Lions to compete at the Stanford Invitational this Saturday

Sept. 23, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - The Stanford Cross Country Invitational has a precedent for attracting some of the best distance programs from around the country. The course runs throughout Stanford's golf course--the impeccably groomed grass provides not only a beautiful backdrop to the array of colorful racing jerseys, but also for a fast and flat course. This weekend the Lions' have the opportunity to show once again that they can compete with the best.

After a stellar opening performance at the UC Riverside Invitational from both squads, the Lion's are looking to have another successful weekend at the 36th Stanford Cross Country Invitational. This Saturday the Lions will run at the Stanford golf course and with twenty-five teams entered, the Lions' will once again be up against nationally and regionally ranked competition. For the men, Long Beach State ranked 14th in the west region, Cal Poly 4th, Stanford 2nd , and UCSB 11th are among the top teams scheduled to run. While on the women's side, Stanford 3rd, UC Irvine 14th and UC Davis 8th will provide a good opportunity for LMU to test their depth in a big race. This weekend will also be the first time the Lions' face conference opponents San Francisco and Santa Clara before they meet for the West Coast Conference Championships on October 31st.

This last weekend the women's top seven runners were all under 18:10 for 5k, with Sheree Shea breaking seventeen minutes for the 5k in 16:51. While they will jump up to 6k at Stanford, this weekend will provide a good opportunity for the women to see how they match up against conference teams USF and SCU. At UC Riverside the men recorded their fastest team time for 8k averaging 25:13 and placing 4th out of 30 teams; Stanford is the perfect stage for the men led by Brian McDonald and Connor Pastoor to once again emerge as a team to be noticed in the west.



Coach Scott Guerrero commented, "With a lot of tough teams racing, this weekend will give us the opportunity to really push ourselves and test our potential as a team. Big races like Stanford also provide a sort of dress rehearsal for Regionals and give our younger folk a similar racing experience. Most importantly we have to go out with the mindset that we are just as good as anyone else out here...and then race like it."

The men's race will start at 10:50 am while the women will go off at 11:30 am at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, CA.



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