Cross Country Races at 2015 WCC Championships
The Lion men and women race Saturday morning in Spokane at the 2015 WCC Championships.
LOS ANGELES - Championship season has arrived for the LMU men's and women's cross country teams, which will defend upon Spokane, Wash., Saturday for the 2015 West Coast Conference Championships. Hosted by Gonzaga, the women's 6K and men's 8K races will be contested at Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium. Racing beings at 10 a.m. with the women's 6K, followed by the men's 8K at 11 a.m.
DIGITAL PROGRAM The digital program can be viewed this year via the free WCC Championship App. This new app will also feature rosters, course maps, etc. It is now available for download via the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.
LIVE TheW.tv BROADCAST
For the fifth consecutive season the West Coast Conference will be streaming the WCC Championships. TheW.tv, the official digital platform of the West Coast Conference, will be providing exclusive coverage of the event live from Plantes Ferry Park. The direct live "Watch" link for the men's and women's races is available here.
SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION
Student-athletes, coaches and fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #WCCchamps for all social media posts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. leading up to and during the 2015 WCC Cross Country Championships. We also have a #WCCchamps Tagboard which can be found here.
FIELD OF COMPETITION
All 10 WCC member institutions compete in women's cross country while the men's field features nine programs (Pacific does not sponsor men's cross country). Prior to the season's start, the head coaches voted BYU as the favorite to win both the men's and women's races. On the men's side the Cougars earned six first-place votes, followed by Portland, which was picked second with three first-place votes. LMU was selected to finish fifth in the field of nine. On the women's side, voting was tight up top. The Cougars earned seven first-place votes and 79 points, followed by Portland, which was picked second with two first-place votes and 71 points. LMU was selected to finish third with 61 points while Gonzaga and San Francisco were selected as a tie for fourth with 57 points each.
THE LION WOMEN
LMU's women have been led all season long by juniors Danielle Shanahan and Kayla de Bondt and senior Kelli Capel. Shanahan and de Bondt each took home an individual meet title this fall while pacing the Lions to three team victories. The trio were also all named to the Preseason All-WCC Team. The Lion squad runs deeper than three, however, as the Lions round out their travel squad with seniors Chloe Curtis and Samantha Garcia, junior Lorena Garcia and freshmen Elena Garcia, Emily Hubert and Maddi Vorgitch.
THE LION MEN
LMU's men will seek a balance of experience and youth to bond together in Spokane Saturday. The squad sends seniors Lance Capel and Michael Duncan, juniors Grant Lapovich and Brandon Vientos, sophomore Christopher Fredlund, and freshmen Branden Estrada, Brian Joerger, Koby Pederson and Alex Sasser. Pedersen was the Lions' top finisher at their most recent meet - the Bronco Invitational - placing eighth overall in personal record time.
LAST TIME OUT
At last year's WCC Championship, hosted by Santa Clara in Sunnyvale, Calif., Shanahan and then senior Grace Graham-Zamudio placed third and fifth, respectively, leading the LMU women to a third place finish. The duo earned All-WCC First Team honors, while Kelli Capel earned Second Team honors for her 14th place finish. Shanahan also set the LMU 6K record (19:50.7) in the meet. LMU's men took sixth place last year. The Lions' top returning finisher is Fredlund, who placed 31st overall as a freshman.
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