Cross Country Opens Under The Lights In Nevada

Sept. 5, 2009

Sparks, Nev. - The Stanford cross country teams opened their season under the lights at the Nevada Jim Vanden Twilight Invitational from Shadow Mountain Park. The meet is one of two cross country meets nationally that is run at night under the lights. The Cardinal had mixed results with the men completing a first-place sweep, while the women settled for a narrow second.

Both teams ran just five runners, while most of the top runners stayed behind at the preseason training camp at Mammoth Lakes. The Cardinal will not unveil their entire lineups until the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 26.

The Stanford men dominated the race placing five in the top six overall. Redshirt freshman Benjamin Johnson took the individual meet title with a 6,000-meter time of 19:58. Finishing second and third overall were Jacob Riley and Justin Marpole-Bird with identical times of 19:59. The trio of Stanford runners easily outdistanced the rest of the pack.

Unattached runner Jonathan Cardenas placed fourth to break up the Stanford runners, however he did not count in the team scoring to enable the Cardinal to complete the sweep.

Miles Unterreiner (20:29) and J.T. Sullivan (20:35) placed fifth and sixth to give Stanford a perfect score of 15.

UC Riverside placed second with 50 points, while Fresno State and Shasta College rounded out the four team field.

The women were led by Madeline Duhon who placed fourth with a 4,000-meter time of 15:40. With her effort, the track and field middle distance specialist showed her versatility on the cross country course.

Just behind Duhon was her teammate Emma Miller-Bedell in fifth with a time of 15:41. The redshirt freshman was competing in her first official cross country meet for the Cardinal.

Also in the top ten were a pair of redshirt freshmen, Victoria Pennings in eighth and Kristin Reese in ninth. Pennings finished with a time of 15:53, while Resse crossed the line at 16:09.

Rounding out the scoring was Anne St. Geme in 22nd with a time of 16:52.

UC Riverside won the meet with a score of 43 points, while Stanford finished with 47. Nevada, Fresno State and Shasta College rounded the rest of the top five.

The Cardinal will now compete their preseason training camp in Mammoth, before heading back to The Farm to begin classes and host the Stanford Invitational.