Nationally-ranked Cardinal Challenges Nation's Best at Pre-NCAA's

Oct. 16, 2003

Waterloo, Ia - The top-ranked Stanford men's cross country team, and the second-ranked Cardinal women's cross country team will be among many of the nation's top teams that will compete at the Pre-NCAA Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course.

This meet will serve as a prelude to the NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Championships on the same course on Nov. 24.

Nearly 150 teams will be competing on Saturday, including 22 of the nation's top 30 men's squads, and 21 of the nation's top 30 women's teams.

The #1 ranked Cardinal men's team will compete at 8,000 meters at 11:00 a.m. Iowa time. Traveling to the Pre-NCAA's will be Neil Davis, Ian Dobson, Chris Emme, Bret Gotcher, Ryan Hall, Seth Hejny, Louis Luchini, Grant Robison, Donald Sage and Adam Tenforde. Stanford will compete against 36 other teams, including Pac-10 rivals UCLA and Washington. Ranked teams include #4 Brigham Young, #6 Central Michigan, #10 Iona, #13 Michigan, #16 Virginia, #18 Villanova, #23 Portland, #24 Cal Poly, #25 Indiana, #27 Texas A & M.

Stanford runners have performed with great success this year. Dobson won the recent Stanford Invitational; Gotcher has two top-5 finishes including second at the Bronco Invitational and fifth at the Stanford Invitational; Hall won the Stanford Invitational at 4,000 meters; Hejny finished second at the Stanford Invitational and seventh at the Murray Keatinge Invitational; Luchini won the Murray Keatinge Invitational while Sage finished second and Neil Davis placed fourth. Chris Emme placed fourth at the Stanford Invitational while Adam Tenforde has finished no lower than sixth in three races this year. Robison will be competing in his first race at the Pre-NCAA's.

The Cardinal women, ranked second in the nation, will compete at 12:55 p.m. Competing will be Sara Bei, Alicia Craig, Jeane Goff, Arianna Lambie, Anita Siraki, Amanda Trotter and Katy Trotter. Stanford will face 34 other teams including Pac-10 rivals UCLA and Washington. Ranked teams include #7 Colorado, #12 UCLA, #13 Villanova, #15 Wake Forest, #17 Wisconsin, #21 Missouri, #26 Marquette, #27 West Virginia and #29 Florida State.

Like the men's team, the Cardinal women have also enjoyed great success. Bei has won the Bronco and Stanford Invitational titles in three races; Alicia Craig won the Stanford Invitational at 6,000 meters; Goff has two third place finishes in three races; Lambie finished second at the Stanford and Murray Keatinge Invitationals; Siraki placed seventh at the Bronco Invitational, while Amanda Trotter has finished no lower than fourth in three races, including an individual title at the Murray Keatinge Invitational. Her twin sister, Katy Trotter, has finished second, third and fifth this year.

Last year, the Cardinal men's team captured the Pre-NCAA title at Terre Haute, In. Stanford scored 27 points compared to 92 for runnerup Northern Arizona. Robison finished second among 235 runners at 8,000 meters. Dobson placed third while Sage placed sixth, Luchini in seventh, and Peter Meindl in ninth. The Stanford women's team also won the team title with 57 points compared to 165 for second place Wake Forest. Four Stanford runners finished in the top 10 over 6,000 meters. They were Craig in second place, Bei in third place, Lauren Fleshman in fourth place, and Malindi Elmore in ninth place.

Northern Iowa will serve as the host school, and will host the NCAA Championships on Nov. 24 at the Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course. Thirty-one men's and women's teams, plus several individuals, will compete for national titles. Stanford's men's team won the NCAA title last year while the Cardinal women placed second behind Brigham Young.

11:00 a.m. - Men's 8,000 Meters - Purple Race - Stanford
11:40 a.m. - Men's 8,000 Meters - Gold Race
12:20 p.m. - Women's 6,000 Meters - Purple Race
12:55 p.m. - Women's 6,000 Meters - Gold Race - Stanford
1:35 p.m. - Men's Open Race
2:15 p.m. - Women's Open Race

Complete results will be available at www.unipanthers.com.

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