Stanford University Rich in Cross Country Success
Cross Country Heritage
Tradition and success are often used descriptions for men's and women's cross country at Stanford University. Since 1916 for men, and 1977 for women, Stanford has enjoyed success, not only on the national level, but internationally as well. Cardinal runners have competed for numerous United States Junior and Senior National teams, and have been prominent competitors at the Olympics and the World Championships.
During the summer of 1999, Regina Jacobs, a four-time cross country All-American at Stanford during the mid 1980's, competed in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at the World Championships in Seville, Spain. Jacobs, a two-time Olympic competitor, is America's top female distance runner.
Brad Hauser, numerous times an All-American in cross country and track, ran the 10,000 meters at the World Championships. Also during the summer of 1999, several Cardinal athletes competed at the U.S. Track & Field Championships, the World University Games, the Jr. Pan Am Games, the USA Jr. National Championships and the Cam Am Series in Europe. The list included Gabe Jennings, Michael Stember, Jonathon Riley, Jake Maas, Daniel Parris, Jonathan Stevens, Jesse Thomas, and incoming freshmen Andy Powell, Steve Loughlin, Katie Hotchkiss and Lindsay Hyatt.
Over the years, Stanford men's program has produced some of the nation's finest distance runners, including All-Americans Harry McCalla ('65), Greg Brock ('70), Brook Thomas ('70), Don Kardong ('71), Marc Olesen ('86), Gary Stolz ('93), Brad and Brent Hauser ('98) and Nathan Nutter ('98).
The Cardinal women's program first gained national prominence during the early 1980's with future Olympians, and NCAA champions. Jacobs, Alison Wiley, PattiSue Plumer, and Ceci (Hopp) St. Geme help achieve national prominence for Stanford. This group helped produced NCAA second-place finishes in 1982, 1983, 1984 and a third place finish in 1981.
In the 1990's, another large group of Cardinal athletes returned Stanford to the national spotlight. The long list included Monal Chokshi, Mary Cobb, Sally Glynn, Sarna Renfro and Julia Stamps. And each year, Stanford's freshman class grows stronger. The rich tradition in cross country and track remains rock solid, now and in the years ahead.
Stanford Academic Excellence
Academic excellence is the norm at Stanford and the Cross Country, and Track & Field programs uphold that tradition. Started only six years ago, the United States Cross Country Coaches Association began selecting not only individuals but also teams for the honor of being named Academic All-American. Based upon the criteria that the entire roster must maintain an average of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, both the men's and women's cross country teams at Stanford have been named Academic All-American teams each of the last five years. Numerous Stanford athletes have achieved All-America academic status in their careers.
Stanford Golf Course
The beautiful Stanford University Golf Course is home to the Cardinal men's and women's cross country teams. A shady site covered with more than 300 oak trees, the course is both picturesque and challenging. Just as rich as the scenery is the tradition of top flight cross country competition. Home of the NCAA District-8 Championships for six seasons and the Pac-10 Championships from 1972 to 1997, the course has challenged some of the finest distance runners in the world.
The Stanford Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held for the 26th time in 1999 and will feature some of the nation's strongest men's and women's cross country teams. More than 3,000 athletes representing 60 squads will be at the start on October 2 at the Stanford Golf Course.