The sophomore advances for the second year in a row
The men finished fifth, while the women were 10th
Emma Benner and Jaret Carpenter led the way for the women and men
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Twenty-one Boilermakers are scheduled to compete Friday
Oliver helped lead the Stanford distance crew to achievements it hadn’t seen in at least a decade. His Cardinal men’s cross country team was the NCAA runner-up in 2016 as well as in 2014, with a third place finish in 2015. It was the first time Stanford had even back-to-back top-3 finishes in more than 10 years. He also led the program to two West Regional titles in cross country.
Oliver led seven different individuals to All-America honors in his last three seasons at Stanford, including three top-10 finishers at the cross country national championships. On the track, Oliver coached the 2017 NCAA Outdoor 5,000-meter national champion, Grant Fisher, who, as just a sophomore, earned Stanford’s first individual national title in six years. A year earlier, Oliver directed Sean McGorty to a runner-up finish in the indoor 3,000-meter race as well as the outdoor 5,000-meter race.
Other achievements by Cardinal distance runners competing for Oliver include a Pac-12 Cross Country Freshman of the Year, the school record in the mile with a time of 3:53.95 – No. 2 in history among American collegians indoors on any size track, the No. 3 time on the all-time U.S. junior 5k list (13:30.13), five All-Americans at a single cross country NCAA meet, the 2014 DMR national title, a Pan-Am Cup and NACAC champion, as well as an NCAA West Regional champion.
Oliver, a native of St. Louis, was a collegiate runner for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. During his time there, his cross country and track teams won 11 of a possible 12 league titles.