Stanford Sweeps Cross Country Championships For Fifth Consecutive Year
Oct. 30, 2004
San Francisco, Calif. - For the fifth consecutive year, Stanford's men and women's cross country teams swept the Pac-10 championships. The men's team finished with 37 points and the women with 30. Arizona State's men (64 points) and women (47 points) were runner-ups.
Robert Cheseret, a sophomore from Arizona, was the men's individual champion, finishing in a time of 23:48. Junior Amy Hastings of Arizona State captured the women's individual title in a time of 20:19.
With the victory, the Stanford men's team has now won nine conference titles in the past 10 years. The defending NCAA champions were led by senior Ryan Hall's second place time of 23:48. Jacob Gomez (24:28) came in fourth and David Vidal (24:39) was seventh.
'We have a deep tradition,' said Stanford men's coach Andrew Gerard. 'It's great to win. That was our goal from the very beginning, to win the title. This starts our championship season.'
In the women's race, Stanford claimed two of the top three spots, with seniors Alicia Craig (20:26) coming in second and Anita Siraki (20:46) placing third. Sophomore Amanda Trotter was finished sixth with a time 21:12.
Said Stanford women's head coach Dena Evans 'We wanted to come in and defend thePac-10 championship with confidence,' said Evans. 'I think we did that. One of the things I enjoy about this team is that there are a number of runners that can step up.'
Arizona's Robert Cheseret proved that last year's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honor was well deserved, holding off a finish line surge by 2003's Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, Ryan Hall from Stanford. Cheseret is the second Arizona Wildcat to win the men's individual title in the past 10 years (Abdi Abdirahman, 1998).
Amy Hastings became Arizona State's first Pac-10 champion, leading a strong Arizona State team that finished with three runners in the top 10 spots. 'We really wanted to do our best as a team, to get it done,' said Hastings. 'It makes me so proud to be a part of this great tradition.'
In the men's race, Stanford and Arizona State were followed by Oregon (105 points), Washington (116) points, UCLA (118) points, Arizona (138), Washington State (140) and California (199).
Stanford and Arizona State's women's teams were followed by Washington (100 points), UCLA (102), Washington State (171), Arizona (180), Oregon (182), USC (233), California (237) and Oregon State (238).
Pac-10 conference teams next travel to the NCAA West Regional Championships, held on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Fresno, Calif.