Lions Close Regular Season Out at Titan Invitational

Oct. 20, 2016

LOS ANGELES - With the WCC Championships in sight, the LMU men’s and women’s cross country teams will race for the final time of the regular season Friday night at the Titan Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The women’s 5K will commence at 5 p.m. and the men’s 8K is set for a 5:30 p.m. start.

Last Time Out
The women’s team tabbed a third-place finish and the men took fifth overall last weekend at the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara at Baylands Park.

Recap: Cross Country Finishes Strong at Bronco Invitational

#LIONSTRONG - Jillian Dawley
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Date | Time: Friday, Oct. 21
Where: Cal State Fullerton

Leading the Pack
Carino and Vientos each posted the top finish for the Lions this season at the Bronco Invitaitonal. Carino has tallied two top-20 finishes on the season, while Vientos has improved by atleast 10 places in each of his three races this 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 sixth 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 WCC Championships will take place Oct. 28 in Sacramento, California.




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