Stanford Heads To Pre-NCAA Invite

Oct. 11, 2006

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COMING UP: After opening the regular season last weekend with four team wins at the Stanford Invitational, the Cardinal men's and women's cross country teams head to Terre Haute, Indiana for the Pre-NCAA Invitational this Saturday, October 14. Seventy-eight men's teams and 81 women's teams are slated to compete on the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, home to the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 20. The men's and women's fields will both be split into two seeded races, with the women's 6,000 meter races kicking off the meet at 11:00 am and 11:35 am, followed by the men's 8,000 meter seeded races at 12:10 pm and 12:50 pm. The meet will conclude with a women's open 6,000 meter race at 1:30 pm and a men's open 8,000 meter race at 2:05 pm. Also on Saturday, Stanford will be sending a second squad to the Santa Clara Invitational at Baylands Regional Park. The men's 8,000 meter race begins at 9:30 am, followed by the women's 5,000 meter race at 10:15 am.

CARDINAL SWEEPS STANFORD INVITATIONAL: The top-ranked women's and then fourth-ranked men's squads opened up the regular season in style last weekend at the 33rd annual Stanford Invitational, claiming individual and team wins in four races. The Cardinal posted 33 points to win the women's 4,000 meter race, led by junior Lindsay Allen in a time of 14:21. The men followed with a perfect score of 15 points to cinch the 4,000 meter race as redshirt freshman Alex Greenburg earned top individual honors in 12:22. In the women's 6,000 meters, Katy Trotter crossed the line first in 20:19 to lead Stanford to a 24-115 win over UC Irvine. The Cardinal men posted another low score of 42 points in the 8,000 meters to claim the win over Santa Barbara, led by individual champion Neftalem Araia in 23:31.

COLORADO, MICHIGAN HEADLINE PRE-NCAA COMPETITION: The fourth-ranked Colorado men and second-ranked Colorado women, as well as the No. 3 Michigan women's squad headline the competition at this year's Pre-NCAA Invitational. The Buffalo men return four All-Americans this season after finishing fifth at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Two-time All-Americans Stephen Pifer and Billy Nelson, as well as All-Americans Brent Vaugh and James Strang look to carry Colorado to an eighth-straight Big 12 title and third-straight Mountain Region title. The Buffalo women finished second to the Cardinal at the 2005 NCAA Championships and return All-American Liza Pasciuto, who finished ninth at last year's NCAA meet. The Wolverine women registered a sixth-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships, led by graduated All-American Rebecca Walter. Despite losing Walter, Michigan is still ranked third after returning All-Big Ten runners Alyson Kohlmeier, Erin Webster, Nicole Edwards and Arianne Field.

STANFORD WOMEN RANKED FIRST, MEN THIRD: The Cardinal Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams boast 16 returning All-Americans and deep rosters on both sides as they head into the second meet of the regular season. The defending national champion and top-ranked Cardinal highlights the women's competition. The Cardinal returns every runner from last year's undefeated squad, including All-Americans Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Katy Trotter, Amanda Trotter, Lindsay Flacks and Lauren Centrowitz. Returners Lindsay Allen, Shannon Bergstedt, Katie Harrington, Alicia Follmar, Mary Liz McCurdy, Leah Sawyer and Maddy O'Meara will bolster the talented squad, as well as newcomers Kate Niehaus, Anne St. Geme, Kelsey Walker and Kaylin Pennington.

The third-ranked Stanford men continue to be one of the teams to beat in 2006 after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships last season for the second year in a row. With only one loss from the 2005 squad, the Cardinal will be led by two-time cross country All-American Neftalem Araia, as well as All-Americans Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Jonathan Pierce, Rolf Steier, Hakon DeVries, Garrett Heath, Joaquin Chapa, Russell Brown and Michael Garcia. Stanford will enjoy another deep roster in 2006, strengthened by returners Lauren Jespersen, Hari Mix, Forrest Tahdooahnippah, John McGuire, Jacob Evans, Chris Mocko, Kevin Bickham, Eric Giddings and Alex Greenberg, as well as talented newcomers Steven Duplinsky and Justin Marpole-Bird.

2005 SEASON REVIEW: Both the men's and women's teams continued a legacy of dominant distance running last season. The Cardinal women captured their third national title in school history and second championship in the last three years. Arianna Lambie, Katy Trotter, Lindsay Flacks and Lauren Centrowitz all earned All-American honors as Stanford posted 146 points to runner-up Colorado's 181 points. The men finished sixth in the team standings for the second-straight season. Neftalem Araia was Stanford's top finisher for the second-straight year in 11th place to earn All-American honors. At the NCAA West Regional, the women posted a low score of 24 points to secure the team win, led by individual champion Lambie. All seven runners finished in the top 20, with five finishers in the top 10. The men were edged out by a talented Arizona team at the Regional, tallying 80 points for a runner-up team finish behind Araia's eighth-place individual performance. The Cardinal dominated the Pac-10 Championships, earning a 10th-straight women's team title and sixth-straight men's title, the men's ninth conference championship in the last 10 years. Lambie claimed the Pac-10 individual crown as the women totaled 34 points, while Araia took third place in the men's competition to lead the Cardinal to a low score of 46 points.

UP NEXT: Stanford will take a weekend off following the Pre-NCAA Invitational and Santa Clara Invitational. On October 28, the Cardinal hosts the 2006 Pac-10 Championships on the Stanford Golf Course. The women's race begins at 10:00 am, followed by the men's race at 11:00 am.

HEAD COACH Peter Tegen: Head men's and women's cross country coach Peter Tegen enters his second season on The Farm. In just his first season with the Cardinal, Tegen led the women's squad to its second national championship in the last three seasons and the men's squad to a second-straight sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Prior to coming to Stanford, Tegen spent 30 successful years coaching cross country and track and the University of Wisconsin. For his efforts both at Stanford and Wisconsin, Tegen was named the Outstanding NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Past 25 Years by the USTFCCCA last spring. Tegen is joined by first-year assistant coach David Vidal. A 2006 graduate, Vidal spent five years racing for the Cardinal and ranks among the best steeplechasers in school history.

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