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Cardinal Takes Sears Cup   Stanford has won the most prestigious collegiate athletics award, the Sears Directors’ Cup, for the second straight year. The award, honoring the best collegiate athletics program, is sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Stanford has won the cup for two of the three years it has been awarded and came in second the other year. The cup goes to the institution that demonstrates a successful record across a broad-based athletics program. Stanford offers 33 varsity sports, including 18 for women; no other Pacific-10 Conference school offers more. This year, 13 Cardinal teams finished their season in the top five nationally, 23 in the top 10, and two teams each won NCAA championships - women’s swimming and men’s tennis. Cardinal teams came in second in women’s tennis, third in men’s gymnastics, and tied for third in both women’s volleyball and basketball. Other high-ranking teams included men’s golf (fourth), women’s golf and men’s cross-country (fifth), fencing (seventh), and baseball (ninth). “Our goal in Stanford athletics is to establish and maintain the pre-eminent athletic program in the country,” said Athletic Director Ted Leland. “Most of all, the intrinsic value to the participant is the primary criterion by which the worth of the program should be judged.” The winner of the Sears Directors’ Cup receives a $35,000 Waterford crystal trophy, five $5,000 post-graduate scholarships and $1,000 post-graduate scholarships for each championship won. The trophy will be displayed on campus in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center’s Hall of Fame.

Cyclists Wheel to Another Title   The cycling team, a co-ed Club Sport, has won the national championship for the second year in a row in the sport’s major segment - road racing. Counting results from the other two categories - track and mountain biking - Stanford has been No. 1 in the nation since 1994. It also has won the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference championship for the past two years. Leading the Cardinal team in the national championship 93-mile road race was Tracy Timms, who just graduated and is headed to Harvard Medical School this fall. As an individual and team member, she has won national road-racing championships every year since 1992. Other key team members were Andrew Lewis, a senior, and Dave Bailey, graduate student in physics. The team’s coach is Art Walker, a 1990 Ph.D. in physics.

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