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Stanford Captures Both Titles in Cross Country Championships

November 26, 1996

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Stanford won the men’s and women’s NCAA cross country titles Monday, marking the first time since 1985 that one school took both crowns.

The last team to win both titles was Wisconsin.

The Stanford women scored 101 points to edge Villanova by five. BYU was third, followed by Colorado and Dartmouth.

``We knew we had talent,″ coach Beth Alford-Sullivan said. ``And what you need to win nationals is for all five to have a good, solid race.″

The Cardinal was led by senior Monal Chokshi, who finished 10th. She was clocked in 17 minutes, 58 seconds over 3.16 miles.

The Stanford men beat Arkansas, although the Razorbacks did have the individual champion.

Godfrey Siamusiye ran 29:49 over 6.2 miles to become the first back-to-back champion since Henry Rono of the University of Washington did it in 1976-77.

Siamusiye is undefeated in his last 20 races. He beat fellow Kenyan rivals Jonah Kiptarus and Cleophas Boor, both of the University of Nebraska.

Arizona sophomore Amy Skieresz won the women’s race in 17:04. She has not been beaten this cross country season and was second at the NCAA championships last year.

Providence senior Marie McMahon was second (17:20) and Notre Dame freshman Joanna Deeter third in 17:24.

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