Oct. 26, 1999
The 1999 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships
Saturday, October 30, 1999
El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach, Calif.
Men - 11:00 a.m., Women - Noon
The men's course will cover 8,000 meters (4.97 miles) at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach ... The women, meanwhile, will run a course of 5,000 meters (3.11 miles) ... The course is predominantly flat and grassy with several road crossings ... El Dorado Regional Park will also be the site of the 1999 USATF Cross Country National Championships on Dec. 5.
The Pac-10 Men's Cross Country Championships, the 31st annual for the men, enters it second year under the new program of rotating the annual event among the Pac-10 member institutions ... This year's men's championship features four teams ranked in the Top-12 in the latest MONDO (Oct. 19) cross country rankings, including #2 Stanford, #6 Arizona, #9 Arizona State, and #12 Oregon ... Stanford is the favorite and seeking its fourth straight Pac-10 title ... A strong, balanced attack has again been the dominant theme for the Cardinal men in 1999 ... Jonathon Riley finished sixth at the league meet last year, and recently finished third at the Pre-NCAA Meet (Oct. 16), en route to a top finish for the Stanford team ... Thomas Murley has been a solid contributor in his four races, and in all of those races he has run in the Top-9 or better ... At the recent Pre-NCAA Meet, Murley finished ninth ... Murley has finished no lower than second in three races ... Sixteen different runners have competed for Stanford in six meets this year ... The women's championships (14th annual), boast five teams ranked in the FinishLynx Top-25 (Oct. 18) led by #1 Stanford, followed by #9 Washington, #11 Arizona State, #14 UCLA, and #23 Oregon ... Like the men's race, Stanford, will look to repeat as Pac-10 champion for a fourth straight season ... The Cardinal has its sights set on capturing a sixth title in seven years and will be led by senior Sally Glynn (third last year), junior Julia Stamps (second), and a pair of freshmen Erin Sullivan and Lauren Fleshman ... Glynn has been a key veteran in Stanford's success the last four years ... Stamps has finished first and second in her two races this year ... Sullivan made her collegiate debut with a second place finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet (Oct. 16), while Fleshman has finished second, fourth and seventh in three races this year ... Like the men's team, Stanford's women's team has an enormous amount of talented depth ... Twenty different Cardinal women have run this year.
Stanford men's team will be seeking its fourth straight conference championship ... Last year, the Cardinal placed four Top-10 runners, including Brad Hauser (fifth), Jonathon Riley (sixth), Brent Hauser (eighth) and Jason Balkman (ninth) ... The Cardinal scored 48 points, trimming host Oregon by just two points ... Arizona's Abdi Abdirahman upset Washington State's Bernard Lagat's bid for a repeat title in a course record finish of 23:23 ... The Stanford women will also be seeking its fourth straight Pac-10 title, and a sixth title in the last seven seasons ... Last year, Stanford placed its top five runners in the Top-20, including third and third ... Scoring for Stanford were Julia Stamps (second), Sally Glynn (third), Mary Cobb (13th), Courtney Adams (16th) and Mary Huang (19th) ... Arizona's Amy Skieresz won the individual title for a fourth straight season, completing the course in a record time for a collegian ... As a team, Stanford tallied 53 points, compared to runnerup Washington with 74.
Portland, Oregon, will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships on Nov. 13, while the NCAA Championships will be Monday, Nov. 22, in Bloomington, Ind. ... The University of Washington will host the 2000 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships ... USC is host for this year's championships.