Cardinal Shines At Pac-10 Champs

Oct. 28, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's and women's cross country squads shined at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships held this morning on the Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal women claimed an 11th-straight conference title, led by redshirt-junior Arianna Lambie's second consecutive individual victory on the 6,000 meter course, to tally an impressive 22 points. Arizona State followed in second with 51 points and Washington was third with 96 points. The Cardinal men were narrowly edged out of a team victory by Oregon, posting 58 points to the Ducks' 53 points. Arizona rounded out the top three men's teams with 107 points on the 8,000 meter course.

The Cardinal women ran a dominant race from start to finish, setting an aggressive pace with a solid presence in the lead pack. The defending Pac-10 cross country champion, Lambie claimed a second title in 2006 with a time of 20:15.09. Stanford senior teammates Katy Trotter (20:18.31) and Amanda Trotter (20:18.37) followed closely behind in second and third place, while redshirt-junior Teresa McWalters completed the top-four sweep in 20:25.03. Arizona State's Cassie Rios rounded out the top five finishers in 20:38.65. Junior Lauren Centrowitz was the Cardinal's final scorer in 12th place (21:05.37), while sophomore Alicia Follmar finished 18th (21:20.95) and sophomore Mary Liz McCurdy was 23rd (21:28.93) for Stanford. Freshman Kate Niehaus was also 43rd in 22:04.51, and junior Lindsay Allen was 48th in 22:12.02.

'Today's race was a truly unique and powerful experience,' said Lambie. 'We ran four runners up front and more right with us. You could feel the Cardinal wall, and as the pace quickened you could tell that we were the strongest squad in the race.'

Despite strong performances throughout the lineup, the Cardinal men narrowly fell to Oregon by just five points. Individual champion Galen Rupp (23:03.12) led the Duck men to a 53-point finish and Oregon's first Pac-10 championship since 1995. Stanford followed closely behind with 58 points, led by redshirt-junior Neftalem Araia's third-place finish in 23:15.42. Arizona's defending individual champion Robert Cheseret was second in 23:10.96, while Arizona State's Aaron Aguayo was fourth (23:20.40) and Arizona's Obed Mutanya was fifth (23:23.37). Stanford senior Brett Gotcher logged a top-ten performance in eighth place (23:35.72), while senior teammates Jonathan Pierce (23:47.70) and Jacob Gomez (23:49.62) followed in 13th and 14th place, respectively. Redshirt-junior Forrest Tahdooahnippah was the Cardinal's final scorer in 20th (24:04.02) to bring home a Stanford pack also consisting of redshirt-sophomore Hakon DeVries (21st, 24:10.04) and redshirt-sophomore Garrett Heath (22nd, 24:13.14). Freshman Steven Duplinsky logged a 24th-place finish in 24:18.89, while sophomore John McGuire finished 33rd in 24:31.23. Redshirt-sophomore Hari Mix also finished 53rd in 25:02.03.

'In the women's race, I was surprised to see how well our team held on to the quick pace early,' said head coach Peter Tegen. 'It helped Arianna to have teammates right there with her. Our men's team went out aggressively and ran well today. Nef had a great race. He worked his way back to the front and finished strongly. The longer the race, the better for our guys. We look forward to the 10,000 meter races to come.'

Stanford returns to action on November 11 for the NCAA West Regional held in Portland Oregon.

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