XC COUNTDOWN: #2 Stanford Men
Chris Miltenberg (3rd Year)
SO Sean McGorty (3:44 1500m; 7:59 3k; 13:37 5k; 161st NCAA XC '13)
It is hard to argue with the fact that Stanford's 19th place finish last year in the nationals was an enormous disappointment for all who love the Cardinal. We have them as runner up this season and with very good reason.
The Rosa twins have finally found themselves, and that is bad news for every other team. Superstar high school runners from New Jersey, James and Joseph Rosa have reached senior class status. Last year, Jim took the 5th place spot at Nationals and followed that up with a 6th place finish in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Joe showed his class on the track with a 13:31 for 5k and 5th place in the National Indoor 5k and 7th in the NCAA 5k in Eugene. They are hard to tell apart in appearance and getting as difficult to distinguish in performance.
They are joined by no less than the third placer from last year's title race, Maxsim Korolev, who found his way across the country from Harvard to finish his final season. Korolev, born in Kazakhstan, but sporting a slight Missouri accent, thrives on courses like last year's quagmire in Terre Haute. He can only hope for the same this season. He has run 13:42 for 5k and 29:13 10k on the track. Korolev is a very nice pickup for Miltenberg to say the absolute least.
Miler Michael Atchoo has a 3:39 1500m to his credit and he can roll at the finish with anyone. They will need him to be a little better than last year's 100th spot. Three very good freshman will likely make up the 6th and 7th spots and look to be future stars for Miltenberg. Patrick Perrier from Illinois ran a very good 4:06 for 1600 last year. Blair Hurlock from the Bay Area was 8th at the National Footlocker race and clocked 8:58 for 3200m. Steven Fahy had the best 3200m of the three with an 8:53 and was a proven factor in all the California cross country meets he was entered in, including a 6th in the CIF meet.
And, no, we didn't forget Sam Wharton. He did not run for the Cardinal on the XC course last fall, but he did win the Nike National Cross championship as a senior in high school. It shows the incredible depth that Stanford has that the Ohio prep star is doubtful to get a top five roster spot.