Stanford cross country ran away with a pair of second place finishes in arguably the most the most competitive meet outside of championship racing on Friday. Held in Verona, Wisconsin, the Nuttycombe Invitational played host to 20 of the top 30 programs in the country, including six of the top 10 teams for both men and women.
After a month of being away from the racing scene, Stanford cross country will return to action on Friday with the Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ahead of Friday’s meet, The Daily’s Alejandro Salinas sat down with recently-appointed cross country head coach J.J. Clark to talk about his past coaching experiences, his transition to Stanford and his goals for the season.
Stanford cross country opened the 2019 season right where it left off, running competitively against some of the strongest teams in the country. At the season-opening John McNichols Invitational in Indiana on Saturday, both the men’s and women’s teams finished second, taking down top ranked programs.
The 2019 season begins Saturday with the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana, marking the first competition under recently-appointed head coach J.J. Clark.
After 13 years at the University of Tennessee and five at the University of Connecticut (UConn), J.J. Clark has been tapped as Stanford’s next Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, Athletics Director Bernard Muir announced on Thursday.
In 2017 and 2018, coach Chris Miltenberg led the men’s cross country team to repeat Pac-12 titles, earning him the conference coach of the year award during both seasons.
In the team’s 25th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships last fall, men’s cross country placed fifth as a team behind a second-place finish from senior All-American Grant Fisher, capping off a consistent season for the Cardinal.