Pac-10 Cross Country Honors (12/12/00)
Dec. 12, 2000
STANFORD's Jonathon Riley and ARIZONA STATE's Lisa Aguilera were named the Pacific-10
Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Riley, a senior from Brookline, Mass., captured first place at the Pac-10 Championships and
took top honors at the NCAA West Regional. He then capped off the season with a 10th-place
finish at the NCAA Championships.
Aguilera, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., earned Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year
honors. She finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, while her school-record
fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships helped pace Arizona State to a school-best
sixth-place finish in the team standings.
Stanford freshmen Donald Sage, from Elmhurst, Ill., and Victoria Chang, from Honolulu, Hawaii,
were named the Men's and Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year. Sage was the top
freshman at the Pac-10 Championships with a seventh-place finish. His 48th-place finish at
the NCAA Championships helped the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish. Chang finished fifth
at the Pac-10 Championships and placed 20th at the NCAA West Regional.
Also announced were the Conference Coach of the Year honors. STANFORD's Vin Lananna was named
men's Coach of the Year, while ARIZONA STATE's Walt Drenth earned repeat honors as the
women's Coach of the Year.
Under Lananna, the Stanford men's team captured their fourth Conference title in the last
five years. The Cardinal men finished fourth at the NCAA Championships. It's the third time
Lananna has been honored as the league's Coach of the Year.
Drenth, in just his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devil cross country program, guided the
Sun Devil women to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and produced the Sun
Devils' best-ever national finish with a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
It's the second honor for Drenth as the league's Coach of the Year.
The honors were decided by a vote of the Conference's cross country coaches.