Stanford Hosts NCAA West Regional Saturday
Nov. 12, 2002
THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Saturday, November 16
(Women's 6K - 10 am, PT; Men's 10K - 11 am, PT)
NCAA West Regional (Stanford Golf Course - Stanford, CA)
THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women begin NCAA post-season action by hosting the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course this Saturday, November 16. The women's 6000 meter race will begin at 10 am. The men will be running 10000 meters for the first time this season at 11 am. The starting line is near the second tee of the Stanford Golf Course. Spectator parking is available at the corner of Stock Farm Drive and Campus Drive. Complete individual and team results of the 2002 NCAA West Regional will be available at gostanford.com by approximately 2 pm. The top two teams in both the men's and women's races, as well as the top four men's and women's individuals from teams that do not qualify for the NCAA Championships are guaranteed entry into the NCAA's. Additional at large team and individual entries will be announced on Monday, November 18.
STANFORD'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
The Stanford men's and women's teams have dominated the NCAA West Regional in recent years. The men's squad has won the event for six straight years, while the women's team has finished first five of the last six seasons and seven of the last eight. The women also won NCAA Regional crowns in 1982 and 1984.
STANFORD'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford cross country men's and women's teams have been among the most successful in NCAA Championships 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.
STANFORD AT THE 2001 NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Stanford swept the men's and women's team competition at the 2001 NCAA West Regional hosted by Arizona. 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. 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).
RECAPPING RECENT ACTION: STANFORD DOMINATES PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford men and women both dominated the Pac-10 Championships hosted by UCLA at the Brookside Golf Course on Saturday, November 2. The women won their seventh straight conference title and ninth in the last 10 years, while the men won their sixth Pac-10 title in the last seven seasons. The Cardinal also had both individual Pac-10 winners. Grant Robison defended his conference title by covering the men's 8000 meter course in 23:27, while Sara Bei won for the fourth time this year with a time of 19:48 in the women's 6000 meter race.
The Stanford men cruised to a victory with just 19 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Oregon (51 points). Stanford runners took seven of the top nine spots, including the top three. Ian Dobson finished three seconds behind Robison in second-place with a time of 23:30, while Donald Sage (23:36) finished third. Adam Tenforde (6th, 23:51) and Neil Davis (7th, 23:58) finished the Cardinal scoring, while Ryan Hall (8th, 24:00) and Peter Meindl (9th, 24:00) had top 10 finishes. Justin Romaniuk (11th, 24:08), Robert Smitson (15th, 24:24) and Andrew Hill (32nd, 25:07) also competed for the Cardinal.
The Stanford women picked up 23 points and finished comfortably ahead of second-place Arizona State (59 points). Lauren Fleshman (19:50) raced Bei to the finish and placed second, two seconds behind her teammate. Alicia Craig (4th, 20:10) and Malindi Elmore (5th, 20:25) also had top five finishes, while Erin Sullivan (11th, 21:14) completed Stanford's scoring. Jeane Goff (18th, 21:24), Katie Hotchkiss (26th, 21:31), Anita Siraki (33rd, 22:04), Kristin Cohoon (49th, 22:41) and Yfa Kretzschar (64th, 23:29) also competed for the Cardinal.
Five additional members of the Stanford men's team competed in a combined men's (8000 meters) and women's (6000 meters) open race won by Carmen Martinez (20:43) of Track West. Evan Fox was Stanford's top finisher, placing 28th overall with a time of 24:54. Fox was followed by Sean Knapp (33rd, 25:11), Philip West (35th, 25:26), David Stillman (40th, 25:45) and Steve Loughlin (52nd, 26:31).
STANFORD DIRECTOR OF TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY VIN LANANNA
Stanford Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Vin Lananna is in his 11th season on The Farm. A three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, Lananna has led Stanford's cross country teams to three NCAA titles. The Stanford men and women swept NCAA titles in 1996 before the men repeated in 1997. The teams have also been consistent at the national level as both have finished in the top five for each of the last six years at the NCAA Championships. Lananna has also led the Cardinal men to six straight NCAA West Regional titles and six of the last seven Pac-10 crowns. The women have won seven straight Pac-10 titles under Lananna and five of the last six NCAA West Regional championships. Lananna has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors nine times, five on the women's side and four on the men's. He has also been named an NCAA Regional Coach of the Year on 11 occasions, eight at Stanford and three during his previous coaching tenure at Dartmouth.
VIN LANANNA ON THE 2002 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
'The men's and women's teams were both dominant at the Pac-10 Championships. They are good athletes that did a good job in executing a plan that set us up to win. I was thrilled with our performance, and it was a great day for the Cardinal.'
MEN'S TEAM UPDATE
The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation for a seventh consecutive poll in the latest national rankings released November 5 after winning the Pac-10 Championships. Grant Robison and Ian Dobson, both All-Americans in 2001, have led the Cardinal in each of the last two races. Robison won his second consecutive Pac-10 title in 23:27, while Dobson finished second at the Pac-10 Championships. Two weeks earlier at the Pre-NCAA Meet Blue Race, Robison had finished second and Dobson third in their 2002 season debuts. Ryan Hall has won a pair of races for the Cardinal this year at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters, 11:49) and the Notre Dame Invitational (8000 meters, 24:10). Returning All-Americans Donald Sage and Louis Luchini both made their 2002 debuts at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing second and fifth. Sage also finished third at the Pac-10 Championships. Freshman Peter Meindl has a pair of ninth-place finishes at the Pre-NCAA Meet and Pac-10 Championships. 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 ranked No. 2 behind defending NCAA champion Brigham Young for a fifth straight poll in the latest national rankings released November 4. In its most recent action, Stanford won its seventh straight Pac-10 title and its sixth consecutive race this season by dominating the Pac-10 Championships. Sara Bei won for the fourth time this season at the Pac-10 Championships, covering the 6000 meter course in 19:48. Bei had started the season by winning three consecutive races at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener (17:01.70, 5000 meters, co-win), Stanford Invitational (20:02, 6000 meters) and the Notre Dame Invitational (16:48, 5000 meters) before finishing third at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Lauren Fleshman, a three-time All-American and the team's top finisher at the NCAA Championships last year with a third-place showing, has three second-place finishes this season at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters), Notre Dame Invitational and Pac-10 Championships. Fleshman also finished fourth at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Returning All-American Alicia Craig has four top five finishes. Craig was Stanford's top runner with a second-place finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet and finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships. She also had a co-victory with Bei in the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener (17:01.70, 5000 meters, co-win) before finishing second and third respectively at the Stanford Invitational (6000 meters) and Notre Dame Invitational. Malindi Elmore has returned with five top 10 finishes after redshirting last season. Elmore was third at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, fourth at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters), fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and Notre Dame Invitational, and ninth at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Erin Sullivan, an All-American as a freshman in 1999, had a strong showing at the Pac-10 Championships by scoring for the Cardinal with an 11th-place finish.
CURRENT 2002 MONDO MEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL (RELEASED NOVEMBER 5, 2002)
1. Stanford, 2. Arkansas, 3. Colorado, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Oregon, 6. Iona, 7. Eastern Michigan, 8. Northern Arizona; 9. Central Michigan, 10. Villanova, 11. Brigham Young, 12. Providence, 13. Weber State, 14. Montana State, 15. Colorado State, 16. Georgetown, 17. Ohio State, 18. Michigan, 19. North Carolina State, 20. Indiana, 21. Butler, 22. Arizona State, 23. Dartmouth, 24. Minnesota, 25. Alabama, 26. Utah State, 27. Texas, 28. Michigan State, 29. William & Mary, 30. LaSalle
CURRENT 2002 FINISH LYNX WOMEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL (RELEASED NOVEMBER 4, 2002)
1. Brigham Young, 2. Stanford, 3. Colorado, 4. Wake Forest, 5. Notre Dame, 6. North Carolina State, 7. Georgetown, 8. Columbia, 9. Northern Arizona, 10. Arkansas, 11. Virginia, 12. Michigan, 13. Missouri, 14. Duke, 15. Providence, 16. Villanova, 17. Arizona State, 18. North Carolina, 19. Michigan State, 20. Indiana, 21. Washington, 22. Marquette, 23. UCLA, 24. Penn State, 25. Boston College, 26. Toledo, 27. James Madison, 28. Colorado State, 29. Texas, 30. Wisconsin
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