Cross Country Teams To Defend Pac-10 Championships This Saturday

Oct. 22, 2001

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Saturday, October 27 - at Pac-10 Championships (Pavilion Lakes Golf Course - Scottsdale, AZ)
Women's 6K - 10:00 a.m., MT, Men's 8K - 11:00 a.m., MT -- hosted by Arizona State

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
Stanford's season kicks into high gear when the Cardinal competes in its first post-season event of the campaign at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships this Saturday, October 27 (Women - 10:00 a.m., MT, Men - 11:00 a.m., MT). The event 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 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford men's and women's teams both captured titles at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships. The women scored 51 points and finished comfortably ahead of second-place Arizona State (67) in the 6000 meter competition. Stanford placed three of the top six runners in Lauren Fleshman (3rd, 20:35), Victoria Chang (5th, 20:45) and Elena Villarreal (6th, 20:46). The men's team won the title easily with 21 points as Oregon (66) was its closest competitor in an 8000 meter race. Jonathan Riley (23:40) won the event with Cardinal runners taking five of the top seven spots -- Louis Luchini (3rd, 23:50), Grant Robison (4th, 23:50), Thomas Murley (6th, 23:54), Donald Sage (7th, 23:57).

UP NEXT FOR THE CARDINAL
The Cardinal will be off for a week before returning to the desert for the NCAA West Regionals in Tucson, AZ (November 10). Both teams won team championships at the 2000 West Regionals. The men's team is five-time defending champions at the event, while the women have won two in a row and four of five. Jonathon Riley won the men's individual 10000 meter championship at the West Regionals last year (30:40), while Lauren Fleshman took second in the women's 6000 meter event (20:33).

A QUICK LOOK AT THE STANFORD MEN'S TEAM
The Cardinal has won its first four meets of the season (Jammin' Invitational, Stanford Invitational, Murray Keatinge Invitational, Pre-NCAA Meet - Black Race). Sean Knapp (Jammin' Invitational), Grant Robison (Stanford Invitational - Short Course) and Ryan Hall (Murray Keatinge Invitational) have all picked up individual titles. Hall's time of 24:00.4 to win the Murray Keatinge Invitational was the team's best 8000 meter time of the season.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE STANFORD WOMEN'S TEAM
The Cardinal has won its first four meets of the season (Jammin' Invitational, Stanford Invitational, Arizona State Invitational, Pre-NCAA Meet - Silver Race). Mariel Ettinger (Jammin' Invitational), Alicia Craig (Stanford Invitational - Short Course) and Laura Turner (Arizona State Invitational) have all picked up individual titles. Craig's time of 20:48 at the Pre-NCAA Meet (third place) is the team's top 6000 meter time of the season.

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

CURRENT WOMEN'S FINISHLYNX CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS (POLL RELEASED OCTOBER 15, 2001)
1. Stanford (1), 2. Brigham Young, 3. Georgetown, 4. North Carolina State, 5. Boston College, 6. Michigan State, 7. Arizona State, 8. Providence, 9. North Carolina, 10. Colorado (12), 11. Arizona, 12. Arkansas, 13. Washington, 14. Wisconsin, 15. Virginia, 16. Villanova, 17. Northern Arizona, 18. Colorado State, 19. James Madison, 20. Duke, 21. Yale, 22. UCLA, 23. Cornell, 24. Marquette, 25. Boston University ... First-place votes in parenthesis

SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING AND WALKING OPEN RECAP (OCTOBER 20)
Five runners representing the men's team and one representing the Cardinal women's squad ran as individuals at the San Francisco Running and Walking Open. Stanford's top individual men's finisher was Jamey Gifford, who covered the 4.1 mile course in 21:15 to finish fifth. Evan Fox placed sixth in 21:30. Nathan Stoll (10th, 21:50), Steve Loughlin (13th, 22:12) and Josh Sohn (14th, 22:39) also competed for the Cardinal men. Lauren Gustafson was the only competitor for the Cardinal women, taking second place with a time of 17:06 in the 2.8 mile run. Both races were non-scoring team events.

PRE-NCAA MEET RECAP (OCTOBER 13)
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams each won their respective meets (Men's Black Race, Women's Silver Race) at the Furman Invitational/Pre-NCAA Meet as both teams remained undefeated this season. Stanford's top individual finisher in the Men's Black Race was second place Grant Robison with a time of 24:31. Ian Dobson (5th, 24:41) and Louis Luchini (10th, 24:50) also finished in the Top 10. Isaac Hawkins was the team's top finisher in the Men's Furman Invitational as he placed 12th in 25:44.

Alicia Craig finished third (20:48) to lead Stanford in the Women's Silver Race, while Sara Bei (4th, 20:52) and Lauren Fleshman (9th, 21:08) also had Top 10 showings. Victoria Chang was Stanford's top finisher in the Women's Furman Invitational with a third-place showing as she clocked a time of 21:56.

All men's races were 8000 meters and all women's events were 6000 meters.

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 straight 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.

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