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Cardinal To Compete In NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/17/1999

Nov. 17, 1999

STANFORD, Calif. - Indiana University will host the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships, November 22, in Bloomington, In ... The men's race (10,000 meters) will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time ... The women's race (5,000 meters) will begin at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Time ... The Cardinal men and the Cardinal women's teams qualified for the NCAA's by virtue of their first place showings at the recent NCAA Western Regional Championships in Troutdale, Or, near Portland ... Thirty-one men's teams will be competing for the NCAA title ... Arkansas won the team title last year in Lawrence, Kansas with 97 points, followed by Stanford with 114 ... Thirty-one women's teams will also be competing for top honors ... Villanova won the national champion last year with 106 points, compared to runnerup Brigham Young with 110 and Stanford with 111 ... Stanford's men's team is one of four Pac-10 men's team to qualify along with Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon ... Stanford's women's team is one of six conference teams along with Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

Rankings Review
The Stanford women's cross country team is a strong contender to win the NCAA title ... The Cardinal has been ranked #1 most of the year, and is currently ranked #1, according to the FinishLynx Poll of November 15 ... The Cardinal garnered all 12 first place votes in chalking up 300 points ... Brigham Young is ranked second with 283, while Arkansas (280), Wisconsin (263) and Colorado (246) round out the Top 5 ... Pac-10 teams that are ranked are Washington (seventh, 228), Arizona State (tenth, 175), UCLA (15th, 124), and Oregon (24th, 40) ... The Stanford men's cross country team is currently ranked #2 in the nation, according to the Mondo Poll of Nov. 16 ... Stanford has 376 points, compared to Arkansas with 400 points ... The Razorbacks, the defending NCAA champion, garnered all 16 first place votes ... Other Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top 25 are Arizona (sixth, 332), Arizona State (tenth, 246) and Oregon (12th, 214).

Cardinal Chatter
The Stanford women's cross country team has enjoyed another sensational season ... The Cardinal has finished first in seven meets, including the NCAA West Regionals, the Pac-10 Championships, and the Pre-NCAA's ... The Cardinal women have been blessed with a combination of veteran and youthful talent, and an enormous amount of depth ... The veterans have been led by Julia Stamps and Sally Glynn, while the freshman contingent has been led by Erin Sullivan and Lauren Fleshman ... In three of four races this year, Stamps, a junior from Santa Rosa, California, has finished first twice (BYU Invitational, NCAA West Regionals) and second in the other (Stanford Invitational) ... Glynn has competed in four races, and recently finished second at the Pac-10 Championships and tenth at the West Regionals ... Sullivan and Fleshman have performed like championship veterans ... Sullivan has recorded a first place award at the Pac-10 Championships, and second at the Pre-NCAA's and the NCAA West Regionals ... Fleshman has competed five times, with four Top-4 finishes ... That included two third place finishes at the Conference and West Regional Championships ... The Cardinal men have enjoyed a solid season ... Although the team graduated several standouts including Brad and Brent Hauser, and Jason Balkman, the championship form has kept its stride ... The Cardinal men have won six races, including the NCAA West Regionals, the Pre-NCAA's and the Stanford Invitational ... Gabe Jennings, Jake Maas, Thomas Murley and Jonathon Riley are just a few names that have kept Stanford high in the national rankings ... Jennings recently finished fourth to lead Stanford runners at the NCAA West Regionals, Maas has competed in six races, including a third place finished at the conference meet, Murley has been possibly Stanford's most consistent runner, whle Riley finished third at the recent Pre-NCAA meet and will be a threat for top individual NCAA honors.

Team Talk
Excellent results have been the norm for the Stanford men's and women's cross country teams in 1999. Below is a short recap of the key meets this year.

NCAA West Regional Championships, November 13, 1999, Troutdale, Or
Julia Stamps led a 1-2-3 Cardinal sweep as the top-ranked Stanford women's cross country team race to victory at the NCAA West Regionals. Stamps ran the 5,000 meter course in 16:50, followed by Stanford freshman Erin Sullivan at 16:52.1 followed by another Cardinal frosh, Lauren Fleshman at 16:59. Stanford earned 29 points to easily beat runnerup Washington with 63. The Cardinal men's team won the NCAA West Regional title for a fourth straight season, scoring 40 points compared to runnerup Arizona with 74. Gabe Jennings finished fourth to lead Stanford runners with a time of 30:44 over 10,000 meters. Three other Stanford runners finished in the Top 10, Jonathon Riley finished sixth (30:45), Thomas Murley was seventh (30:49), and Jake Maas was eighth (30:50).

Pacific-10 Championships, October 30, 1999, Long Beach, Ca
Freshman Erin Sullivan led a Stanford sweep of the top three spots as the #1 ranked Cardinal women's team cruised to its fourth straight Pac-10 title (and sixth in the last seven years). Stanford totaled 32 points, followed by Arizona (62). Sullivan ran the 5,000 meter course in 17:01.50, followed by teammates Sally Glynn at 17:13.60, and freshman Lauren Fleshman at 17:13.70. The Cardinal men finished second as Arizona broke Stanford's three-year hold on the conference title. Arizona tallied 36 points compared to 63 for the Cardinal. Jake Maas was Stanford's top runner, finishing third over 8,000 meters in a time of 23:58.70. Thomas Murley finished sixth in a time of 24:10.10.

Pre-NCAA Meet, October 16, Bloomington, In
The top-ranked Stanford women's team, led by freshman Erin Sullivan, earned first place honors at the Pre-NCAA Meet at Indiana University. Stanford scored 77 points, compared to BYU with 116 and Colorado with 123. Fourteen of the nation's top 20 teams competed. Sullivan finished second in a time of 17:08.27 over 5,000 meters. Colorado's Kara Wheeler won the individual title in 17:07.03. Lauren Fleshman finished seventh at 17:28.91. The Stanford men's team also earned first place honors in the 25- team competition. The Cardinal scored 126 points to withstand the challenge of Colorado (140), Arizona (186), Georgetown (194) and Arizona State (248). Jonathon Riley finished third in the race over 8,000 meters, finishing in a time of 24:10.31. Thomas Murley placed ninth in 24:25.03.

Stanford Invitational, October 2, Stanford, Ca
Stanford's women's team defeated several of the nation's top collegiate teams in winning the team title at the 26th annual Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal tallied 36 points, compared to runnerup Arkansas with 51. BYU placed third with 82 points. Four Stanford runners finished in the top seven, led by Julia Stamps with a second place finish in a time of 16:43 over 5,000 meters. Freshman Lauren Fleshman place fourth in a time of 16:47. The Cardinal men's team took the team title with 37 points, compared to Pac-10 rival Arizona with 46. Four Cardinal runners finished in the top 10 to seal the Cardinal victory. Thomas Murley finished second in a time of 24:19 over 8,000 meters. Jake Maas finished fourth at 24:42.

BYU Invitational, September 18, Provo, Ut
Julia Stamps and Lauren Fleshman finished 1-2 to lead Stanford to victory at the BYU Invitational. The Cardinal tallied 31 points, compared to 33 for BYU. Stamps toured the three-mile course in 16:48.3. Fleshman finished second at 16:48.7. Mariel Ettinger finished seventh (17:16.7) and Caroline Annis placed tenth (17:22.5). Five Cardinal runners placed in the Top eleven. The Cardinal men easily won the team title as Gabe Jennings (19:51.9), Thomas Murley (19:52.3), Jake Maas (19:52.8) and Andy Powell (19:53.2) finished 1-2-3-4. The race covered four miles. Stanford tallied 16 points, compared to 62 for BYU.


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