Lions Picked to Finish Second in WCC

Sept. 13, 2006

San Bruno, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country was selected to finish second in the West Coast Conference on both the men's and women's sides, the WCC announced in its 2006 preseason coaches' poll. The second seed is the highest for the Lions in a preseason WCC poll.

In addition to receiving the second seed, the women's squad earned one first place vote and 41 total points. The men's team tied San Francisco with 38 points in the poll.

The Lions will attempt to top their record 2005 season at this year's WCC Championship. Last season, the LMU women recorded their best team finish ever, coming in second and placing three runners in the top-10, with Laura Mickelson completing the course in seventh place in 18:23. LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero was named women's WCC Coach of the Year.

On the men's side, the 2005 Lions equaled their program-best third place team finish. Lino Almeida became the highest-placing Lion in LMU men's history, finishing fourth.

For both the men's and the women's poll, the Lions trail only Portland. The Pilots have won the men's race 27 consecutive years, the longest streak in any sport in WCC history. On the women's side, the Pilots have won 16 of the 21 championships the WCC has sponsored, including nine of the last 10.

The 2006 WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship will take place on October 28 at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, Calif. The championship race is the only factor in determining final WCC standing.

2006 WCC Preseason Cross Country Coaches Poll
1. Portland - 49 (7)
2t. Loyola Marymount - 38
2t. San Francisco - 38
4. Santa Clara - 32
5. Gonzaga - 28 (1)
6t. Pepperdine - 16
6t. San Diego - 16
8. Saint Mary's - 7

1. Portland - 49 (7)
2. Loyola Marmount - 41 (1)
3. Santa Clara - 36
4. San Francisco - 34
5t. Gonzaga - 21
5t. Pepperdine - 21
7. San Diego - 15
8. Saint Mary's - 7
(first place votes)




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