Nationally-Ranked Stanford Men & Women Aim for NCAA West Regional Titles

Nov. 11, 2004

Fresno, Ca - The top-ranked Stanford women's cross county team has won six straight NCAA West Regional titles, and will again be heavily favored to win its seventh straight crown when the regional meet is held this Saturday at Woodward Park.The Cardinal men, ranked second in the nation, will hope to make it nine straight regional titles.

The women's race will cover 6,000 meters (11:00 a.m.) while the men's course will be held on a 10,000 meter layout (Noon). The top two teams will automatically qualify to the NCAA Championships, which are being held in Terre Haute, In. (Nov. 22).

Last year at the NCAA West Regionals in Gresham, Oregon, the Cardinal women scored 45 points compared to 69 for runnerup UCLA. Alicia Craig captured top honors defeating 206 other runners in a time of 20:06 over 6,000 meters. Sara Bei placed third (20:27) while Katy Trotter placed tenth (20:49). The Cardinal men also raced to victory with 18 points, 92 points better than runnerup Cal Poly. Six Stanford runners finished in the Top 10 led by the 1-2 finish of Ian Dobson and Ryan Hall. Dobson won the 10,000 meter race (29:32) while Hall was second (29:33).

The Stanford men and women are returning to action after their impressive first place showings at the Pac-10 Conference Meet (Oct. 30). For the ninth straight season, the Stanford women captured the Pacific-10 title. For the fifth straight year, the Cardinal men's team earned the league title. Paced by second and third place finishes by Alicia Craig and Anita Siraki, Stanford, tallied 30 points compared to 47 for runnerup Arizona State. ASU's Amy Hastings won the individual title with a time of 20:19 over 6,000 meters. Craig ran 20:26 while Siraki was timed in 20:46. Amanda Trotter finished sixth (21:08) while her twin sister, Katy Trotter, placed eighth (21:12).

The Stanford men collected 37 points compared to runnerup Arizona State with 64. Three Cardinal runners finished in the Top 10 led by Ryan Hall who battled Arizona's Robert Cheseret to the finish line. Cheseret edged Hall at the end, but both runners were timed in 23:48 over 8,000 meters. Jacob Gomez was fourth (24:28) while David Vidal placed eighth (24:39).

Cardinal Catalogue: Several Stanford runners are enjoying excellent seasons ... Neftalem Araia has finished third and fifth in two races, and is slated to run at the Regionals ... Jacob Gomez has run in four races and has finished in the Top 10 all four times, including a second place finish at the USF Invitational, and fourth at the Pac-10 Championship ... Ryan Hall, Stanford's top runner, has finished first at the Pre-NCAA's and second at the Pac-10 Championship ... David Vidal has two top 7 finishes in three races this year ... Julie Allen has finished third, fourth and ninth in five races this year ... Alicia Craig finished first at the Pre-NCAA's, second at the Pac-10 Championship, and third at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Anita Siraki has placed first at the USF Invitational and the Stanford Invitational, third at the Pac-10's, and sixth at the Pre-NCAA's ... Amanda Trotter has placed in the top 6 in five races, while her twin sister, Katy Trotter, has finished in the Top 8 in five races ... Complete results of the NCAA West Regionals will be available on the Fresno State website (www.gobulldogs.com)

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