NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships Post-Race Quotes

Nov. 10, 2001

Men's Team Champion
Stanford Head Coach Vin Lananna Quotes

'Our team ran well today. Our main goal coming into today's race was to do everything possible to advance to the NCAA Championships.'

'We have a very young team. I was glad to see our team rebound and finish strong.'

'We did a great job. Our team made a move in the middle like we planned, and I am happy with the outcome of our strategy. We wanted to try something new, and it worked out to our advantage.'

'Today's race was something for us to put together a strong lineup for the NCAA Championships. We did a very good job today, and hopefully it will carry over into next week.'

'Next week will be a challenge for our runners. The competition field will be very tough, and I hope that our team will walk away from the race somewhere in the top five.'

'We have a very young team. We have no seniors on our team. Our top four runners are sophomores, so I can see continued success from this group in the future.'

Women's Team Champion
Stanford Head Coach Vin Lananna Quotes

'Our girls ran real well today. They did a great job and worked well as a team to pack together and run a strong race as a team.'

'I'm proud of how competitive our team is. We run in a great conference and a great region, and that forces us to perform our best each time out.'

'[Tara] Chaplin is a great runner. None of our girls tried to out-run her. We tried to hold back, and just make a strong finish at the end.'

'Our main goal was not to go out and win individuals. We work as a team to advance to the next round as a team, and today we were successful.'

'The NCAA Championship will be a great race. There will be a lot of great teams, and I believe that we are one of them.

'Our goal next week is to run as well as we can, and hopefully things will come out our way.'

'The strategy the girls used in today's race was to get good position and finish strong down the stretch.'

Individual Men's Champion Quotes

Stanford's Don Sage
On his performance:
'Its never easy in a 10k. There were lots of good teams here. We wanted a good presence up front, and having teammates up front help me a lot.'

On the course:
'I liked it. It had no sharp turns, mostly gradual turns, also it was rather flat, which I like better.'

On his competition:
'We knew (Oregon's) Jason Hartmann would be up there, also UCSB had a good kid, along with Washington. There would be a lot of individuals up there. We wanted to stay relaxed and run the same we have all year.'

On the championships:
'I feel great about our team. Our coach has done a great job preparing us, and we're peaking at the right time. I feel good about our team in the NCAA championships.'

Individual Runner-up Quotes

Stanford's Grant Robison
On his finish:
'I am very happy with the race and with my finish. Our team ran really well today. We were just treating this like a qualifying race, trying to get some more people into the NCAA Championship meet.'

On the race:
'I ran pretty even throughout the whole race. I just tried to maintain my speed and hoped the other runners would get tired and fall back. Around the 7k mark was when our lead pack started breaking up. Sage took off in front, and that was when I started to get some distance between the rest of the pack and me.'

On running in a pack with his teammates:
'It was a fun time having all of us run in a pack throughout most of the race. We were able to control the pace of the race when we were up at the front. It was great having all of the fans being able to cheer for us because we were running together.'

Individual Women's Champion Quotes

Arizona's Tara Chaplin
On running at home:
'It's so awesome to run at home. For once the fans are cheering for us, not Arizona State or Stanford. It was great to have everyone on your side. Tucson loves the Wildcats, and now I have a feeling of how the basketball team feels.'

On running the course for first time in a meet:
'I didn't think I was going to like it. Since I had a chance to run the course in practice, I knew the tangents, and the other girls followed me, but it helped knowing the turns.'

On winning the Regional:
'This is really cool because, in the banquet before the national championships, the winners of the Regionals get to receive awards. That will be fun.'

On being former UA runner Amy Skieresz's successor:
'I've let that go. Nobody wins that many national titles.'

On the team's performance:
'Everyone ran solid. Abby Peters ran well -- it was really her first race because she was injured for most of the season.'

On running at the end of the season:
'I ran stronger every race. I'm not burned out and am looking forward to the national championship.'

Individual Women's Runner-up Quotes

Stanford's Lauren Fleshman
On the weather and course:
'It was a perfect day for running. The course was in great shape. They should hold the NCAA Championship meet here.'

On the fans:
'There were so many fans here cheering for everyone. That's the most fans I've ever seen at a cross country meet.'

On her performance:
'I was trying to put in a controlled effort. I tried to focus on doing some things differently and really tried to tie up the loose ends in my running.'

On the team performance:
'It was a great team performance, probably the best effort of the year by our team. We concentrated on really putting in a solid team performance, and I think we accomplished that. A few of us were able to run together in the front of the pack throughout the race. That's an advantage for us because we are able to motivate and communicate really well with each other throughout the race.'

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