The Stanford women are in a sort of "rebuilding" year because they graduated a lot of top runners who were part of their NCAA XC championship team (like Arianna Lambie who is now pro and running for Nike up in Oregon).
It looks like they are showing some great promise though. Freshman Laurynne Chetelat is running great (#2 all time American junior record/under 20 record in her debut 5k) and yesterday Lauren Centrowitz tied the Stanford 1500 record and will be going pro after this season.
Stanford is still definitely a powerhouse and a top 10 team and you have to be pretty fast to get recruited. Just to give you an idea, off of the top of my head, here are some of the female recruits this year:
Alex Dunne - Footlocker nationals finalist, 10:16 3200 so far this year (Arcadia champion), ran 10:25 last year as a junior to get 4th in the state (from CA)
Kathy Kroeger - Has been a Footlocker nationals champion and has consistently been a top 10 runner in the nation (from Tennessee)
Justine Fedronic - 2007 and 2009 Arcadia 800 champion, has the #1 time in California so far this year with 2:09... has a PR
of 2:08 and was a Nationals qualifier in cross country this fall
Maria Malone - another Norcal talent just like Fedronic, one of the top runners in Northern California who was ranked in the top 25 in the 3200 in the nation (sub 10:30 3200 PR
) last year
So that's just an idea of the type of people Stanford recruits... last year they also got some great out of state recruits. Basically you have to usually be a Nationals qualifier in cross country (so a top 50 in the nation type runner) or run some really good times on the track... all of the people listed above have been around top 25 in their respective events in the nation... with some being even higher such as Alex Dunne who currently has the #2 fastest time in the nation.