LMUat100: Men's Cross Country Team Makes Program History

Lino Almeida led the Lions to a 20th place finish at the 2004 NCAA Regionals

Oct. 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES- Loyola Marymount University is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. Each of LMU's NCAA Division I programs will be hosting a Centennial Game to honor LMUat100, which included more than 900 fans at the Sept. 10 men's water polo game against Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup and more than 700 fans at the Sept. 27 volleyball match against WCC newcomer BYU. Up next is the Centennial Race for Cross Country at the WCC Championships this Saturday, Oct. 29.  As we approach the meet, LMULions.com will look back at some of the memorable moments from cross-country’s history.  Today’s look back features the program’s best finish at the NCAA Regionals.

In 2004, the LMU men’s cross country team made program history, setting an all-time program best finish at the NCAA Regionals.  The men were led by freshman Lino Almeida, who finished in a time of 34:01, after also pacing the Lions at the WCC Championships.   Other top Lion finishers included Kenny Arehart (34:05), Adam Bacon (34:21), Drew Haberkorn (34:23), Andrew Thompson (34:31), and Jonathan Macneil (36:26).  With a team time of 171:21, they earned the Lions a 20th place finish, the top LMU finish at the NCAA Regionals in program history.

“Far and away, this is our best performance ever at a regional," LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero said at the time.  "We have had several athletes compete as individuals, but very few complete teams from LMU have made the trip over the years.  The West Region is the deepest and most competitive of the nine regions across the country. We went to compete well and set a benchmark against which future LMU teams will measure themselves.”



The men finished fourth in 2004 at the WCC Championships, setting a new course record and a new freshman LMU course record.  While the team did not accomplish its goal of winning the WCC Championship, LMU Cross Country & Track extended a period of great accomplishments and grew thanks to an impressive class of freshmen who would take the program to new heights.  The 2004 team set a benchmark for Coach Guerrero’s program and helped establish the high standards of the team.  Coming up tomorrow a look back at one of the greatest runners in LMU history, Laura Mickelson, a freshman in 2004.

For a look back at races from the 2004 season, check out the following links:

Underclassmen Duo Leads LMU at USD Invite 

Lions Prowl at SDSU Invitational 

Lions Put Up Top Results in Race With Nation's Best

Lions Run the Manhattan Beach 10k

Freshmen Lead Lions at WCC Championship



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