Cardinal Hosts Stanford Invitational

Sept. 27, 2006

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COMING UP: The Cardinal Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams open the regular season this weekend as they host the 33rd annual Stanford Invitational. Held at the Stanford Golf Course, this year's Invite boasts 5,000 total competitors and 45 college teams split between two races. The collegiate men will compete at 8,000 and 4,000 meters, while the collegiate women will compete at 6,000 and 4,000 meters. The meet also features a non-scored 5,000 meter women's race to kick off the collegiate races at 4:15 pm. The 4,000 meter women's race follows at 4:42 pm, with the men's 4,000 meter race at 5:04. The women's 6,000 meter race will go off at 5:22 pm, while the men's 8,000 meter race will conclude the Invitational at 5:48 pm. Many of the 5,000 participants are high school runners competing in 17 races between 9:00 am and 3:45 pm.

UC SANTA BARBARA, CAL POLY CHALLENGE CARD: The eleventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara women and Cal Poly men are set to challenge the Cardinal in team competition this weekend. The Gaucho women have entered a full team in the 6,000 meter race that includes All-American and Big West Athlete of the Year Stephanie Rothstein. Having already raced in three competitions this season, UC Santa Barbara has collected two team wins and a runner-up performance. On the men's side, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will challenge the Cardinal in the 8,000 meters. The Mustangs finished seventh at last year's NCAA West Regional at Stanford. Junior Phillip Reid has already claimed one individual title this year at the UCSB Invite, followed by Troy Swier in third and Matt Johnsrud in fifth for the team that is favored to repeat as Big West Champions.

STANFORD WOMEN RANKED FIRST, MEN FOURTH: The Cardinal Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams boast 16 returning All-Americans and deep rosters on both sides as they head into the first meet of the regular season. The defending national champion and top-ranked Cardinal highlights the women's competition. The Cardinal returns every runner from last year's undefeated squad, including All-Americans Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Katy Trotter, Amanda Trotter, Lindsay Flacks and Lauren Centrowitz. Returners Lindsay Allen, Shannon Bergstedt, Katie Harrington, Alicia Follmar, Mary Liz McCurdy, Leah Sawyer and Maddy O'Meara will bolster the talented squad, as well as newcomers Kate Niehaus, Anne St. Geme, Kelsey Walker and Kaylin Pennington. Racing a limited roster, Stanford opened the preseason with a runner-up finish at the UC Davis Aggie Open on September 9.

The fourth-ranked Stanford men will be the team to beat in both races at the Stanford Invitational after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships last season for the second year in a row. The Cardinal already claimed a win at the preseason opener in Davis, placing five runners in the top eight, including individual champion Russell Brown. With only one loss from the 2005 squad, the Cardinal will be led by two-time cross country All-American Neftalem Araia, as well as All-Americans Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Jonathan Pierce, Rolf Steier, Hakon DeVries, Garrett Heath, Joaquin Chapa, Russell Brown and Michael Garcia. Stanford will enjoy another deep roster in 2006, strengthened by returners Lauren Jespersen, Hari Mix, Forrest Tahdooahnippah, John McGuire, Jacob Evans, Chris Mocko, Kevin Bickham, Eric Giddings and Alex Greenberg, as well as talented newcomers Steven Duplinsky and Justin Marpole-Bird.

2005 SEASON REVIEW: Both the men's and women's teams continued a legacy of dominant distance running last season. The Cardinal women captured their third national title in school history and second championship in the last three years. Arianna Lambie, Katy Trotter, Lindsay Flacks and Lauren Centrowitz all earned All-American honors as Stanford posted 146 points to runner-up Colorado's 181 points. The men finished sixth in the team standings for the second-straight season. Neftalem Araia was Stanford's top finisher for the second-straight year in 11th place to earn All-American honors. At the NCAA West Regional, the women posted a low score of 24 points to secure the team win, led by individual champion Lambie. All seven runners finished in the top 20, with five finishers in the top 10. The men were edged out by a talented Arizona team at the Regional, tallying 80 points for a runner-up team finish behind Araia's eighth-place individual performance. The Cardinal dominated the Pac-10 Championships, earning a 10th-straight women's team title and sixth-straight men's title, the men's ninth conference championship in the last 10 years. Lambie claimed the Pac-10 individual crown as the women totaled 34 points, while Araia took third place in the men's competition to lead the Cardinal to a low score of 46 points.

UP NEXT: Following this weekend's Stanford Invitational, the Cardinal will take a weekend off before competing at the Pre-NCAA meet in Terre Haute, IN. The Pre-NCAA meet offers a glimpse of the NCAA competition to come in November, featuring two races on the championship course split according to team rankings.

HEAD COACH Peter Tegen: Head men's and women's cross country coach Peter Tegen enters his second season on The Farm. In just his first season with the Cardinal, Tegen led the women's squad to its second national championship in the last three seasons and the men's squad to a second-straight sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Prior to coming to Stanford, Tegen spent 30 successful years coaching cross country and track and the University of Wisconsin. For his efforts both at Stanford and Wisconsin, Tegen was named the Outstanding NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Past 25 Years by the USTFCCCA last spring. Tegen is joined by first-year assistant coach David Vidal. A 2006 graduate, Vidal spent five years racing for the Cardinal and ranks among the best steeplechasers in school history.

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