Oct. 18, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- In its fine tune-up before the West Coast Conference Championships next Saturday, LMU Cross Country runs at the Titan Invite hosted by Cal State Fullerton, near the site of the Lions' season opening double victories in Brea.
THIS WEEK: LMU Cross Country competes in the Titan Invite in Fullerton, Calif. this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The women's 5k race begins at 4:45 p.m. and the men's 8k race begins at 5:15 p.m.
LION TRACKS: Last Saturday, LMU returned to the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. for the first time in three years and picked up two top-five finishes. LMU's men finished fourth overall at Agri Park, while LMU's women finished fifth. Junior Weston Strum led the men with a time of 30:56.2 in the 10 race. Senior Sheree Shea, finished seventh overall in the 6k race, leading the Lions with a 21:07.9.
FOLLOW LMU XC ON INSTAGRAM: LMU Cross Country has established a new Instagram account: @LMULionTRaXC. Follow the Lions on Instagram for photo collages of the team.
AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE: LMU senior Sheree Shea was named West Coast Conference Runner of the Month for September. 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. She finished the month coming 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.
LAST TIME AT THE TITAN INVITATIONAL: LMU's men finished 3rd in a competitive field at last year's Titan Invitational. Senior Greg Innes and junior Michael Carlone led the Lions. Innes finished 39th overall with a time of 25:52.1. Carlone finished 40th at 25:52.9. Junior Kelly Shogren finished 27th overall in the 5k race with a time of 18:25.3.
ABOUT THE TITAN INVITATIONAL: The race is run on the Cal State Fullerton campus. It starts and finishes on the track at the Titan Track Complex. The course loops around the grass recreation field and the concrete and asphalt pathways around the Cal State Fullerton Sports Complex.
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 predicted 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.
On the men's side, BYU has been predicted 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 WCC Championship at last year's Men's Cross Country Championship.
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