April 3, 2006
Stanford, Ca - When a collegiate team wins an NCAA title, the post-season honors are numerous. And for the 2005 NCAA women's cross country champion team from Stanford, the rewards include a trip to the White House in Washington D.C.
Stanford will join three other NCAA championship teams (University of Washington women's volleyball team, University of Portland's women's soccer team, University of Maryland's men's soccer team) in meeting President George Bush as part of the National Student-Athlete Day on Thursday, April 6. The teams will be given a tour of several historic rooms at the White House in addition to meeting President Bush on the White House South Lawn. Stanford will pose for pictures with the President and a team representative will present the President with a gift from Stanford University.
"The team is really looking forward to the visit to the White House," said Stanford head coach Peter Tegen. "The team had a great season, and we are excited that the President is honoring this great Stanford team, and the other NCAA championship schools as well."
The Stanford women won their third NCAA title in school history, and the second national championship in the last three years with their victory in 2005. The Cardinal women competed in seven races and won all seven races including the NCAA championship, the NCAA West Regional title, and the Pacific-10 crown.
Arianna Lambie, the 2005 Pac-10 Cross Country Runner of the Year, was Stanford's top runner at the NCAA's in gaining All-American status. Lambie was Stanford's top runner during the 2005 season and her success included victories at the NCAA West Regional and Pacific-10 Championships.
" Our team pulled together, our coaches guided us well, and we were ready to fight for the national title on race day," said Lambie. "At the end of the race, we thought we had been outscored. We had to think about pulling proudly together and holding strong even though we probably hadn't achieved our highest goal. But fifteen minutes later, when they announced that Stanford had won, we were excited and truly proud of attaining what we worked so hard all season to attain."
Stanford won the NCAA title with 146 points compared to runnerup Colorado with 181 points.
Representing Stanford will be head coach Peter Tegen, assistant coach Ashley Couper, and the Cardinal team of Lauren Centrowitz, Lindsay Flacks, Alicia Follmar, Katie Harrington, Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Amanda Trotter and Katy Trotter.