Stanford Men & Women Among Title Contenders At NCAA West Regionals

Nov. 9, 2005

Stanford, Ca - The nationally-ranked Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will be among the favorites when the NCAA West Regionals are held on Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Stanford Golf Course (start and finish at second hole).

The Cardinal women are ranked second in the nation behind Duke University. Stanford men's team is ranked fourth behind top-ranked Wisconsin, Arkansas and Colorado.

In each regional race, the top two team finishers and top four individuals not on a qualifying team automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Nov. 21 at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, In.

Another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men and women's fields on Nov. 13 by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria is bases on teams' head-to-head records against other actual and potential NCAA qualifiers.

The men's 10,000 meters race is slated to start at 11 a.m. while the women's 6,000 meters competition will start at 12:15 p.m.

Four Top 25 women's teams at the NCAA Regionals are slated to compete including #2 Stanford, #5 Arizona State, #21 Oregon and #26 Washington. Stanford has won the NCAA West Regional title the past six seasons, and eight of the past nine years. Last year, Alicia Craig captured the NCAA West Regional individual title for a third straight season to lead the Cardinal to victory at Fresno. Four Stanford runners finished in the Top-7 as the Cardinal took the team title with 29 points. Arizona State finished second with 45 points. Anita Siraki finished third, Teresa McWalters was fifth, and Katy Trotter finished seventh. McWalters and Trotter will be back this year to help lead the Cardinal attack.

Six Top 15 men's teams slated to compete include #4 Stanford, #9 Arizona, #13 Portland, #24 Cal Poly, #28 California and #29 Washington. The Cardinal men, like the Stanford women, have dominated the competition. For the past ten years, Stanford has won the NCAA West Regional crown. Last year, Stanford scored 49 points compared to runnerup Arizona State with 68 points. Ryan Hall ran to the NCAA Regional title for Stanford. Two other Cardinal runners (Neftalem Araia in third place, Jonathan Pierce in tenth place) finished in the Top-10. Araia and Pierce will help spearhead Stanford's attack in 2005.

The Stanford women are coming off an excellent performance at the recent Pac-10 Championship. Stanford captured the conference title for a tenth straight season (13th in the last 14th season). Stanford sophomore Arianna Lambie captured the individual title as the Cardinal scored a close victory over Arizona State. Stanford collected 34 points compared to 40 points for the Sun Devils. Lambie ran the 6,000 meter course in a time of 20:20 to beat last year's Pac-10 champion Amy Hastings (20:40). Lindsay Flacks finished third (20:52) while Teresa McWalters placed fifth (20:56).

Neftalem Araia, a Stanford sophomore, led a trio of Cardinal runners to finish in the Top 10 as the Cardinal men won the Pac-10 title for a sixth straight year (nine of the last ten years). Araia finished third over the 8,000 meter course in Tucson, Arizona, in a time of 24:19. Jonathan Pierce placed seventh while Brett Gotcher placed tenth.

Thirty-one women's teams are entered including Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Sacramento, California, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, San Diego State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, University of San Diego, Washington and Washington State.

Twenty-seven men's teams are entered including Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Sacramento, California, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, University of San Diego, Washington and Washington State.

Complete results and live stats will be available at www.RecordTiming.com/ncaa_west05/, and updates@ncaasports.com

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