SACRAMENTO, Calif. - LMU men's and women's cross country both finished third overall in team scoring at the Capital Cross Challenge at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex race course in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 30. The women scored 115 points while the men scored 122 points and were the top Division I team in the meet.
The Lion women were led by redshirt senior Danielle Shanahan who took first place overall in the women's race. Shanahan traversed the 6K course in a time of 20:23.2, and improved on her third place finish in her junior season (2015). For Shanahan, this win was her second of the season in three opportunities.
"I'm happy with the way the race played out and that I was able to come away with the win," Shanahan said. "I'm also excited for the next month of training to sharpen up and be ready to compete at Conference."
Shanahan was followed by freshman Alex Beitia (21:10.2) in 8th place overall and the second fastest freshman of the day. Junior Maddi Vorgitch (21:38.4; 23rd place), sophomore Kyla Danforth (21:59.4; 34th place) and sophomore Hannah Wohlenberg (22:22.9; 54th place) rounded out the top five scorers for LMU. Other finishers for the Lions included freshman Rosie Cruz (22:30.9), junior Giselle Masedo (22:32.1), junior Elena Garcia (22:49.8), freshman Holly LaPlante (23:05.1), freshman Courtney Gelmini (23:09.8) and freshman Gaby Guerrero (24:18.6).
Jack Polerecky led the Lion men with a time of 24:26.6 coming in fifth place overall, third among collegiate competitors and first among Division I runners over the 8K course.
"Overall, I am pretty content with the race," Polerecky explained. "I dropped back a bit in the fourth mile, but then got a second wind and passed about four people in the last 800 for 5th. I'm proud of the guys who stepped up. There is still a lot of work to be done, and excited for the next few weeks of training to build upon our fitness as we approach Conference and Regionals."
Junior Koby Pederson (24:52.8) and redshirt senior Patrick Gibson (24:55.3) were next for LMU, coming in 24th place and 26th place respectively and 19th and 20th among the collegiate runners. Pederson and Gibson were followed by Christopher Fredlund (25:23.5) and Branden Estrada (25:23.5) to round out the scoring five runners for the Lions. Finishing sixth for the Lions, junior Joey Rodgers had a breakout race running 25:57.9 which was the second best time of his career. Freshman Simeon Paul (26:04.9) and Joseph Garcia (26:39.8) had career bests for 8K. Rounding out the finishers for the Lions were junior Jordan McLennan (26:07.1), junior Ben Davis (26:16.4), freshman Kyle Friedler (26:32.6), junior Alex Sasser (26:39.4) and junior Brian Joerger (26:57.1).
"We ran really well on both sides today," LMU head coach Scott Guerrero said. "We are really coming together as a team and continuing to improve each week. The next month of training will be key for us as we get ready for Conference and Regionals."
The Lions will return to the course on Saturday, Oct. 14 when the teams race in the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif.
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