On Saturday, the Bay Area rivals will face off at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field. At risk is not only the pride of both teams but also many long-standing Big Meet records.
Stanford junior Michael Atchoo set a new school and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record in the mile to lead the Cardinal men’s track and field team to a fifth-place finish at the MPSF championships. The women finished fourth.
Last Saturday, the Cardinal cross country teams finished their seasons at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, with the No. 3 men faltered a bit en route to a 16th place finish, and the No. 4 women finding their way back to the podium with a third-place effort.
The Pac-12 Championship brought out the best in both Stanford cross country teams on Saturday, as they scored 82 points each to earn top-three finishes at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Stanford’s cross country teams went into Madison on Friday with high hopes for one of the largest meets of the season, the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The deep field included six top-10 teams for both the men and women–overall, 20 women’s teams were ranked, along with 19 on the men’s side. In addition, the No. 8 Cardinal men had to race against top-ranked Wisconsin, which was down two top runners, and the No. 7 Cardinal women competed against Pac-12 rivals No. 2 Arizona and No. 3 Washington.
In a result that surprised very few, the men’s and women’s cross country teams both won the team races at the Stanford Invitational last weekend, setting the tone for what each hopes is a return to the podium at the NCAA Championships in November.
Both the No. 6 women and No. 9 men will be heavy favorites to repeat in the team races Saturday morning during the 39th running of the Stanford Invitational, the Cardinal’s only home meet of the year, featuring 12 high school races as well as the men’s and women’s collegiate races.
Five individual titles highlighted a successful trip to the Pac-12 Championships for the Stanford track and field teams. The women placed second while the men tied for fifth, as host Oregon swept both titles.