Hakon DeVries, Ian Dobson Earn Berths On U.S. Cross Country Teams

Feb. 13, 2005

Vancouver, Wa - It was another successful day for two Stanford athletes at the United States Cross Country Championships on Sunday at the Fort Vacouver National Historic Site.

The USA Cross Country Championships served as the selection event for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 19-20, in St. Galmier, France. The top six finishers in the Open and Junior races qualified for the U.S. team.

Freshman Hakon DeVries finished third in the Junior Men's 8km run to earn a berth along with five other runners on the USA team. DeVries ran the course in a time of 25:27. Galen Rupp won the race (25:13) followed by Stuart Egan (25:22) in second place. Finishing behind DeVries were Christopher Landry (25:33), Jeremy Mineau (25:40) and Ryan Vail (25:42).

Senior Ian Dobson, an eight-time All-American, finished sixth in the Open Men's 12km to claim the final spot on the United States team. Dobson ran the course in a time of 37:33. Dathan Ritzenhein won the race (36:59) followed by Jorge Torres (37:14), Tim Broe (37:27), Matt Withrow (37:32) and Jason Lehmkuhle (37:33).

A former Stanford standout, Lauren Fleshman, finished fifth in the Open Women's 4km to gain a berth on the United States team. Only a day earlier, in the Open Women's 8km, Fleshman, gained a berth on the United States team with a sixth place finish (28:11).

On Saturday, Donald Sage, a Stanford senior, finished third in the Men's Open 4km while freshman Lindsay Flacks finished fourth in the Junior Women's 6km on Saturday to make the USA team.

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