Cross Country Heads to Stanford for NCAA West Regionals.
LMU looks to improve on course they ran earlier this year.
Nov. 13, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif - After a successful run at the WCC Championships, LMU Cross Country looks to gain respect at the NCAA West Regionals Saturday November 15. The 6,000 and 10,000 meter races will be ran at Stanford Golf Course featuring all Division 1 Teams from Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The top two teams and top four individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana the following Saturday, November 24.
"We've been looking forward to this meet for a long time now. We have a very young and `up and coming' squad and we've gradually shifted our focus from simply trying to do well in our conference to competing well in the region." Coach Scott Guerrero said. "Five years ago we did not even show up to the regional meet. Four years ago our men finished tied for last in the region and our women finished 23 of 28 teams. For the last three years our women have finished 15th or better with our best being 14th in 2006. "
LMU Women's Cross Country is ranked 11th in the Region. WCC Individual champion Tara Erdmann will lead the Lions. She will be supported by 2008 WCC Freshman of the Year, Brieanna Delaney as well as WCC First Team member Abby Fall and WCC honorable mention Stephanie Felix. Freshmen Megan Fairley, Marissa Diehl and junior Annie Holden will hold down the reigns for the Lions.
"We'd like to be better than 14 this year and I do not think that a top-10 finish is out of our reach this year if our women run well." Guerrero commented.
A mix of veterans and youth will also lead the men. Senior Trevor Wiseman led the Lions at the WCC Championships finishing 5th overall for First Team WCC. Not far behind will Junior Brian McDonald who finished 6th at WCC as well was freshmen Phillip Benavides, Daman Coffman, Erich Yanoschik, red shirt freshman Connor Pastoor, and sophomore Scott Donahue.
"On the men's side our goal last year was a top-15 finish and we finished 16th. While it was our best finish ever we think we still have some unfinished business. The West Region is extraordinarily deep on the men's side with 7 men's teams ranked in the top-30 nationally." 2008 WCC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, Scott Guerrero said. "We again have a fairly young squad with four freshmen guys who have never seen a regional competition. Our guys have been running really well though and they are peaking at just the right time. Top-15 is still our goal and anything better would just be icing on the cake."
The meet will begin Saturday with the women's 6,000 meters starting the race at 11am followed by the men's 10,000 meters at noon.
"I just want them to go out and have fun, compete hard and gain some experience at this level. After that...whatever happens happens." Coach Guerrero commented.
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