Stanford Sweeps NCAA Cross Country West Regional

Nov. 10, 2001

Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 10) - In Tucson on Saturday, both the Stanford men's and women's teams swept the NCAA Cross Country West Regional for the sixth straight year.

The Cardinal men took the regional title with 37 points, far out-distancing runner-up Portland's 91 points. The Stanford women claimed the championship with 39 points, followed by host Arizona's 80 points. All four of these teams have earned automatic bids to next week's NCAA Championships at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

In the 10k men's race, Cardinal runners Donald Sage (30:43.40) and Grant Robison (30:50.10) finished first and second, respectively. Oregon's Jason Hartmann was third in a time of 30:57.60, Fasil Bizuneh (30:59.10) from Arizona State was fourth, and Portland's Joe Driscoll (31:01.40) was fifth .

On the women's side, host Arizona's Tara Chaplin was the individual champion in a time of 20:40.10 in the 6k race. Pac-10 champion Lauren Fleshman, from Stanford, was the regional runner-up in 20:52.00, followed by Arizona State's Lisa Aguilera (20:54.50) in third. Stanford's Alicia Craig (21:04.40) finished fourth, and Washington State's Everlyne Lagat (21:06.60) was fifth.

'Our team ran well today. Our main goal coming into today's race was to do everything possible to advance to the NCAA Championships,' said Stanford head coach Vin Lananna. 'Our men's team made a move in the middle like we planned, and I am happy with the outcome of our strategy. The strategy the women used was to get good position and finish strong down the stretch.'

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TOP TEAM FINISHES

MEN                             WOMEN1.   Stanford         37        1.   Stanford         392.   Portland         91        2.   Arizona          803.   Oregon           112       3.   Arizona State    834.   Arizona State    116       4.   Washington       1155.   UC Santa Barbara 124       5.   UCLA             1596.   Arizona          135       6.   Washington State 2147.   Washington       140       7.   UC Irvine        2248.   Washington State 194       8.   Cal Poly         2469.   UCLA             222       9.   Boise State      26510.  Cal Poly         246       10.  Hawai'i          295

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

MEN                                     WOMEN1.  Donald Sage (Stan)   30:43.40       1.  Tara Chaplin (Ariz)       20:40.102.  Grant Robison (Stan) 30:50.10       2.  Lauren Fleshman (Stan)    20:52.003.  Jason Hartmann (Ore) 30:57.60       3.  Lisa Aguilera (Ariz. St.) 20:54.504.  Fasil Bizuneh (ASU)  30:59.10       4.  Alicia Craig (Stan)       21:04.405.  Joe Driscoll (Port.) 31:01.40       5.  Everlyne Lagat (Wash St)  21:06.606.  Jason Fayant (Wash.) 31:11.80       6.  Kelly MacDonald (ASU)     21:08.007.  Josh Horton (UCSB)   31:12.90       7.  Sara Bei (Stan)           21:20.808.  Kris Rolin (Port.)   31:22.00       8.  Cheryl Smith (Hawai'i)    21:36.909.  Ian Dobson (Stan)    31:26.60       9.  Brianna Torres (ASU)      21:41.1010. Louis Luchini (Stan) 31:27.20       10. Katie Appenrodt (UCSB)    21:49.70
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