Cross Country To Host Stanford Invitational On September 29

Sept. 25, 2001

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Saturday, September 29 (see schedule of events below for individual race times)
Stanford Invitational (Stanford Golf Course - Stanford, CA)

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will host the 28th Annual Stanford Invitational this Saturday, September 29. The event, co-hosted by Palo Alto High School, is one of the largest cross country meets in the nation with 90 collegiate teams (48 women, 42 men) and 275 high school squads (141 boys, 134 girls) currently scheduled to compete. A total of approximately 4,500 participants are entered in the meet. The event will be held at the Stanford Golf Course and features 20 high school and collegiate races. The starting line is near the second tee of the Stanford Golf Course with parking and a shuttle service to the starting line available at the corner of Stock Farm Drive and Campus Drive. Admission to the 2001 Stanford Invitational is $3.00. The schedule of events is listed below.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HIGH SCHOOL
9:45 a.m. - J.V. Girls - 3000 Meters - Divisions III, IV, V
10:05 a.m. - J.V. Boys - 3000 Meters - Divisions III, IV, V
10:25 a.m. - Varsity Girls - 5000 Meters - Division V
10:55 a.m. - Varsity Boys - 5000 Meters - Division V
11:20 a.m. - Varsity Girls - 5000 Meters - Division IV
11:50 a.m. - Varsity Boys - 5000 Meters - Division IV
12:20 p.m. - Varsity Girls - 5000 Meters - Division III
12:50 p.m. - Varsity Boys - 5000 Meters - Division III
1:10 p.m. - J.V. Girls - 3000 Meters - Division I, II
1:30 p.m. - J.V. Boys - 3000 Meters - Division I, II
1:50 p.m. - Varsity Girls - 5000 Meters - Division II
2:20 p.m. - Varsity Boys - 5000 Meters - Division II
2:40 p.m. - Varsity Girls - 5000 Meters - Division I
3:05 p.m. - Varsity Boys - 5000 Meters - Division I

COLLEGIATE
3:45 p.m. - Women - 5000 Meter - Non-Scored Race
4:10 p.m. - Women - 4000 Meter - Scored Race
4:30 p.m. - Men - 4000 Meter - Scored Race
4:50 p.m. - Women - 6000 Meter - Scored Race
5:15 p.m. - Men - 8000 Meter - Scored Race
5:50 p.m. - Men - 8000 Meter - Non-Scored Race

RESULTS
Complete results of the Stanford Invitational will be available at www.gostanford.com. Results are expected to be posted within two hours after the end of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Kyle McRae (650-725-2959/kyle.mcrae@stanford.edu).

COMPLETE LIST OF COLLEGIATE MEN'S TEAMS
The following collegiate men's teams are scheduled to compete ... Albany * Alliant International * Azusa Pacific * Biola * Brigham Young * Cal Poly * California * Cal Tech * Chico State * CS San Marcos * CS Fullerton * CS Stanislaus * Fresno Pacific * Fresno State * Hawaii-Hilo * Holy Names * Irvine Valley College * LaVerne * Long Beach State * Lugo CC * Occidental * Pomona Pitzer * Redlands * San Diego * San Diego Mesa CC * San Francisco * San Francisco State * San Jose State * Santa Ana CC * Santa Clara * Simon Fraser * Spokane CC * Stanford * Treasure Valley * UC Santa Barbara * Utah State * Valley Royals BC * Ventura College

COMPLETE LIST OF COLLEGIATE WOMEN'S TEAMS
The following collegiate women's teams are scheduled to compete ... Albany * Azusa Pacific * Biola * Brigham Young * Cal Poly * California * Chico State * College of the Sequoias * CS Dominguez Hills * CS San Marcos * CS Fullerton * CS San Bernardino * CS Stanislaus * Fresno Pacific * Hawaii * Hawaii-Hilo * Holy Names * Iowa * Irvine Valley College * LaVerne * Long Beach State * Nevada * New Mexico State * Occidental * Pacific * Pomona Pitzer * Redlands * San Diego * San Diego State * San Francisco * San Francisco State * San Jose State * Santa Ana CC * Santa Clara * Simon Fraser * Spokane CC * Stanford * UC Davis * UC Irvine * UC San Diego * UC Santa Barbara * UNLV * Utah * Utah State * Ventura College

*** A complete list of high school teams can be found on the cross country page at www.gostanford.com.

2001 STANFORD INVITATIONAL PREVIEW
Many of the nation's men's and women's cross country teams will compete Saturday at the 28th annual Stanford Invitational. The women's competition will feature three of the nation's Top 5 teams in the current 2001 FinishLynx women's cross country rankings -- #2 Stanford, #4 Brigham Young and #5 Wisconsin. Brigham Young finished second behind defending national champion Colorado at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships, while Stanford was third and Wisconsin eighth. Arkansas, currently ranked #12, will also participate in this year's Stanford Invitational. The Razorbacks finished 13th at the NCAA's a year ago.

Individually, the women's race is scheduled to feature 2000 Stanford Invitational champion Lilli Kleinmann of Arkansas, as well as a pair of strong runners from Wisconsin in Erica Palmer and Bethany Brewster. At the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Palmer and Brewster finished third and ninth, respectively. Palmer was also the 1999 NCAA Cross Country individual champion. Stanford 5000 meter NCAA champion Lauren Fleshman will keep the pressure on the lead runners as will BYU's Lindsey Thomsen. A total of five Top 10 finishers from last year's Stanford Invitational are scheduled to compete, including Cardinal runners Victoria Chang (8th) and Erin Sullivan (9th).

The Cardinal won last year's Stanford Invitational women's title with 61 points, followed by Washington (91), Kansas State (97), Wisconsin (106) and Arkansas (108).

On the men's side, #2 Stanford leads the list of entrants. The Cardinal finished fourth at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships, won the 2000 Pac-10 Championships and are the defending Stanford Invitational champion. Cal Poly finished third at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships and will begin its run towards a 2001 NCAA berth at this year's Stanford Invitational. Last year's Stanford Invitational runner-up, UC Santa Barbara, returns with juniors Josh Horton and Eric Gans leading the way. UC Davis is ranked #5 in Mondo's Division II rankings and will be well represented at this year's meet. Cal Baptist in Southern California is one of the top NAIA cross country teams in the nation.

Individually, the Stanford men's team returns five All-Americans, including Olympian Gabe Jennings, Grant Robison, Seth Hejny, Louie Luchini and Don Sage. Daniel Parris, who finished third in last year's Stanford Invitational, and U.S. Junior National Champions Ian Dobson and Chris Emme also return for the Cardinal.

CHANGE OF RACE FORMAT IN 2001
Stanford will attempt a new race format at the 2001 Stanford Invitational with a long and a short course for both the men and women, rather than a 'championship invitational' and a �collegiate section� for each gender as in the past. The two men's races will cover 8,000 meters and 4,000 meters. The women's events will run 6,000 meters and 4,000 meters.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 STANFORD MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Stanford men's cross country team enters the Stanford Invitational ranked second in the nation behind Colorado in the Mondo men's cross country rankings released September 25. The Cardinal finished fourth at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Stanford began the 2001 season by rolling to a victory at Cal State Fullerton's Jammin' Invitational on September 1. Stanford had four of the meet's top six runners, including individual champion Sean Knapp.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 STANFORD WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Stanford women's cross country team enters the Stanford Invitational ranked second in the nation behind Colorado in the FinishLynx women's cross country rankings released September 24. The Cardinal finished third at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Stanford began the 2001 season with a victory at the Cal State Fullerton's Jammin' Invitational on September 1. Stanford placed the first four runners in the race, including champion Mariel Ettinger.

CURRENT MEN'S MONDO CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS
1. Colorado (14), 2. Stanford (1), 3. Arkansas (1), 4. Notre Dame, 5. Providence, 6. Wisconsin, 7. Villanova, 8. North Carolina State, 9. Northern Arizona, 10. Georgetown, 11. William & Mary, 12. Arizona, 13. Portland, 14. Michigan, 15. BYU, 16. Oregon, 17. Iona, 18. Weber State, 19. Indiana, 20. Minnesota, 21. Alabama, 22. Arizona State, 23. Wake Forest, 24. Eastern Michigan, 25. Air Force ... First-place votes in parenthesis

CURRENT WOMEN'S FINISHLYNX CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS
1. Colorado (13), 2. Stanford, 3. North Carolina State, 4. Brigham Young, 5. Wisconsin, 6. Yale, 7. North Carolina, 8. Arizona, 9. Providence, 10. Georgetown, 11. Arizona State, 12. Boston College, 13. Arkansas, 14. Colorado State, 15. Missouri, 16. Marquette, 17. Washington, 18. Texas A&M, 19. Minnesota, 20. Villanova, 21. Weber State, 22. Duke, 23. Boston University, 24. Michigan State, 25. Columbia ... First-place votes in parenthesis

2000 STANFORD INVITATIONAL REVIEW
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams were both victorious in the championship division of the 2000 Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal men (28 points) easily outpaced second-place UC Santa Barbara (118) and had the top three runners in champion Jonathon Riley, Louie Luchini and Daniel Parris. The Stanford men also fielded a first-place team in the collegiate section despite having no runners finish higher than ninth. The women's team (61) won the championship division over second-place Washington (91) despite no runners among the top six. The Cardinal's collegiate division team (45) finished second behind BYU (36) despite an individual championship by Malindi Elmore.

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