Sept. 29, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount cross country turned heads on both the women's and the men's sides Saturday against some of the nation's toughest competition at the 34th annual Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. The women finished seventh of 28 teams and the men took 12th of 32.
Laura Mickelson finished eighth overall to lead the Lion women to a seventh place team finish, ahead of regionally-ranked Utah and Long Beach State. In a field that featured the nation's very best, LMU also topped some other notable programs, including Cal, Long Beach State, Nevada, and West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's.
Mickelson was supported by two Lions who finished within a minute of her 21:04: freshman Tara Erdmann, who finished 11th in 21:18, and Abby Fall, who finished 23rd in 21:46. Brittany Rezowalli (22:37) and Annie Holden (23:20) rounded out the scoring five for the Lions, pushing the five across in just over two minutes in the 6k.
The Lion men were also impressive, topping Santa Clara and previously regionally-ranked UC Irvine. Senior captain Jonathan MacNeil paced the Lions, finishing 51st in the 8k with a time of 25:23.
The men's team had all five across in just over one minute, with Trevor Wiseman (25:34) and Lino Almeida (25:34) just behind MacNeil in 60th and 61st. Mo Elmi (26:03) and Sean Sisk (26:25) finished the scoring for LMU.