Cardinal Women Take Fifth, Men Place Sixth At NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 22, 2004

Terre Haute, Ind. - The powerful Stanford men's and women's cross country teams fell short in their respective attempts to each capture a second consecutive national title at the 2004 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Monday on a muddy Laverne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The women's squad finished fifth with a point total of 175, while the men's team was sixth with 269 points.

Colorado swept the team titles, scoring 90 points in the men's event to edge Wisconsin (94) and 63 on the women's side to easily outdistance second-place Duke (144). It marks the second national crown for both the Buffalo men and women. Providence senior Kate Smith captured first-place in the women's race with a time of 20:10, while Wisconsin's Simon Bairu won the men's event in 30:38.

Senior Alicia Craig was Stanford's top finisher in the women's 6000 meter race, logging a time of 21:03 to come in 26th overall. Redshirt freshman Teresa McWalters was the second Cardinal finisher with a 46th place showing in a time of 21:18 and was immediately followed by senior Anita Siraki in 47th at 21:19. Sophomores Amanda and Katy Trotter rounded out the Cardinal scoring with efforts of 21:32 and 21:43 to finish and 60th and 74th, respectively. Senior Jeane Goff registered a time of 21:58 to finish 102nd overall and freshman Lauren Centrowitz was the final Cardinal runner to cross the finish line with a time of 22:32 to take 167th overall.

'We didn't perform the way we expected to,' admitted Craig. 'Things didn't seem together for us, but we're not discouraged. We just need to regain focus and figure out what went wrong today.'

In the men's 10000 meter race, freshman Nestalem Araia led the way with a showing of 31:05 to finish seventh. Senior Ryan Hall notched a 26th-place finish with a time of 31:35, while senior Chris Emme finished 65th in 32:13. Sophomore Jon Pierce recorded a mark of 32:52 to take 124th and sophomore Brett Gotcher crossed the finish line at 33:00 for a 138th place showing to complete Stanford's scoring efforts. Junior David Vidal (198th, 33.38) and sophomore Peter Meindl (206th, 33:45) also competed for the Cardinal.

'We had an average day and in tough conditions like today, you have to be at the top of your game,' commented Stanford men's cross country head coach Andrew Gerard. 'We're an inexperienced team and that lack of experience really showed today.'

The two team finishes were the lowest for Cardinal harriers since 1995 when the men's squad was fifth and the women placed ninth.

'The muddy conditions slowed people down,' added Craig. 'But, it didn't effect us more than anyone else. All of the teams had to race in the same conditions.'