Dena Evans Named to 2004 USA Coaching Staff

Sept. 30, 2003

Indianapolis, In - USA Track & Field has announced that Stanford's Dena Evans is among four coaches that have been named to the coaching staff for the USA National Team that will compete at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium on March 20-21.

Others named to the coaching staff are Arkansas' Lance Harter, Mike Scott of Rhode Island, and Colorado's Mark Wetmore.

Evans has been named Junior Women's Team Leader. Evans was elevated to the position of Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Stanford this summer following four years as the team's assistant coach. During her tenure at Stanford, Evans helped lead the Cardinal to four straight Pac-10 and four consecutive NCAA West Regional women's team titles, as well as four straight Top-5 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Two of the athletes she helped coach, Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig, have combined for six NCAA individual titles, and Stanford's athletes have totalled ten cross country and 31 track NCAA All-American honors.

Evans was named the NCAA West Region Co-Coach of the Year in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

Evans was a standout athlete herself duirng her own athletic career, earning three NCAA All-American certificates, qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials at 1,500 meters, and won a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1996.

Evans is a 1996 graduate of Stanford and also received her MS from Stanford the following year. This is her first USA National Team staff position.

The 36 members of the USA national team that will compete in Brussels at the World Championships will select themselves at the February 7-8, 2004 USA Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, In.

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