Any Given Saturday
Lions to compete at the UC Riverside Invitational this weekend
Sept. 16, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - This weekend the Lions will debut a full competitive squad at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, CA. This meet is an opportunity for the lions to show what they are made of against some solid competition--any given Saturday, any team, any runner has the opportunity to put it all on the line and be the one still standing when the dust settles.
This Saturday, the lions will race at the UC Riverside Agricultural Operations Course, a rolling dirt course through the Riverside orange groves. In the past LMU has travelled to San Diego for the SDSU Aztec Invitational, however this year switched their schedule to race at Riverside for a more competitive meet.
As this year's Big West Conference Championship course, many teams are travelling to Riverside for an early look at the course before championships roll around. This has drawn a competitive list of entries including: UCR ranked 9th regionally for the men and 6th for the women, UCSB ranked 11th on the men's side, USC, BYU, Southern Utah, CS Northridge, CS Fullerton, CS San Marcos, and Pepperdine.
"This is our first real opportunity to see what kind of team we have. We've had a great few weeks of training, but the race is really where the rubber meets the road. Our kids and our coaches are excited for the opportunity to come out with all our guns blazing," said head coach Scott Guerrero.
For the men, the Lions will be looking to experienced veterans Brian McDonald and Connor Pastoor along with newcomer Daniel LaCava to help lead the Lions. However in their first collegiate races freshmen Sterling Lockert and Tyre Johnson have potential to make an impact for the team. On the women's side, Cynthia Chaidez, Cassandra Salazar, Brooke Lademan and Brieanna Delaney have been training well together, with freshman Sheree Shea eager for her collegiate debut.
Earlier this week, the NCAA released preseason regional rankings where the LMU women earned a nod at #15 behind prestigious company such as Stanford, ASU, Washington and conference rivals Portland #10. "At last year's regional meet, our youth caught up to us. This year we have kids who have experience lining up next to nationally ranked teams and knowing that they can compete with them," Coach Scott Guerrero said. The competition at the UCR Invitational this weekend will be a good test for the Lions and to prove to the west that LMU is coming out this season fighting...any given Saturday, any team, any runner, can make their mark...
Due to the large amount of entries, UCR has revised the meet format to include a second women's race. LMU will run nine women in the Invitational race at 7:30 am and five women in a later Open race at 9:00. The men will run their full squad in one 8k race at 8:15. For more information regarding the meet please visit: http://www.gohighlanders.com/sports/2009/1/19/MXC_0119092044.aspx?path=mcross
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