Nationally-Ranked Stanford Men And Women Travel To Notre Dame Invitational

Sept. 30, 2004

Stanford, Ca - The #1 ranked Stanford women's cross country team and the #2 ranked Cardinal men's team are competing in the Midwest this Friday (10/1/04) with an appearance at the Notre Dame Invitational. The meet will take place at the Burke Memorial Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The Cardinal women will compete in the 5,000 meters against 22 other teams, including fourth-ranked Notre Dame, #6 Michigan, #12 UCLA, #20 Butler, #22 Michigan State, #23 Missouri, #24 William & Mary and #27 Oklahoma. Stanford will send ten runners to Notre Dame. They are Julie Allen, Linsday Allen, Sara Bei, Shannon Bergstedt, Alicia Craig, Jeane Goff, Katie O'Neil, Anita Siraki, Amanda Trotter and Katy Trotter.

Stanford's women's team, the 2003 NCAA champion, is returning to action after a strong effort at last weekend's Stanford Invitational. Sara Bei, the two-time Pac-10 individual champion, made her 2004 season debut with a first place finish over 4,000 meters (13:16). Freshman Shannon Bergstedt finished second (13:55) while Katy Trotter placed third (13:56). Five Stanford runners finished in the top 10 as the Cardinal took the team title with 21 points. In 6,000 meter competition, Anita Siraki won her second race of the season with a time of 21:14 as she helped lead the Cardinal to victory with 34 points, 50 points better than runnerup Cal Poly. Teresa McWalters finished second (21:15) while Amanda Trotter finished third (21:37). Siraki opened the 2004 season with a victory at the USF Invitational.

The latest FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National Poll (conducted by the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association) finds Stanford the #1 team in the nation with ten first place votes and a total of 386 points. Providence picked up two first place votes for 379 points. Brigham Young garnered one first place vote for 366 points. Notre Dame (351 points), North Carolina State (332), Michigan (317), Colorado (311), Arizona State (286), North Carolina (265) and Tennessee (255) round out the nation's top ten.

The Stanford men will compete on an 8,000 meter course against 25 other college and universities, including #9 Brigham Young, #11 Butler, #13 Air Force, #15 Indiana, #19 Miami (Ohio), #28 Florida State and #30 Notre Dame. Neftalem Araia, Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Jonathan Pierce, Robert Smitson, David Vidal and Forrest Tadooahnippah are slated to run for Stanford.

Wisconsin picked up all 14 first place votes in this week's Mondo Men's NCAA Division I Cross Country Poll for 420 points. Stanford, the two-time defending NCAA champions, is second with 404 points. Iona is third (386 points) followed by Arkansas (384), Colorado (343), Michigan (334), Georgetown (333), North Carolina State, BYU (311) and Cal Poly (282).

The Cardinal men produced a strong showing at last weekend's Stanford Invitational. In 8,000 meter competition, Peter Meindl and Neil Davis finished 1-2 while Lauren Jespersen placed fifth and Rolf Steier finished eighth. In 4,000 meter competition, Stanford tied Oregon for first place with 45 points apiece. Steve DeWitt was Stanford's top runner with a fourth place finish (12:02).

Complete results will be available on www.und.com Friday evening.™

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