Nov. 20, 2010
The NCAA Championships
The 2010 NCAA Championships will take place, Monday, Sept. 22, at 9:08 a.m. with the women's race. The men's race will follow at 9:48 a.m. Indiana State will host the meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
On the Air
The NCAA Championships will be broadcast live via a webcast on ncaa.com beginning at the 9:00 a.m. There is a link to the webcast at the top of the page.
The No. 1 Stanford men enter Monday as the co-favorite with No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys briefly took the No. 1 ranking from Stanford after the conference meets, but the two teams switched back after the regional meets. Oklahoma State is the defending national champion, while Oregon, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Oklahoma are also considered title contenders.
The Cardinal men are led by Chris Derrick, who was third at the NCAA meet last season. This season, Derrick has run with teammates Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley at every meet so far. The pack running should continue at the national meet as Heath and Riley look for best-ever NCAA finishes.
Stanford's second pack will also look to stay together led by Miles Unterreiner and J.T. Sullivan. Unterreiner is a veteran of the NCAA meet, as is Benjamin Johnson who will be a game-time decision after missing Pac-10's and regionals with an injury. The rest of the group includes freshman Erik Olson and potentially Riley Sullivan or Andrew Berberick if Johnson is unable to go.
Individually, defending champion Samuel Chelanga of Liberty is the favorite, while runner-up David McNeil of Northern Arizona also returns. Derrick could contend as well, but seems more focused on the team title for Stanford.
The Cardinal women are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation and should contend for a spot on the podium, if not the title. The Pac-10 Champions have been ranked as high as No. 4 this season. Defending national champion Villanova is the prohibitive favorite, while Florida State has been ranked No. 2 all season. No. 3 Georgetown joins Washington and Oregon as other potential title contenders.
Pac-10 runner-up Kathy Kroger has led Stanford at every meet this season. She will be a contender up front for the Cardinal. Stephanie Marcy was Stanford's top runner last season and should also compete for an All-America honor.
The rest of Stanford's group should be made up of freshman Jessica Tonn, sophomore Alex Dunne, junior Georgia Griffin and senior Alex Gits. Tonn has burst onto the scene this season, including a top-10 finish at the Pac-10 meet, while the other three are veterans of NCAA meets. Gits is the only remaining member of the 2007 NCAA championship team for the Cardinal.
Searching For 100
Stanford University is currently sitting on 99 NCAA titles in school history. This means, the cross-country teams will have the first crack of the fall sports to earn No. 100 for the school. The women will run first and are considered an outside shot for the 100th title, while the men will run second and might be the more realistic option for No. 100.
Jason Dunn Honored
After leading Stanford to a No. 1 ranking for most of the year and a second-consecutive Pac-10 title, Jason Dunn was named the West Regional Coach of the Year. It was the second-consecutive season Dunn has earned this award.
Last Year At The NCAA's
2009 is the cautionary tale for the Stanford men as it entered the meet undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country. However, the inexperienced team managed just a 10th-place finish on its only bad day of the season. Individually, Derrick and Heath earned All-America honors. The women were banged up heading into the 2009 meet and finished 16th. Marcy placed 53rd overall to lead Stanford.