Cross Country Results from WCC Championships

Los Angeles, Calif., -- The Loyola Marymount men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 2000 West Coast Conference Championships on Saturday at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. The Lion men finished seventh in the eight-team field, while on the women's side LMU placed eighth.

Senior Michael Cortez paced the Loyola Marymount men for a third straight year at the conference championships, crossing the finish line 19th overall in 27:48. That was the fastest and highest WCC finish of his four-year career. Two spots behind Cortez was sophomore Eddie Giron in a personal-best time of 27:52.

In women's action sophomore Erin Junkin saved her fastest career performance for the postseason, shaving nearly a minute off her previous best to place 21st overall at 20:20. Senior Traci Pantuso also clocked a personal best with her 27th place performance of 20:29.

The University of Portland claimed both the men's and women's titles for the fifth straight season. The Pilots' Ryan Craig won the men's race in 25:11 while UP's Nicole Ricci did the same on the women's side in a time of 18:02

LMU concludes its 2000 racing season at the NCAA Division I West Regional Nov. 11 in Fresno, Calif.

LMU Men's Results:
19. Michael Cortez - 27:48
21. Eddie Giron - 27:52
38. Justin Goodkind - 29:21
44. Mark Siegfried - 29:50
47. Chris Brown - 30:10
49. Mark D'Amico- 30:59
50. Warren Sutton - 31:02

LMU Women's Results:
21. Erin Junkin - 20:20
27. Traci Pantuso - 20:29
44. Jenny Atkinson - 21:27
45. Heather Montgomery - 21:31
46. Kristin Mahaney - 23:09
53. Kristi Patton - 22:33
54. Holly Turney - 22:48
56. Brianna Heisey - 23:50