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BYU HARRIER TROUNCES FIELD AT STANFORD

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Leading from the gun, BYU's Leanne Martin won the Stanford cross-country race Saturday morning in a time of 17:04, more than 15 seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

The Cougar team placed second in the 14-team, 5K collegiate portion of the day-long meet, run on the Stanford University golf course.Martin, a sophomore from Los Alamos, N.M., opened up her lead after 11/2 miles into the race while churning up a steep hill. As she headed down, she had picked up 50 yards on the pack.

"I've never seen a better individual effort by a BYU runner in the 10 years I've been coach," said Patrick Shane, who has developed several BYU cross-country All-Americans. "Every one of our athletes ran well."

Other BYU harriers and their placements were Nicole Birk, 7th (17:31); Melanie Barker, 20th (18:07); Lisa Chipman, 28th; Angela Lee, 32nd; Kristie Brown, 39th; Becky Bybee, 47th; Margi Weber, 51st; Sondra Gibb, 57th; and Tanya Neal, 58th.

The ten best team scores were Cal Poly SLO 73, BYU 88, Texas 124, UC Irvine 133, UCLA 143, Arkansas 172, Stanford 187, Arizona 203, UC Davis 215, Houston 223.

BYU's 11th-ranked squad will next run at the Arkansas invitational Oct. 14.

Shane is hoping that Canadian freshman standout Tonya Todd will be healthy for that meet.