Nationally-Ranked Stanford Cross Country Set To Compete At Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 24, 2000
2000 Pacific-10 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships
Saturday, October 28, 2000, Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash.
11:00 a.m. - Women (6,000 meters)
12:15 p.m. - Men (8,000 meters)
The women's course will cover 6,000 meters at Lincoln Park ... The men, meanwhile, will run a course of 8,000 meters ... The course starts and finishes on a grass playing field ... The running surfaces are a mixture of grass, dirt, light gravel, a little pavement and bark chips.
The Stanford men's team, ranked third in the nation, will attempt to win its fourth league championship in the last five years when the Cardinal faces the challenge of a tough field at the Pac-10 Championships ... In addition to nationally-ranked Stanford, two other conference teams are ranked in the Top-25 (#10 Arizona and #13 Oregon) ... The Cardinal team captured the Pac-10 title in 1996, 1997, 1998, but were upset by Arizona last year ... Arizona placed six of its runners in the top-14, ending Stanford's quest fo a fourth straight Pac-10 title with a 27-point margin of victory at the El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach ... The Wildcats tallied 36 points compared to 63 points for the Cardinal ... Micheil Jones paced Arizona with a second place finish while David Lopez placed fifth ... Lopez is back this year for Arizona ... Jake Maas led the Cardinal with a third place finish, while Thomas Murley placed sixth ... The men's race will be the 32nd annual.
The women's race (15th annual) will be a hotly contested meet as four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the national Top-10 ... Stanford is ranked #2, followed by fourth-ranked Arizona State, #6 Washington and #8 Arizona ... Stanford has its sights set on capturing its fifth consecutive title and seventh title in the last eight years ... Cardinal sophomore Erin Sullivan is looking to repeat as the Pac-10 individual champion ... Sullivan became the first Stanford runner to claim the individual title and just the league's second freshman ... Sullivan is looking to become the third individual to repeat as Pac-10 women's champion, joining UCLA's Karen Hecox (1993, 1994) and Arizona's Amy Skieresz (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) ... Stanford claimed the team title last year thanks to a 1-2-3 finish by Sullivan, the graduated Sally Glynn and sophomore Lauren Fleshman.
The Cardinal men's team has competed in five races and has won four of those races ... The Cardinal men are loaded with depth ... Twenty-two runners have competed for the Cardinal this year ... The key veterans for Stanford are Thomas Murley and Jonathon Riley ... Both have enjoyed excellent seasons ... Murley has competed in two meets with a second place finish at the Pre-NCAA's at Iowa State, and third place at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Riley, who serves as co-captain along with Murley, finished first at the Stanford Invitational and third at the Pre-NCAA's ... Also look for a top performance from sophomore Louis Luchini, who has finished second at the Stanford Invitational, and eighth at the Pre-NCAA's ... The Cardinal women have also enjoyed great success with four first-place finishes in five meets ... Eighteen Cardinal women have competed for Stanford in 2000 ... Erin Sullivan, the defending Pac-10 champion, has three Top-10 finishes, second at the Notre Dame Invitational, sixth at the Fresno State Invitational, and ninth at the Stanford Invitational ... The Cardinal women are blessed with a team of veterans and youth.