Video interview with coach Chris Miltenberg below
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- For the 20th consecutive season, both Stanford’s men’s and women’s teams will compete at the NCAA Championships, on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The Stanford men are ranked No. 4 after repeating as NCAA West Region champs, and the Cardinal women are No. 12 after a strong second at the regional meet in Sacramento.
A closer look at Saturday’s meet:
Men, 9 a.m. PT (noon ET); Distance: 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)
Women, 10:15 a.m. PT (1:15 p.m. ET); Distance: 6 kilometers (3.73 miles)
Live Results: Click here
Stanford rankings: Men, No. 4; Women, No. 12
Defending champions: Men, Oklahoma State; Women, Oregon
Top men’s returner: Kennedy Kithuka (Texas Tech), 1st in 2012
Top women’s returner: Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), 2nd in 2012
THE STREAKS: This is the 20th consecutive season that Stanford has qualified both its men’s and women’s teams into the NCAA Championships -- every season since 1994. The women’s streak is 21 consecutive appearances, and the men’s is 20.
PAST STANFORD CHAMPIONS: Stanford’s men and women have combined for nine NCAA cross country team championships, but oddly, no individual ones.
The Cardinal women have won five national titles, most recently in 2007 when the team won its third in a row. That also marked the last time a Stanford woman placed among the top 10, when Arianna Lambie was ninth. Stanford’s highest individual finish was Regina Jacobs’ runner-up in 1985.
The Cardinal men have won four national titles, most recently in 2003 when the team scored only 24 points. Stanford individuals have placed second four times. Chris Derrick was the last to do so, in 2011, in Terre Haute. The others were Neftalem Araia (2006), Ryan Hall (2003), and Gary Stolz (1992).
MILTENBERG NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Miltenberg, Stanford’s second-year coach and Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, was named USTFCCCA West Region men’s cross country Coach of the Year on Tuesday. The Stanford men were ranked No. 29 in the country in mid-October, but steadily moved up to No. 4 after placing fourth at Pre-Nationals, third in the Pac-12 and first in the West Region.
PAC-12 CHAMPION AISLING CUFFE: Stanford junior Aisling Cuffe (pronounced "Ash-ling Cuff") is the Pac-12 champion, Pre-National runner-up, and was third in the West Region. Cuffe had impressive credentials while at Cornwall Central HS in New York. She won national cross country championships at FootLocker and junior nationals during the 2010-11 school year, and set a junior national two-mile record of 9:54.22. As a Stanford freshman, she twice broke the U.S. junior indoor record for 3,000 meters, finally at 9:07.79. She is a three-time All-America (one in cross country and one second-team honor each each in indoor and outdoor track). She was 13th in the NCAA 5,000 meters last spring and has a personal best of 16:15.53. In two previous NCAA cross country championships, Cuffe placed 74th (2011) and 21st (2012).
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 (79 points).
WEST REGIONALS IN REVIEW: The Stanford men repeated as champion and won for the fourth time in five years, finishing with three among the top six, and four in the top 12. Jim Rosa repeated his Pac-12 finish as runner-up to Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, with Erik Olson third.
The Stanford women were ranked fifth in the region coming in, but surprised the field by placing second. Aisling Cuffe was third and Jessica Tonn sixth, but it was strong finishes by Megan Lacy (20th), Cami Chapus (26th) and Molly McNamara (39th) that propelled the Cardinal to an NCAA Championships berth at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.
Michael Atchoo, sr., Troy, Mich. (Troy HS): Named All-West Region after placing sixth at regionals as Stanford’s No. 3 ... Stanford’s indoor mile record-holder (3:57.14) ... three-time first-team indoor track All-America ... Stanford’s No. 3 at Pac-12’s, where he placed 12th.
Marco Bertolotti, sr., Port Washington, N.Y. (Schreiber HS): Stanford’s No. 7 at regionals, placing 79th overall ... 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): Was 12th at regionals (and Stanford’s No. 4), earning All-West Region honors ... Stanford No. 1 and fifth overall at Pre-Nationals in collegiate debut ... 2012 Foot Locker national XC runner-up ... HS PR of 8:45.61 for two miles.
Erik Olson, sr., Novato, Calif. (Novato HS): Third in West Regional (and No. 2 for Stanford), earning All-West Region honors ... 2011 U.S. junior XC champ ... 13:46.12 for 5K ... 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): NCAA West Region and Pac-12 runner-up ... named All-West Region ... Stanford’s No. 1 in both postseason races ... Stanford No. 3 at Pre-Nationals, placing 14th ... 13:59.76 indoors for 5K and 29:47.53 for 10K ... 7th in ‘13 Pac-12 10K.
Tyler Stutzman, sr., Charlottesville, Va. (Western Albemarle HS): Placed 48th at NCAA West Regionals as Stanford’s No. 5 ... three-time track All-America ... mile PR of 3:58.85 ... Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Stanford’s No. 4 and 20th overall at Pac-12’s.
Garrett Sweatt, so., Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS): Stanford’s No. 5 at West Regionals, placing 31st ... 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., Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake School): Stanford’s No. 4 at West Regionals, placing 26th ... Stanford’s No. 5 at Pac-12’s, and 47th overall ... Stanford’s No. 3 at Pre-Nationals, and 72nd overall ... 4:39.64 for the mile ... two-time HS Dream Mile champ at New York Grand Prix.
Aisling Cuffe, jr., Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Cornwall Central HS): 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 ... third at West Regionals ... 16:15.53 for 5K.
Megan Lacy, so., Marlton, N.J. (Cherokee HS): Earned All-West Region honors after placing 20th at regionals as Stanford’s No. 3 ... team No. 4 at Pac-12’s, and 42nd overall ... 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. 5 at West Regionals, placing 39th overall ... team No. 6 at Pac-12’s and 54th overall ... ran in Stanford’s top seven in 2011 Pac-12 and West Region teams ... 1,500 best of 4:24.96.
Rebecca Mehra, so., Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS): 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.
Claudia Saunders, so., Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton HS): The NCAA’s will be her first postseason XC race ... has run in two meets, with best of third at Doc Adams Invite ... 2013 junior national runner-up in the 800 meters (best of 2:06.46).
Jessica Tonn, sr., Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Xavier Prep): Placed sixth at regionals (earning All-West honors) and was team No. 2 ... 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.