Cross Country Gears Up For Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 25, 2007
After competing at the Pre-NCAA Invitational and the Bronco Invitational onOctober 13, the Cardinal is now set to take on conference foes at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, October 27 in Corvallis, Ore. The men will be first to line up as their race begins at 9:30 a.m., while the women's race is schedule for a 10:30 a.m. start. The men's course will cover 8,000 meters at Trysting Tree Golf Course, while the women will run a course of 6,000 meters. The terrain for both the men's course and women's course will be run over grass, with short sections run on dirt service road.
The Fifteenth-ranked Stanford men, who took fourth last year at the NCAAChampionships, will look to regain their conference title that Oregon captured last season. 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 Neftalem 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.
Defending back-to-back national champion and top-ranked Stanford will belooking for its 12th straight conference title. 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 Arianna 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.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal men grabbed a sixth place finish as they posted 264 team points, while UTEP captured the team title with 129 points. Stanford was led by Brown who posted a time of 23:37 to earn an 11th place finish. Mix was the next Cardinal to cross the line as he finished 23rd with a time of 23:47.
The Stanford women captured the team title with 102 points, while Florida State was the runner-up with 123 points. McWalters led the way for the Cardinal women as she earned a second place finish in a time of 20:01, followed right behind by teammate Lambie who finished in a time of 20:02 to claim third place.
The Stanford men combined for a total of 170 points and a sixth place finish in the invitational race. Long Beach State took home the top spot with 85 points. Senior Jespersen led the Cardinal men as he posted a fourth place finish in a time of 24:51, while senior Mocko was the second Stanford runner to finish in 21st place with a time of 25:23.
On the women's side, the Cardinal earned a 12th place finish with 208 points, while Sacramento State won the team title with 25 points. Junior O'Meara led the Stanford charge with a 22nd place finish and a time of 17:58, while senior Flacks was the second Cardinal runner to cross the line in 63rd place with a time of 18:44.
2006 Pac-10 Championships In Review
Oregon captured its 14th Pac-10 title, and first since 1995 with a narrow five-point margin of victory over defending league champion Stanford. With the win, the Ducks snapped Stanford's streak of six straight league titles. Oregon's Galen Rupp knocked off two-time defending champion Arizona's Robert Cheseret for individual honors with a clocking of 23:03. Rupp went on to place fourth at the West Region in leading the Ducks to the West Region title. For his efforts, he was named the 2006 Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Freshman teammate Diego Mercado was the Pac-10's highest placing freshman in the league championships, finishing ninth (23:38). At the NCAA's, Stanford was the Pac-10's top finishing squad with a fourth-place showing. One point behind the Cardinal in a tie for fifth was Oregon. Oregon's Vin Lananna was tabbed the Pac-10 Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. It's the sixth time he has earned the honor with the previous five times coming as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford successfully defended its NCAA title with a 28-point margin of victory, giving the Cardinal their fourth national title overall. Along the way, the Cardinal captured their 11th consecutive Pac-10 title, and 13th overall, with a Pac-10 record-tying 22 points, equaling the low point total set by Stanford in 2003. Stanford took top honors at the NCAA West Region as well. Stanford's Lambie defended her Pac-10 individual crown with a clocking of 20:15 on her home course, then captured top honors at the West Region, followed by a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. For her efforts, she was named the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Arizona State's Ali Kielty was the league's top finishing freshman at the Pac-10 Championships where she placed 13th (21:10) and was named the Pac-10 Women's Newcomer of the Year. In guiding the Cardinal to the NCAA title, Stanford's Tegen was named the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. He was also recognized nationally by being named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association Coach of the Year. The Association paid tribute to Tegen by naming the annual award in his honor.
Stanford will be back in action on Saturday, November 10 as they travel to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the NCAA West Regional. The NCAA Championships will be held on Monday, November 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.
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