Cross Coutry Travels To Davis For Doc Adams Invite

Oct. 1, 2008

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    2008 Doc Adams Invite
    The Stanford cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Doc Adams Invite, hosted by UC Davis. The meet will take place at the Putah Creek Reserve Cross Country Course with the women's 6,000-meter race starting at 9:00 a.m. and the men's 8,000-meter race starting at 9:45 a.m. This is the first running of the Doc Adams Invite.

    Scouting The Competition
    The Cardinal men and women will be the only ranked teams heading into the competition. The women enter the meet ranked No. 5 in the nation and will face regional competition from Nevada, Sacramento State, San Francisco, Saint Mary's and UC Davis. The No. 10 men's team will face regional competition from Sacramento State, San Francisco, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and UC Davis. The Cardinal are not expected to bring full teams on either side, but instead will run 'B' teams that are looking for athletes to build experience to be key contributors down the line.

    Katie Harrington finished fifth at the Stanford Inviational last weekend.

    Last Week at the Stanford Invitational
    In their first real test of the season, both Stanford cross country teams had outstanding performances in winning their home meet. The men finished with just 39 points to easily outdistance No. 19 California who had 87 points, and No. 22 Arkansas who had 103 points. The Cardinal men were led by a third place finish from freshman Chris Derrick (24:18), but also got top-10 finishes from seniors, Garrett Heath (fifth) and Hakon DeVries (eighth). The women also fared well, scoring just 43 point for a big gap back to second place UC Davis with 122 points. The women were led by freshman Laurynne Chetelat who finished fourth with a time of 21:14. Like the men, the freshman was supported by top-10 finishes from a pair of seniors, Katie Harrington (fifth) and Alicia Follmar (seventh).

    For Starters
    The Cardinal opened their season, August 30, at the USF Invitational in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Running limited squads the men took the meet title, while the women finished fourth. Jacob Riley led the men with a second place finish with an 8,000-meter time of 25:31.30. The women ran just five runners, led by Alicia Follmar who took the individual meet title with 5,000-meter time of 17:57.90.

    New Leader
    Stanford cross country has a new head cross country coach with the hiring of Jason Dunn over the summer of 2008. Dunn comes to Stanford from the University of Virginia where he was the ACC Coach of the Year last year. During his eight seasons at Virginia, he led eight teams (four men's and four women's) to the NCAA Championships. He takes over a Stanford women's team that has won three consecutive NCAA titles and four out of the last five and a men's team that has finished in the top-six at the NCAA Championships 13 out of the last 14 seasons.

    Returning Women's All-Americans
    Stanford returns four All-Americans from either cross country or track. Katie Harrington returns for her final season after being a 2007 cross country All-American for her 40th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Alexandra Gits returns after a stellar freshman season that saw her earn her first All-America honor after placing third in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Alicia Follmar earned a pair of All-America honors during the 2008 indoor season when she finished tenth in the mile and was a member of the distance medley relay team that finished third. Finally, Lindsay Flacks returns for her final season on The Farm after being a cross country All-American in 2006 when she finished 56th at the NCAA Championships.

    Returning Men's All-Americans
    The Cardinal also return four All-Americans on the men's side. They are led by seven-time All-American on the track, Garrett Heath. He is coming off a track season where he was an All-American twice indoors, once outdoors, and a semifinalist in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Also returning is two-time All-American, Hakon DeVries, who earned his second All-America honor last season as a member of the distance medley relay team that finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Jacob Evans also returns after earning his first All-America honor as a member of the same distance medley relay team. Finally, Hari Mix is back for his final year on The Farm. He earned his All-American honor during the 2007 track season in the 5,000 meters.

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