Cardinal Contends For NCAA Titles
Nov. 15, 2006
COMING UP: After claiming first and second-place finishes at the NCAA West Region Championships last week in Portland, OR, the men's and women's cross country teams conclude the season at the NCAA Championships this Monday, November 20 in Terre Haute, IN. Indiana State University will host the event for the third-straight year on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, featuring the women's 6,000 meter championship race at 12:00 pm (EST) and the men's 10,000 meter championship race at 1:15 pm (EST). The top-ranked Cardinal women will look to capture a second-consecutive NCAA team title, while the sixth-ranked men will aim for a fifth men's championship. Regional champions Neftalem Araia and Arianna Lambie are favored to contend for national titles at this year's NCAA Championships.
ARAIA, LAMBIE CAPTURE REGIONAL TITLES: The Stanford men's and women's cross country squads continued to prove they are among the best squads in the country last weekend with first and second place finishes at the NCAA West Region Championships in Portland, OR. The Cardinal women posted a low score of 42 points to claim the regional title, followed by UC Santa Barbara in second with 72 points and Arizona State in third with 83 points. Ariana Lambie captured her second consecutive individual title on the 6,000 meter course to lead Katy Trotter (2), Amanda Trotter (4) and Lindsay Flacks (13) to top-15 finishes. Neftalem Araia captured the men's 10,000 meter race at Blue Lake Park to lead the Cardinal men to a runner-up performance at the Regional with 88 points to champion Oregon's 69 points. Host Portland trailed the Cardinal in third with 123 points. Araia captured his first Regional title in 30:05.8, followed by Forrest Tahdooahnippah (18) and Garrett Heath (19) with top-20 finishes.
WISCONSIN, COLORADO FAVORED IN MEN'S RACE: Top-ranked Wisconsin and second-ranked Colorado headline the men's competition at this year's NCAA Championships. The Badgers head to NCAA's having captured their fifth-straight Great Lakes Region championship last weekend with 52 points. Wisconsin aims to defend their 2005 NCAA title after placing Simon Bairu (1), Chris Solinsky (3) and Matt Withrow (7) in the top 10 finishers last season to score an impressive 37 points. Solinsky and Withrow return with this year's squad, in addition to three other participants from the 2005 NCAA meet. The Colorado men claimed the Mountain Region championship for the third-straight year last week, led by Billy Nelson's eighth-place finish to tally 59 points. The Buffaloes finished fifth at the 2005 NCAA Championships, posting 222 points with two runners in the top 30. Colorado returns five runners from that fifth-place squad.
RAZORBACK, WOLFPACK WOMEN CHALLENGE CARDINAL: Second-ranked Arkansas and third-ranked North Carolina State are anticipated to pose the greatest challenge to the Cardinal women on Monday. The Razorbacks captured their second-consecutive South Central Region title by 53 points last weekend, sweeping places four through eight at the event. Arkansas finished 19th at the 2005 NCAA Championships. They return four sophomores from last year's postseason squad and have gone undefeated so far this season. The young squad is furthered bolstered by freshman conference champion Brooke Upshaw. Third-ranked NC State claimed the Southeast Regional with 61 points, led by senior Julia Lucas' third-straight regional title. ACC Freshman of the Year Bona Jones was also fifth at the Regional. The Wolfpak finished 14th at last year's NCAA Championships, placing two runners in the top 75 finishers. NC State returns all five scorers from that meet.
LAMBIE NAMED USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Redshirt-junior Arianna Lambie was named the USA Track & Field athlete of the week on November 14 for her efforts at the 2006 NCAA West Region Championships. Lambie captured the individual title in 20:58.8 on the 6,000 meter course to lead her squad to a 30-point victory over UC Santa Barbara. The honor was Lambie's first of the year and second during her time at Stanford.
STANFORD WOMEN RANKED FIRST, MEN SIXTH: 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 2006 NCAA 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 sixth-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.
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.