Lions Set For NCAA West Regionals

Nov. 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Following the WCC Championships, the LMU men's and women's cross country teams will return to postseason racing Friday at the NCAA West Regional Championships. The women's 6K will kick off at 11 a.m. and the men's 10K will follow at noon.

Last Time Out
The LMU men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up the WCC Championships at Mission Bay Park Oct. 28, as the women finished fifth overall and the men took sixth in the team standings.

Kayla de Bondt lead the women's squad with a 21st-place showing in the 6K, clocking in at 21:48.2, while Jack Polerecky and Koby Pederson finished 21st and 22nd overall in the men's 8K, as each recorded a time of 25:19.4

Recap: Cross Country Closes Out WCC Championships

West Recap
Danielle Shanahan placed 13th place overall last season, leading the women's squad to a 16th place-finish in the field of 35, while the men took 17th in the field of 30 competing teams. Both the men's and women's teams have finished within the top 20 in each of the past four regional championships.

Recap: Shanahan 13th at NCAA West Regionals

Sophomore Ben Davis was named to the 2016 WCC Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team, while Koby Pederson, Jack Polerecky, Marisa Carino, Kayla de Bondt and Maddi Vorgitch earned all-academic honorable mention. Davis, the lone member of the men's all-academic team to post a 4.00 GPA, placed within the top 30 in three of his four races during the regular season.

Related Link: Davis Highlights Six WCC All-Academic Honorees

#LIONSTRONG - Jillian Dawley
After not being able to walk 15 months ago, Jillian Dawley is back racing for the LMU women's cross country team. Watch why Dawley is all things #LIONSTRONG.




Date | Time: Friday, Nov. 11
Where: Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
Live Results: NCAA DI West Regional

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.


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