No. 1 Stanford Men And No. 2 Women Sweep Notre Dame Invitational

Oct. 4, 2002

Notre Dame, Ind. - The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women swept the team competition at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at Burke Memorial Golf Course. The Cardinal also had individual victories by Ryan Hall (24:10) in the men's 8000 meters and Sara Bei (16:48) in the women's 4000 meters. Hall and Bei both won individual races for the second time in six days after victories at the Stanford Invitational last Saturday. Bei won for the third time this season as she also shared an individual win at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener on August 31.

Both teams dominated the fields on Friday with the men scoring 33 points to easily outdistance second-place and No. 25 Michigan (80) and the women placing four of the top five runners for a mere 21 points with No. 18 Wisconsin finishing second at 67 points.

'Both of our teams did a great job,' said Stanford director of cross country/track and field Vin Lananna. 'We beat some good teams and excellent individuals in the both the men's and women's races. Ryan Hall looked awesome in winning the men's event, while the trio of Sara Bei, Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig took control of the women's race as a group at about 1000 meters and went on to sweep the top three individual spots.'

Donald Sage finished second behind Hall in the men's race (24:20) in his 2002 debut after placing seventh at the 2001 NCAA Championships as Stanford's top individual finisher. Louis Luchini also made his season debut with a fifth-place finish (24:30). Chris Emme (9th, 24:42) and Seth Hejny (16th, 24:54) closed out the Cardinal scoring. Neil Davis (17th, 24:58), Justin Romaniuk (20th, 25:06) and Robert Smitson (25th, 25:17) also competed for the Cardinal. Steve Loughlin took sixth place in the non-scored men's 8000 meter J.V. race with a time of 25:47.

Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig finished second and third respectively in the women's event, both with an official time of 16:49 and just one second behind Bei. Malindi Elmore (5th, 17:10) gave the Cardinal its fourth top five finisher while Anita Siraki closed out the Cardinal scoring in 10th place (17:54). Kristin Cohoon (25th, 18:16), Katie Hotchkiss (56th, 18:38) and Yfa Kretzschmar (75th, 18:52) also competed for Stanford.

Hillsdale College won the men's 8000 meter gold race with 75 points as team member Steve Larson won the individual title in 25:21. Ohio State won the women's 5000 meter gold race with 83 points. Jenni Goebel (Illinois-Chicago) won the event's individual championship with a time of 18:03. Stanford did not compete in either race. Luke Watson (Unattached) captured the J.V. men's 8000 meter race in 24:53, while the women's J.V. 5000 meter race was captured by Jessie Wilder of Purdue in 18:42.

Stanford will next be in action when the men's team travels to the Arizona State Invitational on Friday, October 11. The men's and women's teams will then both travel to the Pre-NCAA Meet at Indiana State on Saturday, October 19.

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