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.
Senior Grant Fisher claimed the men’s 5,000 meters on Friday night, highlighting one of the most impressive performances at the fourth annual Cardinal Classic.
The Cardinal will surely have an exciting weekend as the men’s and women’s track and field team heads to Seattle in full force for the University of Washington (UW) Invitational.
In his final collegiate cross country race, nine-time All-American senior Grant Fisher finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, matching the highest placing by any Stanford runner in the history of the championships. The No. 5 men’s and No. 6 women’s teams each placed fifth in the freezing conditions in Verona, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning.
With a cross country Pac-12 title on the line, a pack of five men came storming into the final straightaway at the Stanford Golf Course Friday morning. The crowd roared as the men approached the finish line in full sprint, but it was the defending Pac-12 champion senior Grant Fisher who crossed the line first, claiming his second consecutive individual Pac-12 title and leading the men’s team to their second consecutive team title.
In a race that came down to the final strides, the 2017 NCAA outdoor 5,000-meter champion Grant Fisher won the Pre-National Invitational at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Wisconsin leading the No. 5 Cardinal men (82) to a second place finish behind No. 1 Northern Arizona (41). The women, led by fifth-year Elise Cranny and junior Fiona O’Keefe, placed fourth and fifth, respectively, enroute to a third place finish for the No. 5 Cardinal women (129) behind No. 3 New Mexico (67) and No. 10 Michigan (120).
Led by a first place performance from junior Grant Fisher, Stanford men’s cross country won its first Pac-12 Cross Country Championship since 2010 as the women’s team placed third in Friday’s race in Springfield, Oregon.
Fisher recorded his first individual Pac-12 title after finishing runner-up last year to former Oregon runner Edward Cheserek, who won this race the last four years. Fisher’s time of 23:44.9 on the 8k course marks nearly a 30 second improvement from last year.
After the No. 6 Cardinal men placed fourth and the No. 14 women finished eighth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitation earlier this month, both Stanford cross-country teams will head up to the Springfield Golf Club in Eugene, Oregon, to toe the line at Friday’s Pac-12 Cross Country Championships.