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Liam Burke Leads Toreros at WCC Championships
Oct. 28, 2016

Complete Results

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --
Racing on their home course at Mission Bay, the USD women's cross-country team took sixth place at the WCC Championships, improving from their seventh place finish a season ago. The Torero men finished in ninth place.

Andrea Hughes led the women's team, finishing the 6k in 22:21.6. Liam Burke was the top Torero finisher for the men's team, crossing the finish line in 25:44.8 in the 8k.

"The key was our seniors," Head Coach Guarino said about the women's team. "When you have seniors that really want it, who provide great leadership and instill a sense of pride and tradition in the university and the team, that makes a huge difference."

Finishing behind Hughes was freshman Cassidy Kuhn, who had a career high finish amongst USD runners. Her time of 22:29.5 was good for 32nd place.

"Cassidy has a tremendous amount of heart, passion and tenacity and has a great vision of what she wants in the future," Guarino said. "She was groomed by the seniors. They did a very good job from week one of our training to make sure she bought in to what we are trying to do."

Right behind Kuhn was senior Lindsay Benster (22:46.8) for 34th place. Ashley Mitchell (44th; 23:15.7) and Natalie North-Cole (50th; 23:32.6) rounded out the top five for USD.



For the men, Burke finished in 32nd place, finishing with the top Torero time for the second time this season. Max Pedrotti, who broke the school record two weeks ago finished in 49th place with a time of 26:34.5.

"Liam was a beast today," Guarino said. "Liam and Max are great training partners. What one does sometimes the other the other picks up. I'm proud of Max. He didn't have his day, but obviously has had his day two weeks ago."

Behind Pedrotti was TJ Hodges (54th; 26:45.0), Mitch Manis (62nd; 7:28.6), and Patrick Bruce (65th; 27:41.5).

The Toreros wrap up the season November 11 when they compete at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, Calif.

Women's Final Results

1. Portland 42

2. BYU 44

3. USF 47

4. Gonzaga 139

5. LMU 150

6. San Diego 168

7. Saint Mary's 176

8. Santa Clara 254

9. Pacific 259

10. Pepperdine 290

Men's Final Results

1. BYU 24

2. Portland 45

3. USF 92

4. Gonzaga 123

5. Saint Mary's 150

6. LMU 168

7. Santa Clara 197

8. Pepperdine 229

9. San Diego 233

USD Women's Results

28. Andrea Hughes 22:21.6

32. Cassidy Kuhn 22:39.5

34. Lindsay Benster 22:46.8

44. Ashley Mitchell 23:15.7

50. Natalie North-Cole 23:32.6

62. Hope McLaughlin 24:22.0

65. Zani Moore 24:27.1

66. Mary Tenuta 24:31.0

74. Sarah Kapple 25:05.5

USD Men's Results

32. Liam Burke 25:44.8

49. Max Pedrotti 26:34.5

54. TJ Hodges 26:45.0

62. Mitch Manis 27:28.6

65. Patrick Bruce 27:41.8

68. Matthew Smith 28:01.1

69. Matthew Beasley 28:05.8

76. Matthew Sickman 29:19.5

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