LMU Cross Country: Keeping a Competitive Edge
After a partial squad debut this past Saturday at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational, the Lions look to the season ahead and finalize some schedule changes to keep a competitive edge.
Sept. 9, 2009
This past weekend, LMU Cross Country debuted a partial squad at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational, in Fullerton CA. Most of the Lions' top returners did not compete in anticipation for a long season of tough racing; however for some of the younger Lions, it was a good chance work out those first race jitters after a long summer. Even without a full team and 90-degree heat, the women took fifth overall out of the twenty-six teams while the men placed fourteenth overall.
On the women's side, last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, Brieanna Delaney led the Lions placing eleventh overall in a time of 23:24 for 6k. Only four seconds behind her was freshman Caroline Draper in 23:32 earning her a 13th place overall finish. Rounding out the Lion's top five was Freshman Jillian Jaccard placing twenty-second in 23:52, followed by freshmen Jessica Mumaugh 24:30, and sophomore Stephanie Felix 24:38. Sophomore Marissa Diehl, sophomore Kelly McEnerney, freshmen Danielle Ferree and junior Shea Franklin also put in good efforts for the Lions in their first race for the season. Head Coach Scott Guerrero commented, "If you look at our results, eight of out nine runners were frosh/soph, and three of our top five were freshmen. To start off with such strong showings from our younger runners is very promising."
Only five men competed for the Lions, but like the women showed potential from a young squad with freshman Aaron Kurland placing 75th overall as the lions top finisher, followed by junior Michael Herrera, freshman Michael Carlone, sophomore Oran Arms, and freshman Gregory Innes.
In two weeks the lions look to run a full squad at the UC Riverside Invitational on September 19th. In the past, the Lions' have traditionally travelled to San Diego for the SDSU Aztec Invitational on this weekend, but this year have chose to go UC Riverside to put themselves in the competitive mix of division one programs scheduled to compete. Scott Guerrero explained, "The fact of the matter is that UC Riverside is going to be a more competitive meet-teams who usually run at Aztec are going to Riverside because it is this year's Big West Conference championship course." In addition to scratching the UC Irvine Invitational on September 12th from their schedule, the Lions are looking to make a strong showing at Riverside for continued success.
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