Lions Head North to Stanford
LMU Cross Country travels to up the state for the annual Stanford Invitational.
Sept. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- This Saturday, the Lions will compete in one of the nation’s top cross country meets, the 39th annual Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Ranked teams from across the west will battle in the meet billed as a “cross country extravaganza.”
Meet: Stanford Invitational
Course: Stanford Golf Course
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
Times: 9:50 a.m. (Men’s 8k), 10:30 a.m. (Women’s 6k)
Host: Stanford University
Mumaugh ran a time of 18:40.93 for 7th place overall. Freshman Samantha Garcia and junior Michelle Hickerson finished one spot apart as the 14th and 15th women to finish. Garcia recorded a time of 19:08.71, a personal best, for 14th, while Hickerson followed at 19:13.77 for 15th. Junior Laura Delgado ran a season-best 19:39.91, which placed her 20th overall. Freshman Kelly Parsons finished close behind for 21st place and a time of 19:43.73.
Overall the Lions finished third in the race with an average time of 19:17.41. Westmont College won the race with an average of 18:42.56.
The men were led by freshman Michael Duncan who ran a personal-best time of 26:30.47 for 8th place. Junior Dan Smith recorded a season-best time of 27:11.58 for 21st overall. Sophomore Andres Lopez came in at 27:25.20, also a season-best, which placed him 25th overall. Senior Greg Innes continued the season-best times for the Lions with a 27:39.42 for 32nd. Freshman Sam Worley and senior Michael Carlone finished seconds apart for 35th and 36th overall. Worley crossed the line at 27:48.8, while Carlone crossed at 27:50.03.
Junior RJ Larrieu ran a season-best 28:17.62 for 43rd, trailied closely by sophomore Derek Weber at 28:17.81 for 44th.
LMU's men were sixth overall. Hosts, The Master's College, won the race.
LOOKIN’ GOOD AT THE PREVIEW
Two Saturdays ago, LMU Cross Country got a preview of what awaits the program in late October. Several West Coast Conference teams met to run at Fernhill Park, where the LMU women finished second and the LMU men finished fourth at the site of the upcoming WCC Championships. Senior Sheree Shea finished second overall in the women's competition.
Shea turned in the best time for a WCC runner in the 6k race. Her time of 21:06.12 was only seconds behind overall winner Caroline Austin of Washington State. Senior Caroline Draper was the second finisher for the Lions, running a time of 21:42.37 which was 10th overall. Senior Cassandra Salazar and freshman Kelli Sugimoto finished 12th and 13th overall, respectively. Salazar set a new personal record, running the race in 21:47.12. Sugimoto finished in 21:47.46 in her first 6k race.
The Lions' fifth, sixth, and seventh runners to cross the finish line did so as a pack finishing 17th through 19th. Callie Mulgannon and Sarah Vitug crossed at 22:03.68 and 22:04.37, respectively. Freshman Melanie Joerger was close behind at 22:10.50.
LMU finished second behind conference rival Gonzaga. The Lions had a score of 53 (2-10-12-13-16), second-best amongst the seven teams competing.
The LMU men set several personal records at Fernhill Park. Junior Weston Strum finished 10th in the 8k race, with a time of 23:38.47, a personal record. Senior Sterling Lockert ran the course in 23:49, also a new PR. Sophomore Daniel Gibson finished 22nd in 23:56.12. Senior Tyre Johnson also set a new personal record of 24:14.09 for 33rd overall. Michael Vorgitch finished the race in 24:22.31, a new personal best for the sophomore.
LMU placed fourth in the six-team race. The University of Portland finished first.
The LMU Women's Cross Country team is ranked 14th in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) West Regional poll released Monday. The West Coast Conference has been well represented this season in the regional and national polls with more than half of its teams ranked: LMU, San Francisco, Portland, and Gonzaga in the West Regional poll and BYU in the Mountain Regional poll.
ONE SEASON OPENER, THREE TROPHIES
The Lions started the 2012 season on a winning note with twin victories at the Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Senior Sheree Shea returned after a missing most of last year as a redshirt with an individual win in the women's 5k race, leading the LMU women to a second consecutive title at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The scoring five for the LMU men all placed in the top 11 overall giving the Lions a low score of 24 (2-3-6-8-11), beating second-place Long Beach State by 42 points.
LMU's men were lead by junior Weston Strum who finished the 8k race fourth overall, finishing with a time of 25:17.8. Fellow junior Drew Dalton finished close behind in 25:27.8 for fifth overall. Senior Sterling Lockert completed in a time of 25:45.1 for an eighth-place finish. Tyre Johnson was next in order, running a 25:49.5. Sophomore Michael Vorgitch closed out the LMU scoring five with a time of 26:01.3, for 11th. Sophomore transfer Daniel Gibson had a time of 26:17.4 in his first race as a Lion, for 15th overall in the race. Freshman Michael Duncan made his LMU debut finishing in 26:34.1, which was 25th overall. The Lions beat a field of 14 colleges and universities which included fellow WCC member San Diego who finished 13th.
On the women's side, Shea ran a time of 17:54.3, winning the race by a little under two seconds. Senior Cassandra Salazar and senior transfer Callie Mulgannon crossed the finish line within seconds of each other for sixth and seventh place. Salazar ran a time of 18:24.1, while Mulgannon completed at 18:26.7. Freshman Kelli Sugimoto finished her first collegiate race in 10th-place in 18:40.6. Senior Caroline Draper crossed at 18:44.5 for 13th.
Sarah Vitug finished in 19:16.9 for 18th overall in her first race with the Lions. Freshman Evelyn Gonzalez ran the 5k course in 19:20.6 for 19th. LMU defeated second-place Long Beach State by 15 points. The 13-team field for the women also included San Diego, won finished fourth overall.
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