Oct. 7, 2010
The Stanford women's cross-country team won four NCAA titles in five year from 2003-07. The following season, the Cardinal began to lose most of the team to graduation and have had to rebuild around a new crop of talent. The young team appears ready to take the next step this season around athletes like Stephanie Marcy, who is in her fourth season on The Farm as a redshirt junior.
Marcy was Stanford's top runner at last year's NCAA Cross Country Championships and followed that up with an outstanding track season where she earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters.
The native of Sequim, Washington, took a few moments to answer some questions from gostanford.com. Her answers include her unique summer training in Europe and her favorite trails back home.
GoStanford.com: Why do you love to run?
Marcy: It makes me happy! And it's the only sport I'm coordinated enough to do.
GoStanford.com: What is your favorite place to run?
Marcy: Robin Hill Park in Sequim, Washington.
GoStanford.com: Talk a little bit about your summer training. Where were you for most of your training? What types of runs did you do? What are your main goals with summer training?
Marcy: My summer training was a bit spotty due to an injury left over from the outdoor track season. My main goals were just to get healthy and build a strong base. After NCAAs I took a few weeks completely off and then during the month of July tried to start running a couple times but ended up needing more recovery until I was completely healthy in the beginning of August. By the time I was running consistently I was traveling through the Alps with a Stanford Archaeology team. The altitude hit me hard but the breathtaking views of the mountains made it worth the struggle. Most of my runs during those two weeks in the Alps were obviously hill runs. Any running I did in July was mostly in Rome along the Tiber River while trying to avoid eye contact with sketchy Italian men. Besides fighting the heat in Italy, I ran into other obstacles such as getting extremely lost on ancient twisting streets, trying not to trip on dislodged cobblestones and ignoring the disapproving glares of nuns at my running shorts.
GoStanford.com: You had a great track season, how does that increase your confidence for cross country this year?
Marcy: Knowing that I can handle that level of competition and do well at it definitely gives me the confidence to shoot for high goals this season. Being All-American in cross country now seems possible.
GoStanford.com: What are your team and individual goals for this cross-country season?
Marcy: We want to be a podium team at NCAAs and win Pac-10s. As for me, I want to be All-American and top-10 at Pac-10s and Regionals.
GoStanford.com Why did you choose Stanford?
Marcy:It is the best of both worlds with its athletics and academics. It was dream to come here when I first saw it when I was 11 years old.
GoStanford.com: What is your major and what are your plans after school?
Marcy: I am a Classics Major and am planning on attending law school.