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.
On Friday morning, the No. 4 Stanford men’s and No. 6 women’s cross country teams race an 8k and 6k respectively on Stanford Golf Course in the Pac-12 Conference Championships with the men looking to defend their title as champions and the women seeking their first conference championship since 2010.
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).
Stanford’s men’s and women’s cross country teams each placed fourth on Saturday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the first time since 2006 that both teams have placed on the podium.
Both Stanford No. 4 men’s and No. 7 women’s cross country will compete in the NCAA championship this Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the 24th straight year that both team make an appearance in the race, after the women got an automatic bid after the NCAA regionals on Friday and the men earned an at-large bid.
After a third place finish from the men and a second place finish from the women at Friday’s NCAA West Regionals, both Stanford cross-country teams will represent the Cardinal at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, this Saturday, Nov. 18.
Stanford’s No. 4 men’s and No. 7 women’s cross country teams will compete at the NCAA West Regionals championships Friday morning in Seattle, Washington.
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.