Stanford Men Travel To Arizona State Invitational Friday

Oct. 7, 2002

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Friday, October 11 (Men's 8K - 5:15 pm, MST)
at Arizona State Invitational (Kiwanis Park - Tempe, AZ)

The top-ranked Stanford men's cross country team will compete at the Arizona State Invitational to be held at Kiwanis Park this Friday, October 11. Other top ranked men's teams scheduled to compete in the event are No. 5 Northern Arizona and No. 14 Arizona State. The women will be out of action until competing along with the men at the Pre-NCAA Meet hosted by Indiana State on Saturday, October 19.

The Stanford cross country men's and women's teams have been among the most successful in NCAA history. The men have placed fifth or higher at the NCAA Championships for seven consecutive years and won NCAA titles in 1996 and 1997. The women have been in the nation's top five for six consecutive years and won an NCAA championship in 1996. The men have also won the NCAA West Regional for six straight years and the Pac-10 Championships in five of the last six seasons. The women have won six straight Pac-10 titles and five of the last six West Regional crowns.

The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked Stanford women swept the team competition at the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday. The Cardinal also claimed both individual winners as Ryan Hall won the men's 8000 meters (24:10) and Sara Bei captured the women's 5000 meters (16:48). Hall and Bei both won for the second consecutive week after also claiming individual victories at the Stanford Invitational on September 28. Bei has now tasted victory in all three of her races this season, including a co-individual title at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener on August 31.

The men scored 33 points to easily outdistance second place Michigan (80) points. Donald Sage supported Hall with a second place finish in a time of 24:20 in his 2002 debut. Chris Emme (9th, 24:42) also had a top 10 finish, while Seth Hejny (16th, 24:54) and Neil Davis (17th, 24:58) completed Stanford's scoring. Justin Romaniuk (20th, 25:06) and Robert Smitson (25th, 25:17) also competed for the Cardinal.

The women dominated their race with 21 points. Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig finished second and third, both just one second behind Bei in a time of 16:49. Malindi Elmore was fifth in 17:10, while Anita Siraki's 10th place finish in 17:54 completed the Cardinal scoring. Kristin Cohoon (25th, 18:16), Katie Hotchkiss (56th, 18:38) and Yfa Kretzschmar (75th, 18:52) also competed for the Cardinal.

The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation this week. Ryan Hall has won both of his races this year with victories at the Stanford Invitational in the 4000 meter race and the 8000 meter competition at the Notre Dame Invitational. Returning All-Americans Donald Sage and Louis Luchini both made their 2002 debuts at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing second and fifth. Stanford has a total of four All-Americans returning from last year's squad. Two other 2001 All-Americans, Grant Robison and Ian Dobson, have not competed yet for the Cardinal this season. Adam Tenforde won his first individual title at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, covering 8000 meters in 24:44.40. Stanford finished second at the NCAA Championships last year.

The Stanford women's squad remained at No. 2 behind defending NCAA champion Brigham Young in the national rankings this week. The Cardinal has swept all three of its team competitions this year, while Sara Bei has won three consecutive races (includes a co-win at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener) and Lauren Fleshman has a pair of second place finishes at the Stanford Invitational in the 4000 meter race and the Notre Dame Invitational. Fleshman, a three-time All-American, finished third at the NCAA Championships last year. Returning All-American Alicia Craig had a co-victory with Bei in the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener before finishing second and third respectively at the Stanford Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational. Malindi Elmore also has three top five finishes (3rd - Cal State Fullerton Season Opener; 4th - Stanford Invitational 4000 meters; 5th - Notre Dame Invitational). Erin Sullivan was an All-American as a freshman in 1999. Stanford finished fifth at the NCAA Championships last year.

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