Fresh off the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago, the Stanford men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue down the home stretch on Saturday as they head to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA West Regional. The ultimate goal of the meet will be qualification for the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The men’s team will rely on the veteran trio of Elliott Heath, Jake Riley and Chris Derrick again in Eugene. The runners took the top three spots at the Pac-10 8,000-meter title race.
Despite its strong showing at Pac-10s, the men’s team fell from the No. 1 overall ranking in the nation. Stanford is now ranked second behind Oklahoma State, which won the Big 12 title on Oct. 30.
Meanwhile, the success of the women’s team against the conference’s best was recognized in the rankings, as the Card shot up from No. 9 to No. 4. Sophomore Kathy Kroeger will again lead the Stanford women as they try to shore up qualification for the NCAA Championships.