Cross Country Gears Up For 2001 NCAA Championships

Nov. 14, 2001

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Monday, November 19 - at NCAA Championships (Furman Golf Course, Greenville, SC)
Men's 10K - 11:00 a.m., ET, Women's 6K - 12:15 p.m., ET -- hosted by Furman

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
Stanford men's and women's teams will both be looking for national titles at the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 19. The event will be hosted by Furman at the Furman Golf Course in Greenville, South Carolina. The Cardinal women enter the event as the nation's top-ranked team, while the men are ranked second. Both teams are undefeated this year with seven race victories each. Both squads most recently won their respective team titles at the NCAA West Regional on November 10.

A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams are both among the favorites to win team titles at this year's NCAA Championships. The men's main competition should come from top-ranked Colorado, Arkansas, Notre Dame and North Carolina State. The women should battle with Brigham Young, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Boston College for the team crown.

Stanford's top contender for an individual title looks to be Lauren Fleshman. Donald Sage and Grant Robison are expected to be the team's top men's runners.

STANFORD'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford men's and women's teams have been among the best squads at the NCAA Championships in recent years. The men won team titles in 1996 and 1997, while also finishing in the Top 10 five other times since 1994. The women won a national title in 1996 and have finished among the nation's top three in each of the last five years. All told, the Cardinal men have eight Top 10 finishes, while the women have 11. Stanford has never had an individual winner at the NCAA Championships.

At last year's NCAA Championships hosted by Iowa State, the Cardinal women finished third (198 points) with the men placing fourth (149). Colorado (117) captured the women's team championship, while Arkansas (83) was the men's winner. Lauren Fleshman (11th, 20:55) was Stanford's top women's individual finisher, while Jonathan Riley (10th, 30:41) was the first Cardinal men's runner. The men's and women's rosters each include four runners who participated at the NCAA Championships last year.

STANFORD MEN AND WOMEN ROLL TO VICTORIES AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Stanford swept the men's and women's team championships at the 2001 NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Arizona on November 10. Stanford's Donald Sage (30:43.0) won the men's 10000-meter race, while teammate Grant Robison finished second (30:50.10). Lauren Fleshman (20:52.00) finished second in the women's 6000-meter event behind Arizona's Tara Chaplin (20:40.10). The men totaled 37 points, easily topping second place Portland (91). The women totaled 39 points with Arizona (80) its closest challenger. All four teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Stanford men won their sixth consecutive NCAA West Regional team title, while the women have won the event five of the last six seasons. The Cardinal had four Top 10 runners on the men's side with Ian Dobson (9th, 31:26.60) and Louis Luchini (10th, 31:27.20) joining Sage and Robison. Chris Emme (15th, 31:38.20) and Joe Urbanksi (17th, 31:40.70) had Top 20 finishes, while James Nielsen (47th, 32:48.20) also competed for the Cardinal. On the women's side, Alicia Craig (4th, 21:04.40) and Sara Bei (7th, 21:20.80) joined Fleshman in the Top 10. The remaining four Cardinal women's runners all had Top 20 finishes. Laura Turner placed 12th (21:51.40), followed by Mariel Ettinger (15th, 21:53.60), Erin Sullivan (17th, 21:59.20) and Jeane Goff (18th, 22:00.90).

STANFORD MEN AND WOMEN REMAIN UNDEFEATED
The Stanford men's and women's teams both remained undefeated with their respective victories at the NCAA West Regional on November 10. Each team has won seven races this season. Both squads have captured their respective team titles at the Jammin' Invitational (9/1), Stanford Invitational (9/29, each team won short and long course competition), Pre-NCAA Meet (10/13), Pac-10 Championships (10/27) and NCAA West Regional (11/10). The men also won the Murray Keatinge Invitational (9/6), while the women were winners at the Arizona State Invitational (9/5).

Four different men's runners have claimed a total of five individual titles. Grant Robison (Stanford Invitational - Short Course, Pac-10 Championships) has won a pair of individual championships, while Sean Knapp (Jammin' Invitational), Ryan Hall (Murray Keatinge Invitational) and Donald Sage (NCAA West Regional) have also picked up individual victories. Sage's time of 30:43.40 at the NCAA West Regional is the team's top time in a 10000-meter race this season.

Four different women's runners have claimed one individual title each. Mariel Ettinger (Jammin' Invitational), Alicia Craig (Stanford Invitational - Short Course), Laura Turner (Arizona State Invitational) and Lauren Fleshman (Pac-10 Championships) have all picked up individual titles for the women. Fleshman's time of 20:08.1 at the Pac-10 Championships is the team's top time in a 6000-meter race this season.

CURRENT MEN'S MONDO CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS (NOVEMBER 13, 2001)
1. Colorado (7), 2. Stanford (8), 3. Arkansas (1), 4. Notre Dame, 5. North Carolina State, 6. Portland, 7. Michigan, 8. Northern Arizona, 9. Providence, 10. Villanova, 11. Wisconsin, 12. Michigan State, 13. Brigham Young, 14. Oregon, 15. Arizona State, 16. William & Mary, 17. Colorado State, 18. UC Santa Barbara, 19. Wake Forest, 20. Air Force, 21. Alabama, 22. Georgetown, 23. Arizona, 24. Duke, 25. Butler ... First-place votes in parenthesis

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

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S FIELD (31 TEAMS)
Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Brigham Young, Butler, Colorado, Colorado State, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Portland, Providence, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UC Santa Barbara, Villanova, Wake Forest, William & Mary, Wisconsin.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN'S FIELD (31 TEAMS)
Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Boston University, Brigham Young, Brown, Colorado, Colorado State, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Providence, South Florida, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, Yale.

QUOTES FROM STANFORD DIRECTOR OF CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD VIN LANANNA
(On the NCAA Championships) 'Our mission and goals have been exactly the same since the beginning of the season and that was for us to be in a position to run as well as we could possibly run and let the outcome take care of itself. At the beginning of the season when we went to our pre-season camp, we defined goals and objectives for our teams. None of those goals measured our season based on what position we finish at the NCAA's.'

(On the Stanford women's team) 'Our team has a great combo of frontrunners that have been consistent all year and have performed well, along with good depth. I hope we can put the pieces together on the day of the NCAA Championships and go out and run they way we have every other meet this season.'

(On the Stanford men's team) 'We have a young team. Many of our team members have been running well and running consistently. The key is for us to just keep doing what we have been doing. It should be a very close battle (for the team title). I see 15-20 points separating the top five teams.'

(On Stanford's opportunity for an individual title) 'Lauren Fleshman is a definite individual contender on the women's side. We're certainly going to try to set it up so that she is in the best possible position. It will depend upon who has the best day that day. There are a lot of good individuals on the women's side and Lauren certainly is one of them.'

2001 STANFORD INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE NOTESsize>
MEN'S RUNNERS
* Ian Dobson (So.) - Has four Top 10 finishes this year, including a season-best second-place showing at the Stanford Invitational - Long Course ... Finished ninth at the NCAA West Regional.
* Chris Emme (So.) - Top finish was an 11th-place showing at the Stanford Invitational - Long Course ... Finished 15th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Ryan Hall (Fr.) - Won the Murray Keatinge Invitational in one of only two races ran this year.
* Seth Hejny (Jr.) - Finished second in the Stanford Invitational - Short Course and 12th at the Pac-10 Championships.
* Louis Luchini (So.) - Has three Top 10 showings, including a second-place finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational ... Finished 10th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Daniel Parris (Jr.) - Has a pair of Top 10 performances, including a fifth-place showing at the Murray Keatinge Invitational and a seventh-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.
* Grant Robison (So.) - Has arguably been Stanford's top performer this season with a pair of individual titles at the Stanford Invitational - Short Course and the Pac-10 Championships ... Finished second in his other two races at the NCAA Far West Regional and the Pre-NCAA Meet Gold Race.
* Donald Sage (So.) - Highlighted his season with his first collegiate victory at the NCAA West Regional ... Has also finished third at the Pac-10's and fourth at the Stanford Invitational - Short Course.
* Joe Urbanski (Jr.) - One of only two members of the team to have run in five races this year ... Has finished in the Top 10 twice, including a fourth-place showing at the Murray Keatinge Invitational ... Finished 17th at the NCAA West Regional.
* David Vidal (Fr.) - Top showing of the season was a third-place finish at the Qwest Invitational.

WOMEN'S RUNNERS
* Caroline Annis (Sr.) - Opened the season by finishing second at the Jammin' Invitational and has run in four races.
* Sara Bei (Fr.) - Has began her collegiate career by placing in the Top 10 in each of her first four races, including a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a seventh-place showing at the NCAA West Regional ... Finished fourth at the Pre-NCAA Meet Silver Race earlier in the year.
* Alicia Craig (Fr.) - Has also opened her collegiate career with four outstanding Top 10 performances ... Finished fourth at the NCAA West Regional and fifth at the Pac-10 Championships after an earlier third-place finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet Silver Race.
* Mariel Ettinger (Jr.) - Captured Stanford's first meet of the season (Jammin' Invitational) for the second straight year after capturing the Sacramento State Classic to open the campaign a year ago ... Finished 15th at the NCAA West Regional after an eighth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.
* Lauren Fleshman (Jr.) - Stanford's top female runner and a contender for the women's individual NCAA title ... Won the Pac-10 Championships and finished second at the NCAA West Regional, as well as second at the Stanford Invitational - Long Course.
* Jeane Goff (Fr.) - Has had a solid freshman season with three Top 10 performances ... Finished second at the Qwest Invitational, fourth at the Arizona State Invitational and sixth at the Pre-NCAA Meet Silver Race ... Placed 18th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Lindsay Hyatt (Jr.) - Has run in a pair of meets this season with a top finish of sixth at the Arizona State Invitational.
* Anita Siraki (Fr.) - Has a pair of Top 10 finishes in her three races this year, including a third-place showing at the Qwest Invitational.
* Erin Sullivan (Jr.) - Has run five races this season with a pair of Top 10 showings at the Jammin' Invitational (3rd) and the Stanford Invitational - Long Course (8th) ... Finished 17th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Laura Turner (Sr.) - Has run in a team-high six races ... Finished in the Top 5 in each of her first three races, winning an individual title at the Arizona State Invitational ... Placed 12th at the NCAA West Regional.

STANFORD INDIVIDUAL FINISHES AT THE 2000 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (AMES, IOWA)
MEN'S RUNNERS
10. Jonathan Riley (30:41)
22. Thomas Murley (30:55)
48. Donald Sage (31:19)
53. Louis Luchini (31:19)
59. Seth Hejny (31:24)
78. Ian Dobson (31:34)
251. Andrew Powell (34:56)

WOMEN'S RUNNERS
11. Lauren Fleshman (20:55)
25. Erin Sullivan (21:19)
58. Elena Villareal (21:37)
88. Julia Stamps (21:55)
96. Mariel Ettinger (21:57)
115. Jillian Mastroianni (22:06)
217. Victoria Chang (23:15)

2001 RACE RECAPSsize>
NCAA WEST REGIONAL RECAP (NOVEMBER 10)
Stanford swept the NCAA West Regional men's and women's team championships at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Stanford's Donald Sage (30:43.0) won the men's 10000-meter race, while teammate Grant Robison finished second (30:50.10). Lauren Fleshman (20:52.00) finished second in the women's 6000-meter event behind Arizona's Tara Chaplin (20:40.10). The men totaled 37 points, easily topping second place Portland (91). The women totaled 39 points with Arizona (80) its closest challenger. All four teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Stanford men won their sixth consecutive NCAA West Regional team title, while the women have won the event five of the last six seasons. The Cardinal had four Top 10 runners on the men's side with Ian Dobson (9th, 31:26.60) and Louis Luchini (10th, 31:27.20) joining Sage and Robison. Chris Emme (15th, 31:38.20) and Joe Urbanksi (17th, 31:40.70) had Top 20 finishes, while James Nielsen (47th, 32:48.20) also competed for the Cardinal. On the women's side, Alicia Craig (4th, 21:04.40) and Sara Bei (7th, 21:20.80) joined Fleshman in the Top 10. The remaining four Cardinal women's runners all had Top 20 finishes. Laura Turner placed 12th (21:51.40), followed by Mariel Ettinger (15th, 21:53.60), Erin Sullivan (17th, 21:59.20) and Jeane Goff (18th, 22:00.90).

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP (OCTOBER 27)
The men's and women's squads both captured team titles at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. The Cardinal also had both individual winners with Lauren Fleshman taking the women's 6000-meter crown (20:08.1) and Grant Robison capturing the men's 8000-meter title (24:04.0). The women scored 27 points and finished comfortably ahead of second-place Arizona (64). Stanford placed three other runners in the Top 10 with Sara Bei (2nd, 20:17.4) leading the way, followed by Alicia Craig (5th, 20:56.0) and Mariel Ettinger (8th, 21:09.7). The men's team won the team title easily with 28 points as Arizona State (75) was its closest competitor. Donald Sage (3rd, 24:11.4), Ian Dobson (5th, 24:26.3) and Daniel Parris (7th, 24:35.8) joined Robison in the Top 10.

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/FURMAN INVITATIONAL RECAP (OCTOBER 13)
The Stanford men's and women's teams each won their respective meets (Men's Black Race, Women's Silver Race) at the Pre-NCAA Meet/Furman Invitational. 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 men 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 (2nd, 24:03.1). Joe Urbanski (4th, 24:12.7) and Daniel Parris (5th, 24:14.6) were also Top 5 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. 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. Second-place Brigham Young was 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 women's Long Course competition, Stanford took five of the top eight places to finish with 24 points and ahead of second-place Arkansas (39). 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 6. 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.raph��.@

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