Cardinal Sweep Stanford Invitational
Sept. 27, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Both the men's and women's cross country teams put on dominating displays as they handled competition at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday morning from the Stanford Golf Course. The men won their 8,000-meter race with just 39 points, while the women finished first in their 6,000-meter race with just 43 points.
The Cardinal were led by freshmen on both the men's and women's sides with Chris Derrick finishing third overall with a time of 24:18 to lead the men. For the women it was Laurynne Chetelat finishing fourth with a time of 21:14.
While the strong effort of Derrick led the men, he was supported by several veteran returners to easily outdistance No. 19 California who finished second with 87 points and No. 22 Arkansas who finished third with 103 points.
A pair of seniors, Garrett Heath and Hakon DeVries finished fifth and eighth respectively making Stanford the only school with three runners in the top-10. Heath, a seven-time All-American on the track, finished with a time of 24:25, while two-time All-American in track, DeVries finished with a time of 24:32.
Also running well was red-shirt freshman Jacob Riley who finished 13th with a time of 24:45 and ran with Gregg and the younger Heath throughout the race.
Scotty Bauhs of Chico State used a late surge to capture the individual crown with a time of 23:45. He passed Aron Rono of Azusa Pacific late in the race for the come-from-behind victory. Rono hung on for second with a time of 23:53.
While the women were led by Chetelat, it was the strong finishes of a pair of seniors and veterans of Stanford's national championship teams that came on over the last two kilometers to ensure the dominating Cardinal performance. The Cardinal easily outdistanced second place UC Davis who had 122 points.
Seniors Katie Harrington and Alicia Follmar both showed their experience on the Stanford Golf Course as they moved up throughout the race to finish fifth and seventh, respectively. Harrington crossed the line with a time of 21:19, while Follmar clocked a time of 21:22.
The individual winner of the women's race was Laura Olvera of UC Irvine who led from start to finish with a time of 20:42. Jacky Kipwambok of Azusa Pacific was second with a time of 20:50.
Stanford will next travel to Davis, Calif. next Saturday when they compete in the UC Davis Invitational on Oct. 4.