Cross Country Treks to WCC Championships

Oct. 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's and women's cross country teams will kick off postseason racing this Friday at the WCC Championships, hosted by the University of San Diego at Mission Bay Park. Racing begins with the women's 6K at 10 a.m. and concludes with the men's 8K at 11 a.m.

Last Time Out
The men's team closed out the regular season for LMU last Friday night at the Titan Invitational, finishing fourth overall. Grant Lapovich finished with a season-best time of 25:02.0 to finish seventh overall and first among collegiate competitors. Branden Estrada rounded out the top 10 with a time of 25:14.3, good for a runner-up finish collegiately.

Recap: Cross Country Caps Regular Season at Titan Invitational

Conference Contenders
The women's team has finished fourth or better the previous three WCC Championships, while the men have finished sixth in each of the past two seasons.

The Lions were led by Danielle Shanahan and Brandon Vientos, as Shanahan finished second overall in the 6K with a time of 21:06.4, and Vientos clocked in at 25:53.2 for a 21st-place finish in the 8K.

WCC Watch
BYU earned its third men's team title in five years at last season's WCC Championships. Prior to BYU's first title in 2011, Portland dominated the WCC Championships, winning the event every year from 1979-2010.

The Gonzaga women's squad hoisted the trophy for the first time since 1995 last year, and made its first ever appearance at the NCAA National Championship. The Portland women have a commanding lead in championship titles, owning 19, though San Francisco has claimed five of the last seven titles.

How to Watch
For the fifth consecutive season the West Coast Conference will be streaming the WCC Championships., the official digital platform of the West Coast Conference, will be providing exclusive coverage of the event live from Tecolote Shores Park. The direct live "Watch" link for the men's and women's races is available here

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Date | Time: Friday, Oct. 28
Where: Tecolote Shores Park

Leading the Pack
Marisa 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
Pending results at the WCC Championships, the NCAA West Regionals will take place Nov. 11 in Sacramento, California.


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