Men's Cross Country Remains No. 1
Oct. 20, 2009
New Orleans - The Stanford men's cross country team remained No. 1 in the nation in the most recent poll from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The poll comes after the ISU Pre-National races that featured most of the top teams in the nation competing at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., site of the NCAA meet in November.
The Cardinal won the White Race in impressive fashion to retain the top ranking. Pac-10 rival, Oregon, won the Blue Race, to climb to No. 2 in the polls. The top two teams in the nation will square off at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30.
Sophomore Chris Derrick captured the White Race, while fellow sophomore, Luke Puskedra of Oregon won the Blue Race, creating an individual showdown at the Pac-10 meet as well.
Check out the video of Derrick and the rest of the Cardinal from this past weekend.
On the women's side, Stanford fell to No. 12 in the nation, following a fifth place finish in the Blue race. However, the Cardinal were without two of their top runners. Washington remained No. 1 in the nation, while Oregon fell to No. 8.
All three teams will compete at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30. Washington is the defending champion after ending Stanford's streak of 12 consecutive conference titles.
Watch the Stanford women at the Pre-nationals led by Alexandra Gits.