Cross-Country Places 5th and 6th Overall at Vanguard Invitational.
Oct. 11, 2008
Costa Mesa, Calif - After resting four out of the top five runners on both men's and women's side, LMU's Cross Country "B" squad showcased the depth of talent in the LMU's cross country program.
The men's side placed sixth overall but just missed fifth place by 1 point. Azusa Pacific, ranked #3 nationally in NAIA, won the meet on the men's side. They were closely followed by second place finisher and #5 ranked nationally Cal State San Marcos. Host Vanguard, ranked #13 in NAIA, finished 4th overall but almost placed 3rd, losing by 4 points to previously unranked Concordia Irvine. Earlier this year LMU's `'A'" squad beat Azusa Pacific, Cal State San Marcos and Vanguard.
"All in all I was very proud of the way our guys ran." Coach Scott Guerrero said.
Leading the lions on the men's side was junior Brian McDonald. He finished 6th overall with a time of 25:51. Sophomore Scott Donahue completed a season's best, crossing the finish line in 26:45. Freshman Daman Coffman continues to impress. He has gotten faster ever single race. He ran 27:20 two weeks ago at Stanford and ran a collegiate best today of 26:55. Sophomore Michael Herrera finished 4th for the lions with a time of 27:42. Senior Sean Sisk rounded out LMU's top-5 with a 28:09.
On the women's side, the Lions placed 5th overall. The top four teams are ranked nationally NAIA in the top 10 including, #2 Azusa Pacific, #3 Cal State San Marcos, #5 Concordia Irvine, and #7 Biola. At the San Diego State Aztec Invitational, LMU's "A" squad defeated Cal State San Marcos and Biola. The "B" squad did defeat #25 ranked Point Loma by 63 points.
Once again the freshmen continue to shine as the Lions were led at the #1 spot by Megan Fairley who finished 16th overall in 18:45. For the first time this year Annie Holden broke the 19-minute mark. The junior from Littleton, Colorado, finished 2nd overall for the Lions with a time of 18:57. Freshman Marissa Diehl ran a new collegiate best for the 5k in 19:03. Junior Brooke Lademan (19:15) and freshman Cassandra Salazar (19:41) rounded out LMU's top 5.
LMU Cross Country travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas next weekend. The Lions will run the Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday October 18. The invitational
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