SEATTLE - LMU cross country returned to postseason racing as the men's and women's teams competed at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Seattle, Wash. on Friday morning at the Jefferson Park Golf Course. The Lion women placed 11th in the 6K while the men finished 13th in the 10K race. The 11th place finish for the women was the highest since 2014 when they were ninth and tied for their second highest finish in school history. The men's 13th place tied for their highest finish in regional championship history back in 2009.
"Collectively for the men's and women's teams, this was the best Regional we have had in our history," LMU head coach Scott Guerrero said. "The men tied their best finish ever and the women had their best finish since they were ninth in 2014. They executed their plan and ran the best races they could as a team."
The women's team was led by redshirt senior Danielle Shanahan who finished 12th overall and earned All-Region honors. Shanahan finished with a time of 19:48.5 which was a personal best under the Lion jersey and just six seconds shy of a career best. Being in the top 25 finishers, as long as Shanahan is one of the top four individuals not on a team that qualifies for the NCAA Championship, she will qualify as an individual for the Championship.
"Danielle [Shanahan] ran a great race today and she continues to get better and better," Guerrero said. "In her last season under the Lion jersey, getting to nationals has been a part of her plan."
Freshman Alex Beitia followed Shanahan and continues to run impressively for the Lions coming in 34th with a career best at 6K of 20:32.0. She bettered her previous mark by four seconds. Third for the Lions, Junior Maddi Vorgitch finished in 82nd place with a time of 21:18.1. Redshirt sophomore Kyla Danforth cracked the top 100 finishing 93rd overall with a time of 21:33.5. Sophomore Hannah Wohlenberg and freshman Rosie Cruz ran together for a majority of the race with Wohlenberg placing 119th (21:54.1) and 128th (21:59.2) respectively. For Wohlenberg, her time was a season best by a second. Junior Emily Hubert rounded out the Lion seven finishing in 22:29.8 and placing 165th.
On the men's side, redshirt junior Jack Polerecky led the Lions, placing 50th overall with a time of 30:40.9, which was a career best. Polerecky improved on his previous career best by six seconds. Junior Koby Pederson was next for the Lions in 103rd place with a time of 31:37.4. Senior Christopher Fredlund was 106th immediately followed by redshirt senior Patrick Gibson 107th. Both ran the 10K distance in 31:42.7. Junior Jordan McLennan rounded out the scoring five for the Lions placing 115th with a time of 31:58.2. Freshman Simeon Paul in 134th (32:20.2) and senior Harry Loasby in 194th (33:59.0) were the sixth and seventh runners for the men.
The announcement for the team and individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championship in Louisville, KY will be made on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. (noon) PT.
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