Lions Ready For Bronco Invitational

Oct. 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Following a week of rest, the LMU men’s and women’s cross country teams will resume action this weekend as it starts the first of three straight weekends of action at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara. The morning begins at 9 a.m. with the men's invitational 8K, followed by the women's invitational 6K at 9:45 a.m at Baylands Park.

Last Time Out
LMU opened its first of four races in October at the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggins Oaks Golf Complex. The women's squad, who won the inaugural Capital Cross Challenge a year ago, followed with a fourth-place showing in the team standings, while the men finished fifth overall.

Kayla de Bondt tallied her best finish of the season, taking fourth with a time of 20:50.3, while Koby Pederson posted the top spot for the Lions on the men's side for the third straight race, clocking in at 24:30.7 to finish 20th

Recap: Cross Country Opens October at Capital Cross Challenge

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Date | Time: Saturday, Oct. 15
Where: Baylands Park



Bronco Marks
Behind three top-10 individual finishers, the women's team won the 2015 Bronco Invitational, while the men took second place in the team standings behind one in the top-10 and three in the top-25 finishers.

In 2013, both the men's and women's teams won the Bronco Invitational, marking the last time both teams have won on the same day.

Steady as it Goes
Koby Pederson had earned the top spot for LMU in each of its three races this season, placing third at the Mark Covert Classic and at the WCC Preview Meet, while earning 20th at the Capital Cross Challenge.

Kyla Danforth placed sixth in each of LMU's opening two meets on the women's side and earned the top spot for the Lions at the WCC Preview meet, while Kayla de Bondt has posted top-10 finishers in each of her opening two races of the season.

Super Sophomores

Four out of five of the point-winners on the men's side were sophomores at the Mark Covert Classic as Koby Pederson, Jack Polerecky, Jordan McLennan and Mat Holton each ranked within the top-10 to lead LMU to the team title.

The second-year members on the women's end were also impressive as Maddi Vorgitch and Elena Garcia placed within the top-15.

Fresh Pavement
Several rookies made impressive debuts at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 3.

Jacob Heink placed 10th on the men's side with a time of 25:54.8 and Marcus Avila finished shortly after at 26:10.3, good for 14th overall.

Kyla Danforth took home 6th place with a time of 18:29.3, while Hannah Wohlenberg also tallied points for LMU with a 13th-place showing at 19:09.5.

Preseason Predictions
In the WCC Preseason Poll, the women were selected to finish fifth in the 10-team field, while the men were tabbed to finish fifth amongst nine teams as announced by the conference on Sept. 9.

Release: Women's Cross Country Tabbed Fifth, Men Sixth in WCC Preseason Poll

At the Helm
Head coach Scott Guerrero is in his 19th season as head coach of the Lions. Over the past 18 years he has built the program from the bottom up, taking it from being virtually unknown to a distance force in the West Coast Conference and an rising program in the western region.

The women's squad has placed fourth or better in each of the past three WCC Championships, while the men have finished sixth, respectively, the past two seasons.

Up Next
The Lions will trek to the Titan Invitational on Oct. 21 in Fullerton, California.


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