No. 1 Stanford Men And No. 2 Women Roll To NCAA West Regional Titles

Nov. 16, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women both rolled to victories at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course. The victories earned both Cardinal teams automatic berths in the NCAA Championships to be hosted by Indiana State on Monday, November 25, in Terre Haute, IN. The men have now won eight straight NCAA West Regional team titles, while the women have won the event six of the last seven years.

Stanford also had both individual champions as Donald Sage defended his 2001 NCAA West Regional men's title, covering the 10000 meter race in 30:13. Alicia Craig, the fourth-place finisher at the 2001 NCAA West Regional, won for the second time this season by breaking the 6000 meter course record in a time of 20:39. Sage's victory marked the third straight year a Stanford runner has won the men's individual title, while Craig's win was the second time in the last four seasons that Stanford has won the women's individual championship.

'We wanted to get the job done and qualify for the NCAA Championships,' said Stanford head coach Vin Lananna. 'We accomplished that goal and are looking forward to the upcoming national competition.'

'This race was on our home course, and I wanted to make sure a Stanford runner won it,' added Sage when asked about overtaking Oregon's Jason Hartmann for the lead with about a mile and a half remaining. 'I thought that if I was just able to relax during the race that I would have enough left to finish the strong.'

The Stanford men totaled 21 points, finishing comfortably ahead of second-place Oregon (43). Cal Poly (115), Portland (120) and Arizona State (125) rounded out the top five. Ian Dobson (3rd, 30:21), Adam Tenforde (4th, 30:32), Louis Luchini (5th, 30:32) and Neil Davis (8th, 30:41) finished Stanford's scoring effort. Ryan Hall (9th, 30:41) had a top 10 finish, while Robert Smitson (38th, 31:58) also competed for the Cardinal.

The Cardinal women scored 24 points, easily finishing ahead of second-place Arizona State (70). UCLA (82), Washington (120) and Oregon (129) completed the top five. Lauren Fleshman (3rd, 20:54), Malindi Elmore (4th, 21:07) and Sara Bei (5th, 21:08) gave Stanford four of the top five runners. Jeane Goff (11th, 21:51) finished Stanford's scoring, while Anita Siraki (17th, 22:02) and Erin Sullivan (25th, 22:17) also competed for the Cardinal.

The Oregon men and Arizona State women also earned automatic berths in the NCAA Championships by virtue of their second-place team finishes. Hartmann placed second in the men's race, five seconds behind Sage with a time of 30:18. Arizona State's highest women's finisher was an eighth-place showing by Jessica Scalzo (21:45).

UCLA's Lena Nilsson was the women's runner-up, trailing Craig by six seconds in 20:45.

A total of 18 teams for both men and women from Saturday's nine NCAA Regionals across the country have earned spots in the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Championships field will be completed on Monday, November 18 (by 5 pm, ET), when an NCAA committee awards 13 at-large team berths on both the men's and women's sides for a total of 31 teams for both races. The top four individuals from each NCAA Regional not associated with one of the qualifying 31 teams will also earn a spot in the NCAA Championships field. In addition, the committee will select two men's and two women's at-large individuals to complete 255-runner field for each race.

COMPLETE TEAM RESULTS, TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS AND ALL STANFORD RUNNERS
WOMEN'S 6000 METERS
Complete Team Results - 1. Stanford 24; 2. Arizona State 70; 3. UCLA 82; 4. Washington 120; 5. Oregon 129; 6. Idaho 227; 7. UC Irvine 242; 8. UC Santa Barbara 298; 9. Hawaii 326; 10. Portland 368; 11. Portland State 375; 12. Washington State 390; 13. California 394; 14. Cal Poly 437; 15. Santa Clara 455; 16. Cal State Northridge 457; 17. Cal State Fullerton 476; 18. San Diego State 478; 19. Eastern Washington 524; 20. Boise State 531; 21. Arizona 542; 22. UNLV 557; 23. San Diego 566; 24. San Jose State 607; 25. Long Beach State 627; 26. Pepperdine 687; 27. Saint Mary's 722; 28. UC Riverside 747.
Top 10 Individuals - 1. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 20:39; 2. Lena Nilsson (UCLA) 20:45; 3. Lauren Fleshman (Stanford) 20:54; 4. Malindi Elmore (Stanford) 21:07; 5. Sara Bei (Stanford) 21:08; 6. Carrie Zografos (Oregon) 21:26; 7. Courtney Inman (Washington) 21:41; 8. Jessica Scalzo (Arizona State) 21:45; 9. Jenna Timinsky (UCLA) 21:46; 10. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 21:48.
Other Stanford Runners - 11. Jeane Goff 21:51; 17. Anita Siraki 22:02; 25. Erin Sullivan 22:17.

MEN'S 10000 METERS
Complete Team Results - 1. Stanford 21; 2. Oregon 43; 3. Cal Poly 115; 4. Portland 120; 5. Arizona State 125; 6. Washington 170; 7. UC Santa Barbara 224; 8. UCLA 236; 9. Washington State 263; 10. Arizona 300; 11. Idaho 318; 12. California 325; 13. Boise State 339; 14. Santa Clara 381; 15. Cal State Fullerton 385; 16. UC Irvine 396; 17. Portland State 438; 18. Long Beach State 488; 19. Eastern Washington 515; 20. San Jose State 560; 21. Cal State Northridge 629; 22. Pepperdine 634; 23. Saint Mary's 721.
Top 10 Individuals - 1. Donald Sage (Stanford) 30:13; 2. Jason Hartmann (Oregon) 30:18; 3. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 30:21; 4. Adam Tenforde (Stanford) 30:32; 5. Louis Luchini (Stanford) 30:32; 6. Ryan Andrus (Oregon) 30:37; 7. Brett Holts (Oregon) 30:41; 8. Neil Davis (Stanford) 30:41; 9. Ryan Hall (Stanford) 30:41; 10. Matt Harriman (Portland) 30:42.
Other Stanford Runners - 38. Robert Smitson 31:58.

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