Someone give Chris Derrick a contract!
Chris Derrick joins his alma mater at training camp in Tahoe as they prepare for cross country. While Stanford builds up for the XC season, Derrick looks to nail down a pro contract. After battling injury through the Olympic Trials, where he was fourth in the 10k, Derrick is healthy, rested, and is ready for a solid fall of training.
Star recruits Amy Weissenbach, Cayla Hatton, and Cami Chapus discuss their new squad, pressure, and positive team chemistry
Stanford brings in one of the most accomplished freshman trio in NCAA track and field history this fall. Weissenbach (800-2:02), Chapus (1500-4:17), and Hatton(5k-15:50, 10k-33:17) had historic HS careers and are off to a strong start this fall. In this interview they discuss how the team atmosphere is already working in their favor.
Miltenberg and Stanford get back to fundamentals
Moving somewhere is always tough, but sometimes change is good. Last year, Coach Miltenberg led the Georgetown women to the 2011 NCAA XC title and now joins Stanford as the Director of Track and Field and head cross country coach. Miltenberg emphasizes the importance of establishing a culture, getting back to fundamentals, and learning from your athletes.
Miles Unterreiner and Erik Olson lead the Stanford into a new era
Senior Miles Unterreiner and junior Erik Olson are among the few experiences returners on Stanford's cross country team in 2012. Unterreiner comes off of a solid spring, running 13:50 and 28:49. Olson has been hit with untimely injuries but was 11th at the conference meet as a frosh in 2010. The lack of a clear #1 runner and a new coach brings new change to the Stanford team.
Who says milers can't run cross country?
The departure of front runners leaves Stanford with slots to fill on fall. Tyler Stutzman (1500 - 3:40) and Michael Atchoo (mile - 3:59) have stepped up their game in an effort to contribute on the cross country course.
Kathy Kroeger wants a podium spot for Stanford
Kathy Kroeger has quietly established herself as one of the top women in the NCAA. A three time All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier in the 5k, Kroeger aims to improve on her 21st place finish in at XC Nationals in 2011.
Brendan Gregg on post-collegiate life
After scoring lifetime bests of 13:46 and 28:54 and appearing in multiple NCAA Championships, Stanford grad Brendan Gregg enters his first season as an unattached competitor. He is currently supporting the Stanford squad that he represented for five years as he prepares for the Ekiden Relay in Japan in November.
Alli Billmeyer and sophomore year at Stanford
Sophomore Alli Billmeyer, who arrived at Stanford a year ago after a stellar HS career at Torrey Pines (San Diego), had plenty of ups and downs as a freshman. Despite a few tough races, Billmeyer ran 4:19.20 for 1500 and is prepared for a much smoother sophomore campaign.
Chris Miltenburg discusses coaching men and women
Do men and women need to be coached differently? Stanford head coach Chris Miltenburg feels that focus needs to be on individual needs as opposed to gender. After winning the NCAA XC women's team title at Georgetown last year, he will now have the chance to lead both genders to championships at Stanford.
Garrett Heath takes on increased coaching role at Stanford
Stanford grad Garrett Heath has remained faithful to his former school. Since graduating in 2009, he has served as a volunteer assistant and stayed closely tied to the program. Recently Heath became the primary assistant men's coach under Chris Miltenburg.
Chris Miltenburg on his Stanford men's squad
New Stanford head coach Chris Miltenburg has been on the job since the beginning of September, and the expectations to perform at a high level started on his first day in Palo Alto. Stanford annually scores great recruiting classes. In this interview, he discusses creating team identity and potential for success.
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