Cross Country Prepares For Pre-NCAA Invitational, Bronco Invitational

Oct. 11, 2007

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Pre-NCAA Invitational - Saturday, October 13 (8:00 p.m. PT)
Bronco Invitational - Saturday, October 13 (9:45 p.m. PT)

Coming Up
After opening the regular season last weekend with a sweep at the Stanford Invitational, the Cardinal men's and women's cross country teams head to Terre Haute, Indiana for the Pre-NCAA Invitational this Saturday, October 13. The teams will compete on the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, home to the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 19. The men's 8,000 meter blue race will begin at 8:00 a.m. PT, followed by the men's 8,000 meter white race at 8:40 a.m. PT. The women begin competition with the 6,000 meter blue race at 9:20 a.m. PT, followed by the women's 6,000 meter white race at 9:55 a.m. PT, with two more open races rounding out the day's action. An amazing 26 out of the top 30 teams in the country will be competing in the meet this weekend. Also on Saturday, Stanford will be sending a men's and women's squad to the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park. The women's 5,000 meter invitational race begins at 9:45 am, followed by the men's 8,000 meter race.

Cardinal Sweeps Stanford Invitational
The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams swept the long courses at the 2007 Stanford Invitational. The men recorded a low score of 37 in the 8,000 meter race to defeat second place California who scored a 66. The women posted a low score of 27 to defeat second place Adams State with 78. The men had four runners finish in the top ten and seven runners earned top 30 finishes in the 8,000 meter race. Senior Neftalem Araia led the Cardinal runners with his fourth place finish in 23:40. With all five point scorers finishing in the top ten, the women ran away with the top spot as they posted a score of 27 in the 6,000 meter race. Senior Arianna Lambie picked up where she left off last season, taking the individual title in a time of 19:48 as she was the only runner in the race to break 20 minutes.

Stanford Women Ranked First, Men Fifth
Defending back-to-back national champion and top-ranked Stanford highlights the women's collegiate fields. In his second season last year, head coach Peter Tegen led the squad to victories in six out of seven races, including successfully defending their national title in Terre Haute, IN. The Cardinal returns All-Americans Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Lindsay Flacks, and Lauren Centrowitz. Returners Lindsay Allen, Shannon Bergstedt, Alicia Follmar, Katie Harrington, Mary Liz McCurdy, Kate Niehaus, Madeleine O'Meara, Kaylin Pennington, Anne St. Geme, and Kelsey Walker will bolster the talented squad, as well as newcomers Madeline Duhon, Alexandra Gits, Stephanie Marcy, and Anna Schuessler.

The Fifth-ranked Stanford men, who took fourth last year at the NCAA Championships, will look to continue their early season success. The program boasts four NCAA team titles and nine of the last eleven Pac-10 championships. The Cardinal will be led by three-time cross country All-American Araia, as well as All-Americans Russell Brown, Hakon DeVries, Michael Garcia, Garrett Heath, and Hari Mix. Stanford will enjoy another deep roster in 2007, strengthened by returners Steven Duplinsky, Jacob Evans, Eric Giddings, Alex Greenburg, Lauren Jespersen, Elliot Luscombe, Justin Marpole-Bird, John McGuire, Chris Mocko, Justin Reed, and Wes Walker, as well as talented newcomers Brendan Gregg, Thomas Gruenewald, Elliot Heath, Jacob Riley, and JT Sullivan.

Head Coach Peter Tegen
Head Coach Peter Tegen, regarded as one of the most highly respected middle distance coaches in the United States, begins his third season as the men's and women's middle distance and distance head coach. In only two years on The Farm, Tegen has coached Stanford distance runners to over 25 All-American performances, two national cross country titles, and an indoor DMR national title.During his second season at Stanford in 2006, Tegen led the Cardinal women to their second consecutive NCAA Championship, the fourth NCAA women's title in school history. The women's team also took first place finishes at the Pac 10 and NCAA West Regional races. The men's squad took home two runner-up finishes at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional and went on to claim a fourth-place trophy at the NCAA Championships. Tegen was named the `Peter Tegen Women's Coach of the Year', a national award that is now named in his honor.In 2005, during his first season at Stanford, Tegen led the Cardinal women to a national title and an undefeated season. He led the men to their sixth-straight Pac-10 title and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships. For his efforts both at Stanford and formerly at Wisconsin, Tegen was named the 2005 Outstanding NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Past 25 Years by the USTFCCCA.A native of the Dresden area in Germany, Tegen came to West Germany after WW II, received his undergraduate degree from the Deutsche Sporthochschule and University of Koln in 1965, and has graduate degrees in English and Sports Sciences from the University of Freiburg in 1973. Tegen has taught English and coached gymnastics and track in Germany, Africa and Latin America before coming to the University of Wisconsin in 1973.

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