ASU Harriers Earn Berths Into NCAA Meet With Runner-up Finishes

Nov. 13, 2004

FRESNO, Calif. - Record performances by the Arizona State University cross country teams highlighted the teams' trip to the 2004 NCAA West Region Championships with bot the men and the women capturing second place finishes at the meet held inside Woodland Park in Fresno, Calif., Saturday. With their respective Top 2 finishes, the Sun Devils have automatically qualified for the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships to be contested Nov. 22.

The women earned a spot in the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in school history and also the seventh year in a row while the men will be making their third appearance in the national race and their first since the 2001 race. Although the men and women have qualified for the national meet in the same year two other times, the 2004 event will mark the first time in school history that both squads have automatically qualified in the same season. Overall, the women earned their third automatic berth to the NCAA Championships while the men recorded their first.

Both Sun Devil squads set broke the school record for low points in a regional meet as they finished second in their respective team races with Pac-10 rival Stanford claiming both championship titles. The ASU women tallied 45 points to Stanford's 29 while the Sun Devil men's 68 points were 19 off the winning total of 49 for Stanford. For the women, the 45 points betters the previous record of 70 set in the 2002 race that saw ASU also finished second as a team. The men's 68 points beats the 92 points recorded in 1999 when the team finished third and also marks just the second time in school history the men have broken 100 points at the regional meet.

Individual results were not available at the time of posting, but will be inserted here once they become available.

In nine days, the Sun Devils will toe the starting line of the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The women will lead things off with a 6K race starting at 11 a.m. while the men close out the festivities at the Wabash Valley Sports Center with their 10K race starting at 12:15 p.m.