:34) just behind MacNeil in 60th and 61st. Mo Elmi (26:03) and Sean Sisk (26:25) finished the scoring for LMU.
Guerrero entered a few of the younger men in the 4k, and Cameron Pagett led the way there, finishing 14th in 12:56, a 16-second improvement over his time last year.
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