Stanford Women Ranked No. 1 in National Poll

Oct. 21, 2003

Stanford, Ca - Based on its recent success, the Stanford women's cross country team has jumped to #1 in the latest FinishLynx/NCAA Division 1 Women's National Poll.

The Cardinal generated seven first place votes, and a point total of 384. Brigham Young, which captured the NCAA title in 2002, collected six first place votes for a total of 383. North Carolina State (355), Arizona State (350) and North Carolina (337) round out the nation's top five.

The Cardinal women have dominated the competition in recent weeks. At last weekend's Pre-NCAA's at Northern Iowa, Stanford defeated many of the nation's top teams. The Cardinal scored 66 points compared to 101 for runnerup North Carolina State. Three Stanford runners finished in the Top 5 led by Alicia Craig in first place, Sara Bei in second place and freshman Arianna Lambie in fifth place. On Oct. 4 at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Maine, Stanford won the team title with 15 points compared to 89 for second place Florida. Freshman Amanda Trotter won the competition followed by Lambie in second place, Katy Trotter in third place, Jeane Goff in fourth place, and Teresa McWalters in fifth place. Stanford began the 2003 season ranked #2 in the nation.

The Cardinal will send a full team to the Pac-10 Championships on Nov. 1 at Washington State, the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 15 at Portland, and then the NCAA's on Nov. 24 in Waterloo, Ia. The Stanford women have won the Pac-10 championship seven straight years, the West Regionals four straight years, and have finished in the top seven at the NCAA's six of the last seven seasons.

From day one, the Stanford men's team has been ranked #1. With 15 first place votes this week, the Cardinal collected 479 points compared to Wisconsin with 464. The Badgers picked up one first place vote. Iona, Colorado and Northern Arizona round out the nation's top five. Stanford has finished first in all four meets entered this year. At last weekend's Pre-NCAA's, Stanford easily defeated runnerup Iona. The Cardinal generated 25 points compared to 95 for Iona. Six Cardinal runners finished in the top 10 led by Ryan Hall in second place. Ian Dobson placed fourth, Donald Sage was fifth, Louis Luchini placed sixth, Seth Hejny was eighth and Adam Tenforde was ninth.

Stanford began the season with a victory at the Bronco Invitational (8/30), followed by wins at the Stanford Invitational (9/27) and the Murray Keatinge Invitational (10/4).

The Stanford men's team, the defending NCAA champions, has captured the Pac-10 title six of the last seven years; the NCAA West Regional title seven straight seasons, and has won the NCAA title three times since 1996.

FinishLynx/NCAA Division 1 Women's Cross Country National Poll (as of Oct. 21)
(conducted by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association)

1. Stanford, 384 points
2. Brigham Young, 383
3. North Carolina State, 355
4. Arizona State, 350
5. North Carolina 337
6. Michigan State 328
7. Notre Dame 308
8. Providence, 298
9. Colorado, 285
10. Michigan, 276

Mondo Men's NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Poll (as of Oct. 21)
(conducted by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association)

1. Stanford, 479 points
2. Wisconsin, 464
3. Iona, 432
4. Colorado, 431
5. Northern Arizona, 425
6. Michigan, 397
7. Ohio State, 375
8. Arkansas, 345
9. Air Force, 340
10. Colorado State, 329

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