Oct. 13, 2012
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - LMU returned in style in its first trip to the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in three years, picking up two top five finishes. LMU's men finished fourth overall in the crowded field at Agri Park. The LMU women finished fifth with senior Sheree Shea recording the seventh-best overall time.
Junior Weston Strum, who ran a time of 30:56.2 for 16th in the 10k race, led LMU's men. Junior Kevin Joerger was second for the Lions finishing the race in 31:47.6, a personal-best time in the 10k, for 32nd overall. The junior class continued its success with Drew Dalton's 38th place finish in 31:54.7, a PR for Dalton. Sophomore Daniel Gibson ran a 32:23 in his first recorded 10k race, for 66th overall. Senior Sterling Lockert finished 85th crossing the finish line at 32:41.1.
Freshman Michael Duncan completed his first 10k race in 32:55.6, 98th overall. Sophomore Michael Vorgitch set a personal record time with a 33:17.3 in the race for 124th.
The Lions finished fourth in a field of 34 premier teams from across the nation. Cross-country powerhouse Oklahoma State, who had its top seven finishers in the top 11 spots, won the race. LMU finished with 181 points (15-23-28-50-65), only 8 points behind third place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
LMU's women were led by senior Sheree Shea's seventh place finish in the 6k race. The San Diego native recorded a time of 21:07.9. Callie Mulgannon ran a time of 22:04.9 for 31st in the race. Senior Caroline Draper finished at 22:17.3, 45th overall. Junior Brittnie Munoz ran a time of 22:21.5 for 47th. Senior Cassandra Salazar came in 72nd overall at 22:42.8.
Sarah Vitug recorded a time of 22:43.3 for 73rd overall. Freshman Kelli Sugimoto crossed at 23:01.5, 93rd in the race.
The Lions finished fifth in the 43-team field. The University of Arkansas led the way, winning the race with an average time of 21:26.34. LMU's average was 22:06.88 and the Lions recorded a score of 181 (6-27-41-45-64) only seven points behind fourth-place LSU.
Only two weeks away from the WCC Championships, LMU enters the final stretch of the 2012 schedule with the Titan Invite next Friday, Oct. 19. The meet begins at 5:00 p.m.
- GO LIONS -