Women's Cross Country Signs a Pair of Prep Standouts

May 16, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount head cross country coach Scott Guerrero announced that a pair of outstanding prep runners have signed National Letters of Intent. Both Katie Strachan of Tustin, Calif., and Kristen Gonzalez of Chula Vista, Calif., will become Lions next fall.

Strachan helped her Foothill High School cross country team to three top-10 finishes at the state championships, including the 1999 crown. Strachan qualified for the State Meet as an individual her senior year and ran an 18:55 on the Woodward Park 5,000-meter course. She was also named first-team all-Century League four times, while winning the 2000 individual title. This past season, Strachan was named team captain and finished ninth at the CIF-Southern Section Championships at Mt. SAC in 18:22.

Gonzalez was a two-time team captain and MVP of her Bonita Vista High School team. She was also the three-time Mesa League Individual cross country champion & Runner of the Year (2000-02), while being named first-team All-San Diego CIF Division I in 2001 and second-team in 2002. On the track, Gonzalez won the Mesa League 1,600-meter title and was a CIF finalist in 2002.

"We're very fortunate to be adding women of such obvious talent to our program," Guerrero said. "Katie and Kristen have proven themselves as stellar athletes and leaders on their respective high school teams and I know they will bring the same to LMU. They will also add some much needed depth to our program."




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