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Table of Contents
Elaintarha - A unique World record warm-up

IAAF World Records

HANSON'S/BROOKS AND NIKE FARM TEAM READY TO DEFEND NATIONAL TITLES AT USATF NATIONAL CLUB CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Powell breaking long jump world record named 5th Greatest Moment

Olympic bid suffers as Madrid's image is tarnished

In the arena: Humble Paris leads Olympic marathon

News & Notes, Volume 5, Number 78

#1 Cardinal Women, #2 Stanford Men Seek Another NCAA Title Alicia Craig and Ryan Hall lead Stanford attack at NCAA Championships

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Elaintarha - A unique World record warm-up

Friday 19 November 2004

It is just a warm-up track nowadays. Yet over a dozen World records were set in this stadium, most famous of which being Paavo Nurmi's 1500m and 5000m double on the same afternoon of 19 June 1924, with just a 50 minute rest in between races.

A short stroll back in time

On a short walk northwards from Helsinki's city centre, once reaching the Olympic stadium take a short stroll around the left side which houses the National Sports Museum, and you come to the arena's athletes entrance. Walk another 30 metres and you come to the beginning of a tree lined roadway which intersects a large outcrop of granite rock. This is one of many small picturesque wood covered hills which divide up the city.

Hidden from view at the left-hand-side of the road, only the most observant on a quiet non-competition day will spot a large door which opens to reveal the mouth of a wide tunnel (about a car's width). Enter this cavern and continue your amble for a couple of minutes more and you come as close to stepping back into athletics history as is possible.

Lying unseen little more than a couple of 100 metres on the other side of the hillock into which this underground path opens out is a glade in which you'll find the Elaintarha (Zoological Gardens) Sports Ground.

It is a small unassuming stadium ringed by birch and pine trees and a perimeter fence made of the same materials. Built alongside the finishing straight is a small wooden spectator stand and a pavilion, both of early 20th century construction, next to which stands a more utilitarian club house built in more recent years. Except for the synthetic track and a line of modern changing rooms which have been erected to the rear of these three buildings, in all other respects Elaintarha has been unaltered by time.

A dozen World records

Yet in its heyday, before a bigger temple to sport was built a couple of 100 metres away to the south, a dozen or more World records were established within it's pine confines, boasting the names of such athletics gods as Paavo Nurmi, Ville Ritola and Matti Jarvinen.

39 ratified World records have been set in the Finnish capital since the establishment of the IAAF, and of these marks over a dozen have been carved out at Elaintarha. As well as Nurmi's famous double which he undertook in preparation for that summer's Paris Olympics, the stadium among many other feats also witnessed World records from Ville Ritola (10,000m - 1924), Lauri Lehtinen (5000m - 1932) and Matti Jarvinen (Javelin - 1936).

Yet since the inauguration of the Olympic stadium on 12 June 1938 Elaintarha has served as merely the warm-up track for its bigger cousin at so many famous sporting events, such as the 1952 Olympics, the inaugural World Championships in Athletics in 1983, and two European Championships (1971 & 1994).

Olympic champions aplenty

Elaintarha remains the home track of the capital's most famous athletics club Helsingin Kisa-Veikot which was founded 95 years ago. Many world class athletes have graced the club's entirely white strip including - albeit for some, not for the entirety of their careers - Olympic champions such as Hannes Kolehmainen, Armas Taipale, Albin Stenroos, Elmer Niklander, Toivo Loukola, Volmari Iso-Hollo and Matti Jarvinen. The most recent club member to strike Olympic gold was javelin thrower Arto Harkonen in 1984.

But perhaps the most legendary of all the names is Taisto Maki. He established six World records including two at 10,000m, the latter of which made him the world's first sub-30min runner in history. Maki, the 1938 European 5000m champion was never able to test his mettle in Olympic competition as WWII intervened, leading to the cancellation of the 1940 Helsinki Games.

Maki was a child of the new Olympic stadium generation of club members, with all his major feats played out a few 100 metres away, but he did appropriately play a major role in the hurrah of Elaintarha's last World record. On 28 August 1937, America's Archie San Romani Sr. established a World 2000m record (5:18.8), with Maki finishing just under two seconds adrift in second place.

Today when we speak of the Helsinki stadium we think just of the Olympic venue which of course has 23 ratified World record marks of its own to boast about. The clearly lined functionalistic style of the stadium - which once could seat over 70,000 spectators but has a smaller capacity of 40,000 these days - that Yrjo Lindegen and Toivo Jantti designed with its distinctive 72 metre tower is rightly famous worldwide.

But athletes, officials, media and spectators who visit the Olympic stadium for next summer's 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics should, even if they can't make their own pilgrimage to Elaintarha, at least spare a thought for that older temple to our sport which is but a javelin's throw away.

http://iaaf.org/news/newsId=27793,printer.html

[Conning: I am going on the Track and Field News Tour to Helsinki for the 2005 World Championships. This will be my third World Championships as I went to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2001 and Paris in 2003.

I prefer the World Championships to the Olympic Games, because it is much less crowded.

I enjoy visiting these historic stadiums. In 1967 I visited the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin and the 1964 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.]

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IAAF World Records

1500 Meters

IAAF ERA

3:52.6 Paavo Nurmi (FIN) Helsinski 19.06.1924

Olympic Test, Elaintarha Sports Ground (Zoological Garden), 19.05 Hr: 1. Nurmi 3:52.6 (all 3 watches 3:52.6), 2. Arvo Peussa 4:00.9, 3. Jaakko Luoma 4:01.6, 4. Gosta Jansson 4:01.7, 5. V. Mynttinen 4:10.0, 6. Leo Helgas 4:11.1, 7. Feliks Hilden 4:11.5. Nurmi: 57.3 - 63.7 (2:01.0) - 65.0 (3:06.0), last 300m: 46.6.

5000 METRES

IAAF ERA

14:28.2 Paavo Nurmi (FIN) Helsinki 19.06.1924

Olympic Test for Paris, Elaintarha Sportsground (Zoological Garden), 20 Hr, 50 Minutes after setting his first world record of the day: 3:52.6 over 1500m (see above): 1. Nurmi 14:28.2 (14:27.8 - 14:28.2 - 14:28.5, 3 Miles: 14:02.0 unofficial), 2. T. Berggren 15:57.8, Ilmari Jokinen 16:16.0, 4. Arvo Osola 16:16.5, 5. Armas Toivonen 16:31.2, 5. K. Urpanen 16:52.2, from 1000 to 1000m: 2:48.6 - 5:43.2 - 8:40.3 - 11:37, 400m: 65, 600: 1:39.4, 1500m: 4:14.8, last lap 64.2. Ladislav Krnac has located lap times from a 1931 book "Vytrvaly beh" (persistent run) by Karol Nedobity, published in Brno in 1931: 32.0 (200m) - 67.4 - 69.1 - 69.5 - 71.2 - 71.3 - 71.3 - 70.0 - 71.4 - 70.5 - 70.6 - 71.2 - 62.7.

2000 METRES

IAAF ERA

5:16.8 Archie San Romani Sr. (USA) Helsinki 26.08.37

International, Elaintarha Sports Ground (Zoological Garden) 19:10 Hr: 1. San Romani 5:16.8 (5:16.6 - 5:16.7 - 5:16.7, rounded to 5:16.8), 2. Taisto Maki 5:18.2, 3. Kauko Pekuri 5:20.5, 4. Martti Matilanen 5:21.8, 5. Alf Lindblad 5:33.7, 63.5 (Maki, 63.8 Pekuri, 64 S.R.) - 64.5 (2:08/Pekuri, 2:08.2 M, 2:08.5 S.R.) 66 (3:14/San Romani) - 65 (4:19/San Romani) 57.7; Halves: 2:41.5 and 2:35.2, 1500m: 4:03 (S.R., 4:03.2 M, 4:03.5 P),

Source: IAAF PROGRESSION OF WORLD BEST PERFORMANCES AND OFFICIAL WORLD RECORDS, 1999 Edition.

[Conning: I would like to thank John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle for giving me this book.]

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HANSON'S/BROOKS AND NIKE FARM TEAM READY TO DEFEND NATIONAL TITLES AT USATF NATIONAL CLUB CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Question: What do the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Pistons, Hanson's/Brooks Distance Project, and the Nike Farm Team have in common?

Answer: They are the number one teams in America in pro football, baseball, basketball, and cross country running!

America's top post-collegiate club teams will converge upon Portland Meadows race track in Portland, Oregon on Saturday December 4th for the sixth annual USA Track & Field National Club Cross Country Championships.

The USATF National Club Cross Country Championships features the top clubs from across the United States vying for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. More than 40 clubs and 700 competitors are expected to compete in this event, which features a 10-kilometer men's race, and a 6-kilometer women's race.

On the men's side, the road to the national championships and bragging rights as America's top harrier squad goes directly through the Hanson's/Brooks Distance Project.

The Rochester, Michigan based team earned a "three-peat" in last year's title meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, placing all five scoring runners among the top twelve finishers overall and totaling 30 points in the team scoring. Wisconsin Running Team followed in second place with 49 points, while the Nike Farm Team claimed third with 74 points.

2004 Olympian Alan Webb (30:13.1) was the individual winner of last year's 10-kilometer race, edging fellow Olympian Daniel Lincoln (Nike) by three-tenths of a second (30:13.4).

The Nike Farm Team's women's squad enters this year's national club championships looking to duplicate what the Hanson's harriers accomplished last year-a "three-peat".

The Nike Farm Team from Palo Alto, CA., defended their 2002 title with 40 points, while the Boston Athletic Association and newcomer adidas Raleigh TC both scored 84 points, with the New England club earning the silver medal based on a 5th woman tie- breaker.

Missy Buttry, a two-time NCAA Division III cross country champion from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA., used a final burst at the end to win the 2003 women's title in 19:59.9 over 2004 Olympian Kate O'Neill (20.01.4).

Buttry and O'Neill ran side-by-side at the halfway point, leaving the remainder of the field behind. They continued their battle until the final 100 meters when Buttry broke away at the end.

Some of the clubs from the Pacific Northwest expected to send teams to Portland for the national championships include Team Eugene (Eugene, OR), Club Northwest (Seattle, WA), and Seattle Running Company (Seattle).

Many of the country's top masters (athletes 40 years and older) squads will also do battle on the Portland Meadows turf for age division championship titles.

Teams and individuals interested in entering the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships are urged to visit the national championships site at http://www.usatf.org/events/2004/USATFClubXCChampionships. Members of the media may also visit that site to check the current entries.

The USATF National Club Cross Country Championships are part of a day-long celebration of cross country running at Portland Meadows, starting at 9:30 am with the Nike Team Nationals, an invitational race sanctioned by USA Track & Field, featuring twenty of America's top boys' and girls' teams in a head-to- head battle for national supremacy.

For more information on the Nike Team Nationals, please visit their web site at http://www.niketeamnationals.com.

--end- Race Schedule (as of November 18th; subject to change)

8:30 am-Race Course Opens 9:30 am-Nike Team Nationals boys race 10:30 am-Nike Team Nationals girls race 11:15 am-Community/USATF Delegates 4 km Fun Run 11:45 am--Open & Masters Women's 6 km Run 12:30 pm--Open Men's 10 km Run 1:15 pm--Masters Men's 10 km Run

Portland Meadows 1001 N. Schmeer Road Portland, Oregon 97217 Phone: (503) 285-9144

Directions to Portland Meadows Race Track (courtesy www.portlandmeadows.com) :

From downtown Portland, take I-5 North to the Portland Meadows Exit (306B). Turn right onto Victory Road. Continue onto Whitaker Rd. The Park is located near the intersection of Whitaker Rd. and N. Schmeer with entrance points located on both Whitaker, one-half block south of Hayden Meadows Drive and on N. Schmeer just east of Whitaker.

From Vancouver, WA.

Take I-5 South to Interstate Blvd / Portland Meadows exit (306). Stay right and follow the ramp to Victory Rd., turn right onto Victory Road. Continue onto Whitaker Rd.

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Friday, November 19, 2004

Powell breaking long jump world record named 5th Greatest Moment

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Powell setting the men's world long jump record at the 1991 World Outdoor Championships was honored by USA Track & Field on Friday as the fifth-greatest moment in U.S. track and field history in the last 25 years.

To help mark the 25th anniversary of USA Track & Field, fans joined USATF in selecting the Top 25 Moments in American Track & Field during the past quarter century. Fans voted for what they consider to be the top moments in the sports of track & field, long-distance running, and race walking by voting online at USATF's website, www.usatf.org.

At the 1991 World Outdoor Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Powell and Carl Lewis did battle in what many consider to be the greatest long jump competition in history.

Lewis wasted no time in taking the lead in the first round with a then Championships record leap of 8.68 meters/28 feet, 5.75 inches. Powell assumed second place in round two with a jump of 8.54m/28-0.25, before Lewis propelled himself to a wind-aided 8.83m/28-11.75 in the third round. Powell's monster fourth round jump was ruled a foul shortly before Lewis improved his lead with a stunning wind-aided jump of 8.91m/29-2.75.

In the fifth round Powell hit the board aggressively and landed in the pit with a new world record, having soared 8.95m/29- 4.50. Powell's effort bettered the miraculous gold medal winning jump and previous world record of 8.90m/29-2.50 by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Lewis tried valiantly to catch Powell with his final two attempts of 8.87m/29-1.25 & 8.84m/29-0, but he fell short of Powell's epic jump that continues to reign as the world record.

"This is a dream come true," said Powell afterwards. "Honestly, I thought Carl would beat me in the last jump. I have conditioned myself for so long to see him come from behind and beat me. I thought he would jump nine meters."

Suggestions for USATF's Top 25 Moments were taken through February 22, 2004. Fans voted for their favorite moments beginning February 28 and ending on June 20. The Top 25 Moments will be announced in reverse order leading up to the USATF Annual Meeting in December, where the top three moments will be revealed.

For more information on USATF's Top 25 Moments, visit www.usatf.org.

USATF Top 25 Moments

25. Jackie Joyner-Kersee breaks 7,000-point barrier in the heptathlon.

24. Khalid Khannouchi sets men's world marathon record in 2002.

23. Alan Webb sets U.S. boys' high school mile record.

22. Kevin Young breaks Edwin Moses' world record.

21. Lynn Jennings wins third World Cross Country title.

20. Alberto Salazar wins third consecutive New York City Marathon.

19. Flo-Jo sets women's 200m world record.

18. Gail Devers successfully defends Olympic 100m women's title.

17. Evelyn Ashford defeats two world record holders at 1979 World Cup.

16. Michael Carter sets national prep shot put record.

15. Valerie Brisco wins three gold medals at 1984 Olympic Games.

14. Stacy Dragila wins first ever women's Olympic pole vault.

13. Maurice Greene wins double sprint gold at 1999 World Outdoors

12. Decker wins two gold medals at 1983 World Outdoor Championships

11. Batten, Buford better world record at 1995 World Outdoor Championships

10. Flo-Jo shatters 100m world record

9. JJK breaks heptathlon world record at 1988 Olympic Games

8. Lewis wins fourth consecutive Olympic long jump gold medal

7. Jones wins five medals, three of them gold, at 2000 Olympic Games

6. Johnson breaks 400m world record

5. Powell breaks long jump world record

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Olympic bid suffers as Madrid's image is tarnished

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7713-1364653,00.html

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In the arena: Humble Paris leads Olympic marathon

International Herald Tribune, France - 14 hours ago

... Cup finals and last year's world track and field ... first round is highly unlikely with this deep field. ... the sporting goods impresario from California who heads ...

http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/18/sports/ARENA.html

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Friday, November 19, 2004

News & Notes, Volume 5, Number 78

Stanford to defend men's & women's NCAA Division I crowns

The nation's finest collegiate harriers will battle for team and individual supremacy Monday at the 2004 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at Indiana State University's Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Stanford University's men's and women's teams will attempt to defend their 2003 crowns won last year at Waterloo, Iowa.

Stanford's men's team crushed the field last year with its total of 24 points. Stanford was followed by the University of Wisconsin with 174 points and Northern Arizona with 189 points. Ryan Hall led the way for the Stanford men with his runner-up finish in 29:15.4. Grant Robison was fourth for Stanford in 29:19.2, with Ian Dobson fifth (29:24.7); Louis Luchini 6th (29:28.2) and Adam Tenforde 12th (29:44.9) among scorers. Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado won the individual men's title in 29:14.1.

Stanford won the women's team title with 120 points, followed by 2002 team champion Brigham Young with 128 points and Providence with 222. Sara Bei led the way for Stanford with her third-place finish in 19:49.1. She was followed by teammates Alicia Craig (6th-19:55.0); Katy Trotter (21st-20:29.4); Arianna Lampie (24th-20:31.6) and Amanda Trotter (92nd-21:12.4).

Senior Shalane Flanagan of the University of North Carolina won the women's individual title in 19:30.4, followed by runner-up Kim Smith of Providence in 19:42.7.

The 2004 NCAA Division II Championships will take place Saturday at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind.

Last year in Raleigh, N.C., Adams State College men's and women's teams swept the national titles. The Adams State men finished with 40 points, with runner-up Abilene Christian totaling 68 points, and third-place Harding amassing 86 points. Celedino Rodriguez of Adams State won individual honors finishing in 30:25.6. Jacob Rotich of Harding was the runner-up in 30:39.9, followed by his teammate Peter Kosgei in 30:46.2.

The Adams State women won the national title with 38 points. Western State was the runner-up with 101 points, and Grand Valley State was third with 143 points. Chelsea Smith of BYU- Hawaii won the women's race in 20:33.9, followed by runner-up Mindy Sawtelle of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 20:59.9. Harding's Janet Kogo was third in 21:05.5.

When the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships take place Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Calvin College's men's team and Middlebury College's women's squad will be the defending champions.

At last year's championships in Hanover, Ind., Calvin College tallied 48 points to win the men's crown, as they placed six runners in the top 30. Wisconsin-Stevens Point was second with 128 points, and North Central College was third with 155 points. Josh Moen of Wartburg College won individual honors in 24:34.4. Macharia Yuot of Widener University was second in 25:03.1 and Marcus Murphy of Loras College was third in 25:10.6.

Middlebury won the women's title with 135 points, and Trinity College was second with 174 points and Wisconsin-Stevens Point was third with 193 points. Missy Buttry of Wartburg College defended her title by winning in 20:00.2. She was followed by runner-up Liz Woodworth of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 21:03.3 and Kathleen Brice of Elmhurst College, who ran 21:23.2.

For more information on the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships, visit www.ncaasports.com.

USATF names 2004 Chiba Ekiden Team Many of America's finest distance runners will take on the world's best Tuesday, November 23 at the 2004 International Chiba Ekiden in Chiba, Japan. The U.S. team will look to improve on last year's performance when the men's squad finished ninth and the women's team placed 10th in team competition. Members of the 2004 U.S. men's Chiba Ekiden Team are Matt Gabrielson (Apple Valley, Minn.), Jason Hubbard (Alamosa, Colo.), James Carney (Monterey Bay, Calif.), Justin Young (Boulder, Colo.), Chad Pearson (Cary, N.C.) and Luke Watson (Minneapolis, Minn.). The U.S. women's team is Kelly Keane (The Woodlands, Tex.), Sharon Dickie (Knoxville, Tenn.), Katherine Jane Newberry (Williamsburg, Va.), Melissa Marie Gulli (College Station, Tex.), Carrie Messner (Carbondale, Colo.), Dana Turner Coons (Burnsville, Minn.) and Melissa April White (Rochester Hills, Mich.). A total of 14 separate countries will compete in the men's and women's competitions, with 263 athletes competing overall. For more information on the 2004 International Chiba Ekiden, visit: http://www.chiba-ekiden.jp/race.html

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#1 Cardinal Women, #2 Stanford Men Seek Another NCAA Title

Alicia Craig and Ryan Hall lead Stanford attack at NCAA Championships

Nov. 19, 2004

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Terre Haute, In - The powerful Stanford women and men's cross country teams will seek to defend their 2003 NCAA titles when the Cardinal competes at the 2004 NCAA Division I Championships on Monday (Nov. 22) at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

The course is rolling and challenging. The women's competition is slated for 11:00 a.m. (et) and will cover 6,000 meters. At 12:15 p.m. (et), the men's competition will cover 10,000 meters.

The Stanford women picked up all 13 first place votes for 390 points in the latest FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National poll. Providence is second with 371 points while Colorado (364 points), Michigan (352 points) and Duke (336 points) round out the nation's Top 5.

The Cardinal men, the two-time NCAA defending champion, is ranked third in the latest Mondo Men's NCAA Division I poll. Stanford has collected 395 points in a vote conducted by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. Wisconsin picked up 12 first place votes for 418 points. Arkansas collected two first place votes for 403 points.

Last year in one of the most dominating performances in NCAA history, the Stanford men posted a 150 point margin of victory over runnerup Wisconsin. Stanford tallied a winning score of 24 points while the Badgers collected 174 points. The margin of victory for Stanford was the largest in NCAA Division I history, besting the 122 point victory by Arkansas over BYU in 1993. The men's score of 24 points was the second lowest in NCAA history, behind the 17 point total by UTEP in 1981.

Led by the runnerup individual performance of Ryan Hall, the Stanford Cardinal placed four runners in the Top 10. Hall was timed in 29:15.4, a close second to NCAA champion Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado at 29:14.1.

The Stanford men have won four NCAA cross country titles (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003) in the last eight years.

Led by a third place finish from Sara Bei and a sixth place finish from Alicia Craig, the Cardinal women prevailed in winning the national title over BYU by a score of 120 to 128. Bei finished with a time of 19:49.1 behind Shalane Flanagan of North Carolina (19:30.4) and Kim Smith of Providence (19:42.7). The victory was the second NCAA championship title for the Stanford women since 1996. The Cardinal women have finished third or better in seven of the last eight NCAA Cross Country championship meets.

Both the Stanford women's and men's teams have enjoyed highly successful seasons in 2004. The Cardinal women have won all six meets they have competed in in 2004. That included victories at the NCAA West Regional, the Pac-10 Championship and the Pre- NCAA's in Terre Haute, In. The Stanford men have five of their six meets.

At the NCAA West Regional (Nov. 13), Alicia Craig captured the individual title for a third straight season to lead Stanford to the team title for a sixth straight season. Craig ran the 6,000 meter course in a time of 20:03. Four Stanford runners finished in the Top 7 as the Cardinal took the team title with 29 points. The Stanford men won the NCAA Regional title for a ninth straight season. Stanford tallied 49 points to defeat Arizona State by 19 points. Ryan Hall, who finished second last year, paced the Cardinal victory with a first place showing over 10,000 meters (30:07). Two other Cardinal runners finished in the Top 10. Neftalem Araia finished third (30:16) while Jonathan Pierce placed tenth (30:41).

For the ninth straight season, the Stanford women captured the Pacific-10 title. Paced by second and third place finishes by Alicia Craig and Anita Siraki, Stanford tallied 30 points compared to 47 for runnerup Arizona State. ASU's Amy Hastings won the individual title with a time of 20:19 over 6,000 meters. Craig ran 20:26 while Siraki was timed in 20:46. Amanda Trotter finished sixth (21:08) while her twin sister, Katy Trotter, placed eighth (21:12).

For the fifth straight year, the Cardinal men's team earned the league title.The Stanford men collected 37 points compared to runnerup Arizona State with 64. Three Cardinal runners finished in the Top 10 led by Ryan Hall who battled Arizona's Robert Cheseret to the finish line. Cheseret edged Hall at the end, but both runners were timed in 23:48 over 8,000 meters. Jacob Gomez was fourth (24:28) while David Vidal placed eighth (24:39).

At the Pre-NCAA's (Oct. 16), Alicia Craig and Ryan Hall led Stanford to victory. Craig defeated 251 other runners in capturing the individual crown and helping the top-ranked Cardinal women to the team title with 49 points. Notre Dame finished a distance second with 111 points. Craig ran the 6,000 meters in a time of 20:20.4. Three Stanford runners, including Craig, finished in the Top 10. Anita Siraki finished sixth (20:42.8) while Katy Trotter placed eighth (20:48.9). Hall, in his season debut, led the Cardinal men to a first place title with 77 points. Notre Dame placed second with 165 points. Hall ran the 8,000 meter course in a time of 23:54.4. Hall was one of three Stanford runners to finish in the Top 10. Neftalem Araia placed fifth (24:01.0) while Jacob Gomez finished tenth (24:09.4).

Complete results of the NCAA Championships will be available on the Indiana State website (www.indstate.edu/athletic).

Stanford's Top Team Performances at the NCAA Championships

Men

2003 - NCAA Champion

2002 - NCAA Champion

2001 - Second Place

2000 - Fourth Place

1999 - Fourth Place

1998 - Second Place

1997 - NCAA Champion

1996 - NCAA Champion

1995 - Fifth Place

1994 - Sixth Place

1968 - Second Place

Women

2003 - NCAA Champion

2002 - Second Place

2001- Fifth Place

2000 - Third Place

1999 - Third Place

1998 - Third Place

1997 - Second Place

1996 - NCAA Champion

1995 - Ninth Place

1994 - Seventh Place

1984 - Second Place

1983 - Second Place

1982 - Second Place

1981 - Third Place

http://gostanford.collegesports.com/sports/c-xc/spec- rel/111904aaa.html

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