Men Take Second And Women Place Fifth At 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 19, 2001

Greenville, S.C. - The Stanford men finished second at the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships with 91 points, only one point behind the 90 points by men's NCAA team champion Colorado on Monday at the Furman Golf Course. The Cardinal women placed fifth with 202 points. BYU cruised to the women's title with 52 points as five Cougar runners placed in the Top 25. Eastern Michigan's Boaz Chboiywo won the men's 10000-meter race in a course-record of 28:47, while Arizona's Tara Chaplin captured the women's 6000-meter race also with a course-record time of 20:24.

'The Colorado men's team ran a great race and it was a great competition,' said Stanford Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Vin Lananna. 'It was a difficult challenge for us because we did not have the big firepower up front. What we needed to do was get into position relatively early, which we did. For a young group of runners, we certainly did a great job. It was interesting that the race ended up coming down to something going on in the back. It was a great meet.'

Stanford placed four of the first 21 runners, led by seventh-place Donald Sage (29:24) and 12th place Louis Luchini (29:41). Ian Dobson and Grant Robison finished 20th and 21st, respectively, both with times of 29:53. Seth Hejny closed out the team's scoring with a 43rd place finish (30:14). Ryan Hall (76th, 30:43) and Daniel Parris (108th, 31:04) also competed for the Cardinal.

Colorado's strength came primarily from a pair of runners in Jorge Torres (29:06) and Dathan Ritzenheim (29:11) that finished second and fourth, respectively. Ed Torres (29:47) placed 15th for the Buffaloes, while Steve Slattery (28th, 30:03) and Sean Smith (56th, 30:27) completed the scoring for Colorado.

'We've been right there year in and year out and we've never gotten over that hill,' said Torres. 'Today was our day and we got over the hill finally.'

The second-place finish for the men was Stanford's highest since 1998 and represented the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Cardinal has finished either first or second with NCAA titles in 1996 and 1997.

Lauren Fleshman was the top finisher for either Stanford team, placing third in the women's race with a time of 20:35. Alicia Craig was the next Cardinal runner with a 28th-place showing (21:18), followed by Erin Sullivan (52nd, 21:43), Laura Turner (87th, 22:00) and Sara Bei (89th, 22:01).

'I ran the best race I could on this day and that's what I always go out there to do,' said Fleshman. 'On this day, two people were able to run faster than I did, but I was happy with the way I ran.'

Stanford's other women's competitors included Mariel Ettinger (126th, 22:21) and Caroline Annis (155th, 22:36).

The fifth-place showing for the Cardinal women marked the sixth straight year the team has finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Championships.

Both Cardinal teams had previously been unbeaten this season as the women's squad entered the NCAA Championships as the nation's top-ranked team and the men's squad ranked second behind Colorado.

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