No. 1 Stanford Aims For Another Pac-10 Title

Oct. 29, 2003

Pullman, Wa - Total Domination!!!

That has been the distinct trademark of the Stanford men's and women's cross country teams at the Pac-10 Championships in recent years. With a current national ranking of #1 for the Cardinal men and women in 2003, Stanford is again the heavy favorite to dominate the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday (Nov. 1) at Washington State. The men's course will cover 8,000 meters at the WSU Golf Course in Pullman. The women, meanwhile, will run a course of 6,000 meters. The terrain for both the men's course and women's course will be run over grass and gravel, and will be hilly and challenging.

Last year, the Cardinal finished 1-2-3 (Grant Robison, Ian Dobson, Donald Sage) in chalking up a record-low 19 points in winning their sixth Pac-10 title in the last seven years. Robison, the Pac-10 Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2003, led all runners over 8,000 meters in a time of 24:27. Robison, Dobson and Sage are all back, along with a brigade of other Cardinal runners who could figure in a top placing at the finish line.

The Stanford men will be challenged by other nationally-ranked teams including #14 Arizona, #15 Arizona State, #18 Oregon and #27 Washington.

From day one, the Stanford men's team has been ranked #1. The Cardinal collected 479 points in the latest national rankings compared to 464 for Wisconsin. Iona, Colorado and Northern Arizona round out the nation's top five. Stanford has finished fist in all four meets entered this year. In their most recent meet, the Pre-NCAA's at Waterloo, Ia, 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.

The Cardinal women will face tough competition from such notables as #4 Arizona State and #15 Arizona State. Last year, Stanford's women dominated the Pac-10 Championships with a record-low 23 points to capture their seventh consecutive Pac-10 title, and ninth Conference crown in ten years. Four of the first five runners across the finish line were Stanford competitors, led by individual champion Sara Bei. Lauren Fleshman, now an undergraduate assistant coach at Stanford, finished second while Alicia Craig placed fourth and graduated Malindi Elmore placed fifth.

The Stanford women's team was recently elevated to #1 in the nation. The Cardinal generated 384 points compared to 383 for defending NCAA champion BYU. North Carolina State, Arizona State and North Carolina round out the nation's top five. Stanford has dominated the competition in recent weeks. At the recent Pre-NCAA's, Stanford defeated many of the nation's top teams that competed. 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.

The NCAA West Regional Championships will be in Portland, Or,, on Nov. 15. Northern Iowa will serve as the host school, and will host the NCAA Championships on Nov. 24. The Stanford men's team has won the NCAA West Regional title seven straight seasons, and has won the NCAA title three times since 1996. The Cardinal women have won the Regionals six of the last seven years, and have finished no lower than fifth at the NCAA's since 1996.

FinishLynx/NCAA Division I 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
15. UCLA, 215

Mondo Men's NCAA Division I 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
14. Arizona, 279
15. Arizona State, 269
18. Oregon, 216
27. Washington, 48

Cardinal Catalogue:
Stanford runners have claimed the Pac-10 men's individual title the last three years ... Grant Robison is the two-time defending champion while Jonathon Riley won the Pac-10 title in 2000 ... Since 1999, Cardinal women runners have claimed three titles ... Sara Bei won the Pac-10 title last year, while Lauren Fleshman won in 2001, and Erin Sullivan captured the league title in 1999 ... Washington State is the host school for the Pac-10 Championships this year ... California will host the 2004 Pac-10 Championships ... Following the championships, final results for the entire men's and women's races will be available on the Washington State website (www.wsucougars.com) and the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) ... A Stanford recap story will be available at www.gostanford.com

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