Shanahan Sets Program Record in Third Place Finish
The LMU women's cross country team placed third and the men took sixth at the 2014 WCC Championships Saturday.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Danielle Shanahan and Grace Graham-Zamudio placed third and fifth, respectively, leading the LMU women's cross country team to a third place team finish at the 2014 West Coast Conference Championships, held at Baylands Park in Sunnvale, Calif., Saturday morning. Led by senior Daniel Gibson's 24th place finish, the Lion men took sixth overall.
Both Shanahan and Graham-Zamudio take home All-WCC First Team honors for placing in the top 10. This marks the second straight First Team honor for the senior Graham-Zamudio while Shanahan improved on her Honorable Mention honor from one year ago. As a rookie in 2013, Shanahan was also named WCC Freshman of the Year.
Shanahan, who led the field for much of the race, crossed the finish line in 19:50.7, nearly a full minute faster than her time on the same course in September's WCC Preview Meet. The time also sets the LMU all-time 6k record, which was previously held by three-time WCC champion and All-American, Tara Erdmann. Erdmann ran 19:51.3 to place 10th at the NCAAs in 2011.
Graham-Zamudio lowered her time from the WCC Preview meet as well with her 20:03.2, fifth-place finish. Kelli Sugimoto took home All-WCC Second Team honors, placing 14th overall in 20:37.3. Kayla de Bondt was 20th in 20:50.7 and Chloe Curtis was 23rd in 20:55.6 to round out the scoring five which totaled 65 points. Rounding out the Lions' seven competitors were Kyra Burke in 38th (21:35.6) and Samantha Garcia in 41st (21:43.0).
In his final WCC Championship, Gibson paced the LMU men's pack with a 24:24.5, 24th-place finish. Showing signs of good things to come in the future of LMU cross country, freshmen Jack Polerecky and Christopher Fredlund were 29th (24:36.4) and 31st (24:41.8) for the Lions. Polerecky's time sets an LMU freshman record while Fredlund's is now the second lowest mark.
Nationally ranked Portland and BYU took nine of the top-10 individual spots and ran away with first and second in the team standings with 28 points and 31 points, respectively. The Lions finished with 165 team points for sixth place.
Both Lion squads will return to action on November 14, racing in the NCAA West Region Championships, hosted by Stanford.
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