Running in front of a home crowd for the final time in their careers, the men’s cross country senior trio of Chris Derrick, Jake Riley and Brendan Gregg all cruised to top-10 finishes at the NCAA West Regional Championships on Saturday.
Cross Country: Stanford looks to bounce back at Regionals after falling short of conference championships
After coming up just short at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be looking to pick up the pace and qualify for the NCAA Championships tomorrow morning when they host the 2011 NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.
In a finish that was even tighter on the course than it was on paper, the Buffaloes took the men’s team title with 46 points, seven better than Stanford’s total of 53
While the football team continues to eat up headlines almost as fast as its running backs eat up yards, Stanford’s first Pac-12 title in any sport could very well come from the men’s and women’s cross country teams, which will take to the course tomorrow morning in Litchfield Park, Ariz. for the first-ever Pac-12 Championships.
Despite missing several of its top runners, the No. 3 men’s cross country team put on a strong showing at the Notre Dame Invitational last Saturday, scoring 202 points to place fourth in the competitive Blue Division
With clear skies and temperatures around 80 degrees, conditions were perfect as the men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their respective seasons at home on Saturday morning at the Stanford Invitational. With a little help from All-Americans Chris Derrick and Kathy Kroeger, both Cardinal teams kicked off the year in style, sweeping both the individual and team titles.
When senior Chris Derrick came to the Farm in the fall of 2008, he and the Stanford men’s cross country team had one goal in mind.