Cross Country Preseason Poll Released As Team Practices in Mammoth
Women picked 4th, Men picked 5th in WCC Preseason Coaches' poll.
Aug. 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Each August, the LMU Cross Country treks up to Mammoth Lakes for preseason training camp. This year the women's team prepares for a season in which it is projected to finish 4th in the WCC, while the men's team is projected to finish 5th. Both teams are practicing in the high altitude of Mammoth to beat those projections.
The conference's coaches picked newcomer BYU to win the conference in its first year in WCC men's cross-country. Portland also received first place votes and was picked to finish in second, followed by San Francisco and Santa Clara.
San Francisco was picked to finish first in the women's poll, followed by BYU and Portland. The LMU women, picked fourth, will be lead by teammates Tara Erdmann and Sheree Shea who were named to the Preseason All-West Coast Conference team.
The pursuit for success for these Lions begins again in the beautiful backdrop of Mammoth Lakes. With its high elevations and steep inclines, Mammoth Lakes is the perfect setting for the teams to prepare for the upcoming season as well as build team camaraderie. In addition to making climbs up to 9,700 feet, the team enjoys meals, meetings, and downtime including volleyball and movies.
A six-hour drive from LMU, Mammoth Lakes provides a pristine arena for summer running at 7,800 feet. Watch the video above to get a glimpse of Mammoth's awe-inspiring wilderness and see the Lions in action at one of California's premiere running destinations.
2011 West Coast Conference Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. BYU (6) 62 2. Portland (3) 59 3. San Francisco 50 4. Santa Clara 40 5. Loyola Marymount 38 6. Gonzaga 30 7. San Diego 19 8. Saint Mary's 17 9. Pepperdine 9
2011 West Coast Conference Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. San Francisco (7) 63 2. BYU (2) 57 3. Portland 49 4. Loyola Marymount 45 5. Santa Clara 34 6. Gonzaga 29 7. Pepperdine 21 8. San Diego 14 9. Saint Mary's 12
2011 Preseason Men's Cross Country All-West Coast Conference Team
Name School Yr. Alden Bahr BYU SR Miles Batty BYU SR Ganbileg Bor USF SR Trevor Dunbar POR JR Alfred Kipchumba POR SR Jose Madera USF SO Lars Erik Malde POR JR Joash Osoro POR JR Robbie Reid SCU RSR Jared Ward BYU SO
2011 Preseason Women's Cross Country All-West Coast Conference Team
Name School Yr. Katy Andrews BYU SR Sophie Curl USF JR Lyndy Davis POR SR Sarah Edwards BYU JR Tara Erdmann LMU RSR Kellie Houser POR RSO Eva Krchova USF JR Katie Palmer BYU SR Sheree Shea LMU JR Maor Tiyouri USF SO
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