Stanford Opens 2002 At Cal State Fullerton Season Opener Saturday

Aug. 28, 2002

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Saturday, September 1 (Men 8K - 8:30 am, PT; Women 5K - 9:15 am, PT)
at Cal State Fullerton Season Opener (Carbon Canyon Regional Park - Brea, CA)

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will open the 2002 campaign at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener this Saturday, August 31 (Men - 8:30 am, PT; Women - 9:15 am, PT). The event will be held in the Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, California. The Cardinal men have been ranked second in the 2002 Preseason Mondo Cross Country Poll, while the first women's national poll will be released on September 6.

UP NEXT FOR THE CARDINAL
Stanford will be out of meet action for nearly a month before hosting the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, September 28.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2002 STANFORD MEN'S TEAM
The outlook is extremely bright for the 2002 Stanford men's cross country team with four All-Americans returning from last year's squad that finished second at the NCAA Championships. Donald Sage heads the group of returning All-Americans after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships last season and winning the NCAA West Regional. Grant Robison was also one of Stanford's top runners all last season, winning the Pac-10 individual title and taking second at the NCAA West Regional. Stanford's other returning All-Americans are Louis Luchini and Ian Dobson.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2002 STANFORD WOMEN'S TEAM
The 2002 Stanford women's cross country team returns three All-Americans in Lauren Fleshman, Alicia Craig and Erin Sullivan from a team that finished fifth at the NCAA Championships a year ago. Fleshman is a three-time All-American and a legitimate contender for the national title after finishing third at the 2001 NCAA Championships, while Craig placed 28th to earn All-American honors in her first season. Sullivan was an All-American as a freshman in 1999.

2002 MONDO MEN'S NCAA DIVISION I PRESEASON CROSS COUNTRY POLL (RELEASED AUGUST 27, 2002)
1. Colorado, 2. Stanford, 3. Arkansas, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Northern Arizona, 6. Villanova, 7. North Carolina State, 8. Providence, 9. Georgetown, 9. Oregon, 11. Brigham Young, 12. Eastern Michigan, 13. Arizona State, 14. Michigan State, 15. Portland, 16. Colorado State, 16. William & Mary, 18. Weber State, 19. Dartmouth, 20. Duke, 21. Iona, 22. Alabama, 23. Indiana, 24. Butler, 25. Notre Dame, 26. Minnesota, 27. Washington, 28. Michigan, 29. Oklahoma State, 29. Texas ... First-place votes in parenthesis
Note: The 2002 FinishLynx Women's NCAA Division I Preseason Cross Country Poll will be released on September 6

STANFORD AT THE 2001 CAL STATE FULLERTON JAMMIN' INVITATIONAL
Stanford dominated both the men's and women's competition to win a pair of team titles at the Cal State Fullerton Jammin' Invitational to open its 2001 season. 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). In the women's team competition, Stanford totaled 18 points and finished well ahead of second place UCLA (51 points).

STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY
The Stanford cross country men's and women's teams have been among the most successful in NCAA history. The men have placed fifth or higher at the NCAA Championships for seven consecutive years and won NCAA titles in 1996 and 1997. The women have been in the nation's Top Five for six consecutive years and won an NCAA championship in 1996. The men have also won the NCAA West Regional for six straight years and the Pac-10 Championships in five of the last six seasons. The women have won six straight Pac-10 titles and five of the last six West Regional crowns.

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