Sept. 16, 2006
San Deigo, Calif. - In one form or another, Loyola Marymount cross country has come out on top in each of its three meets so far this season. This weekend, it was junior Laura Mickelson, winning her second individual title of 2006 at the 62nd annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational. Mickelson led the women's squad to a third place team finish, while the men's team took fifth.
Mickelson set a new LMU course record, crossing the line first in 17:19 Saturday. The 17:19 was over a minute faster than her 2005 run of 18:27.
Mickelson's title run also helped the Lions to a new team course record, as they finished in 94:11, eclipsing last year's 95:20.
Kristen Gonzalez (17th in 18:44), Brittany Rezowalli (24th in 19:11), Abby Fall (25th in 19:15), and Melani Hom (32nd in 19:42) rounded out the top-five for the Lion women. Hom's time of 19:42 topped her 2005 effort by almost a minute.
The LMU men also set new team and individual course records Saturday after finishing fifth of 15 programs. Nicholas Brennan's time of 26:53 broke the previous LMU mark set by Adam Bacon in 2004 (26:59). He finished 18th overall. Saturday's team time of 2:16:46 also became the new course record.
"We always come out with the goal of improving every season," LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "Though we have had some key losses on both squads this season, today's meet is a good indicator that we are still better than we were last year."
In their three meets so far this season, LMU has walked away with three titles. Two have been individual titles to Mickelson, while last weekend's title was the men's team title at the USD Invitational.
The Lions next head to Northern California in two weeks, where they will run the Stanford Invitational Saturday, September 30th, at 4:00 p.m.