Shanahan Leads LMU at WCC Championships

Danielle Shanahan was the runner-up in the women's 6K.
Oct. 31, 2015

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Danielle Shanahan led the LMU women's cross country team for the second consecutive year at the 2015 West Coast Conference Championships, placing second overall as the Lion women took fourth in the team standings Saturday morning at Plantes Ferry Sports Park in Spokane, Wash. Junior Brandon Vientos was the top men's finisher, placing 20th overall as the Lion men took sixth place in the team standings.

Shanahan, improved upon her third place finish last year, taking the runner-up position in 21:06.4. The top-10 finish also gives the junior a second straight First Team All-WCC honor.

Shanahan paced the front of the lead pack for nearly the entire 6K course and pulled ahead of that group down the stretch. Individual champion Shelby Mills from host Gonzaga, led start to finish with a winning time of 20:55.7.

Senior Kelli Capel and freshman Emily Hubert were the Lions next two finishers, placing 20th (21:59.1) and 21st (22:00.2), respectively. Junior Kayla de Bondt was 24th in 22:07.0 and freshman Maddi Vorgitch rounded out the Lions' five scoring runners, placing 30th in 22:36.8.

With 95 team points, the Lions edged Portland (96 points) for fourth place in the 10-team field. Gonzaga and BYU tied for first in points with 59, however it was the host Zags who earned the tiebreak and the 2015 WCC team title. San Francisco was third with 64 points.

The Lion men were paced by Vientos' 25:53.2, 20th place finish on the 8K course. Freshman Koby Pederson was 28th in 26:05.9, senior Michael Duncan was 28th in 26:09.8, sophomore Christopher Fredlund was 37th in 26:31.4 and Lance Capel was 44th in 26:49.0 to round out the scoring Lions.

LMU's men totaled 146 team points for sixth place. BYU ran away with the team title, scoring five of the top six individual finishers for 17 points. Portland was second with 66 points, Gonzaga took third with 83 points, followed by San Francisco in fourth (116 points) and Saint Mary's in fifth (146 points).

Postseason action continues for the Lions in two weeks when the squads travel to Seattle for the NCAA DI West Regional Championships on Nov. 13.

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