Lions finish 10th, 11th at Chile Pepper Invitational.
Freshmen Phillip Benavides sets school record in 10k at the event.
Oct. 20, 2008
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Competing with some of the best nationally ranked teams in the nation, LMU held their own at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men's side finished 10th out of 29 teams while the women barely missed out of the top 10 finishing 11th out of 39.
The men's side stepped up to the challenging 10k distance after running the 8k distance all year. The Lions were up to the challenge as they defeated such teams as WCC foe San Francisco, as well as regionally ranked teams Louisiana Tech (#7), Baylor (#13), and Texas at Arlington (#12). Leading the way for the Lions was freshman Phillip Benavides. Benavides crossed the line in 31:15 good enough for 61st place. Also under the school-record were sophomore Brian McDonald (31:47, 80th), freshman Thomas Finnigan (32:09, 91st), and senior Trevor Wiseman (32:13, 96th). Sophomore Scott Donahue rounded out the top 5 finishing 110th with a time of 32:32.0, narrowly missing the old school-record.
The women only had a 61 second gap between their top five. Tara Erdman once again led the Lions on the women's side. The sophomore ran the course in 21:43 placing 34th overall. Not far behind her was freshman Brieanna Delaney. Delaney finished 57th overall with a time of 22:11. Finishing in the top five for the lions was Abby Fall (22:18. 64th), Stephanie Felix (22:36, 80th), and Marissa Diehl (22:44, 92nd).
"The strong performance by the team shows that everything is coming together just in time for championship season and gives them great confidence when they step up to the 10k distance again at regionals in 4 weeks." Coach Scott Guerrero said.
The "A" squad will take this weekend off in preparation for the West Coast Conference Championships on Saturday, November 1st in Belmont, CA. The "B" squad will run this weekend at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational on Friday, October 24th at 4 pm.
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