Stanford Defends Team Titles At 2005 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 29, 2005

Cross Country Championships Results
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Tucson, Ariz. - The Stanford Cardinal continued its perennial dominance of the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday at Dell Urich Golf Course with five Top 15 finishes in both the men's and women's races to defend its conference team titles in both races.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal men won the 8,000-meter race for the sixth consecutive year, and the second-ranked women won the 6,000-meters for the 10th straight year.

Arizona junior Robert Cheseret easily defended his Pac-10 title in the men's race on his home course with a time of 23 minutes, 57 seconds. Stanford sophomore Arianna Lambie won the women's race for the first time with a time of 20:20.

Stanford cross country head coach Peter Tegen may be in his first year with the Cardinal, but after 30 years of national and international success while at the University of Wisconsin, another conference championship was business as usual.

'We had two fortunate races, and things went in our favor, and we're very happy about it,' Tegen said.

Tegen said the race course - a twisting, scenic menagerie of straightaways and hills that doubles back and loops in places - was a challenge in itself.

'You have to pay attention all the time,' he said. 'It's sometimes hard to know exactly where you are on the course - but it was beautiful to run.'

Cheseret had little trouble with the course or the other runners, finishing 16 seconds ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Obed Mutanya (24:13) to claim his seventh Pac-10 individual title (5 track, 2 cross country).

'Obed and I really helped each other, and we were able to set the pace for the race,' Cheseret said.

Lambie found the course to be her biggest challenge, after winning the women?s race by 20 seconds over defending Pac-10 Champion Amy Hastings of Arizona State (20:40).

'It was a tough course, it made me focus,' she said. 'It did play to my strengths because I could just keep concentrating on each little hill and push forward.'

The closest race occurred in the women?s team standings, where Stanford edged second-place Arizona State by only 6 points, 34-40. The Cardinal men won the team title by 22 points over host Arizona, 46-78.

Pac-10 teams will next compete in the NCAA Western Regional, to be held in Palo Alto, Calif., November 12 at 10 a.m. (PST).

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