Stanford Men Take Pre-National Invitational
Oct. 17, 2010
Courtesy of Stanford
Terre Haute, Ind. - The Stanford cross country teams had a pair of top results on Saturday morning at the Pre-National Invitational. The Cardinal men put on a dominating performance in winning the Blue Race, while the Cardinal women took third in the White Race.
The No. 1 men's team scored just 43 points to easily win the Blue Race, topping second place No. 18 Iona who had 127. The Stanford team time of 23:35.3 was also significantly faster than the winner of the men's White Race, No. 16 Oklahoma. Overall, Stanford defeated eight ranked teams in its race alone.
"The men certainly did a great job," said head coach Jason Dunn. "I was really pleased with how they worked as a team most of the race."
The Stanford trio of Chris Derrick, Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley paced the field, finishing 1-2-3. Derrick took the title in a time of 23:16.9, but all three were together at the finish. Their closest competitor was Barnabus Kirui of Mississippi who placed fourth, 12 seconds behind the Stanford trio.
The Stanford group ran up front from the start, but did not stretch out the field until after 5,000 meters. From their Derrick, Heath and Riley slowly put time on the rest of the field, running as a group the whole way.
The other scoring runners for Stanford could not hold the lead pace, but still ran close to the lead. Benjamin Johnson placed 18th, while Miles Unterreiner was 19th with identical times of 24:02.8.
"Ben and Miles ran a good, solid race," said Dunn.
Also running well was J.T. Sullivan in 28th with a time of 24:14.0 and freshmen Erik Olson who placed 53rd with a time of 24:28.5.
The No. 17 women were led by Kathy Kroeger who placed third overall to lead Stanford to 125 points. No. 5 Georgetown won the White Race with 100 points, while No. 9 Colorado was second with 123. The Cardinal did defeat five ranked teams, including No. 12 Stony Brook.
"The women's race was really close," said Dunn. "We needed a couple better finishes, but overall it was a good result."
Kroeger finished third with a time of 20:12.0, which was just under four seconds off the lead. The sophomore is off to a tremendous start to the season having already won the Stanford Invitational last month.
Freshman Jessica Tonn came up big in just her second collegiate race, plaing 19th in 20:53.7. She was just three second in front of veteran Stephanie Marcy who placed 23rd in 20:56.7. The duo gave the Cardinal three runners in the top-25.
Stanford's other scoring runners were the Alex's, Alex Gits and Alex Dunne. Gits placed 31st with a time of 21:02.1, while Dunne was 49th with a time of 21:22.4.
Rounding out the Cardinal squad was Georgia Griffin in 72nd with a time of 21:33.5 and Emilie Amaro was 209th with a time of 22:49.4.
The teams will now have a week off before heading to Seattle for the Pac-10 Championships on October 30.
"We'll have two more weeks of good training to prepare for Pac-10's," said Dunn.