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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Stanford attempts to earn NCAA championship berths at the cross country West Regionals. The No. 6 Stanford men are defending champs and have won three of the past four. The No. 18 Cardinal women hope to extend their run of 20 consecutive NCAA appearances.
A closer look at Friday’s meet:
Men, 10:30 a.m. PT
Distance: 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)
Women, 11:45 a.m. PT
Distance: 6 kilometers (3.73 miles)
Men, No. 6; Women, No. 18
Men, Stanford; Women, Oregon
Top men’s returner:
Lawi Lalang (Arizona), 1st in 2012 and 2011
Top women’s returner:
Laura Hollander (Cal Poly), 2nd in 2012
Most recent Stanford titles:
Men, 2012; Women, 2007
The top two teams in each of the nation’s nine regions, plus 13 at-large teams, will receive passage to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. Neither Stanford team has finished lower than third since 1993. The Stanford women have advanced to nationals 20 consecutive years, and the Cardinal men have advanced in each of the past 19. The West Region consists of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and portions of Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona.
Individual runners can also qualify for NCAAs if they are among the top four finishers in the region not on an advancing team, while also finishing in the top 25 overall in the race.
PAST STANFORD CHAMPIONS
Defending champion Stanford has won 13 men’s titles, including three of the past four. The Cardinal also has won 14 women’s titles, though none since 2007.
Five Stanford women have combined to win eight regional titles, with Teresa McWalters the most recent, in 2007.
Six Stanford men have combined to win seven regional titles, with Chris Derrick the most recent, in 2009.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW
Stanford junior Aisling Cuffe won the Pac-12 women’s individual title on Nov. 2 at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, Colo. Cuffe came from behind to pass a trio of Arizona runners in the final kilometer of the 6K (3.73 miles) race, finishing in 21:04. It marked the second consecutive individual women’s title for the Cardinal, following Kathy Kroeger’s accomplishment in 2012.
Teammate Jessica Tonn was ninth, making the Cardinal one of two women’s teams to place two among the top 10. Stanford was fifth as a team (129 points).
For the men, Stanford junior Jim Rosa finished second to Oregon’s Edward Cheserek over the 8K (4.97 miles) course. Rosa paced Stanford to third place (79 points).
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The men’s title figures to be a three-team race among Stanford, Oregon, and Portland, all three are ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams. Largely because of its fourth-place against a loaded field at the Pre-Nationals, Stanford figures to have the credentials to at least earn an at-large passage to the NCAAs, but it hoping for more.
The individual race features the top-two finishers from the Pac-12 meet, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Stanford’s Jim Rosa, who were ocassional summer training partners during their high school days in New Jersey. Defending champ Lawi Lalang of Arizona also is entered, though the two-time Pac-12 champ missed the conference meet because of an injury. Big West Conference champ Chris Frias of Cal Poly also is in the field.
The women’s race features seven teams ranked among the nation’s Top 30, including top-ranked Arizona, the Pac-12 champ. Stanford, ranked No. 5 in the region, appears to be a team on the NCAA bubble. The Cardinal will need a strong showing to continue its NCAA appearance streak. West Coast Conference champion USF joins the fray in what otherwise should be a Pac-12 party.
The top seven runners in the Pac-12 race will be in the field, led by Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe, who beat runner-up Elvin Kibet of Arizona by 11 seconds. Boise State’s Emma Bates, the Mountain West champion, was the runner who edged Cuffe by one second for the Pre-Nationals victory. Cal Poly’s Laura Hollander is the top returning placer, following her runner-up finish at last year’s regional meet in Seattle. WCC champion Bridget Dahlberg of USF is in the field and Stanford two-time track All-America Jessica Tonn also could contend.
The following is a look at Stanford's regional lineups:
Michael Atchoo, sr.
Troy, Mich. (Troy HS)
Stanford’s indoor mile record-holder (3:57.14) ... three-time first-team indoor track All-America ... Stanford No. 4 at Pre-Nationals ... Stanford’s No. 3 at Pac-12’s, where he placed 12th.
Marco Bertolotti, sr.
Port Washington, N.Y. (Schreiber HS)
Eighth among current Stanford lineup at Stanford Invite ... No. 2 on ‘B’ team at Bronco Invitational ... 3:44.22 for 1,500m ... ran No. 6 for Stanford at the Pac-12 Championships, placing 64th.
Sean McGorty, fr.
Fairfax, Va. (Chantilly HS)
Stanford No. 1 and fifth overall at Pre-Nationals in collegiate debut ... 2012 Foot Locker national XC runner-up ... PR of 8:45.61 for two miles, a Virginia prep record.
Erik Olson, sr.
Novato, Calif. (Novato HS)
2011 U.S. junior XC champ ... 13:46.12 for 5K ... 19th in ‘13 NCAA 5,000 final ... Stanford Invite champion ... Stanford No. 2 at Pre-Nationals, placing 13th ... ran No. 2 for Stanford at Pac-12’s, placing 11th overall ... won the Stanford Invitational.
Jim Rosa, jr.
West Windsor, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS)
Pac-12 runner-up two weeks ago, running 24:42 in Louisville, Colo. ... Stanford No. 3 at Pre-Nationals, placing 14th ... has run 13:59.76 indoors for 5K and 29:47.53 for 10K ... 7th in ‘13 Pac-12 10K.
Tyler Stutzman, sr.
Charlottesville, Va. (W. Albemarle HS)
Three-time track All-America in 1,500/mile ... has PR’s of 3:58.85 (indoors) for the mile, and 3:40.43 for 1,500 ... 10th at 2012 NCAA West Regional XC ... won the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for men’s XC ... Stanford’s No. 4 and 20th overall at Pac-12’s.
Garrett Sweatt, so.
Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Stanford’s No. 5 at Pre-Nats and 76th overall ... 14:10.86 for 5.000m ... Stanford’s No. 5 at Pac-12’s, placing 34th overall.
Cami Chapus, so.
Pac. Palisades, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake)
Stanford’s No. 5 runner at Pac-12’s, and 47th overall ... Stanford’s No. 3 at Pre-Nationals, and 72nd overall ... ran 4:39.64 for 1M and 4:17.12 for 1,500 ... two-time HS Dream Mile champ at New York Grand Prix.
Sophie Chase, fr.
Burke, Va. (Lake Braddock HS)
Stanford’s No. 7 at Pac-12’s and 63rd overall ... Stanford’s No. 4 at Pre-Nationals in collegiate debut, placing 77th ... three-time Foot Locker XC national finalist.
Aisling Cuffe, jr.
Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Corn. Central)
Won Pac-12 championship on Nov. 2, running 21:04 in Louisville, Colo. ... first name is pronounced “Ashling.” ... second overall at Pre-Nationals, by one second to Boise State’s Emma Bates ... Stanford No. 1 at 2012 NCAA XC ... 16:15.53 for 5K ... XC and TF All-America.
Megan Lacy, so.
Marlton, N.J. (Cherokee HS)
Stanford’s No. 4 at Pac-12’s, and 42nd overall ... Stanford’s No. 3 at Stanford Invite ... team No. 5 at Pre-Nationals and 120nd overall ... 2013 U.S. junior national runner-up in 5,000m.
Molly McNamara, jr.
Little RIver, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic HS)
Stanford’s No. 6 at Pac-12’s and 54th overall ... ran in Stanford’s top seven in 2011 Pac-12 and West Region teams ... No. 8 among current lineup at Stanford Invite ... 1,500 best of 4:24.96.
Rebecca Mehra, so.
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes)
Had highest career team finish at Pac-12’s, placing third for Stanford and 33rd overall ... Stanford’s No. 4 at USF Invite ... Stanford No. 6 at 2012 Pac-12 XC.
Jessica Tonn, sr.
Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Xavier Prep)
Placed ninth overall at Pac-12s and second for Stanford ... fourth overall and team No. 2 at Pre-Nationals ... Stanford Invite champ ... 15:54.90 best for 5,000 ... two-time track All-America in the 5,000 ... second in the 2013 Pac-12 10K track final, running 34:41.68.