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.
On Friday, the Cardinal men and women kept their seasons alive at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle, Washington. To qualify for the national championships, teams had to place in the top two slots at their regional meet or hope for one of the thirteen at-large bids. Stanford left nothing to chance, winning the men’s race and finishing as the runner-up in the women’s event.
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.
The Cardinal men and women will run for pride this weekend at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif. for the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships. The Cardinal will be looking to build on its success from two weeks ago at the Wisconsin Invite, as this competition is one of Stanford’s final two meets before the NCAA West Regional meet.
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.
Former Georgetown track and field associate head coach Chris Miltenberg will be the new Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field and Stanford cross-country head coach, officially announced by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir on Monday.