WCC Preview Meet on Tap For Cross Country
The Lions will get a preview of the WCC Championships, set for October, this weekend in San Diego.
LOS ANGELES - Following a weekend off from competition, the LMU men's and women's cross country teams will resume action this Saturday at the West Coast Conference Preview Meet in San Diego, California. Racing begins at 8 a.m. with the men's 8K, followed by the women's 5K at 9 a.m. at Tecolote Shores North Park.
Last Time Out
For the second time in three years, the men's team took home the Mark Covert Classic title, while the women took third.
Koby Pederson led the scoring charge with a third-place finish, clocking in at 25:18.2 and Jack Polerecky, last season's Mark Covert Classic individual champion, followed at 25:25.0.
On the women's side, Maddi Vorgitch and Kyla Danforth finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 18:28.0 and 18:29.3.
Recap: Men's Cross Country Wins Mark Covert Classic, Women Finish Third
In the WCC Preseason Poll, the women were selected to finish fifth in the 10-team field, while the men were tabbed to finish fifth amongst nine teams as announced by the conference on Sept. 9.
Release: Women's Cross Country Tabbed Fifth, Men Sixth in WCC Preseason Poll
|Date | Time:||Saturday, Sept. 17|
|Where:||Tecolote Shores North Park|
|LMUt:||ROSTER | SCHEDULE|
|Course Info:||WCC Preview Meet|
West Coast Contenders
Saturday's meet will mark the return of LMU after not competing at the annual preview last season. In its three previous times at the meet, the women tabbed back-to-back titles from 2013-14, whlie the men won it all in 2013.
Four out of five of the point-winners on the men’s side were sophomores at the Mark Covert Classic as Koby Pederson, Jack Polerecky, Jordan McLennan and Mat Holton each ranked within the top-10 to lead LMU to the team title.
The second-year members on the women’s end were also impressive as Maddi Vorgitch and Elena Garcia placed within the top-15.
Several rookies made impressive debuts at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 3.
At the Helm
Head coach Scott Guerrero is in his 19th season as head coach of the Lions. Over the past 18 years he has built the program from the bottom up, taking it from being virtually unknown to a distance force in the West Coast Conference and an rising program in the western region.
The women's squad has placed fourth or better in each of the past three WCC Championships, while the men have finished sixth, respectively, the past two seasons.
LMU will get another taste of championship pavement as it heads to the Regional Preview on Saturday, Oct. 1.
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