Cross Country Races at NCAA Regionals
The women's 6k race begins at 11 a.m. followed by the men's 10k at noon on the Stanford Golf Course.
LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's and women's cross country teams travel to Stanford, Calif., Friday for the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country West Regionals. The women's 6k race begins at 11 a.m. followed by the men's 10k at noon. Both races will be contested at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Lion women are coming off of a third place team finish at the West Coast Conference Championships two weeks ago. Sophomore Danielle Shanahan and senior Grace Graham-Zamudio placed third and fifth, respectively, earning first team All-WCC honors. Shanahan's time of 19:50.7 also set an LMU program record for a 6k. The duo placed in the top 55 at the 2013 NCAA West Regional, helping LMU to an 11th place finish in the field of 32 teams.
In the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association regional poll, released Nov. 3, the Lion women moved up two spots to No. 9. Joining Shanahan and Graham-Zamudio at the West Regional will be Kyra Burke, Chloe Curtis, Kayla de Bondt, Samantha Garcia and Kelli Sugimoto.
The Lion men will be paced by seniors Daniel Gibson, juniors Lance Capel and Michael Duncan, sophomores Grant Lapovich and Brandon Vientos and freshmen Christopher Fredlund and Jack Polerecky. Gibson has led the tight men's pack in every race he has competed in this season, including his 24th-place finish at the WCC Championships two weeks ago.
The West Regional is one of nine regionals around the country. A total of eighteen teams and 36 individuals will advance automatically to the NCAA Championships. That includes, from each region, the two two teams along with the top four individuals not on a qualifying team, as long as they finish in the top 25. Thirteen teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA subcommittee on Saturday for at-large selections. The top 25 runners in each race receive All-Region recognition.
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