Lions Finish in Middle of the Pack at NCAA West Regionals.

Nov. 16, 2008

Palo Alto, Calif - After a record breaking year, LMU 2008 Cross Country finished strong at the NCAA West Regionals Cross Country Championships. The Lions placed right in the middle with the women coming in 16th out of 30 teams and the men finishing 17th out of 25 teams.

Oregon and Washington won the men and women regional championships respectively. The Ducks also automatically qualified for the women's championship coming in second overall with host Stanford finishing the same in the men's 10k.

WCC Champion Portland finished 3rd overall in the men's race while the women finished 5th. LMU was the second highest placing team for the WCC in the women's 6k while the men were third, 16 points behind San Francisco.

Leading the women once again was WCC Champion Tara Erdmann. Erdmann finished 14th overall, highest of any LMU or WCC runner in the women's 6k, with a time of 20:22 receiving All-Region honors. A solid second for LMU was WCC freshman of the year, Brieanna Delaney. Delaney finished 86th overall with a time 21:56. Rounding out the top times for the Lions was Stephanie Felix (100th) in 22:09, Marissa Diehl (109th) in 22:15, Megan Fairley (112th) in 22:16, Abby Fall (135th) in 22:39, and Annie Holden (146th) in 22:51.

Junior Brian McDonald and senior Trevor Wiseman once again led the Lions. This time however, the duo swapped places with McDonald finishing first for LMU at 30:57 for 61st overall and Wiseman coming in at 63rd overall with a time of 31:03. Freshman Phillip Benavides came in third for the lions. Benavides crossed the finish line at 92nd overall with a time of 31:53. Rounding out the top times for the Lions was Erich Yanoschik (123rd) in 32:40, Daman Coffman (136) in 33:03, Scott Donahue (143rd) in 33:07 and Connor Pastoor (146th) in 33:12.



LMU now awaits the at large bids for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Monday, November 24.


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