Stanford To Compete At NCAA Championships Monday
Nov. 21, 2002
THIS WEEK'S STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Monday, November 25
Women's 6K - 12 pm, ET; Men's 10K - 1:15 pm, ET)
at NCAA Championships
LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course - Terre Haute, IN)
THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women will compete at the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 25. The women's 6000 meter race will begin at 12 pm with the men's 10000 meter event to follow at 1:15 pm. The event will be hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford men's and women's teams are both among the favorites to win titles at this year's NCAA Championships. Top flight competition on the men's side is expected to come from other top five teams in Arkansas, Wisconsin, Northern Arizona and defending national champion Colorado. On the women's side, top-ranked Brigham Young will be looking to defend its national title. Colorado, Wake Forest and Notre Dame round out the nation's top five. Both the men's and women's fields will consist of 31 teams and 255 individuals.
Stanford has several athletes with an opportunity to contend for individual titles in both the men's and women's races. Donald Sage and Grant Robison are coming off NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 wins on the men's side. Sage's seventh-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships was Stanford's top showing. On the women's side, Lauren Fleshman was Stanford's top NCAA finisher last year with a third-place effort. Alicia Craig and Sara Bei have been winners at this year's NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 Championships.
STANFORD'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Stanford cross country men's and women's teams have been among the most successful in NCAA Championships 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 finished among the nation's top five for six consecutive years and won an NCAA championship in 1996.
STANFORD AT THE 2001 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Last year, the Stanford men finished second by a single point to NCAA champion Colorado in the closest race in the history of the event and the Cardinal women finished fifth in Greenville, South Carolina.
Donald Sage (7th, 29:24) was Stanford's top finisher on the men's side, followed by Louis Luchini (12th, 29:41), Ian Dobson (20th, 29:53), Grant Robison (21st, 29:53), Seth Hejny (43rd, 30:14), Ryan Hall (76th, 30:43) and Daniel Parris (108th, 31:04).
The Cardinal women finished fifth. Lauren Fleshman (3rd, 20:35) was Stanford's top finisher, followed by Alicia Craig (28th, 21:18), Erin Sullivan (52nd, 21:43), Laura Turner (87th, 22:00), Sara Bei (89th, 22:01), Mariel Ettinger (126th, 22:21) and Caroline Annis (155th, 22:36).
RECAPPING RECENT ACTION: STANFORD SWEEPS 2002 NCAA WEST REGIONAL
The Stanford men and women swept the 2002 NCAA West Regional held at the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday, November 16. The men won their eighth consecutive NCAA Regional, while the women won the event for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Cardinal also had both individual winners. Donald Sage defended his NCAA West Regional title by covering 10,000 meters in 30:13, while Alicia Craig captured her second race of the season with a course record time of 20:39 in the women's 6000 meter race.
The Stanford men scored 21 points, well ahead of second-place Oregon (43 points). Stanford placed six of the top 10 runners as Ian Dobson (3rd, 30:21), Adam Tenforde (4th, 30:32), Louis Luchini (5th, 30:32), Neil Davis (8th, 30:41) and Ryan Hall (9th, 30:41) joined Sage. Robert Smitson (38th, 31:58) also competed for the Cardinal.
The Stanford women picked up 24 points, easily ahead of second-place Arizona State (70). Lauren Fleshman (3rd, 20:54), Malindi Elmore (4th, 21:07) and Sara Bei (5th, 21:08) supported Craig to give Stanford four of the top five runners. Jeane Goff (11th, 21:51) closed out the Cardinal scoring, while Anita Siraki (17th, 22:02) and Erin Sullivan (25th, 22:17) also competed.
STANFORD DIRECTOR OF TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY VIN LANANNA
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 in the top five for each of the last six years at the NCAA Championships. Lananna has also led the Cardinal men to eight straight NCAA West Regional titles and six of the last seven Pac-10 crowns. The women have won seven straight Pac-10 titles under Lananna and six of the last seven 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 an NCAA Regional Coach of the Year on 11 occasions, eight at Stanford and three during his previous coaching tenure at Dartmouth.
VIN LANANNA QUOTES
On the NCAA Cross Country Championships
'The NCAA Championships is a special meet because it brings together all the distance and middle distance runners in one place and one time. It's a wonderful way to be able to measure different athletes from different disciplines all together and get a true distance champion.
On the 2002 men's NCAA race
'Our team is excited and pumped up to the appropriate level. They're poised and excited about the challenge. We went into this season all about team and everyone has bought into that, myself included.'
On the 2002 women's NCAA race
'Brigham Young has a tremendous team and poses quite a challenge. They have depth and frontrunners. But, that's why they run the race, and we are going to put ourselves in the best position possible. We have some real strength in our firepower up front and the rest of the lineup has been coming on.'
On the 2002 NCAA West Regionals
'We wanted to get the job done and qualify for the NCAA Championships. We accomplished that goal and are looking forward to the upcoming national competition.'
MEN'S TEAM UPDATE
The Stanford men's team remained No. 1 in the nation for an eighth consecutive poll in the final regular season national rankings released November 19 after cruising to a victory in the NCAA West Regional. The Cardinal has won seven of its eight races this season. Donald Sage saved his first win of the season for the event to defend his 2001 NCAA West Regional title, covering the first 10,000 meter race of the season in 30:13. Sage also has a second-place showing at the Notre Dame Invitational and a third-place effort at the Pac-10 Championships. Grant Robison sat out the NCAA West Regional but two weeks earlier had won his second consecutive Pac-10 title in 23:27 (8000 meters). Ian Dobson has also had three straight outstanding efforts in his only three meets of the season with a third-place showing at the NCAA West Regional, a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a third-place effort at the Pre-NCAA Meet Blue race. Robison finished second at the Pre-NCAA Meet Blue race in his season debut. Ryan Hall has won a pair of races for the Cardinal this year at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters, 11:49) and the Notre Dame Invitational (8000 meters, 24:10). Louis Luchini has a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Notre Dame Invitational and the NCAA West Regional. Sage also finished third at the Pac-10 Championships. 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. Tenforde was also fourth at the NCAA West Regional. Freshman Peter Meindl has a pair of ninth-place finishes at the Pre-NCAA Meet and Pac-10 Championships.
WOMEN'S TEAM UPDATE
The unbeaten Stanford women's squad remained ranked No. 2 behind defending NCAA champion Brigham Young for a fifth straight poll in the latest national rankings released November 4. In its most recent action, Stanford won its seventh straight Pac-10 title and its sixth consecutive race this season by dominating the Pac-10 Championships. Sara Bei won for the fourth time this season at the Pac-10 Championships, covering the 6000 meter course in 19:48. Bei had started the season by winning three consecutive races at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener (17:01.70, 5000 meters, co-win), Stanford Invitational (20:02, 6000 meters) and the Notre Dame Invitational (16:48, 5000 meters) before finishing third at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Lauren Fleshman, a three-time All-American and the team's top finisher at the NCAA Championships last year with a third-place showing, has three second-place finishes this season at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters), Notre Dame Invitational and Pac-10 Championships. Fleshman also finished fourth at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Returning All-American Alicia Craig has four top five finishes. Craig was Stanford's top runner with a second-place finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet and finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships. She also had a co-victory with Bei in the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener (17:01.70, 5000 meters, co-win) before finishing second and third respectively at the Stanford Invitational (6000 meters) and Notre Dame Invitational. Malindi Elmore has returned with five top 10 finishes after redshirting last season. Elmore was third at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener, fourth at the Stanford Invitational (4000 meters), fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and Notre Dame Invitational, and ninth at the Pre-NCAA Meet. Erin Sullivan, an All-American as a freshman in 1999, had a strong showing at the Pac-10 Championships by scoring for the Cardinal with an 11th-place finish.
CURRENT 2002 MONDO MEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL (RELEASED NOVEMBER 19, 2002)
1. Stanford, 2. Arkansas, 3. Wisconsin, 4. Northern Arizona, 5. Colorado, 6. Oregon, 7. Eastern Michigan, 8. Iona, 9. Villanova, 10. Brigham Young, 11. Central Michigan, 12. Providence, 13. Georgetown, 14. Weber State, 15. Indiana, 16. Montana State, 17. Ohio State, 18. North Carolina State, 19. Michigan, 20. SMU, 21. Colorado State, 22. Butler, 23. Dartmouth, 24. Iowa, 25. William & Mary, 26. Cal Poly, 27. Minnesota, 28. Michigan State, 29T. Alabama, 29T. Tennessee.
CURRENT 2002 FINISH LYNX WOMEN'S NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY POLL (RELEASED NOVEMBER 18, 2002)
1. Brigham Young, 2. Stanford, 3. Colorado, 4. Wake Forest, 5. Notre Dame, 6. North Carolina State, 7. Georgetown, 8. Arkansas, 9. Columbia, 10. Northern Arizona, 11. Virginia, 12. Providence, 13. Villanova, 14. Duke, 15. Michigan, 16. Missouri, 17. Arizona State, 18. North Carolina, 19. Michigan State, 20. Indiana, 21. UCLA, 22. Penn State, 23. William & Mary, 24. Washington, 25. Ball State, 26. Boston College, 27. Texas, 28. Colorado State, 29. Wisconsin, 30. Northwestern.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S FIELD (31 TEAMS)
Alabama, Arkansas, Brigham Young, Butler, Central Michigan, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Indiana, Iona, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Montana State, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Providence, SMU, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Villanova, William & Mary, Weber State, Wisconsin
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN'S FIELD (31 TEAMS)
Arizona State, Arkansas, Ball State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Columbia, Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Providence, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington, William & Mary, Wisconsin
2002 RACE RECAPS
NCAA WEST REGIONAL (NOVEMBER 16)
The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women both rolled to victories at the NCAA West Regional. The victories earned both Cardinal teams automatic berths in the NCAA Championships. The men have won eight straight NCAA West Regional team titles, while the women have won the event six of the last seven years. Stanford also had both individual champions as Donald Sage defended his 2001 NCAA West Regional men's title, covering 10000 meters in 30:13. Alicia Craig, the fourth-place finisher at the 2001 NCAA West Regional, won for the second time this season by breaking the 6000 meter course record in a time of 20:39. Sage's victory marked the third straight year a Stanford runner has won the men's individual title, while Craig's win was the second time in the last four seasons that Stanford has won the women's individual championship. The Stanford men totaled 21 points, finishing comfortably ahead of second-place Oregon (43). Ian Dobson (3rd, 30:21), Adam Tenforde (4th, 30:32), Louis Luchini (5th, 30:32) and Neil Davis (8th, 30:41) finished Stanford's scoring effort. Ryan Hall (9th, 30:41) had a top 10 finish, while Robert Smitson (38th, 31:58) also competed for the Cardinal. The Cardinal women scored 24 points, easily finishing ahead of second-place Arizona State (70). Lauren Fleshman (3rd, 20:54), Malindi Elmore (4th, 21:07) and Sara Bei (5th, 21:08) gave Stanford four of the top five runners. Jeane Goff (11th, 21:51) finished Stanford's scoring, while Anita Siraki (17th, 22:02) and Erin Sullivan (25th, 22:17) also competed for the Cardinal.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS (NOVEMBER 2)
The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women dominated the Pac-10 Championships. The men have won the Pac-10 title for six of the last seven years, while the women have won seven straight and nine of the last 10 conference titles. The Cardinal also had both individual Pac-10 winners. Grant Robison defended his conference title by covering the 8000 meter course in 23:27, while Sara Bei won for the fourth time this season with a time of 19:48 in the women's 6000 meter race. The Stanford men cruised to a victory with just 19 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Oregon (51 points). Stanford runners took seven of the top nine spots, including the top three. Ian Dobson finished three seconds behind Robison in second-place with a time of 23:30, while Donald Sage (23:36) finished third. Adam Tenforde (6th, 23:51) and Neil Davis (7th, 23:58) finished the Cardinal scoring, while Ryan Hall (8th, 24:00) and Peter Meindl (9th, 24:00) had top 10 finishes. Justin Romaniuk (11th, 24:08), Robert Smitson (15th, 24:24) and Andrew Hill (32nd, 25:07) also competed for the Cardinal. The Stanford women picked up 23 points and finished comfortably ahead of second-place Arizona State (59 points). Lauren Fleshman (19:50) raced Bei to the finish and placed second, two seconds behind her teammate. Alicia Craig (4th, 20:10) and Malindi Elmore (5th) also had top five finishes, while Erin Sullivan (11th, 21:14) completed Stanford's scoring. Jeane Goff (18th, 21:24), Katie Hotchkiss (26th, 21:31), Anita Siraki (33rd, 22:04), Kristin Cohoon (49th, 22:41) and Yfa Kretzschmar (64th, 23:29) also competed for the Cardinal. Five additional members of the Stanford men's team also competed in a combined men's (8000 meters) and women's (6000 meters) open race won by Carmen Martinez (20:43) of Track West. Evan Fox was Stanford's top finisher, placing 28th overall with a time of 24:54. Fox was followed by Sean Knapp (33rd, 25:11), Philip West (35th, 25:26), David Stillman (40th, 25:45) and Steve Loughlin (52nd, 26:31).
PRE-NCAA MEET (OCTOBER 19)
The top-ranked Stanford men and second-ranked women swept their respective races at the 2002 Pre-NCAA Meet. 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. Brigham Young's Kip Kangogo (23:45.9) edged Robison by two-tenths of a second to win the men's blue race, while Florida State's Vicky Gill captured the women's white race in 19:54.8. 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. Other individual winners in the men's events were Colorado's Jorge Torres (23:34.8) in the white race and Montana's Antony Ford (24:29.3) in the open event. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan (19:56.5) won the women's blue race, while Rutgers' Julie Culley (20:55.7) captured the open event. The Stanford men scored 27 points to easily outdistance second-place Northern Arizona (92). Ian Dobson, also making his 2002 debut along with Robison, 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. Stanford's Neil Davis (3rd, 24:39.8) and Justin Romaniuk (6th, 24:59.4) ran as individuals in the men's open race. The Stanford women picked up 57 points for a comfortable victory over second-place Wake Forest (165). 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. Stanford's Kristin Cohoon (42nd, 22:24.4) ran as an individual in the women's open race.
ARIZONA STATE INVITATIONAL (OCTOBER 11)
The top-ranked Stanford men's team rolled to a victory at the Arizona State Invitational. Andrew Hill won the individual competition by covering the 8000 meter course in 24:14 to lead the Cardinal effort. The Cardinal finished with 27 points and finished 17 points ahead of second place Arizona (44 points). Stanford placed two other runners in the top 10 as Steve Loughlin (24:47) finished seventh and Sean Knapp (24:50) placed eighth. Evan Fox (12th, 24:58) and Isaac Hawkins (14th, 25:06) completed the scoring for the Cardinal. Philip West (15th, 25:23) and David Stillman (31th, 26:04) also competed for Stanford. Top-ranked Brigham Young won the women's 5000 meter race by scoring the minimum number of 15 points. BYU's Kristin Ogden won the event in 17:37. The second-ranked Stanford women's team did not compete.
STANFORD INVITATIONAL (SEPTEMBER 28)
The No. 3 Stanford women's team won a pair of races and the top-ranked men's squad captured the 4000 meter team title at the 2002 Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal also had a pair of individual winners with Sara Bei winning the 6000 meter women's race in 20:02 and Ryan Hall taking the men's 4000 meters with a time of 11:49. The Stanford men finished third in the men's 8000 meter team competition as the Cardinal split its squad and did not compete with any of members of its freshmen class. New Mexico won the men's 8000 meter team competition with 61 points. The other two collegiate individual winners were Ian Dobson running unattached in the men's 8000 meters (23:27) and Emile Mondo of Simon Fraser capturing the women's 4000 meters (13:32). The Stanford women won the 6000 meter race with 50 points. Bei was joined in the top 10 by Alicia Craig (2nd, 20:09) and Erin Sullivan (10th, 21:19). Others scoring for the Cardinal included Anita Siraki (12th, 21:30) and Kristin Cohoon (30th, 22:10). In the 4000 meter women's competition, Stanford scored 75 points. Lauren Fleshman was Stanford's top individual finisher with a second place showing in a time of 13:48. Malindi Elmore (4th, 13:56), Katie Hotchkiss (15th, 14:54), Yfa Kretzschmar (22nd, 15:10) and Rachel Urbina (43rd, 15:48) finished Stanford's scoring. The Stanford men had 21 points in the squad's 4000 meter team victory. Hall was joined by Seth Hejny (2nd, 12:13), Justin Romaniuk (6th, 12:23), Steve Loughlin (7th, 12:24) and Andy Powell (8th, 12:24) in Stanford's scoring effort. Evan Fox (10th, 12:30) also had a top 10 showing. Stanford scored 84 points for its third-place showing in the men's 8000 meters. Adam Tenforde was the top Cardinal runner with an eighth place finish in 24:02. Neil Davis (9th, 24:07), Isaac Hawkins (23rd, 24:26), Andrew Hill (43rd, 24:50) and Sean Knapp (45th, 24:51) finished Stanford's scoring.
FULLERTON SEASON-OPENER (AUGUST 31)
The Stanford men's and women's cross country squads swept the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener at the Carbon Canyon Regional on Saturday. Stanford's Adam Tenforde picked up his first career victory in the men's 8000-meter race with a time of 24:44.40. On the women's side, Stanford's Alicia Craig and Sara Bei both came across the 5000 meter finish line in 17:01.70 to share the victory. The second-ranked men's team totaled 17 points in its victory with Jesse Thomas (2nd, 24:47.20), Neil Davis (3rd, 24:52.60), Isaac Hawkins (6th, 25:17.60) and Andrew Hill (7th, 25:18.50) completing the Cardinal scoring. The women's squad (first 2002 rankings not released until September 6) finished with 19 points as Malindi Elmore (3rd, 17:30.20), Jeane Goff (4th, 17:32.00) and Anita Siraki (9th, 17:58.10) rounded out Stanford's scoring. Other Stanford competitors in the men's race included Justin Romaniuk (12th, 25:29.90), Sean Knapp (15th, 25:37.20), Andrew Powell (20th, 25:54.10), Philip West (23rd, 26:04.00), David Stillman (25th, 26:06.00) and Steve Loughlin (50th, 26:32.80). On the women's side, the Cardinal also featured Erin Sullivan (11th, 18:00.90), Mariel Ettinger (13th, 18:14.70), Katie Hotchkiss (29th, 19:02.50), Lindsay Hyatt (35th, 19:09.90) and Elizabeth Rose (62nd, 19:58.20).