Cardinal Heads To Portland For NCAA West Regional

Nov. 8, 2006

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COMING UP: After claiming first and second-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships on the Stanford Golf Course, the Cardinal men's and women's cross country teams now head off to Portland, OR for the 2006 NCAA West Region Championships. The University of Portland hosts the West Regional this Saturday, November 11 at Blue Lake Park, with the women's 6,000 meter race beginning at 11:00 am and the men's 10,000 meter race starting at 12:15 pm. The Stanford women look to defend their seven-straight West Region titles, while the men's squad aims to collect an 11th Regional championship after finishing second last season. Defending individual champion Arianna Lambie will also look to earn her third race title of the year on Saturday.

CARDINAL SHINES AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Cardinal men's and women's cross country teams responded well to hosting the 2006 Pac-10 Championships at the Stanford Golf Course on October 28, collecting the women's title and a runner-up performance by the men. On the women's side, redshirt-junior Arianna Lambie earned a second consecutive conference victory in 20:15, pacing a pack of Cardinal runners that swept the top four places. Seniors Katy Trotter and Amanda Trotter, as well as redshirt-junior Teresa McWalters, all finished under 20:25 to help Stanford capture its 11th-straight women's Pac-10 championship with an impressive 22 points. Arizona State followed in second with 51 points, while Washington was third with 96 points. Redshirt-junior Neftalem Araia led the Cardinal men with a third-place performance in 23:15 on the 8,000 meter course. Senior Brett Gotcher logged a top-ten performance in eighth, while fellow seniors Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Gomez finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Stanford's final scorer, redshirt-junior Forrest Tahdooahnippah finished 20th. Despite strong performances throughout the squad, the Cardinal men narrowly fell to Oregon, 53-58. Arizona followed with 107 points for third place. Nine Stanford runners in all earned All-Pac-10 honors.

OREGON, PORTLAND MEN HIGHLIGHT COMPETITION: The sixth-ranked Oregon men and ninth-ranked Portland men represent the toughest competition for the Cardinal at this year's NCAA West Region Championships. The Ducks rallied two weeks ago to win their first Pac-10 championship since 1995, edging Stanford by just five points. Three-time All-American Galen Rupp captured the individual conference title to guide his squad. Oregon finished sixth at last year's Regional, but will gain confidence from three top-ten finishes at the conference championships. Host Portland enters this weekend's Regional after winning a 28th-straight West Coast Conference championship on October 28. Sophomore Mike Quackenbush captured the individual title, followed by teammates Tommy Betterbed and Steven Ault with top-ten finishes. The Pilots will look to improve upon last year's fourth-place team finish on their home course.

GAUCHO, SUN DEVIL WOMEN CHALLENGE CARD: Seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara and eighth-ranked Arizona State pose the biggest challenge to the Stanford women at this weekend's NCAA West Region Championships. The Gaucho women captured the Big West title on October 29, placing six runners in the top ten finishers. After claiming the individual conference title in 21:07, senior Lauren Christman and the rest of the UCSB squad look to improve upon last year's 15th-place finish at the West Regional. A familiar conference foe, the Sun Devil women finished second behind the Cardinal at the October 28 Pac-10 Championships. Three Arizona State runners logged top-10 finishes at the event, including Cassie Rios, Brooke Bennett and All-American Jenna Kingma. The Sun Devil women took runner-up honors to the Cardinal at last year's West Regional held at Stanford.

STANFORD WOMEN RANKED FIRST, MEN FIFTH: 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 NCAA West Region Championships. 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.

The seventh-ranked Stanford men continue to be one of the teams to beat in 2006 after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships last season for the second year in a row. With only one loss from the 2005 squad, the Cardinal is 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.

UP NEXT: Qualifying teams will conclude the season at the 2006 NCAA Championships on Monday, November 20 in Terre Haute, IN. The women's 6,000 meter race will begin at 12:00 pm, followed by the men's 10,000 meter race at 1:15 pm at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

HEAD COACH Peter Tegen: Head men's and women's cross country coach Peter Tegen is in his second season on The Farm. In just his first year with the Cardinal, Tegen led the women's team 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 at 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.

2005 POSTSEASON IN REVIEW: Stanford Cross Country looks to continue a legacy of postseason dominance, manifested in dual Pac-10 championships and a women's NCAA championship last season. The Cardinal women captured their third national title in school history and second championship in the last three years, while the men finished sixth in the team standings for a second-straight season. At the 2005 NCAA West Regional, the women posted a low score of 24 points to secure the team win. The men were narrowly edged by a talented Arizona team for second place. 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.

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