Cross Country: Preseason WCC & Regional Rankings
Women projected to finish 3rd in the WCC & 10th Regionally while men picked to finish 2nd in the WCC & 12th in the Region.
Aug. 30, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - After back-to-back second place finishes at West Coast Conference Championships, the LMU Men are picked to finish second while the women are picked to finish third in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. Regionally the Lions received recognition after both the men and women placed 13th overall in the NCAA West Region in 2009. This year the Lions were picked to finish 10th on the women's side and 12th on the men's in the competitive West Region.
While the LMU men loose two top seniors Brian McDonald and Daniel LaCava from their top seven, with a stellar recruiting class and returning talent, the Lions are bound to improve both in the conference and regionally. The men have placed 2nd at conference for three years now chasing national powerhouse Portland and will be looking to make a statement at Regionals this year.
After heartbreaking second place finish last year, the LMU women were projected to finish third overall in the preseason poll and received a 10th place poll in the West Region. The Lady Lions will return all but one from their top seven and redshirt Tara Erdmann, 2008 WCC Individual Conference Champion and 2010 NCAA Track All-American will be competing for the Lions.
The 2009 WCC Cross Country Champions, the University of Portland men and University of San Francisco women, were chosen to take home the conference title again this year. The Portland men earned the maximum 49 points, securing the first place vote from all other seven coaches in the conference, while the San Francisco women's team garnered 48 points and six first place votes.
The Portland Pilots have won the last 31 WCC Men's Cross Country Championships, the longest active streak for any cross country program in the country. Last season, Portland junior Alfred Kipchumba, a unanimous 2010 preseason all-conference selection, took first at the WCC Championships. Loyola Marymount and San Francisco tied for second in the preseason coaches poll with 40 points for the second year in a row. Lion sophomore Sterling Lockert was named to the preseason all-conference team, while San Francisco junior Ganbileg Bor secured a spot on the all-conference team as well. Santa Clara took fourth and had two runners named to the all-conference team in senior Robbie Reid and senior Chris Sampson, while Gonzaga was fifth and had sophomore Chris Boyle earn a spot on the preseason All-WCC team. San Diego, Pepperdine and Saint Mary's rounded out the poll.
On the women's side,San Francisco made history at last year's meet, winning its first-ever conference championship as four runners finished in the Top 10. Portland received a total of 41 points to take second in the poll with junior Lyndy Davis being named to the preseason all-conference team, while Loyola Marymount was third with 40 points. The Lions had both 2008 WCC Champion and redshirt junior Tara Erdmann and 2009 WCC Cross Country Freshman of the Year Sheree Shea named to the preseason all-conference team. Like their male counterparts, the Santa Clara women were selected fourth and had two runners, 2009 WCC individual champion and senior Stephanie Wilson and sophomore Mary Reynolds, named to the preseason all-conference team. Gonzaga, Pepperdine, San Diego and Saint Mary's rounded out the poll and Pepperdine senior Chelsea Wishard was named to the preseason all-conference team.
The Lions will kick off their season this Saturday at the Fullerton Invitational. The 2010 WCC Cross Country Championships take place at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, California, on Saturday, October 30.
1. USF - 48 (6)
(First place votes)