Stanford Heads To Eugene For Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 28, 2008

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    The 2008 Pac-10 Championships
    This season the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships will hosted by the University of Oregon and run from Eugene, Ore. The meet includes the top-two teams in the nation in both the men's and women's races. The women will run first covering the 6,000-meter course at the Springfield Country Club at 2:25 p.m. The men's race will follow at 3:25 p.m. when they cover the 8,000-meter course.

    The No. 18 Cardinal enter the women's race having won the last 13 Pac-10 titles. This season they will face their most difficult challenge with No. 1 Washington and No. 2 Oregon both looking to end Stanford's run and No. 15 Arizona State also looking for a good showing. The Cardinal, who have won the last three NCAA titles, have not shown dominating form yet this season and will look to change that in Eugene. The Cardinal have been led by freshman Lauryanne Chetelat in each of her first two collegiate races. The top returning runner from last season's Pac-10 meet is Kate Niehaus who finished 14th in 2007.

    The men's race will feature No. 1 and defending national champion, Oregon and the No. 2 Cardinal. Stanford is coming off an impressive showing at Pre-Nationals, while Oregon has yet to run a full squad this season. Also in the mix will be No. 13 UCLA along with California and Washington who are tied at No. 24. The men were led by Garrett Heath at Pre-Nationals when he had a breakthrough cross country race. Freshman Chris Derrick has also been impressive, leading the Cardinal at the Stanford Invite and finishing just behind Heath at Pre-Nationals. Hari Mix is the top returner from the Pac-10 meet, having finished fifth last year.

    The Pac-10 cross country championships will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net Northwest at 3 p.m. when they show the women's race on delay, before showing the men's race live. In addition, video streaming of the Pac-10 meet will be available at the Pac-10 website (

    NCAA Pre-Nationals
    At the NCAA Pre-National meet, the Stanford men took full advantage of racing a national caliber field. The Cardinal men, running in the White Race, took first place against an elite field that included 11 ranked teams. The men also had the top team time when the second heat, the Blue Race, was added. The outstanding performance moved the Cardinal up eight spots in the national poll from No. 10 to No. 2. The Cardinal were led by a pair of top-five performances. Senior Garrett Heath finished third with a time of 23:36.4, while freshman Chris Derrick finished fourth with a time of 23:37.0.

    Lauryanne Chetelat

    The Stanford women did not have the same success in the women's Blue Race. The Cardinal finished seventh with 248 points, while No. 1 Washington won the race with just 36 points. The Cardinal were led by Lauryanne Chetelat who finished 28th with a 6,000-meter time of 20:57.3. The Cardinal women saw their national ranking fall to No. 18 following the race.

    2008 Doc Adams Invite
    While limited squads competed Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Doc Adams Invite, hosted by UC Davis, both the Cardinal men and women came away with meet victories. The women were led by Kate Niehaus, who competing for the first time this season, when she took the individual title with a time of 21:50.5. The men were led by Chris Mocko who finished as the runner-up in the men's race with a time of 25:17.8.

    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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