Lions Head to NCAA West Regionals
Competitors from 31 men's programs and 36 women's programs descend on Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento Friday morning for the 2013 NCAA Cross Country West Regional Championship. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 10k, followed by the women's 6k at 11:45 a.m.
Nov. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Competitors from 31 men's programs and 36 women's programs descend on Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento Friday morning for the 2013 NCAA Cross Country West Regional Championship. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 10k, followed by the women's 6k at 11:45 a.m.
Nearly two weeks since taking third and fourth, respectively, at the West Coast Conference Championships in Malibu, the LMU men's and women's cross country teams are set to challenge for advancement to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Both the men's and women's fields are loaded with nationally ranked squads. On the men's side, six of the 31 competing programs rank in the latests USTFCCCA top-30 poll including Oregon (4th), Stanford (6th), Portland (10th), Arizona State (28th) and Washington (29th).
On the women's side, seven nationally-ranked teams are led by Arizona, which currently sits as the top-ranked team in the nation. Washington is 12th, Oregon is 15th, San Francisco is 17th, Stanford is 18th, Boise State is 25th and Arizona State is 26th.
Both LMU squads enter the Regional ranked 12th in the West Region. On the men's side, senior Weston Strum will look to lead the Lion contingent after finishing 10th overall at the WCC Championship on Nov. 2. Strum was the Lions' top finisher at last year's NCAA Regional meet, placing 45th overall.
For the women, it will be senior Sheree Shea and junior Grace Graham-Zamudio leading the Lion pack. The duo finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the WCC Championship. In 2012, Shea placed 11th overall at the NCAA Regional, becoming the program's sixth individual to earn a berth to the NCAA Championship race.
The top two teams from each of the nine regional races automatically qualify to the NCAA Championships. An additional 13 at-large teams are selected by the NCAA Division I track and field subcommittee. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify to the championships 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.