Nov. 13, 2010
Eugene, Ore. - The Cardinal cross-country teams came to Eugene with just one simple goal of qualifying for nationals and it was accomplished. The No. 2 Stanford men placed second to earn an auto bid, while the women were third and should be among the first teams chosen as an at-large.
The Stanford men ran their most conservative race of the season, choosing to run in the pack, instead of pushing the pace. Oregon raced a bit more aggressively and edged the Cardinal by two points, 63 to 65. California placed third with 78 points, upsetting Portland who was fourth with 131.
The Cardinal trio of Chris Derrick, Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley ran together as usual, but hung in the lead pack instead of taking control.
Derrick led the way finishing seventh with a 10,000-meter time of 30:14.57. Heath and Riley were right behind, placing eighth and ninth in 30:14.71 and 30:14.75.
Trevor Dunbar of Portland won the meet with a time of 29:57.89.
Stanford's top five was completed by Andrew Berberick and Miles Unterreiner. Berberick finished 21st with a time of 30:37.30, while Unterreiner was 22nd with a time of 30:37.35.
The rest of the Cardinal top seven was Riley Sullivan who was 29th with a time of 30:45.76 and Tyler Stutzman was 39th with a time of 30:56.58.
Stanford ran without Benjamin Johnson, J.T. Sullivan and Erik Olson, who should be back in the lineup for nationals.
The Cardinal women placed third, but should still advance to the NCAA's as an at-large. The Cardinal beat both Washington and Oregon at the Pac-10 Championships giving them the necessary points to advance. The Huskies took the region title with 73 points, while Oregon was second with 77. Stanford had 86, finishing just in front of Arizona who was fourth with 90.
Kathy Kroeger once again led the Cardinal, placing fifth overall. The Stanford sophomore ran conservatively and finished with a 6,000-meter time of 20:13.47.
Pac-10 Champion Jordan Hasay of Oregon repeated as Region champion, finishing in 20:01.90
The Cardinal had two more runners in the top-20 with Stephanie Marcy placing 11th with a time of 20:26.10 and Alex Dunne placing 17th in 20:31.48. Marcy continues to always come through in big races, while Dunne ran her best race of the season.
Rounding out the top five for Stanford were Georgia Griffin in 25th and Jessica Tonn in 28th. Griffin finished in 20:44.82, while Tonn was at 20:47.61.
Alex Gits was right behind her teammates in 29th, finishing with a time of 20:47.82.
Madeline Duhon completed Stanford's seven in 55th place. She ran a time of 21:17.70.
Stanford will now turn its full attention to nationals on November 22. Stanford will looking to get both teams back on the podium, while either team is a legitimate national title contender.