Nationally-Ranked Stanford Aims for NCAA Titles

Nov. 23, 2003

The 2003 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships
Monday, November 24, 2003
Men's Race - 10,000 meters, 11:00 a.m., Central Time
Women's Race - 6,000 meters, 12:15 p.m., Central Time
The Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course, Waterloo, Ia

Championship Chatter
Thirty-one men's teams and 31 women's teams were selected to participate in this year's NCAA Championships ... The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams ... Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large ... Stanford's men's and women's teams were automatically selected based on their victories at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15/03).

National Notation
The Stanford men's cross country team, ranked #1 throughout the 2003 season, has finished no lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships since 1995 ... During that span, Stanford has won three NCAA titles (1996, 1997, 2002) and finished second on two occasions (1998, 2001) ... The Cardinal women, ranked #2 in 2003, finished second last year to Brigham Young ... Since 1996, the Cardinal women have finished no lower than fifth ... In 1996, the Stanford women's team won the NCAA title.

Regional Report
The Stanford men and women's cross country teams again dominated the competition at the 2003 NCAA West Regionals ... Stanford's men's team won the regional title for the eighth straight year in 2003 while the Cardinal women for the fifth straight season ... The Stanford men tallied 18 points compared to runnerup Cal Poly with 110 ... Ian Dobson, the 2003 Pac-10 champion, won the NCAA West Regional title with a time of 29:32 over 10,000 meters ... Five Stanford runners finished in the Top-6, and six Stanford runners placed in the Top-10 ... Ryan Hall finished a close second to Dobson at 29:33 ... Alicia Craig captured the NCAA West Regional individual title for the second straight year ... Craig toured the 6000 meter course in a time of 20:27 ... As a team, Stanford chalked up 45 points, 24 points better than second place UCLA.

Conference Chatter
For the eighth straight year, the top-ranked Stanford women captured first place at the Pac-10 Championships ... Stanford chalked up 22 points to easily beat eight other conference schools including runnerup Arizona State with 78 points ... For the second straight year, Sara Bei won the conference title by winning a time of 21:12.20 over 6000 meters ... Alicia Craig was second (21:12.20) while freshman Arianna Lambie placed third (21:21.40) ... Five Stanford runners placed in the Top-10 ... The Cardinal men cruised to an easy team conference victory for the fourth straight season ... Stanford tallied 23 points to outdistance second place Oregon with 91 ... Ian Dobson became the fourth straight conference champion from Stanford with a time of 24:33.90 over 8000 meters ... Two-time defending champion Grant Robison finished second (24:35.50) while Donald Sage placed fourth (24:44.90) ... Five Cardinal runners placed in the Top-9.

Mondo Men's NCAA Division I Cross Country Poll (as of Nov. 18)
(Conducted by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association)

1. Stanford, 479 points
2. Wisconsin, 462
3. Colorado, 444
4. Iona, 420
5. Michigan, 415
6. Northern Arizona, 413
7. Arkansas 375
8. Air Force, 358
9. Villanova, 324
10. Ohio State, 320

FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National Poll (as of Nov. 17)
(Conducted by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association)

1. Brigham Young, 386 points
2. Stanford, 380
3. North Carolina, 360
4. Notre Dame, 349
5. North Carolina State, 330
6. Michigan, 317
7. Colorado, 314
8. Providence, 305
9. Columbia, 279
10. Georgetown, 274

The Stanford Men's Cross Country Entries at the 2003 NCAA Championships

Neil Davis, Junior/Sophomore (ath), Los Altos, CA
Stanford: Has provided solid depth for the Cardinal in 2003 ... The 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
2003 Cross Country Season (Sophomore): Has run four times, including a fourth place finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational (10/4, 5 miles, 23:58.00) and ninth at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 10,000m, 30:02) ... Also helped Stanford to the Pac-10 title.

Ian Dobson, Senior, Klamath Falls, OR
Four-time All-American

Stanford: A four-time All-American who has established himself as one of the top cross country and track runners in the United States.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): The 2003 NCAA West Regional (11/15, 10,000m, 29:32) and Pac-10 Champion (11/1, 8000m, 24:33.90) ... Has run in four races with three first place and one fourth place finish ... Won the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 4000m, 23:46) ... Placed fourth at the Pre-NCAA's (10/18, 8000m, 23:19.7).

Chris Emme, Senior/Junior (ath), The Woodlands, TX
All-American

Stanford: An NCAA Indoor track & field All-American who has contributed significantly to Stanford's championship quests.
2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Has produced three Top-10 finishes in four races ... Placed sixth at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 10,000m, 29:45) and seventh at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 8000m, 25:07.80) ... Top finish was fourth at the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 8000m, 24:14).

Ryan Hall, Junior, Big Bear Lake, CA
All-American

Stanford: A 2002 NCAA cross country All-American who has played a significant role for the Cardinal in 2003.
2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Has run three races this year with no finish lower than second ... Won the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 4000m, 11:40) ... Placed second at the Pre-NCAA's (10/18, 8000m, 23:11.7) and at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 10,000m, 29:33).

Seth Hejny, Senior, Grand Junction, CO
Seven-time All-American

Stanford: A seven-time NCAA All-American who has provided senior talent and leadership in 2003 ... Will be competing in his fourth NCAA Cross Country Championship.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): A competitor in four races with a top finish of second at the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 4000m, 11:55) ... Helped the Cardinal to victory at the Pac-10 Championships with a 12th place showing (11/1, 8000m, 25:19.00).

Louis Luchini, Senior, Ellsworth, ME
Nine-time All-American

Stanford: One of the premier cross country and distance track runners in the United States ... A nine-time All-American in cross country and track & field.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): Has two Top-6 finishes in two races ... Finished first at the Murray Keating Invitational (10/4, 5 miles, 23:55.80) and sixth at the Pre-NCAA's (10/18, 8000m, 23:34.3).

Grant Robison, Senior, San Angelo, TX
Nine-time All-American
NCAA Champion

Stanford: A nine-time All-American in cross country, and track & field at Stanford ... The two-time Pac-10 Cross Country individual champion (2002, 2001) ... The top returning American cross country runner in the NCAA ... The 2003 NCAA champion in the 1500 meters.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): Has run one race this year, a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 8000m, 24:35.50).

Donald Sage, Senior, Elmhurst, IL
Eight-time All-American

Stanford: Has played a major role in Stanford's success the past four years in cross country, and track & field.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): Has enjoyed another great season ... Has competed in four races, and has finished no lower than fourth ... Finished fourth at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 10,000m, 29:42) and at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 8000m, 24:44.90) ... Top finish of the year was second place at the Murray Keating Invitational (10/4, 5 miles, 23:56.20).

Adam Tenforde, Senior, Richland, WA
Four-time All-American

Stanford: A key ingredient in Stanford's success in 2003 ... One of two Stanford runners to have competed in all six races this year.
2003 Cross Country Season (Senior): All six races entered have resulted in Top-10 finishes ... Finished fifth at the recent NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 10,000m, 29:44) and ninth at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 8000m, 25:13.80) ... Top finish was second at the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 8000m, 23:57).

The Stanford women's cross country entries at the 2003 NCAA Championships

Sara Bei, Junior, Santa Rosa, CA
Stanford: The two-time defending Pac-10 Cross Country individual champion has competed in all six races for Stanford this year.
2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Captured the Pac-10 title for a second straight year (11/1, 6,000m, 21:12.10) ... Has won two other races, the Bronco Invitational and the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 4000m, 13:42) ... Placed third at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 6000m, 20:27)

Alicia Craig, Junior, Gillette, WY
NCAA Champion

Five-time All-American
Stanford: In just two seasons at Stanford, has garnered five All-America honors ... Stanford's top cross country runner in 2003.
2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Has enjoyed an outstanding season ... Has won three races, placed second once, and finished sixth this year ... Captured the NCAA West Regional title (11/15, 6000m, 20:06) for a second straight year ... Also won the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 6000m, 20:25) and the Pre-NCAA's (10/18, 6000m, 19:52.6) ... Finished second at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 6000m, 21:12.20).

Jeane Goff, Junior, Turner, OR
All-American

Stanford: Has provided talent and leadership to the Cardinal squad again this year.2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Has garnered three Top-10 finishes in six races this year ... Top finishes were third at the Murray Keatinge Invitational (10/4, 5000m, 17:05.50) and third at the Bronco Invitational (8/30, 5000m, 19:49.5).

Arianna Lambie, Freshman, Harvard, MA
Stanford: The top middle distance recruit in the nation as a high school senior has made an immediate impact on the Cardinal cross country program this year.
2003 Cross Country Season (Freshman): In four races has finished second (twice), third and fifth ... Placed second at the Stanford Invitational (9/27, 6000m, 13:42) and the Murray Keating Invitational (10/4, 5000m, 17:05.60) ... Finished third at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 6000m, 21:21.40).

Anita Siraki, Junior, Glendale, CA
Stanford: Has been a valuable contributor for the Cardinal at the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships.
2003 Cross Country Season (Junior): Has competed in all six races this year, including the NCAA West Regionals and the Pac-10 Championships ... Top finish was seventh at the Bronco Invitational.

Celia Smalls, Freshman, Seattle, WA
Stanford: A talented freshman who has added depth to a strong cross country team in 2003.2003 Cross Country Season (Freshman): Has competed in four races, including the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regionals.

Amanda Trotter, Freshman, Little Silver, NJ
Stanford: A seasoned freshman who has made a big impact at Stanford this year.
2003 Cross Country Season (Freshman): Has competed in all six races with four Top-10 finishes ... Captured the individual title at the Murray Keating Invitational (10/4, 5000m, 17:05.20) ... Also competed at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships.

Katy Trotter, Freshman, Little Silver, NJ
Stanford: Along with twin sister Amanda, a versatile athlete with tremendous promise in cross country.
2003 Cross Country Season (Freshman): Has produeed five Top-10 performances in six races ... Placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships (11/1, 6000m, 21:52.20) and tenth at the NCAA West Regionals (11/15, 6000m, 20:49) ... Best finish was second at the Bronco Invitational and third at the Murray Keating Invitational (10/4, 5000m, 17:05.50).

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