LMU Cross Country Ranked Second in Preseason Poll

Sept. 4, 2008

San Bruno, CA - After a stellar 2007 campaign, both men's and women's cross country teams were picked to come in second in the WCC preseason coaches' poll. The lions came in just behind last year's conference champion, the University of Portland.

After placing second last year in the conference meet, the men's side hopes to break the 29-year winning streak of the preseason favorite Portland Pilots. The men came close last year, placing right behind the Pilots for the first time since 1981.

In this year's poll, Portland received the maximum seven first place votes, 49 overall. LMU closes the gap with 39 votes with the University of San Francisco right behind with 37. All-WCC selection Trevor Wisemen will lead the Lions this year with freshmen Thomas Finnigan and Phillip Benavides looking to make an impact right away. Veteran leaders Brian McDonald, Lino Almeida, and Connor Pastoor are also Lions to be looking for in the top five.

The women's side is almost identical with the Lions looking to upset preseason favorite and last year's conference champions, winner of 18 of the last 23, the Portland Pilots. Portland received six first place votes, and 48 overall to lead the pack. LMU was right behind with 42, including one first place vote. Once again San Francisco was picked third with 37 votes.

2007 WCC Freshman of the Year and first team All-WCC selection Tara Erdmann once again looks to make history with top returnees Brooke Lademan, Annie Holden, and Abby Fall. Newcomers Brieanna Delaney and Stephanie Felix also look to be top contenders in the WCC this year.



Both the men's and women's teams look to prove their ranking this weekend at the UC Irvine Invitational. The women run at 8:40 a.m., with the men beginning right after at 9:10.

2008 WCC Preseason Cross Country Poll Results

1. Portland 49 (7)
2. Loyola Marymount 39
3. San Francisco 37 (1)
4. Santa Clara 34
5. Pepperdine 24
6. Gonzaga 19
7. San Diego 13
8. Saint Mary's 9

1. Portland 48 (6)
2. Loyola Marymount 42 (1)
3. San Francisco 37 (1)
4. Santa Clara 31
5. Pepperdine 25
6. Gonzaga 16
7. San Diego 14
Saint Mary's 14


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