2005-06 Honor Roll: Arianna Lambie

Not only was she the top athlete on Stanford's Cross Country national championship team last fall. Arianna Lambie also came out in the spring and made waves for the Cardinal in track & field. The junior was a premier performer this past year in two sports, earning her our fifth announced spot on The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 school-year.

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 are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Laura Shane, Chris Minaker, Alice Barnes and Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners.  Our fifth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is women's track & field/cross country performer Arianna Lambie.

Though she just turned 21 two months ago, Arianna Lambie has already etched her name into Stanford running lore.

The two-sport wonder last fall was the Pac-10 Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year.  Lambie set the stage with an incredible five victories in seven races, including titles at the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA West Regional.  At Regionals, her 6K time of 19:23.9 blew out her nearest competitor by nearly 20 seconds, earning her USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week Honors.

However, all that mattered little compared to Lambie's eighth place overall finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest of any Pac-10 entrant, and an All-American performance.  There in Terre Haute (Ind.) Lambie did not have to wait as long for her teammates to cross the line.  With three Cardinal finishing in the top 25, Lambie and Stanford capped their 10th straight Pac-10 title with their second national title in three years. Lambie called it "the toughest race we have ever won."

In track, at the Penn Relays (the marquee track relay event in the nation, featuring professional, collegiate and high school runners in a national television broadcast) Lambie again rose to the occasion.  She anchored the Cardinal's 4x1500 relay with a blistering 4:15.3.  Lambie crossed the finish 17:18.83 after the starting gun sounded, and that time earned her and teammates Lauren Centrowitz and Katy and Amanda Trotter an American record, a Stanford record and the second-fastest collegiate time ever.

Making the performance all the more impressive is the fact that Lambie anchored the distance medley relay team to a school-record 10:58.72 -- the day previous!  Imagine a football player setting a school-record one day – and then awaking the next morning to set an NCAA record!  Though the sport is not as physical, middle and long distance running is just as draining on the body, and the effort Lambie must have exerted to be in condition to set those back-to-back records plants her squarely on The Bootleg's Honor Roll.  Those in the know agreed, naming Lambie Pac-10 Athlete of the Week for helping rewrite a combined 10 years of school records in just two days.

Two weeks later, the junior from Harvard (Mass.) won the Pac-10 title in the 1500 at just over 4:15.  After a successful indoor track season, Lambie opened her outdoor season with a victory in the 1500 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

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