NCAAs Cap 2005 Campaign Saturday

Nov. 9, 2005

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country and West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Scott Guerrero will wrap-up a storied season this Saturday, competing at the NCAA West Region Championships. Stanford will play host to the event, which will be run on the Cardinal Golf Course in Palo Alto.

The Lions are coming off a WCC Championship that saw the teams set numerous records. The women, ranked 10th in the West region, finished a school-best second in the WCC after placing four runners in the top-15. The men placed third behind sophomore Lino Almeida's fourth place finish, the highest individual finish ever on the men's side. Almeida and Sara Mickelson were named LMU/Enterprise Rent-a-Car Student-Athletes of the Month for their successes.

Laura (18:23) and Sara (18:34) Mickelson and Brittany Rezowalli (18:24) were first-team All-WCC selections after their top-10 finishes at the WCC Championship. Claudia Bishop received honorable mention recognition after finishing 14th in 19:02. On the men's side, Almeida (25:48) was a first-team All-WCC selection, while Reynaldo Barrera (26:50) received honorable mention.

All squads will enter seven runners this Saturday, and the Lions' squads will remain mostly intact from the WCC Championship. The women will run senior Lara Del Rio, junior Heather Rosas, sophomores Bishop, Laura Mickelson, Sara Mickelson, and Rezowalli, and freshman Abby Fall. The LMU men will enter senior Kenny Arehart, juniors Barrera and Drew Haberkorn, sophomores Almeida and Jonathan Macneil, and freshmen Sean Sisk and Trevor Wiseman.

At the 2004 West Regional, the LMU women finished 23rd, led by Del Rio in 23:19. Almeida led the men to a 20th place finish with his time of 34:01. Both LMU squads earned their highest finishes in 1984, with the women taking 15th and the men 17th.

At Saturday's West Regional, five nationally-ranked women's teams will run, including second-ranked Stanford, fifth-ranked Arizona State, No. 17 Northern Arizona, No. 21 Oregon State, and No. 26 Washington. The men's squad will face fourth-ranked Stanford, ninth-ranked Arizona, No. 13 Portland, No. 24 Cal Poly, No. 28 Cal, and No. 29 Washington.

The men's 10K race will start at 11 a.m. and the women's 6K event will follow with a 12:15 p.m. start. With nine regionals scheduled for Saturday across the nation, the results will determine which teams and individuals automatically qualify for the upcoming 2005 NCAA Championship held Monday, November 21 in Terre Haute, Indiana. At Saturday's regional at Stanford, the top two teams and the top four individuals not on the qualifying teams will advance to the national championship for both the men and the women. Then on Monday, November 14, 13 at-large women and men's teams will be announced, along with a limited number of at-large individuals, and they will also advance to the NCAA Championship. A total of 31 women's and men's teams will compete at nationals.





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