The Amazing Race
Lions finish storied season with record team times at NCAA West Regional.
Nov. 13, 2005
Palo Alto, Calif. - Loyola Marymount wrapped-up a storied season Saturday, finishing 14th and 21st at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif. It was a final record-breaking day for the Lions, who set new 6K and 10K team time records and placed higher in the women's competition than ever before at an NCAA Regional.
The women closed out their history-making season by finishing 14th in the region, the school's highest placing. The previous best for any LMU squad had been 15th place. The women's 6000m team time of 111:09.6 (a 22:14 average) smashed LMU's previous 6K best of 115:26 (a 23:05 average) set earlier this season at the Stanford Invitational. With the 14th place finish, LMU was the only school without an officially sanctioned track program to finish in the top-15.
The men's team time of 169:38.2 (a 33:55 average) is the school's fastest team time for the 10K distance and LMU's fastest team time at an NCAA Regional. The 2004 squad ran the same NCAA race in 171:21, for an average of 34:16.
Despite the new school record, the men had set their hopes higher. Reynaldo Barrera, the Lions' number two runner, was sidelined due to a hamstring pull and did not compete. Freshman Sean Sisk stepped up in his absence and ran in the number two spot for the Lions in his first-ever 10K competition. The two-spot was Sisk's highest placement on the team this season and came in the toughest race on the Lions' schedule. He finished 116th overall with a time of 33:39.3. The Lions were led by sophomore Lino Almeida, who finished in the top-100 with a time of 33:00.1.
"All in all, we achieved every goal that we had set for ourselves at the beginning of the season," WCC Coach of the Year Scott Guerrero said. "The loss of Adam Bacon in August really dealt us a blow, but everyone pulled together as a team and we have become better because of it. I don't think anyone had very high expectations for us at all, yet we ended up with the best teams ever assembled here at Loyola Marymount. It's been an amazing year and considering the fact that we will only lose one senior from each of our varsity squads, next year looks even more amazing."
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