Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Stanford men were first and the Cardinal women second at Friday's Wisconsin adidas Invitational - the most competitive regular-season cross-country meet in the nation this season.
With six top-10 teams and 13 from the top 20 among each of the men's and women's fields, Stanford performed above its national rankings of No. 8 (men) and No. 7 (women).
Twins Jim and Joe Rosa paced the Cardinal men to 135 points over the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, just ahead of No. 5 Iona with 145, and No. 4 Oklahoma with 166. Both Rosas were timed in 23:44 over the 8-kilometer (4.97-mile) distance, with redshirt freshman Jim edging Joe, a sophomore, for 17th place. Stanford placed its top five among the first 45 finishers, with Joe Rosa in 19th, Miles Unterreiner in 21st (23:46), Tyler Stutzman in 33rd (23:54), and Benjamin Johnson in 45th (24:00).
The twins have now split their two races this year, after Joe (third) beat James (eighth) at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29.
Kathy Kroeger placed fifth to lead four Stanford finishers among the women's top 25. The Cardinal scored 181 points to finish behind only No. 5 Iowa State (109), but ahead of No. 2 Arizona (242), No. 3 Washington (252), and No. 9 Cornell (264).
Kroeger, a senior and returning All-American, covered the six-kilometer (3.73 miles) distance in 19:46, and was followed by teammates Cayla Hatton (14th, 20:02), Jessica Tonn (18th, 20:05), and Aisling Cuffe (25th, 20:08).
Making her Stanford debut was Marissa Ferrante, a junior from Aptos, Calif., who won the national collegiate triathlon championship for the Stanford club team in April. Ferrante was Stanford's the No. 5 runner, in 119th (20:55).
The Wisconsin meet is the last of the regular season for the elite Cardinal runners, who next compete at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27 in Santa Clarita, Calif.