Cross Country 2001 Season Wrap-Up: Men And Women Make Runs At NCAA Titles

Dec. 21, 2001

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2001 TEAM REVIEWS
The Stanford men's and women's cross country squads both made runs at their respective NCAA titles in 2001. The men placed second at the NCAA Championships, one point behind winner Colorado to mark the fourth time in the last six years that the Cardinal has finished either first or second. The women finished fifth, giving the team its sixth straight showing among the nation's Top 5.

Lauren Fleshman was the top individual finisher for either team at the NCAA Championships as she placed third in the women's 6000-meter competition. Donald Sage was the first Stanford runner to cross the finish line in the men's 10000-meter competition, finishing seventh.

Both teams won their respective NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 titles following unbeaten regular seasons. The men have now won six straight NCAA West Regional championships, while the women have won the event five of the last six years. The women have won the Pac-10 title for six straight years, while the men have won five of the last six.

Both teams captured five regular season races with victories at the Jammin' Invitational, Stanford Invitational (Long and Short Course) and the Pre-NCAA Meet. The men also won the Murray Keatinge Invitational, while the women were victorious at the Arizona State Invitational.

2001 INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Stanford individuals won a total of 10 races with six victories on the men's side and four from the women's squad members.

Grant Robison was the only two-time winner from either squad with victories at the Pac-10 Championships and the Stanford Invitational (Short Course). Sage won the NCAA West Regional, while other men's individual winners were Sean Knapp (Jammin' Invitational), Ryan Hall (Murray Keatinge Invitational) and James Nielsen (Qwest Invitational).

Fleshman had the most high-profile individual win on the women's side with a victory at the Pac-10 Championships. Other women's individual winners were Mariel Ettinger (Jammin' Invitational), Alicia Craig (Stanford Invitational Short Course) and Laura Turner (Arizona State Invitational).

Sage's time of 29:24 at the NCAA Championships was the top men's 10000-meter performance of the year, while Fleshman's mark of 20:08.1 at the Pac-10 Championships was the best women's 6000-meter mark of the season.

Fleshman earned one of the team's top honors of the year as one of four finalists for the 2001-02 Cross Country Honda Award. Fleshman was also one of six Cardinal runners that earned All-American status. The men had four All-Americans in Sage, Louis Luchini, Ian Dobson and Robison. Craig joined Fleshman as an All-American on the women's side. The Pac-10 also honored 16 Stanford student-athletes on its Pac-10 All-Academic teams.

QUOTES FROM STANFORD DIRECTOR OF CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD VIN LANANNA
(On the 2001 men's season) 'The men's team had an outstanding season. The combination of having young and experienced groups of athletes made it an exciting year for me and made every day fun as a coach. Sure, I would have liked for us to have had one less point at the NCAA's. However, at the beginning of the year we decided that we weren't going to define the success level of our season based on our place at the NCAA's but by performing well, and our men performed well at every single meet all season.'

(On the 2001 women's season) 'I couldn't have asked for better success up until the NCAA's. Obviously, our finish at the NCAA's was disappointing, but I don't think that our place at the NCAA's was representative of how well our athletes prepared and how competitive they are, or more importantly, a reflection of where we could have been.'

(On the future of Stanford cross country) 'The future is exciting and bright. If we take the same approach that we took this year, I think that the outcome of the NCAA Meet in the future will clearly be a true representation of how strong our program actually is.'

2001 RACE RECAPS
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (NOVEMBER 19)
The Stanford men placed second and the women finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. The men's squad (91 points) finished behind NCAA winner Colorado (90) by a single point, marking the fourth time in the last six years that the men have placed either first or second at the NCAA's. The women finished with 206 points and placed among the nation's Top 5 for the sixth straight year. Lauren Fleshman was the highest individual finisher for either squad with a third-place showing (20:35) in the women's 6000-meter competition won by Brigham Young. Donald Sage was the first Stanford runner to cross the finish line in the men's 10000-meter race with a seventh place showing (29:24). Louis Luchini (12th, 29:41), Ian Dobson (20th, 29:53) and Grant Robison (21st, 29:53) joined Sage in earning All-American honors on the men's side, while Alicia Craig (28th, 21:18) also earned All-American honors for the women. Seth Hejny (43rd, 30:14), Ryan Hall (76th, 30:43) and Daniel Parris (108th, 31:04) also competed for the Cardinal men. On the women's side, the remaining five Stanford women's runners were Erin Sullivan (52nd, 21:43), Laura Turner (87th, 22:00), Sara Bei (89th, 22:01), Mariel Ettinger (126th, 22:21) and Caroline Annis (22:36).

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.

2001 INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE NOTES
MEN'S RUNNERS
* Ian Dobson (So.) - All-American ... Had four Top 10 finishes, including a season-best second-place showing at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) ... Finished ninth at the NCAA West Regional and 20th at the NCAA Championships.
* Chris Emme (So./Fr.) - Top finish was an 11th-place showing at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) ... Finished 15th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Evan Fox (So./Fr.) - Finished sixth at the SF Running And Walking Open. * Ryan Hall (Fr.) - Won the Murray Keatinge Invitational ... Participated in the NCAA Championships.
* Isaac Hawkins (Jr./So.) - Had three Top 12 finishes, including a fourth-place showing at the Qwest Invitational and a sixth-place finish at the Jammin' Invitational.
* Seth Hejny (Jr.) - Finished second at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course), 12th at the Pac-10 Championships and 16th at the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Participated in the NCAA Championships.
* Tyson Hendricksen (Sr.) - Top finish was a fourth-place showing at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course).
* Andrew Hill (Jr./So.) - Had a pair of Top 10 showings, placing third at the Jammin' Invitational and sixth at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course).
* Gabe Jennings (Sr.) - Finished 16th at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
* Sean Knapp (Jr./So.) - Won the season-opening Jammin' Invitational ... Also had a second-place showing at the Qwest Invitational and finished 13th at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
* Steve Loughlin (Jr./So.) - Participated in four races, highlighted by an eighth-place finish at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course).
* Louis Luchini (Jr./So.) - All-American ... Stanford's second finisher at the NCAA Championships with a 12th-place showing ... Finished in the Top 10 three times, including a second-place finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational and a pair of 10th place finishes at the Pre-NCAA Meet and the NCAA West Regional.
* Seton McAndrews (Fr.) - Competed in a pair of races, including an eighth-place finish at the Qwest Invitational.
* James Nielsen (Sr.) - Won the Qwest Invitational to highlight his five performances ... Also finished fourth at the Jammin' Invitational and 10th at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course).
* Daniel Parris (Jr.) - Had 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 ... Participated at the NCAA Championships.
* Grant Robison (Jr./So.) - All-American ... Stanford's only runner with a pair of individual titles, winning at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course) and the Pac-10 Championships ... Also placed second at the Pre-NCAA Meet and the NCAA West Regional, as well as 21st at the NCAA Championships.
* Donald Sage (So.) - All-American ... Came on strong at the end of the season with a victory at the NCAA West Regional and the highest Cardinal finish (7th) at the NCAA Championships ... Also finished third at the Pac-10 Championships and fourth at the Stanford Invitational - Short Course ... Posted the team's top 10000-meter time with a 29:24 at the NCAA Championships.
* Josh Sohn (Jr./So.) - Finished 14th at the SF Running And Walking Open.
* David Stillman (Jr./So.) - Participated in three races, highlighted by a 10th-place finish at the Arizona State Invitational.
* Nate Stoll (Sr./Jr.) - Finished 10th at the SF Running And Walking Open.
* Joe Urbanski (Sr./Jr.) - Ran in five races and finished in the Top 10 twice, including a fourth-place showing at the Murray Keatinge Invitational and a fifth-place finish at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) ... Finished 17th at the NCAA West Regional.
* David Vidal (Fr.) - Top showing of the season was a third-place finish at the Qwest Invitational.
* Philip West (Jr./So.) - Participated in three races, highlighted by a seventh-place finish at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course).

2001 INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE NOTES
WOMEN'S RUNNERS
* Caroline Annis (Sr.) - Opened the season by finishing second at the Jammin' Invitational and ran in five races, including the NCAA Championships.
* Sara Bei (Fr.) - Began her collegiate career with four straight Top 10 performances, 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 and sixth at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) ... Participated at the NCAA Championships.
* Maurica Carlucci (Sr.) - Competed in four events, highlighted by a ninth-place showing at the Arizona State Invitational.
* Victoria Chang (So.) - Had four Top 10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place effort at the Furman Invitational (21:56) ... Also finished fourth at the Qwest Invitational, seventh at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) and eighth at the Jammin' Invitational.
* Alicia Craig (Fr.) - All-American ... Stanford's second finisher (28th) at the NCAA Championships ... Opened her collegiate career with four consecutive Top 5 performances ... Won the Stanford Invitational (Short Course) in her collegiate debut, followed by a third-place showing at the Pre-NCAA Meet, fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and fourth at the NCAA West Regional.
* Mariel Ettinger (Jr.) - Captured Stanford's first meet of the season (Jammin' Invitational) for the second straight year ... Also had a fifth-place finish at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) and an eighth-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships ... Finished 15th at the NCAA West Regional and participated in the NCAA Championships ... One of only two women's runners to compete in six races.
* Colleen Flaherty (Sr.) - Participated in four races, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the Qwest Invitational.
* Lauren Fleshman (Jr.) - All-American ... Stanford's top runner at the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish ... One of four finalists for the 2001-02 Cross Country Honda Award given annually to the nation's top female cross country student-athlete ... Won the Pac-10 Championships and finished second at the NCAA West Regional, as well as second at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) and ninth at the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Posted the top 6000-meter time on the team with a 20:08.1 at the Pac-10 Championships.
* Jeane Goff (Fr.) - 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.
* Lauren Gustafson (So./Fr.) - Competed in three races, highlighted by a second-place finish at the SF Running And Walking Open.
* Katie Hotchkiss (Jr.) - Had four Top 10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Arizona State Invitational ... Also finished sixth at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course), ninth at the Jammin' Invitational and 10th at the Qwest Invitational.
* Lindsay Hyatt (Jr.) - Competed in two meets, including a sixth-place showing at the Arizona State Invitational.
* Anita Siraki (Fr.) - Had a pair of Top 10 finishes in her three races, including a third-place showing at the Qwest Invitational and a fifth-place peformance at the Arizona State Invitational.
* Erin Sullivan (Jr.) - Ran in six races, including the NCAA Championships ... Had a pair of Top 10 showings with a fourth-place finish at the Jammin' Invitational and an eighth-place effort at the Stanford Invitational (Long Course) ... Finished 17th at the NCAA West Regional.
* Laura Turner (Sr.) - Ran in a team-high seven races, including the NCAA Championships ... Finished in the Top 5 in each of her first three races, including an individual title at the Arizona State Invitational ... Also placed third at the Jammin' Invitational and fifth at the Stanford Invitational (Short Course) ... Finished 12th at the NCAA West Regional.

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