Lions Embark to Seattle for NCAA Regionals

Brandon Vientos was the Lions top finisher at the WCC Championships.
Nov. 12, 2015

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's and women's cross country teams are headed to the Pacific Northwest this week for the 2015 NCAA Division I West Regional Cross Country Championships. The two races will be contested at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 13. The day begins with the women's 6K at noon, followed by the men's 10K at 1 p.m.

The top two teams from each of the nine regional meets automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Thirteen additional at-large teams are selected by the NCAA DI Cross Country Subcommittee. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify to the championship races by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team. Two additional individuals are selected at-large by the committee.

Jefferson Park Golf Course consists of multiple 2k loops on flat fairways crossing some cart paths. The course was the site of the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, the USATF Club Nationals, the NCAA West Regional Championships in 2012, and the Washington Invitational beginning in 2014. Spikes are recommended for competition.



The LMU women will send seniors Kelli Capel and Samantha Garcia, juniors Danielle Shanahan, Kayla de Bondt and Lorena Garcia and freshmen Maddi Vorgitch and Emily Hubert. The seven women were LMU's top finishers at the West Coast Conference Championships on Oct. 31. Shanahan was runner-up at the WCC Championship, earning her second consecutive First Team All-WCC honor. In the final USTFCCA Regional ranking, LMU came in at No. 11.

LMU's men's team will consist of seniors Lance Capel and Michael Duncan, junior Brandon Vientos, sophomore Christopher Fredlund and freshmen Branden Estrada, Brian Joerger and Koby Pederson. Vientos was the Lions' top finisher at the WCC Championships two weeks ago, placing 20th overall.

At last year's NCAA West Regional, the Lion women placed ninth in the field of 34 teams. Danielle Shanahan was 19th overall, Kayla de Bondt was 62nd, Kelli Capel was 71st and Samantha Garcia was 186th. On the men's side, Michael Duncan was 95th overall in 2014, Lance Cale was 116th, Christopher Fredlund was 117th and Brandon Vents was 154th. The Lion men finished 20th in the field of 29 teams.

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