WCC Preview Meet on Tap For Cross Country

Sept. 14, 2016

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

Preseason Predictions
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
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.

Super Sophomores

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.

Fresh Pavement
Several rookies made impressive debuts at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 3.

Jacob Heink placed 10th on the men’s side with a time of 25:54.8 and Marcus Avila finished shortly after at 26:10.3, good for 14th overall.

Kyla Danforth took home 6th place with a time of 18:29.3, while Hannah Wohlenberg also tallied points for LMU with a 13th-place showing at 19:09.5.

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.

Up Next
LMU will get another taste of championship pavement as it heads to the Regional Preview on Saturday, Oct. 1.


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