Stanford Olympians To Lead Cardinal Contingent At Penn Relays

April 25, 2001

Stanford, Ca - The prestigous Penn Relays in Philadelphia is the next stop for several members of the Stanford track & field team ... Twelve men and 13 women will be competing from April 26-28 ... Another sizable group of Cardinal athletes will also compete in the California State Meet on April 28-29 at UC Irvine ... At the Penn Relays, look for the Cardinal to break the school record and even more in such events as the women's 4 x 1,500 meters (Sally Glynn, Elena Villarreal, Erin Sullivan, Lauren Fleshman), the women's distance medley relay (Ashley Couper, Jayna Smith, Lindsay Hyatt, Lauren Fleshman), the 4 x 800 meters (Ashley Couper, Katie Hotchkiss, Malindi Elmore, Lindsday Hyatt), the men's 4 x mile (Jonathon Riley, Gabe Jennings, Michael Stember, Donald Sage), the men's distance medley relay (Donald Sage, Evan Kelty, Jonathan Stevens, Gabe Jennings), and the 4 x 800 meters (Michael Stember, Gabe Jennings, Jonathan Stevens, Mark Hassell).

Stanford Starts
The Stanford outdoor season is well underway and Cardinal athletes have put together excellent Pac-10 qualifying times and marks ... Sixth-two athletes (34 women, 28 men) have qualified for the Pac-10 Championships on May 19-20 at California ... Eighteen Stanford athletes (9 men, 9 women) have qualified provisionally for the NCAA's, and two athletes, Jonathon Riley and Lauren Fleshman, have met the NCAA automatic standard in the 10,000 meters, and 5,000 meters, respectively.

Pac-10 PotpourriSeveral Stanford athletes lead or are near the top of the pack in their respective events in the Pac-10 rankings ... Stanford Olympian Michael Stember leads the conference in the 1,500 meters (3:41.80), Jonathon Riley in the 10,000 meters (28:33.71), Michael Ponikvar in the high jump (7-3), Milton Little in the long jump (25-4 3/4), and Lauren Fleshman in the 5,000 meters (15:49.84, #1 among American collegiate runners) ... Jonathan Stevens is second in the 800 meters (1:50.10), while three other Stanford athletes are also #2 in their respective events, Nick Welihozkiy in the hammer (201-4), Chad Wassink in the javelin (234-0) and Jason Goff in the decathlon (7,216 points) ... Stanford's men's runners rank 2-3-4-5-7 in the 800 meters, 1-3-5 in the 1,500 meters, 3-4-5-7 in the 5,000 meters, 3-5 in the women's 1,500 meters, and 6-7-8 in the women's 5,000 meters.

National NotesJonathon Riley and Lauren Fleshman are Stanford's NCAA outdoor qualifiers thus far in the 2001 season ... Competing in his first collegiate 10,000 meters, Riley ran a 28:33.71 at the Stanford Invitational (3/31) ... Riley's time is third-best all-time at Stanford, and tops in the Pac-10 this year ... Lauren Fleshman's 5,000 meter time of 15:49.84 is #1 for an American collegiate runner this year, a career-best and third-best in school history ... Eighteen Cardinal athletes have qualified provisionally for the NCAA's which will be held May 30-June 2 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Record ReviewFour school records have already been broken this year ... Chad Wassink broke the 13-year old school record in the javelin with a career-best throw of 234-0 in the javelin at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/22) ... That broke the 1988 record of Dave Pickett at 233-11 ... Kathleen Donoghue broke the school record in the pole vault at 13-1 3/4) at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/21) ... Jessica Pluth broke the freshman record in the hammer with a toss of 187-0 at the Stanford Invitational (4-1) ... Pluth easily broke the previous record of 163-10 by Maggie Isaac in 1997 ... Pluths' effort is also third-best overall all-time at Stanford, and only three feet short of the school record of 190-0 by Maureen Onyeagbako in 1999 ... Jillian Camarena broke the freshman school record in the shot put with a throw of 52-7 at the Pomona-Pitzer Meet (4/20) ... Camarena's toss broke the 15-year old record of Patty Purpur (50-9 3/4) ... Camarena's shot put effort is fourth-best all-time overall at Stanford.

Top Times/MarksMichael Ponikvar's leap of 7-3 in the high jump is #2 in the Cardinal record book ... Omer Inan's throw of 190-10 in the discus is third-best in the school record book ... Lauren Fleshman's time of 15:49.84 in the 5,000 meters is third all-time at Stanford ... Julie Tinker's career-best of 5,151 points in the heptathlon this year is also fourth-best in school history ... Lindsey Johnson's time of 13.91 in the 100 meter hurdles is fourth-best all-time at Stanford ... Leila Ben-Youssef has pole vaulted 11-11 3/4 this year which also is fourth-best in school history ... Jonathon Riley's time of 28:33.71 in the 10,000 meters is fifth-best all-time at Stanford ... Kim Stone's high jump of 5-10 1/2 is fourth all-time in school history ... Freshman Lillian Bush has run a 14.12 in the 100 meter hurdles this year, fifth-best in school history ... Milton Little's long jump effort of 25-4 3/4 is fifth-best in school history ... Jason Goff's decathlon point total of 7,216 is fifth-best in school history ... Freshman Stanley Wilson's times in the 100 meters and 200 meters have already reached the school's top-10 ... Wilson has run a 10.59 this year, seventh-best in school history, and his time of 21.40 in the 200 meters is tenth all-time ... Seth Hejny's time of 13:46.81 in the 5,000 meters is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... Jayna Smith has run a 24.04 in the 200 meters this year, sixth-best in Stanford history ... Maurica Carlucci has run a 2:08.9 in the 800 meters this year, sixth-best ever at Stanford ... Julie Tinker has a mark of 19-9 in the long jump this year, sixth-best in school history ... Christy Von der Ahe is ranked seventh-best all-time at Stanford in the pole vault ... Freshman Lillian Bush scored 4,802 points in the heptathlon this year, also eighth-best in school history ... Nick Welihozkiy's toss of 201-4 in the hammer is tenth-best in school history.

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