Women Take 2nd, Men 4th in Competitive Field at Titan Invite
LMU Cross Country has a strong performance at the Titan Invitational
Oct. 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
This evening the LMU Cross Country team had another strong showing at the Titan Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The women took second place as a team led by sophomores Jessica Mumaugh and Caroline Draper over a 5k distance while the men took fourth overall for the 8k race.
With a deep team, the Lady Lions took second overall beating out Southern California rivals USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, and conference rivals San Diego and Pepperdine. Azusa Pacific, who is ranked in the top three of the NAIA schools, was the only team to edge out the Lions winning the women's 5k Invitational. With numerous season and all-time bests and just over a 60 second gap between their 1-5 runners the women proved that they had the depth to compete in a loaded field for their last competition this fall.
Sophomore Jessica Mumaugh once again led the Lions placing 11th overall in 18:06 for the 5k distance. This time of 18:06 was a season best for Mumaugh who broke her previous 5k time of 18:35 by 30 seconds today. Close in tow, sophomore teammate Caroline Draper also set a season personal best, placing 14th overall in 18:14 5k. Draper had previously run 18:33 this season for the 5k and ended her season with her fastest time this fall. Freshman Kelly Shogren continued to move up throughout the race to place 20th in 18:28 breaking her season 5k record by over thirty seconds. Freshman Laura Delgado also improved over the season to run 18:55 placing 34th overall. Rounding out the Lion's top five, Jillian Jaccard came in right behind Delgado in 19:02 running a season best by over 30 seconds and placing 37th overall. Also for the Lions, Megan Fairley placed 44th overall in 19:11 and senior Shea Franklin ended her collegiate cross country career on a high note, running an all-time best of 19:33 for the 5k and placing 55th overall. The lady Lions had their top seven in the top half of the race with just over a hundred runners entered and beat out a strong ballot of southern California programs.
The men came in fourth overall behind UCLA, Azusa Pacific, and Cal Baptist. The Lions were led by sophomore Greg Innes who ran 25:43 for the 8k course and placed 32nd overall. This time was a career best for Innes by over ten seconds for the 8k distance from earlier this season and over a minute from his freshman year. Freshman Mike Evans was close behind Innes in 25:58 placing 36th overall also turning in a season personal best by over forty seconds. Teammate Henry Jordan put in a solid performance placing 47th overall in 26:17 which was also a personal best by a full minute. Senior Michael Herrera closed out his collegiate career with an all-time best for the 8k distance running 26:20 which is his fastest time by over 20 seconds. Herrera 49th overall while sophomore Oran Arms rounded out the Lion's top five in 27:24 placing 74th. Also for the Lions, Michael Carlone ran 27:42, RJ Larrieu ran a season best of 27:47 improving by almost thirty seconds for the 8k distance and Matt Duncan finished in 28:42.
Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "I was a really great day for the Lions with many season and career bests at the last meet of the season. Our women were especially impressive knocking off a number of quality programs and finishing only behind the 'A' squad of a nationally ranked opponent. But who I'm most happy for are the two seniors running in the final cross country race of their careers. The fact that both of them finished with career bests is just fantastic. It really doesn't get any better than that. GO LIONS!"
Nest up the Lions will race in their Conference Championships in Belmont, CA on Saturday October 30th.
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