LMU Cross Country places 12th and 18th at Stanford Invitational.
Lions finish near middle of the pack.
Sept. 29, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - With the best of the west competing in this past Saturday’s Stanford Invitational, the lions held their own, finishing near the middle of the back for both men’s and women’s races. The women's side finished 12th out of 29 teams while the men finished 18th out of 28.
The women were led once again by sophomore Tara Erdmann. Erdmann placed 8th overall in the women’s race with a time of 21:25.
Of the top seven finishers for the Lions on the women’s side, five were freshmen. Brieanna Delaney and Stephanie Felix led the newcomers. Delaney finished 50th overall with a time of 22:43 and Felix was right behind, finishing in 23:07.
Senior Abby Fall was the lone upperclassman for the lions finishing fourth for LMU and 100th overall. Right behind her were a trio of newcomers, Marissa Diehl, Cassandra Salazar and Megan Fairly all finishing under 24:00 minutes.
“I know we are better than our 12th place team finish.” Coach Scott Guerrero said. “I was very proud of our women for getting out there and competing.
Four of the top seven runners for the men were also freshmen. Newcomer Phillip Benavides finished first for the lions. The freshman ran a 26:00 even, placing 55th overall in the race. Senior Trevor Wiseman and sophomore Connor Pastoor were right behind, placing 82nd and 97th overall with times of 26:31 and 26:48. Senior Lino Almeida and freshmen Thomas Finnigan, Daman Coffman, and Erich Yanoschik all finished in the top 7 for the lions.
“We did not have a great day at Stanford. The fact is that everyone has an off day occasionally. ” Coach Guerrero said. “Stanford will host the West Region meet in November and I am very confident that when we see this course again in seven weeks we'll be ready.”
The "B" squad also ran this weekend at the UC Riverside Invitational. The top finishers for the men were all less than a minute a apart. Michael Herrera was the top male finisher for the lions. The sophomore ran a 27:27 finishing in 137th place. Oran Arms and Jacques Delouche rounded out the lions with a 27:58 and 28:25 respectively.
The women also ran in a pack. The top finisher for the women at Riverside was Shea Franklin. The sophomore from Phoenix ran a 19:39 to lead the lions. Senior Ahnie Draper was right behind with a 19:54. Freshman Elizabeth Murphy and Junior Megan Lynch rounded out the top times with a 20:16 and 21:01 respectively.
Next up for the Lions is the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayatteville, Arkansas on October 18. The race is an all day event.
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