WCC Runner of the Month, Sheree Shea.

Oct. 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- LMU Cross Country returns to Portland, Ore. for the second time this season, but the stakes are much higher this time around. This Saturday the Lions will run in the West Coast Conference Championships seeking LMU's first WCC cross-country titles. The Lions enter the competition after a season in which the team finished no lower than seventh in any race, including a second-place finish for the women and a fourth-place finish for the men at the WCC preview meet in September in Portland, Ore.

THIS WEEK: LMU Cross Country competes in the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women's 6k championship begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men's 8k championship at 9:45 a.m. The festivities include a Rookie Run at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the WCC Awards Luncheon at 1:00 p.m.  Check the links below for more details about the Championships:



FOLLOW THE LIONS AT THE WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS: This year, the WCC has teamed up with Athletepath to provide in depth tracking of all of the runners in Saturday's Championships. You can follow LMU's teams and/or individual Lions by click this link and you will receive race results by text, email or through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as soon as they're complete.

LION TRACKS: In a final tune-up before Saturday's conference championships, the Lions competed at the Titan Invite hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Fifteen Lions set new season best times at the meet, with 11 of the times recorded being career bests.

LAST YEAR AT THE WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Her legend grew. LMU alum Tara Erdmann became the first person in the history of the West Coast Conference to win three individual cross-country titles. She pulled away from the pack to finish 22 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor to break the Championship and course record by 20 seconds, which she set the prior year.

LMU's women finished fourth overall in the race. Senior Jessica Mumaugh crossed the finish line 27th overall improving her time in the Championship from the prior year by a minute. Fellow senior Caroline Draper finished 49th overall at 23:11.

The Lions' men were fifth in the race. Senior Tyre Johnson and junior Weston Strum, who finished seven second apart for 21st and 22nd places, led LMU. Johnson ran the course in 25:10, while Strum crossed at 25:17. Junior Kevin Joerger finished 30th overall in his first conference championship race with a time of 25:55. Senior Sterling Lockert crossed at 26:05 for 34th, and junior Drew Dalton finished in 26:08 for 36th overall.

WE'VE ALL BEEN HERE BEFORE: The Lions won't be strangers to Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. LMU witnessed the lay of the land in September at the WCC Preview race. LMU's women were led by senior Sheree Shea who finished second overall in the race, the best time for a WCC runner in the race. The Lions were only second to Gonzaga in the women's competition. LMU's men competed in a race that only measured out to 7,770 meters, not the full 8k which the Lions will run on Saturday. The Lions placed fourth in the six-team men's race.

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.

Shea followed up her performances in September with a seventh-place finish at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.

HONORING TITLE IX: The West Coast Conference announced the launch of the "WCC Thanks Title IX" campaign during the 2012-13 school year, dedicated to the 40th year anniversary of Title IX. Beginning with the WCC Cross Country Championships this Saturday, the WCC will honor Title IX at each of its women's championships by inviting guest speakers to educate student and fans about the impact of Title IX. The conference will also produce celebratory banners to showcase the tradition of strong women's athletics around the conference and produce a video series titled "Nine in Nine," featuring the personal stories of WCC student-athletes, coaches and administrators from each of the WCC's nine institutions over nine months.

FOLLOW LMU XC ON INSTAGRAM: LMU Cross Country has established a new Instagram account: @LMULionTRaXC. Follow the Lions on Instagram for photos of the team.

CHA, CHA, CHA, CHA, CHANGES: The West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships are not be being held in Belmont, Calif. for the first time since 1984. Instead, beginning this year, the Championships will rotate amongst conference member institutions. Next year's championships will take place in Malibu, Calif., followed by the 2014 championships which will be held in Santa Clara, Calif.

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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