Stanford Men & Women - Favorites To Win Pac-10 Titles
Oct. 25, 2005
Tucson, Az - The nationally-ranked Stanford men's and women's cross country teams have dominated the Pacific-10 Championships in recent years, and this year promises to be no exception.
The Cardinal men's team, ranked fourth in the nation, has won the conference title the past five years, and eight of the last nine seasons. With a solid group of returning runners this year, Stanford is the favorite at the 2005 Pacific-10 Championships which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m.) at the Dell Ulrich Golf Course in Tucson, Az. The men's course will cover 8,000 meters. The Cardinal women are ranked second in the nation behind top-ranked Duke, and like the men's team, features a strong group of distance runners. The women will run a course of 6,000 meters (10:30 a.m.). The terrain for both the men's course and women's course will be run over grass, with some golf cart path crossings. There are numerous short hills throughout the course. The Stanford women will be looking for their tenth straight Pac-10 title, and 13th in the last 14th season.
This year, in addition to Stanford, the favorites in the men's competition include seventh-ranked Arizona, and 24th-ranked Washington. Arizona features Robert Cheseret, who captured the Pac-10 crown last year. The Cardinal women will face the challenge of fifth-ranked Arizona State. The Sun Devils are led by Amy Hastings, who captured the Pac-10 individual title last year. Other nationally-ranked teams include 22nd ranked Oregon, and 26th-ranked Washington.
Stanford will be returning to action after an impressive performance at the Pre-NCAA's (10/15/05) in Terre Haute, In. The Stanford men defeated 32 other teams including sixth-ranked Brigham Young. Stanford won with 89 points compared to runnerup BYU with 174. Jonathan Pierce paced the Cardinal attack with a sixth place finish over 8,000 meters (23:51.4). The Stanford women won the team title with 86 points compared to fourth-ranked Notre Dame with 147 points. The Stanford women were paced by third and fourth place finishes by Arianna Lambie and Teresa McWalters with respective times of 20:10.03 and 20:14.5 over 6,000 meters.
Lambie has enjoyed an outstanding season thus far. In four races, Lambie has won three times and finished third once. Three Cardinal men's runners (Hari Mix, Jonathan Pierce, Forrest Tahdooanippah) have finished in the Top 10 in three races.
Last year at the Pac-10 Championships in San Francisco, the Cardinal men placed three runners in the Top 10 enroute to a decisive victory with 37 points. Arizona State finished second with 64 points. Stanford's Ryan Hall was just edged at the finish line by Arizona's Robert Cheseret. Both runners were timed in 23:48. Jacob Gomez placed fourth (24:28) while David Vidal placed seventh (24:39). Like the men, the Cardinal women's team ran to a convincing win with 30 points compared to runnerup Arizona State with 47. Stanford placed four runners in the Top 10 paced by Alicia Craig who finished second (20:26) followed by Anita Siraki in third place (20:46), Amanda Trotter in sixth place (21:08) and Katy Trotter in eighth place (21:12).
The NCAA West Regional Championships will be at Stanford on Nov. 12, 2005, while the NCAA Championships will be on Monday, Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, In (hosted by Indiana State) ... Stanford will host the 2006 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 28 ... In the past five seasons, Stanford has won the Pac-10 individual title four times ... In 2000, Jonathon Riley won the Pac-10 individual title, followed by Grant Robison in 2001 and 2002, and Ian Dobson in 2003 ... Cardinal women have also been first across the finish line four times in the last six years ... In 1999, Erin Sullivan won the Pac-10 title, followed by Lauren Fleshman in 2001, and Sara Bei in 2002 and 2003.