Cross Country Records Another Strong Showing
The men placed 6th overall and the women take 7th at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Invite
Oct. 17, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - At the Chile Pepper Cross County Festival this morning the LMU men and women Cross Country team recorded yet another strong showing against tough competition for their season. In cold, wet conditions, the women placed 7th overall while the men placed 6th against a large field of ranked teams.
For the men, freshman Sterling Lockert led the Lions for the first time this season. Placing 37th overall in a time of 31:06 Lockert has been steadily improving with each of his collegiate races. After Lockert, the Lions had a tight pack of upperclassmen leaders, consisting of senior Brian McDonald, junior Connor Pastoor and Daniel LaCava. They all finished close together in 31:25, 31:27, 31:32 for the 10k distance placing 51st, 52nd and 55th respectively. Sophomore Thomas Finnigan rounded out the Lion's top scoring five, coming in 68th overall in a time 31:47. Also for the Lions Junior Scott Donahue 32:30 finished top seven for the Lions while freshman Tyre Johnson 32:43 and Greg Innes 33:05 showed the Lion's depth and young talent.
The men placed 6th overall against a tough venue of teams. Oklahoma State won the meet with only 21 total points is ranked 4th in the nation. While the University of Oklahoma who finished second and Arkansas 3rd, are ranked 23rd and 25th nationally. The LMU men who have flown under the radar this season, as they have not yet been regionally ranked, but today showed that they could come out and compete with some of the best.
Freshman Sheree Shea once again led the women placing 17th overall in a time of 21:31 for the 6k distance. After Shea, sophomore Cassandra Salazar led the top pack of lady Lions across the line, finishing 36th overall in a time of 22:04. Junior Cynthia Chaidez was close behind running 22:15 and placing 46th. Sophomore Brieanna Delaney finished in 22:34 and placed 58th while senior Brooke Lademan ran 22:41 and placed 68th to round out the Lion's top five. Sophomore Megan Fairley and Freshman Caroline Draper finished close together in 23:01 and 23:06 to complete the Lions top seven while sophomore Marissa Diehl also ran well over the 6k course for the Lions in 23:59.
For the women, Texas Tech University ranked 20th nationally won the meet followed by BYU ranked 23rd nationally and University of Arkansas each of which also have earned top rankings within their regions. This season the LMU women received their highest regional ranking in program history, ranked 8th in arguably the toughest region in the country. This meet not only shows that they deserve their ranking but that they can continue to compete with other high caliber programs.
Coach Scott Guerrero said, "Today we were led by two freshmen on both sides, however we showed a lot of depth as from our veterans. I'm very happy with how we competed against these powerhouse programs in less than ideal conditions. It was a great race for us to have experience for the regional meet in Eugene."
Next up for the Lions is the West Coast Conference Championships in Belmont, CA on the historic Crystal Springs cross country course on October 31st.