Cross Country Takes on Stanford Invitational.
Lions battle a number of WCC opponents.
Sept. 25, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - With a new course in store for this year, LMU cross country looks to prove their ranking in the WCC at the Stanford Invitational this Saturday.
The structure of the races is different this year. In the past Stanford has hosted both a "long course" (8k/6k) and a "short course" (4k) race. This year they have done away with the shorter races and have moved the college races up to the middle of the day. This will be the trial run of this new course because Stanford is hosting the West Region Championship on Nov. 15.
Last year, LMU women's cross-country finished 7th overall. They will once again be facing some stiff competition in Stanford. The host team is the defending national champions. Tara Erdmann will lead the pack for the lions. In the past two races, Erdmann has finished second overall individually. Look for the freshmen duo of Brieanna Delaney and Stephanie Felix to also make an impact for the lions.
The men look to improve from last year. After finishing 12th overall without two of their top runners, LMU wants to prove their top 15th ranking in the west. Redshirt sophomore Connor Pastoor will lead the lions. Pastoor has finished first for LMU in the past two meets. Also look for veteran Trevor Wiseman and freshmen Phillip Benavides and Thomas Finnigan to finish in the top for the lions.
"Stanford is always a great meet for us because it comes at a point in the season where we are just starting to round in to shape and catch our stride." Coach Guerrero said. " It will also be a great opportunity for us to face off against a number of our WCC brethren who will be there as well."
LMU cross-country will be split up this weekend. The "A" squad will be competing at Stanford. The men will run at 10:50 and the women right behind at 11:30. The "B" Squad will be competing at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday.
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