Oct. 28, 2006
Belmont, Calif. - For the second time in six seasons, a Lion was crowned West Coast Conference Champion at the WCC Cross Country Championships Saturday morning in Belmont, Calif. Junior Laura Mickelson won the women's 6K title by well over a minute, crossing the line in 21:16.
Mickelson led the LMU women to a third place team finish. The LMU men, led by Nick Brennan's top-10 performance, finished fifth.
Mickelson joined LMU's Edit Pakay, who won the women's WCC title in 2001. Saturday's race was Mickelson's fourth title of 2006, as she also took the title at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational, the San Diego State Aztec Invitational, and the Cal Poly Invitational.
Senior Kristen Gonzalez (22:51) and sophomore Abby Fall (23:14) joined Mickelson in the women's top-10, finishing sixth and ninth overall. All three earn All-WCC first-team selections for their top-10 finishes.
Despite placing three runners in the top-10, the women were edged by San Francisco, who took second place by one point, outscoring LMU 52 to 53. LMU had the faster team time, but the Dons got their entire scoring five across in the top-15. The Portland women won their fifth straight team title with 36 points. It was the second straight season the LMU women placed three runners in the top-10.
The LMU women posted a team time of 114:42, an average of 22:57 for the 6K. Saturday's championship marked the first year of the 6K distance for the women's race.
On the men's side, Brennan finished ninth overall in 26:05 to earn All-WCC first-team honors. Jonathan Macneil also earned All-WCC honorable mention recognition for his 14th place finish in 26:27.
Portland earned its 28th straight WCC title on the men's side, believed to be one of the longest championship streaks of any sport in the nation. San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Gonzaga finished in the two through four spots.
The LMU men finished 105 points and a team time of 134:02 for an average of 26:49.
For the second straight season, Lions' All-Access carried the action of the WCC Championship live on its audio webcast. Fans from around the WCC tuned in to follow the title run.
Check back to www.LMULions.com for further coverage of the WCC Championships, including a photo gallery of the action.