Stanford Off For A Week Prior To Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 24, 2002

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Saturday, November 2
Women's 6K - 9:30 am, PST; Men's 8K - 10:30 am, PST
at Pac-10 Championships (Brookside Golf Course - Pasadena, CA)

The top-ranked Stanford men's cross country team and the second-ranked women's squad will be off this weekend before beginning the post-season portion of its schedule at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, November 2. The event will be hosted by UCLA at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California.

The men's and women's squads both captured team titles at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. The Cardinal also had both individual winners with Lauren Fleshman taking the women's 6000 meter crown (20:08.1) and Grant Robison capturing the men's 8000 meter title (24:04.0, 8000 meters). The women scored 27 points and finished comfortably ahead of second-place Arizona (64). Stanford placed three other runners in the Top 10 with Sara Bei (2nd, 20:17.4) leading the way, followed by Alicia Craig (5th, 20:56.0) and Mariel Ettinger (8th, 21:09.7). The men's squad won the team title with 28 points as Arizona State (75) was its closest competitor. Donald Sage (3rd, 24:11.4), Ian Dobson (5th, 24:26.3) and Daniel Parris (7th, 24:35.8) joined Robison in the Top 10.

The Stanford men's and women's teams have dominated the Pac-10 Championships in recent years. The women's squad has won the event for six straight years and in eight of the last nine seasons since 1993. The women also won four straight conference titles from 1982-85, the first three WCAA and the fourth a Pac-West championship. The men's squad has won the Pac-10 Championships in five of the last six seasons. The men also won a conference title in 1985.

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, while the women have won five of the last six West Regional crowns.

The top-ranked men and second-ranked women swept their respective races at the 2002 Pre-NCAA Meet hosted by Indiana State on October 19 at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. Second-place individual finishes by Grant Robison (23:46.1) in the men's 8000 meter blue race and Alicia Craig (20:02.8) in the women's 6000 meter white race highlighted Stanford's individual efforts. Robison, an All-American last season, was making his 2002 debut.

The meet was split into a total of six races, three on both the men's and women's sides. All events were 8000 meters for the men and 6000 meters for the women. Colorado (white) and Central Michigan (open) won the other two men's races. On the women's side, top-ranked Brigham Young swept the women's blue and open races.

Individual winners in the men's events were Brigham Young's Kip Kangoigo (23:45.9) in the blue race, Colorado's Jorge Torres (23:34.8) in the white race and Montana's Antony Ford (24:29.3) in the open event. On the women's side, individual winners were Florida State's Vicki Gill (19:54.8) in the white race, North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan (19:56.5) in blue race and Rutgers' Julie Culley (20:55.7) in the open event.

The Stanford men scored 27 points. Ian Dobson, also making his 2002 debut, finished third in a time of 23:49.0 to lead four other Cardinal runners in the top 10. Donald Sage was sixth in 24:02.0, followed by Louis Luchini (7th, 24:02.3) and Peter Meindl (9th, 24:06.7). Adam Tenforde (14th, 24:16.2) and Robert Smitson (30th, 24:43.3) also competed for the Cardinal. Neil Davis (3rd, 24:39.8) and Justin Romaniuk (6th, 24:59.4) ran in the men's open race.

The Stanford women picked up 57 points. Sara Bei (3rd, 20:12.4), Lauren Fleshman (4th, 20:12.5) and Malindi Elmore (9th, 20:29.1) joined Craig in the top 10. Jeane Goff (39th, 21:21.8) completed Stanford's scoring, while Erin Sullivan (82nd, 21:53.9) and Anita Siraki (97th, 22:01.2) also competed for the Cardinal. Kristin Cohoon (42nd, 22:24.4) ran in the women's open race.

Stanford Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Vin Lananna is in his 11th season on The Farm. A three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, Lananna has led Stanford's cross country teams to three NCAA titles. The Stanford men and women swept NCAA titles in 1996 before the men repeated in 1997. The teams have also been consistent at the national level as both have finished at least in the top five for each of the last six years at the NCAA Championships. Lananna has also led the Cardinal men to six straight NCAA West Regional titles and five of the last six Pac-10 crowns. The women have won six straight Pac-10 titles under Lananna and five of the last six NCAA West Regional championships. Lananna has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors nine times, five on the women's side and four on the men's. He has also been named a NCAA Regional Coach of the Year 11 times, eight at Stanford and three during his previous coaching tenure at Dartmouth.

'All of our athletes on both the men's and women's teams did a great job. Our major objective was to race on this course in preparation for the NCAA Championships here in November, but it was nice to get a couple of team victories also. We ran aggressively and competitively, and accomplished our mission.'

The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation for a sixth consecutive week in the latest edition of the regular season national poll released October 22 after capturing the blue race at the Pre-NCAA Meet on October 19. Grant Robison and Ian Dobson, both All-Americans in 2001, made their 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. Sage then was sixth and Luchini seventh at the Pre-NCAA Meet, while freshman Peter Meindl finished ninth in his collegiate debut. Stanford has a total of four All-Americans returning from last year's squad. Adam Tenforde and Andrew Hill have both won their first individual titles this season. Tenforde captured the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, covering 8000 meters in 24:44.40. Hill won the Arizona State Invitational with a time of 24:14 over 8000 meters.

The Stanford women's squad remained at No. 2 behind defending NCAA champion Brigham Young in the national rankings for a fourth straight week in the latest poll released October 21. Stanford won its fifth straight race this season with a team victory in the white race at the Pre-NCAA Meet, while Brigham Young won both the blue and open events. Sara Bei won three consecutive races (includes a co-win at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener) to open the year before finishing third at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Returning All-American Alicia Craig has four top three finishes. Craig was Stanford's top runner with a second-place finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet. She also had a co-victory with Bei in the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener before finishing second and third respectively at the Stanford Invitational 6000 meters and Notre Dame Invitational. Lauren Fleshman, a three-time All-American and the team's top finisher at the NCAA Championships last year, has a pair of second place finishes at the Stanford Invitational in the 4000 meter race and the Notre Dame Invitational. Fleshman also finished fourth at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Malindi Elmore has returned after redshirting last season with four top 10 finishes. Elmore was third at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, fourth at the Stanford Invitational 4000 meters, fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational and ninth at the Pre-NCAA Meet.

1. Stanford, 2. Arkansas, 3. Colorado, 4. Northern Arizona, 5. Oregon, 6. Iona, 7. Eastern Michigan, 8. Central Michigan, 9. Weber State, 10. Brigham Young, 11. Wisconsin, 12. Michigan, 13. Georgetown, 14. Colorado State, 15. Minnesota, 16. Villanova, 17. Providence, 18. Indiana, 19. Butler, 20. Ohio State, 21. North Carolina State, 22. Montana State, 23. Michigan State, 24. Dartmouth, 25. Arizona State, 26. Alabama, 27. Oklahoma State, 28. Utah State, 29. Iowa, 30. LaSalle.

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