2003-04 Honor Roll: Sara Bei

Like the other winners, the eight recipient of our highest award had an outstanding season, although she just missed making the U.S. Olympic team. But, Sara Bei will be back on The Farm in 2004.

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie, Matt Gentry, Tara Kirk, and Dan Gill.

The eigth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is runner Sara Bei. A junior from Santa Rosa, CA, Bei won the Pac-10 Championships and finished third at both the NCAA West Region and the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Her strong performance at the NCAA’s helped Stanford win the women’s title in 2003. As a matter of fact, Stanford captured both the men’s and women’s NCAA crowns for only the second time in school history (also in 1996). Bei was also the Pac-10 champion for a second consecutive year. In addition to being an All-American, Bei was also named the Pac-10 Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

In Track & Field, Bei continued her banner year as the Pac-10 champion in the 5,000 meters and the NCAA runner-up in the same distance. She was also a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal best time of 9:05.02, the third-best time in Stanford history. Bei earned All-American honors in both of these events.

Bei made the finals of the 5,000 meters U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento in July but barely missed out on an Olympic berth.


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