Oct. 5, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- The Lions are at the halfway point of their 2012 cross country calendar with this weekend's 20th annual UC San Diego Triton Invitational. The field will include teams from multiple NCAA divisions from across the west.
Meet: UC San Diego Triton Invitational
Location: La Jolla, Calif.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
Times: 9:00 a.m. (Men's 8k), 9:45 a.m. (Women's 6k)
Host: UC San Diego
Last Saturday, LMU Cross Country represented the West Coast Conference well with great performances at the 39th annual Stanford Invitational, hosted by Stanford University, on Saturday. LMU's men set several personal records and season best times, resulting in a seventh-place finish at the prestigious meet. The women's team, led by senior Sheree Shea's who placed seventh overall, finished sixth in their race. Both teams recorded a top-two result of the WCC teams competing in the meet.
Weston Strum, who finished 38th overall with a time of 25:13 a season-best in the 8k for the junior, led LMU's men. Sophomore Michael Vorgitch ran the course in 25:32, resulting in the 52nd best time in the meet. Junior Drew Dalton finished one second behind Vorgitch at 25:33, for 53rd overall. Sophomore Daniel Gibson came in 62nd place with a time of 25:39, a season-best. Senior Sterling Lockert also recorded a season-best time of 25:44 for 71st overall.
Freshman Michael Duncan
set a new personal record with a time of 26:22, resulting in 118th place. Junior Mike Evans
finished 159th overall in 26:46.
The Lions' men finished 7th in the race of 29 teams representing multiple divisions and conferences across the west. LMU had the second place result amongst WCC teams with Santa Clara finishing 10th, Saint Mary's 12th, San Diego 23rd, and Pepperdine 27th. The University of San Francisco finished 4th overall. Stanford University won the meet.
Sheree Shea had a time of 20:59 in the 6k race, a season-best for the senior, which placed her 7th overall. Senior Cassandra Salazar had a time of 21:59 for 43rd overall. Freshman Kelli Sugimoto crossed the finish line at 22:05, 51st overall. Senior Caroline Draper was 58th overall, running the course in 22:13. Junior Brittnie Munoz had a time of 22:16, a season-best, for 65th.
Senior Callie Mulgannon ran a time of 22:22 for 73rd. Fellow senior Sarah Vitug finished seven seconds later, at 22:29, for 84th.
LMU's women had the best result of the day amongst the WCC's participants. The Lions finished 6th in the field of 29 teams, besting WCC rivals San Francisco, who finished 12th, Santa Clara (19th), San Diego (20th), and Saint Mary's (23rd).
The hosts, Stanford University, won the meet.
AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE
LMU senior Sheree Shea has been named West Coast Conference Runner of the Month for September, the conference announced on Thursday. Shea finished the month with a seventh-place finish at the Stanford Invitational, the best finish for a WCC runner at the meet.
The San Diego native began the month with an individual win at the Mark Covert Classic in Brea, Calif. hosted by Cal State Fullerton. With a time of 17:54.3 in the 5k race, she led her team to an overall win to start the 2012 cross country season. Shea followed up her winning performance in Brea with a second-place finish at the WCC Preview Race in Portland, Ore. The senior finished with the best time for a WCC runner at the meet, leading the LMU women's team to a second-place result.
This past Saturday Shea came in seventh at the Stanford Invitational, once again the best result for a WCC runner in the race. She guided the Lions' women's team to sixth-place in the race.
Coming off a redshirt year in 2011, Shea has had a blistering start this season. She won her first WCC Runner of the Month award in September 2010 following two top-ten finishes in the that month, to begin a season that resulted in a third-place finish at the WCC Championship. Shea's honor this month marks the fourth consecutive Runner of the Month award won by a member of the LMU women's cross country team. Last year, Tara Erdmann swept the award for the season, winning in September, October, and November.
CHA, CHA, CHA, CHA, CHANGES
The West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships will not be held in Belmont, Calif. for the first time since 1984. Instead, beginning this year, the Championships will rotate amongst conference member institutions. On October 27, the nine schools of the WCC will race in Portland, Ore. for the 2012 WCC Championships.
ROCK THE VOTE
The West Coast Conference released the 2012-preseason coaches' polls for men's and women's cross-country in August. LMU's women were predicted to finish fourth in the conference, while the men's team was tied with Santa Clara University with the fifth-most votes.
In the women's poll, the University of San Francisco has been selected to win the 2012 WCC women's cross-country championship. The Dons earned seven (7) first-place votes and 63 points overall in the preseason poll. The Dons have captured the last three WCC Women's Cross Country Championships.
BYU and the University of Portland each received one (1) first place vote to place second and third, with 56 points and 51 points, respectively. LMU rounded out the top four with 44 points.
Gonzaga University was picked to finish in fifth in the WCC standings, followed by Santa Clara University, the University of San Diego, Saint Mary's College and Pepperdine University.
On the men's side, BYU has been selected to repeat as the 2012 WCC men's cross country champions. The Cougars earned seven (7) first-place votes and 63 points overall in the preseason poll. The Cougars captured their first ever WCC Championship at last year's Men's Cross Country Championships.
The University of Portland received two (2) first place votes to place second in the poll with 58 total points. Finishing in third and fourth, with 45 points and 41 points, respectively, were the University of San Francisco and Gonzaga University. LMU and Santa Clara University were picked to tie for fifth in the WCC standings, followed by Saint Mary's College, the University of San Diego, and Pepperdine University.
- GO LIONS -