Stanford Travels To Notre Dame Invitational Friday

Oct. 1, 2002

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Friday, October 4 (Men's 8K - 4:15 pm, EST; Women's 5K - 5 pm, EST)
at Notre Dame Invitational (Burke Memorial Golf Course - Notre Dame, IN)

The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked Cardinal women will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational this Friday, October 4. The event will be split into a total of six races with the Cardinal competing in the Blue Division for both men and women. Other top 10 men's teams in the event include No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 25 Michigan and No. 30 Washington. On the women's side, the Cardinal will compete with No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 27 Indiana. The event will be held at the Burke Memorial Golf Course on the Notre Dame Golf Course.

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.

The No. 3 Stanford women's team won a pair of races and the top-ranked men's squad captured the 4000 meter team title at the 2002 Stanford Invitational held at the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday, September 28. The Cardinal also had a pair of individual winners with Sara Bei capturing the 6000 meter women's race in 20:02 and Ryan Hall taking the men's 4000 meters with a time of 11:49. The Stanford men finished third in the men's 8000 meter team competition as the Cardinal split its squad and did not compete with any of members of its freshmen class.

The Stanford women won the 6000 meter race with 50 points. Bei was joined in the top 10 by Alicia Craig (2nd, 20:09) and Erin Sullivan (10th, 21:19). Others scoring for the Cardinal included Anita Siraki (12th, 21:30) and Kristin Cohoon (30th, 22:10). In the 4000 meter women's competition, Stanford scored 75 points. Lauren Fleshman was Stanford's top finisher with a second place showing (13:48). Malindi Elmore (4th, 13:56), Katie Hotchkiss (15th, 14:54), Yfa Kretzschmar (22nd, 15:10) and Rachel Urbina (43rd, 15:48) finished Stanford's scoring.

The Stanford men had 21 points in the squad's 4000 meter team victory. Hall was joined by Seth Hejny (2nd, 12:13), Justin Romaniuk (6th, 12:23), Steve Loughlin (7th, 12:24) and Andy Powell (8th, 12:24) in Stanford's scoring effort. Evan Fox (10th, 12:30) also had a top 10 showing. Stanford scored 84 points for its third-place showing in the men's 8000 meters. Adam Tenforde was the top Cardinal runner with an eighth place finish in 24:02. Neil Davis (9th, 24:07), Isaac Hawkins (23rd, 24:26), Andrew Hill (43rd, 24:50) and Sean Knapp (45th, 24:51) finished Stanford's scoring.

The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation this week, winning two of its first three races at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener and the Stanford Invitational before using a split squad for a third place finish in the other. Ryan Hall won the 4000 meters in dominating fashion at the Stanford Invitational last Saturday. The team has four All-Americans returning from last year's squad that finished second at the NCAA Championships that have not competed in either of the team's first two races but are expected to make their 2002 debuts soon. 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 of 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. Adam Tenforde won his first individual title at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, covering 8000 meters in 24:44.40.

The Stanford women's squad moved up one notch to No. 2 in the national rankings after sweeping the Stanford Invitational last Saturday. Sara Bei was an individual winner for the second consecutive week, taking the 6000 meters in 20:02, while Lauren Fleshman made her 2002 debut by finishing second in the 4000 meters (13:48). Fleshman is a three-time All-American that finished third at the NCAA Championships last year. Other returning All-Americans are Alicia Craig and Erin Sullivan. Craig placed 28th at the NCAA Championships a year ago, while Sullivan was an All-American as a freshman in 1999. Craig and Bei shared the individual title in 17:01.70 (5000 meters) at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener to lead the Cardinal to victory in its first meet of 2002. Stanford finished fifth at the NCAA Championships last year.

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