Nov. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES- LMU Cross Country travels north for the third time this season, back to Stanford, Calif., for the 2011 NCAA West Regional held at the Stanford Golf Course to this Saturday, Nov. 12. The Lions previously ran at the Stanford Golf Course for the Stanford Invitational, where LMU's teams finished in the top 5. LMU returns to Stanford seeking qualification to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in less than 2 weeks. The top 2 teams in the men's and women's race automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, along with the top 4 individuals from non-automatic qualifying teams, and 13 at-large berths determined by the NCAA.
This Week: NCAA West Regional
Location: Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Times: 10:00 a.m. (PT) - Men's 10k Race, 11:15 a.m. (PT) - Women's 6k Race
LAST YEAR'S RESULT: Women - 12th, Men - 20th
Last year at the NCAA West Regionals, the Lions were led by redshirt-senior Tara Erdmann who placed 4th individually in 20:11, to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The 5:25 per mile pace at the time was Erdmann's personal-best, at the time, and set a new school record for LMU in the 6k, later broken this year at the West Coast Conference Championship.
The men were led by sophomore Weston Strum who placed 75th overall in 31:28. Junior Tyre Johnson came in next for the Lions placed 96th overall with a time of 31:42, his personal best in the 10k. Junior Sterling Lockert, red-shirt senior Connor Pastoor, and junior Greg Innes rounded out the LMU scoring five.
THIS YEAR'S TEAM
The Lions have triumphed this year. The women won the UC Riverside Invitational, led by two-time WCC Runner of the Month Tara Erdmann who set a course record at the event. The women also won the Asics Season Opener in Brea, Calif., finished 5th at the Stanford Invitational beating several ranked schools, and finished 3rd at the Vanguard Invitational. At the WCC Championships, LMU's women finished 4th overall only 19 points out of a top 3 spot.
The Lions' women are led by defending three-time WCC Champion Tara Erdmann. The five-time All-American is coming off of victories at the WCC Championship, where she set a new course record time of 20:01 in the 6k, UC Riverside Invitational, and 3rd place finishes at the Stanford Invitational and the NCAA Pre-Nationals.
The team is deep with talented runners. Sophomore Veronica Wallington finished 3rd overall at the Asics Season Opener, while junior Caroline Draper finished 5th at the same event. Senior Brieanna Delaney had a personal-best time of 21:00 to finish 9th overall at the UC Riverside Invitational. Freshman Aeoleone Bristow finished the Vanguard Invitational 10th overall at 18:35.
The men won the open race at the UC Riverside Invitational, also finished 5th at the Stanford Invitational, and finished 3rd at the Titan Invitational at Cal State Fullerton. LMU's men finished 5th at the WCC Championships, with strong individual performances by many Lions.
LMU's men are led by junior Tyre Johnson and and sophomore Weston Strum. Johnson was nominated for WCC Runner of the Month for the months of September and October. His season started with a personal-best 24:22 in the 8k at the UC Riverside Invitational, finishing 13th, followed by a 15th place run at the Stanford Invitational. Strum finished 3rd at the UC Riverside Invitational with a time of 24:36.5, and finished the Stanford Invitational in 24:48 to cross 37th overall.
The NCAA West Regional will be held on the Stanford University Golf Course. The grassy, rolling course should provide a good challenge for the runners.
The men's race features four ranked teams: host Stanford (ranked 6th), fellow WCC competitors Portland (8th), defending West Regional champs Oregon (17th) and UCLA (21st). Also racing are strong contenders Arizona State, Cal Poly, California, and Washington State.
On the women's side, there will be six ranked teams: Pac-12 runner-up Washington (ranked 6th), Pac-12 schools Stanford (8th), Oregon (11th), Arizona (16th), California (26th), and WCC champion San Francisco (27th). The race will be loaded with talented runners.
FOLLOW THE MEET
Check out twitter.com/LMULions and facebook.com/LMULions for updates of the race and check back at LMULions.com for a recap and video after the race.
Check out footage from the 2011 WCC Cross Country Championships live broadcast from the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif., including an interview with 3-time WCC champion Tara Erdmann by clicking here.