All-Pac-10 Cross Country Honors Announced
Dec. 3, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD's Donald Sage and ARIZONA's Tara Chaplin were named the Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Sage, a sophomore from Elmhurst, Ill., captured third place at the Pac-10 Championships and took top honors at the NCAA West Regional. He then capped off the season with a seventh-place finish, the highest placing by a Pac-10 runner, at the NCAA Championships.
Chaplin, a senior from Montpelier, Vt., also captured third place at the Pac-10 Championship and took top honors at the NCAA West Regional. But, it was her first place finish at the NCAA Championships that guided Arizona to a fourth place finish in the team standings.
Arizona State freshman J.J. Duke, from Clovis, Calif., was named the Men's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year. He was the top freshman at the Pac-10 Championships with a 15th-place finish, helping the Sun Devils to a second place finish - their best-ever showing at the Pac-10 Championships.
Stanford freshman Sara Bei, from Santa Rosa, Calif., was named the Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year. Bei, who finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, was key in leading the Stanford women to their sixth consecutive Pac-10 title and eighth overall. The seventh-place showing also sparked the Cardinal to the team title at the NCAA West Regional.
Also announced were the Conference Coach of the Year honors. STANFORD's Vin Lananna was named men's Coach of the Year, while ARIZONA's Dave Murray was named the women's Coach of the Year.
Lananna captures the men's coaching honor for the fourth time (he's also won the award four times as coach of the Stanford women). The Stanford men won their fifth Pac-10 title in the last six years, easily outdistancing the field by a 47-point margin of victory. It's the second largest margin of victory in the Pac-10 Championships since 1969. The Cardinal also took first place at the NCAA West Regionals and were looking to capture their second NCAA title, but fell one point short to Colorado (90-91) at the NCAA Championships.
While Murray has been honored on seven different occasions as the league's Coach of the Year on the men's side, this marks the first time he has won the award on the women's side. Under Murray's guidance, the Wildcats equaled their best-ever performance with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships. With Chaplin's individual title at the NCAA Championships, Murray has now coached four individuals (Aaron Ramirez '86, Martin Keino '94, Amy Skieresz '96, Chaplin '01,) who have taken top honors at the NCAA Championships.
The honors were decided by a vote of the Conference's cross country coaches.
PREVIOUS PAC-10 CROSS COUNTRY AWARD WINNERS
Year Athlete of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year2001 Donald Sage, STAN J.J. Duke, ASU Vin Lananna, STAN2000 Jonathon Riley, STAN Donald Sage, STAN Vin Lananna, STAN1999 Steve Fein, ORE Jason Hartmann, ORE Dave Murray, ARIZ1998 Abdi Abdirahman, ARIZ Bill Dellinger, ORE1997 Meb. Keflezighi, UCLA Vin Lananna, STAN1996 Meb. Keflezighi, UCLA Vin Lananna, STAN1995 Karl Keska, ORE Bill Dellinger, ORE1994 Martin Keino, ARIZ Dave Murray, ARIZ1993 Josephat Kapkory, WSU Mike Johnson, WASH1992 Josephat Kapkory, WSU Bill Dellinger, ORE1991 Martin Keino, ARIZ Dave Murray, ARIZ1990 Marc Davis, ARIZ Bill Dellinger, ORE1989 Marc Davis, ARIZ Bill Dellinger, ORE1988 Brad Hudson, ORE Bill Dellinger, ORE1987 Matt Giusto, ARIZ Dave Murray, ARIZ1986 Aaron Ramirez, ARIZ Dave Murray, ARIZ1985 Marc Olesen, STAN Brooks Johnson, STAN1984 Tom Ansberry, ARIZ Dave Murray, ARIZ1983 Jim Hill, ORE Dave Murray, ARIZ1982 Jim Hill, ORE Bill Dellinger, ORE1981 Richard Tuwei, WSU Bob Larsen, UCLA1980 Ron Cornell, UCLA Bob Larsen, UCLA1979 Henry Rono, WSU Bill Dellinger, ORE1978 Alberto Salazar, ORE Bill Dellinger, ORE1977 Henry Rono, WSU Bill Dellinger, ORE1976 Henry Rono, WSU Bill Dellinger, ORE1975 Joshua Kimeto, WSU John Chaplin, WSU
Year Athlete of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year2001 Tara Chaplin, ARIZ Sara Bei, STAN Dave Murray, ARIZ2000 Lisa Aguilera, ASU Victoria Chang, STAN Walt Drenth, ASU1999 Erin Sullivan, STAN Erin Sullivan, STAN Walt Drenth, ASU1998 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Beth Alford-Sullivan, STAN1997 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Vin Lananna, STAN Beth Alford-Sullivan, STAN1996 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Vin Lananna, STAN Beth Alford-Sullivan, STAN1995 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Tom Heinonen, ORE1994 Karen Hecox, UCLA Vin Lananna, STAN1993 Karen Hecox, UCLA Vin Lananna, STAN1992 Louise Watson, STAN Mike Johnson, WASH1991 Lisa Karnopp, ORE Tom Heinonen, ORE1990 Liz Wilson, ORE Tom Heinonen, ORE1989 Jennifer Robertson, WSU Mike Johnson, WASH1988 Penny Graves, ORE Tom Heinenon, ORE1987 Anette Hand, ORE Tom Heinenon, ORE1986 Penny Graves, ORE Tom Heinenon, ORE