Stanford To Compete At Pre-NCAA Meet Saturday

Oct. 15, 2002

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Saturday, October 19 - at Pre-NCAA Meet (Terre Haute, IN)
Women's White 6K - 11:35 am, EST; Men's Blue 8K - 12:10 pm, EST

THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The top-ranked Stanford men's cross country team and the second-ranked women's squad will compete along with most of the nation's top squads at the Pre-NCAA Meet hosted by Indiana State this Saturday, October 19, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The event will be held on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Center. The course will also be the site of the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Monday, November 25.

STANFORD AT THE 2001 PRE-NCAA MEET
Stanford swept the men's black race and the women's silver race at last year's Pre-NCAA Meet. The men scored 56 points to finish well ahead of second-place North Carolina State (94 points). Grant Robison (2nd, 24:31) led the way in the 8000 meter event. Ian Dobson (5th, 24:41) and Louis Luchini (10th, 24:50) also had top 10 showings. The women scored 72 points to edge eventual 2001 NCAA champion Brigham Young (74 points). Alicia Craig covered the 6000 meter course in 20:48 to place third, followed by fourth-place Sara Bei (20:52) and ninth-place Lauren Fleshman (21:08).

STANFORD'S HISTORY AT THE PRE-NCAA MEET
The Stanford men's and women's teams have enjoyed tremendous success in the seven-year history of the Pre-NCAA Meet. Stanford men's teams have won their races in six of the seven seasons and finished third on the other occasion. The Cardinal women have won its race five times with one second place finish and one third.

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.

RECAPPING RECENT ACTION
The top-ranked Stanford men's team captured the 8000 meter race at the Arizona State Invitational last Friday as Andrew Hill led the Cardinal effort by winning his first career collegiate race in 24:14. Stephen Loughlin (7th, 24:47) and Sean Knapp (8th, 24:50) also had top 10 finishes, while Evan Fox (12th, 24:58) and Isaac Hawkins (14th, 25:06) rounded out the Cardinal scoring. Philip West (15th, 25:23) and David Stillman (31st, 26:24) also competed for Stanford.

The second-ranked Stanford women did not compete at the Arizona State Invitational. The Cardinal has finished first in each of its four team races this season, most recently by scoring just 21 points in a 5000 meter race at the Notre Dame Invitational on October 4. Sara Bei captured the women's run in 16:48 to win for the third time this season. Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig finished second and third, both just one second behind Bei in a time of 16:49. Malindi Elmore was fifth in 17:10, while Anita Siraki's 10th place finish in 17:54 completed the Cardinal scoring. Kristin Cohoon (25th, 18:16), Katie Hotchkiss (56th, 18:38) and Yfa Kretzschmar (75th, 18:52) also competed for the Cardinal.

The Cardinal men also claimed victory in an 8000 meter race at the Notre Dame Invitational with 33 points. Ryan Hall won the men's individual competition in 24:10 to pick up his second win in as many races this season. Donald Sage supported Hall with a second place finish in a time of 24:20 in his 2002 debut. Chris Emme (9th, 24:42) also had a top 10 finish, while Seth Hejny (16th, 24:54) and Neil Davis (17th, 24:58) completed Stanford's scoring. Justin Romaniuk (20th, 25:06) and Robert Smitson (25th, 25:17) also competed for the Cardinal.

MEN'S TEAM UPDATE
The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation for the fifth consecutive week in the latest edition of the regular season national poll. Ryan Hall has won both of his races this year with victories at the Stanford Invitational in the 4000 meter race and the 8000 meter competition at the Notre Dame Invitational. Returning All-Americans Donald Sage and Louis Luchini both made their 2002 debuts at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing second and fifth. Stanford has a total of four All-Americans returning from last year's squad. Two other 2001 All-Americans, Grant Robison and Ian Dobson, have not competed yet for the Cardinal this season. Adam Tenforde and Andrew Hill have both won their first individual titles this season. Tenforde captured the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, covering 8000 meters in 24:44.40. Hill won the Arizona State Invitational with a time of 24:14 over 8000 meters.

WOMEN'S TEAM UPDATE
The Stanford women's squad remained at No. 2 behind defending NCAA champion Brigham Young in the national rankings for a third straight week. The Cardinal, which has not competed since October 4 at the Notre Dame Invitational, has won all four of its team races this year. Sara Bei has won three consecutive races (includes a co-win at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener) and Lauren Fleshman has a pair of second place finishes at the Stanford Invitational in the 4000 meter race and the Notre Dame Invitational. Fleshman, a three-time All-American, finished third at the NCAA Championships last year. Returning All-American Alicia Craig had a co-victory with Bei in the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener before finishing second and third respectively at the Stanford Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational. Malindi Elmore also has three top five finishes (3rd - Cal State Fullerton Season Opener; 4th - Stanford Invitational 4000 meters; 5th - Notre Dame Invitational). Erin Sullivan was an All-American as a freshman in 1999.

2002 MONDO MEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL #5
RELEASED OCTOBER 14, 2002)
1. Stanford, 2. Arkansas, 3. Colorado, 4. Northern Arizona, 5. Oregon, 6. Eastern Michigan, 7. Georgetown, 8. Wisconsin, 9. Weber State, 10. Brigham Young, 11. Villanova, 12. Colorado State, 13. Minnesota, 14. North Carolina State, 15. Providence, 16. Iona, 17. Indiana, 18. William & Mary, 19. Central Michigan, 20. Butler, 21. Michigan, 22. Arizona State, 23. Duke, 24. Notre Dame, 25. Oklahoma State, 26. Montana State, 27. Dartmouth, 28. New Mexico, 29. Cal Poly, 30. Texas

2002 FINISH LYNX WOMEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL #5
(RELEASED OCTOBER 14, 2002)
1. Brigham Young, 2. Stanford, 3. Michigan State, 4. Colorado, 5. Georgetown, 6. North Carolina State, 7. Providence, 8. Arizona State, 9. Wisconsin, 10. Arkansas, 11. Duke, 12. Columbia, 13. Notre Dame, 14. North Carolina, 15. Boston College, 16. Virginia, 17. UCLA, 18. Michigan, 19. Villanova, 20. Missouri, 21. Northern Arizona, 22. Penn State, 23. Marquette, 24. William & Mary, 25. Colorado State, 26. Wake Forest, 27. Southwest Missouri State, 28. Washington, 29. Dartmouth, 30. Yale

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