Cross Country Travels To Furman Invitational/Pre-NCAA Meet Saturday

Oct. 10, 2001

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Sat., October 13 - at Furman Invitational/NCAA Pre-Meet (Furman Golf Course - Greenville, SC)(NCAA Pre-Meet: Women's Purple 6K - 10:45 a.m., Women's Silver 6K - 5:15 p.m., Men's Black 8K - 11:55 a.m., Men's Gold 8K - 12:35, Furman Invitational: Men's 8K - 1:15 p.m., Women's 6K - 2:00 p.m.) -- hosted by Furman

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The second-ranked Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will travel to the Furman Invitational/NCAA Pre-Meet this Saturday, October 13. The Women's Purple 6K kicks off the NCAA Pre-Meet portion of the event at 10:45 a.m., with the Women's Silver 6K, Men's Black 8K and Men's Gold 8K to follow. The Furman Invitational Men's 8K begins at 1:15 p.m. with the Women's 6K following to conclude the meet.

UP NEXT FOR THE CARDINAL
Members of the Stanford women's team will compete as individuals at the San Francisco Running and Walking Open in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, October 20. The women's three-mile run begins at 10:30 a.m. Both the men and the women will take a week off from team competition before the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, October 27. The Pac-10 Championships will be hosted by Arizona State and take place at the Pavilion Lakes Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cardinal women are five-time defending Pac-10 champions, while the men's team has won the conference crown four of the past five years.

STANFORD AT THE 2000 PRE-NCAA MEET
The Stanford women's team placed second (104) and the men finished third (255) at the 2000 Pre-NCAA Meet in Ames, Iowa (10/14/00). The men had two of the top three runners in the event as Thomas Murley placed second and Jonathon Riley took third. Louis Luchini gave the Cardinal three Top 10 finishers with an eighth place showing. The women's team used a balanced attack to take second place as only Elena Villarreal (13th) finished in the Top 15. Stanford had three other runners in the Top 40 (Victoria Chang, 23rd, Erin Sullivan, 24th, Lauren Fleshman, 38th) to take advantage of a balanced field and finish second.

A LOOK AT THE STANFORD MEN'S TEAM AND THIS WEEK'S MEET
The Stanford men's team will be one of 103 teams currently scheduled to compete at the Furman Invitational/Pre-NCAA Meet as the nation's best teams travel to Greenville, South Carolina. The Cardinal has won its first three meets of the season (Jammin' Invitational, Stanford Invitational, Murray Keatinge Invitational). Sean Knapp (Jammin' Invitational), Grant Robison (Stanford Invitational - Short Course) and Ryan Hall (Murray Keatinge Invitational) have all picked up individual titles.

A LOOK AT THE STANFORD WOMEN'S TEAM AND THIS WEEK'S MEET
The Stanford women's team will be one of 104 teams currently scheduled to compete at the Furman Invitational/Pre-NCAA meet as the nation's best teams travel to Greenville, South Carolina. The Cardinal has won its first three meets of the season (Jammin' Invitational, Stanford Invitational, Arizona State Invitational). Mariel Ettinger (Jammin' Invitational), Alicia Craig (Stanford Invitational - Short Course) and Laura Turner (Arizona State Invitational) have all picked up individual titles.

MURRAY KEATINGE INVITATIONAL RECAP (OCTOBER 6)
Stanford freshman Ryan Hall won his collegiate cross country debut and the Cardinal captured the 2001 Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine. The Cardinal placed four of the top five runners in the 8000 meter event and finished with 25 points. Hall recorded a time of 24.00.4 to edge teammate and Maine native Louis Luchini (24:03.1). Joe Urbanski (4th, 24:12.7) and Daniel Parris (5th, 24:14.6) were also top five finishers for Stanford, while Sean Knapp (13th, 24:58.2) closed out the Cardinal scoring. Seton McAndrews (15th, 25:00.7), Gabe Jennings (16th, 25:01.7), Philip West (28th, 25:34.6), Donald Sage (60th, 26:59.4) and Steve Loughlin (67th, 27:20.0) also competed for the Cardinal.

ARIZONA STATE INVITATIONAL RECAP (OCTOBER 5)
Stanford dominated the women's team competition and senior Laura Turner won her first individual cross country championship at the 2001 Arizona State Invitational at Freestone Park. The Cardinal placed five of the top six runners in the 5000 meter event to finish with 19 points. Turner continued her strong start with her third straight Top 5 finish of the season. Katie Hotchkiss (3rd, 18:31.00), Jeane Goff (4th, 18:38.00), Anita Siraki (5th, 18:39.00) and Lindsay Hyatt (6th, 18:44.00) finished the scoring for the Cardinal. Maurica Carlucci (9th, 18:57.00) and Colleen Flaherty (11th, 19:03.00) also competed for Stanford.Two Stanford men competed as individuals for the Cardinal men's team. David Stillman finished 10th with a time of 26:35.6 and Jamey Gifford was 13th in 26:50.6.

STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP (SEPTEMBER 29)
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams swept their respective short and long course competition at the 2001 Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal also had a pair of individual winners in the 4000 meter short course races in men's winner Grant Robison (10:54) and women's champion Alicia Craig (12:40). Lauren Fleshman placed second as Stanford's top women's finisher in the 6000 meter long course competition (20:55), while Ian Dobson's second-place finish in a time of 24:47 was Stanford's best showing in the men's 8000 meter long course race. Utah's Teren Jameson won the men's long course race in 24:35, while Andreina Byrd of Arkansas was the women's long course champion with a time of 20:49.

The Stanford men's team scored 30 points in the long course competition to comfortably outdistance second-place Utah State with 58 points. The Cardinal had four runners in the Top 10 as Joe Urbanski (5th, 25:11), Andrew Hill (6th, 25:12) and James Nielsen (10th, 25:20) joined Dobson.

The Cardinal men easily outdistanced UC Davis in the men's short course competition with 15 points compared to 69 points for the Aggies. Seth Hejny (2nd, 11:02), Donald Sage (4th, 11:21), Philip West (7th, 11:28) and Steve Loughlin (8th, 11:31) joined Robison and five unattached runners in the Top 10 to give the Cardinal the top five scoring places for collegiate runners.

The Stanford women won the short course race with 40 points with second-place Brigham Young the closest challenge with 53 points. Craig was joined in Top 10 finishes by Laura Turner (5th, 13:12) and Katie Hotchkiss (6th, 13:15).

In the long course women's competition, Stanford took five of the top eight places to finish with 24 points and ahead of second-place Arkansas with 39 points. Joining Fleshman in the Top 10 were Mariel Ettinger (5th, 21:10), Sara Bei (6th, 21:16), Victoria Chang (7th, 21:18) and Erin Sullivan (8th, 21:33).

JAMMIN' INVITATIONAL RECAP (SEPTEMBER 1)
Stanford dominated both the men's and women's competition to win a pair of team titles at the Cal State Fullerton Jammin' Invitational in the season opener for the Cardinal at Carbon Canyon Park. Sean Knapp recorded a personal-best 24:32.6 to win the men's 8000 meter race, while Mariel Ettinger won her season-opening race for the second consecutive year with a time of 17:33.1 in the women's 5000 meter race.

The Cardinal men totaled 25 points to easily outdistance second-place Team CBU (64 points). The Cardinal had four of the top six runners with Andrew Hill (3rd, 24:41.3), James Nielsen (4th, 24:42.9) and Isaac Hawkins (6th, 24:50.4) joining Knapp among the top six. Joe Urbanski (11th, 25:06.2), Steve Loughlin (21st, 25:44.3), Philip West (25th, 25:51.5), Jamey Gifford (29th, 25:54.1) and David Stillman (31st, 25:58.0) also competed for the Cardinal.

In the women's competition, Stanford totaled 18 points and finished well ahead of second-place UCLA (51 points) by capturing the first four places with Ettinger, Caroline Annis (2nd, 17:34.4), Laura Turner (3rd, 17:42.9) and Erin Sullivan (4th, 17:45.5). Victoria Chang (8th, 18:03.3) and Katie Hotchkiss (9th, 18:05.4) also had Top 10 finishes, while Colleen Flaherty (13th, 18:23.8) and Maurica Carlucci (19th, 18:37.5) had Top 20 showings. Lauren Gustafson finished 38th with a time of 19:28.7.

CURRENT MEN'S MONDO CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS (POLL RELEASED OCTOBER 9, 2001)
1. Colorado (14), 2. Stanford, 3. Arkansas (2), 4. Wisconsin, 5. Notre Dame, 6. Portland, 7. Providence, 8. Northern Arizona, 9. North Carolina State, 9. Villanova, 11. Colorado State, 12. Michigan, 13. Duke, 14. Wake Forest, 15. Arizona State, 16. Michigan State, 17. Brigham Young, 18. Oregon, 19. Eastern Michigan, 20. Weber State, 21. Alabama, 22. Georgetown, 23. Utah State, 24. Arizona, 25. Iona ... First-place votes in parenthesis

CURRENT WOMEN'S FINISHLYNX CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS (POLL RELEASED OCTOBER 8, 2001)
1. Colorado (12), 2. Stanford (1), 3. North Carolina State, 4. Brigham Young, 4. Arizona State, 6. Boston College, 7. Providence, 8. North Carolina, 9. Arizona, 10. Arkansas, 11. Georgetown, 12. Colorado State, 13. Michigan State, 14. Wisconsin, 15. Virginia, 16. Washington, 17. Boston University, 18. UCLA, 19. Marquette, 20. Cornell, 21. Northern Arizona, 22. Yale, 23. James Madison, 24. Notre Dame, 25. Baylor ... First-place votes in parenthesis

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