Full Squad Starts Season With A Run in Brea

The Lions get their season underway in Brea.

Aug. 31, 2012

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LOS ANGELES -- LMU Cross Country starts the 2012 campaign with both full teams competing at the Mark Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

Event: Mark Covert Classic

Location: Brea, Calif.

Venue: Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Date: Saturday, Sept. 1

Host: Cal State Fullerton


The Lions' women's cross country team finished in first-place at the, then named, Asics Season Opener in Brea, Calif while the men's team finished in seventh. LMU sent a partial squad for their first event of the season to run at a reconfigured course in Carbon Canyon Park. The women's team totaled 39 points with a 3-5-6-12-13 finish led by Veronica Wallington, who finished the 6k race at 22:14.8 placing 3rd overall. Caroline Draper finished 5th overall with a time of 22:25.4 followed by Brieanna Delaney close behind at 22:28.6 and finishing 6th. Brittnie Munoz finished in 12th at 23:08.4 and freshman Aeoleone Bristow made her freshman debut with a 23:14.4 finish for 13th place to round out the Lions' top 5.

On the men's side, Michael Vorgitch led the Lions finishing 29th overall in 26:32.9 for the 8k course. Jonathan Miller came in next for the Lions in 27.01.6 finishing 56th overall. Greg Innes finished in 27.06.9 placing 63th overall. Oran Arms came in at 27:12 with teammate Michael Carlone close behind in 27:12.6 and Douglas Petreein 27:13.2. The men placed 7th out of 19 teams.


This year's teams are a mix of new talent and experienced runners. The women's team has seen nearly half of its roster turnover as six freshmen and two transfers join 10 returners from last year. Freshmen Nicole Forbes, Samantha Garcia, Evelyn Gonzalez, Melanie Joerger, Kelly Parsons, and Kelli Sugimoto compose one of the fastest incoming classes of runners to join the program. In addition, the Lions' women also add two transfers from UC Santa Barbara in Callie Mulgannon and Sarah Vitug, who will provide, "experience, a different perspective, and maturity having competed at this level," says Guerrero. The newcomers boost an already strong returning core led by seniors' Caroline Draper, Jessica Mumaugh, Cassandra Salazar, and Sheree Shea, two-time All-WCC first-team runner, who returns after a red shirt season.

All five of the men who scored for LMU at the West Coast Conference Championship last year return: Tyre Johnson, Weston Strum, Kevin Joerger, Sterling Lockert, and Drew Dalton. Joining the Lions' men are four freshmen: Lance Capel, Michael Duncan, Ryan Vargas, and Sam Worley, and one transfer from the University of Washington, Daniel Gibson, who will compete with LMU's scoring five and other returners for the top seven positions. The Lions have depth with both teams and the inter-squad competition should help the team grow and achieve. "I don't know exactly what the potential of the roster is, but I like what I see so far," said Guerrero. "I'm real excited about our roster this year."


Formerly known as the Asics Season Opener, the season opening meet was named after legendary distance runner and Cal State Fullerton Titan alum, Mark Covert. The course is newly designed, consisting of multiple loops alternating between a 1K grass inner loop in the main section of the park and a dirt trail nature loop.





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