Nationall-Ranked Stanford Aims For Team Titles At Pre-NCAA's

Oct. 14, 2004

Terre Haute, In - The #1 ranked Stanford women's cross country team and the #2 ranked Cardinal men's team are competing in the Midwest for the second time in the past two weeks. This time the destination is at the Pre-NCAA's on Saturday (10/16/04) at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

The course is rolling and challenging. The Cardinal women will compete in two races, the Blue Race at 11:00 a.m. followed by the White Race at 11:35 a.m. Both races will be run at 6,000 meters. The Stanford men will also compete in two races; the Blue Race at 12:10 p.m. followed by the White Race at 12:50 p.m. Both races will be run at 8,000 meters. An Open race for both the men and women will also be run later in the day.

The NCAA Championships will be held later this season (Nov. 22) on the same course.

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 12 first place votes and a total of 389 points. Providence picked up one first place vote for 378 points. Michigan is third with 362 followed by Colorado (341), Duke (331), Notre Dame (328), Arizona State (316), North Carolina (295), Tennessee (272) and Missouri in the nation's Top 10.

The Stanford women, the defending NCAA champion, continues to have a sensational 2004 season. The Cardinal has competed in three races and has won each time, the most recent a 50 point victory over runnerup Michigan at the Notre Dame Invitational (10/1/04). Sara Bei has won both the races in which she has competed while Katy Trotter has produced three Top 8 finishes in three races.

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 405 points. Arkansas is third (385) followed by Iona (381), Michigan (356), Colorado (339), Georgetown (338), North Carolina State (318), Notre Dame (301) and Butler (270) in the nation's Top 10.

Like the Stanford women, the Cardinal men are enjoying an excellent year. At the recent Notre Dame Invitational, Stanford scored a five point victory (95-89) over the Fighting Irish to win the team title. Redshirt freshman Neftalem Araia led the Stanford charge with a third place finish while Jacob Gomez finished tenth. Peter Meindl has won both races he has competed in, the USF Invitational (9/4/04) and the Stanford Invitational (9/25/04).™

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