Cardinal Women First, Men Second At NCAA West Regional

Nov. 11, 2006

Portland, Ore. - Stanford Men's and Women's Cross Country continued to prove they are among the best squads in the country with a first and second place finish today at the 2006 NCAA West Region Championships at Blue Lake Park. The Cardinal women posted a low score of 42 to claim the Regional title, led by redshirt-junior Arianna Lambie's third individual title this season and second consecutive Regional championship on the 6,000 meter course. Redshirt-junior Neftalem Araia captured the men's 10,000 meter race to lead the Cardinal men to a runner-up performance with 88 points to champion Oregon's 69 points.

Lambie captured the women's title in a blazing 20:58.8 to lead a tight-knit group of Cardinal runners. Senior Katy Trotter followed in 21:12.1 for second place, beating out UC Irvine's Laura Olvera in 21:16.2. Fellow senior Amanda Trotter captured fourth place in 21:16.8, later followed by sophomore Lindsay Flacks in 13th place with a time of 21:42.3. Sophomore Alicia Follmar was the fifth scorer for Stanford in 22nd place (22:03.9), followed by true freshman Kate Niehaus in 26th (22:08.5) and junior Lauren Centrowitz in 35th (22:25.0). UC Santa Barbara placed four runner in the top 15 finishers to earn runner-up honors with 72 points, while Arizona State placed third with 83 points. Washington was fourth with 140, and UCLA rounded out the top five teams with 170 points.

Reshirt-junior Neftalem Araia captured his first NCAA West Regional title after covering the 10,000 meter course in 30:05.88, well ahead of Arizona State runner-up Aaron Aguayo in 30:13.6. Arizona's Obed Mutanya rounded out the top three finishers in 30:14.6. Redshirt-junior Forrest Tahdooahnippah (30:38.0) and redshirt-sophomore Garrett Heath (30:38.5) recorded top-20 finishes in 18th and 19th, respectively. Redshirt-sophomore Hakon DeVries followed closely behind in 30:54.1 to place 21st. Senior Jacob Gomez was the Cardinal's final scorer in 31st with a time of 31:12.5. Fellow senior Jonathan Pierce trailed closely in 31:16.5 for 36th place, while senior Brett Gotcher finished 55th in 31:51.8. The Cardinal posted a team score of 88 to secure second place, falling to Oregon who finished five runners in the top 20 to score 69 points. Host Portland posted 123 points to finish third, while Washingston scored 139 for fourth place. Arizona rounded out the top five teams with a score of 156.

Today's top-two finishes guarantee the Cardinal a trip to the NCAA Championships. Stanford will now travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 20 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

For complete results, click on the following links:

Complete Men's Results.

Complete Women's Results.

1. Stanford, 42
2. UC Santa Barbara, 72
3. Arizona State, 83
4. Washington, 140
5. UCLA, 170

1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:58.8
2. Katy Trotter (Stanford) 21:12.1
3. Laura Olvera (UC Irvine) 21:16.2
4. Amanda Trotter (Stanford) 21:16.8
13. Lindsay Flacks (Stanford) 21:42.3
22. Alicia Follmar (Stanford) 22:03.9
26. Kate Niehaus (Stanford) 22:08.5
35. Lauren Centrowitz (Stanford) 22:25.0

1. Oregon, 69
2. Stanford, 88
3. Portland, 123
4. Washington, 139
5. Arizona, 156

1. Neftalem Araia (Stanford) 30:05.8
2. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 30:13.6
3. Obed Mutanya (Arizona) 30:14.6
17. Forrest Tahdooahnippah (Stanford) 30:38.0
18. Garrett Heath (Stanford) 30:38.5
21. Hakon DeVries (Stanford) 30:54.1
31. Jacob Gomez (Stanford) 31:12.5
36. Jonathan Pierce (Stanford) 31:16.5
55. Brett Gotcher (Stanford) 31:51.8

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