Stanford Men's Track & Field Team Wins First Conference Title In 74 Years.
May 20, 2001
Berkeley, Ca - The Stanford men's track & field team is the 2001 Pacific-10 Champion. Not since the 1927 collegiate outdoor season had Stanford won the conference meet. Back then, the Pac-10 was known as the Pacific Coast Conference and Stanford had won three straight league titles (1925, 1926, 1927).
A 74-year-old conference-title drought in men's track & field ended on Sunday (5/20) as Stanford captured the Pacific-10 title. The Cardinal generated 142 points to beat conference favorite USC with 136.
'This was a great cooperative effort between the student-athletes, coaches, and the administrative staff to get the job done,' said Vin Lananna, Stanford Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. 'So much hard work and effort has gone into getting the job done, and I am so proud of the team.'
Over the last nine seasons, Lananna has crafted a track & field program that now fields a national championship contender every season. As head coach in his first season in 1993, Lananna's Stanford men's team generated only 26 points to finish in last place at the Pac-10 conference meet in Berkeley. In 2001 at California, Stanford won the Pacific-10 championship with 142 points. In 1993, the Stanford women finished in eighth place with 23 points. In 2001, the Cardinal women placed third with 120 1/2.
This season, Robert Weir served as the Associate Head Coach for men's track & field, and directed all operations regarding the men's team.
'The conference championship would not be possible without the vision and directorship of Vin Lananna,' said Weir. 'We were a good, solid team but didn't know how good. Seeing this happen is great for Cardinal track and field, and for Stanford University.'
Stanford's point total was fueled by 29 points in the 1,500 meters when the quartet of Gabe Jennings, Donald Sage, Grant Robison and Jonathon Riley captured first, second, third and fourth places. Jennings took the lead in the back stretch and won in a time of 3:43.30, followed by Sage at 3:43.70, Robison at 3:44.13 and Riley at 3:44.47.
'My performance was awesome considering I've run eight miles this week and I've been feeling sick,' said the Stanford Olympian. 'It feels good to be back and be out of the well, no doubt. It's spring, times are popping, and it's great to pull out of the well. I owe it to my teammates and coach (Vin Lananna) big time. And having a teammate like Michael Stember makes it easy. I'm able to harness that energy. I couldn't ask for better teammates or a better coach.'
Stanford then picked up 25 points in the 800 meters as Cardinal Olympian Michael Stember led a 1-3-4-5 Stanford finish. Stember took charge in the final 300 meters to win in a time of 1:50.02.
'The pack ran slow in the first lap, much like a mile pace,' said Stember. 'At 300 meters, I went out and the field spread out a bit.'
The Cardinal then added another 20 points in the 5,000 meters to clinch the Pac-10 title. In the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters, Stanford tallied 74 of its 142 points.
The Stanford women's 1,500 meters entries pulled one of the rare feats in track & field. Like the Cardinal men, the Stanford women did likewise in finishing 1-2-3-4. Sally Glynn (4:16.98), Lauren Fleshman (4:17.73), Ashley Couper (4:18.57) and Malindi Elmore (4:18.69) crossed the finish line 1-2-3-4. All four times were season-bests and met the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
'We were seeded 1-2-3 going into the race and we were excited by that and wanted to see if we could go 1-2-3-4,' said Glynn, who became Stanford's first 1,500 women's conference winner since Melanie Bloch in 1990. 'But we knew it was going to be tough. Give all the credit to Lauren Fleshman. She took the race out early and really made us work for it. It was really awesome. We all worked together and communicated in subtle ways during the race.'
Michael Ponikvar, a sophomore from Crescent, Ontario, Canada, won his second Pac-10 high jump title in the last three years with a career-best leap of 7-4 1/2. Ponikvar captured the title in a runoff with Oregon's Jason Boness.
'I had a lot of opportunities early and didn't take advantage of them,' said Ponikvar. 'It was a tough day.'
Stanford Team Results - Men
1. Stanford 142
2. USC 136
3. UCLA 115 1/2
4. Arizona State 109 1/2
5. Oregon 86 1/2
6. California 85
7. Washington State 67 1/2
8. Washington 42
9. Arizona 32
Stanford Team Results - Women
1. UCLA 155
2. USC 153
3. Stanford 120 1/2
4. Washington State 101 1/2
5. Arizona State 89
6. Arizona 77
7. California 54
8. Oregon 35
9. Washington 33
Stanford Men's Results
200 meters - 7. Stanley Wilson 21.61w
800 meters - 1. Michael Stember 1:50.02, 3. Gabe Jennings 1:51.09, 4. Mark Hassell 1:51.26, 5. Ryan Carroll 1:51.43
1,500 meters - 1. Gabe Jennings 3:43.30, 2. Donald Sage 3:43.70, 3. Grant Robison 3:44.13, 4. Jonathon Riley 3:44.47
5,000 meters - 2. Jonathon Riley 14:10.55, 4. Donald Sage 14:14.08, 5. Seth Hejny 14:16.31, 6. Grant Robison 14:16.45, 10. Daniel Parris 14:26.72, 11. Jesse Thomas 14:28.27, 13. Thomas Murley 14:36.74,15. Adam Tenforde 14:42.80
400 meter relay - 6. 41.13 (Milton Little, Stanley Wilson, Evan Kelty, Michael Harte)
1,600 meter relay - 6. 3:46.11 (Evan Kelty, Jason Goff, Michael Stember, Mark Hassell)
Discus - 5. Omer Inan (184-3, 56.16m)
High Jump - 1. Michael Ponikvar 7-4 1/2 (2.25m), 6. Todd Beyerlein 6-11 (2.11m)
Triple Jump - 8. Milton Little 48-10 1/4 (14.89m) , 9. Warrick McDowell 46-11 1/2 (14.31m)
Stanford Women's Results
200 meters - 7. Jayna Smith 24.17
400 meters - 8. Jayna Smith 60.55
800 meters - 7. Lindsay Hyatt 2:08.13, 8. Maurica Carlucci 2:08.80
1,500 meters - 1. Sally Glynn 4:16.98, 2. Lauren Fleshman 4:17.73, 3. Ashley Couper 4:18.57, 4. Malindi Elmore 4:18.69
5,000 meters - 2. Sally Glynn 16:30.21, 4. Erin Sullivan 16:36.96, 6. Laura Turner 16:47.76, 7. Heather Tanner 16:48.51, 8. Anne Gunnison 16:52.15, 13. Elena Villarreal 17:04.39
100 meter hurdles - 7. Lindsey Johnson 14.08
400 meter hurdles - 7. Danielle Spurlock 63.15
400 meter relay - 8. 46.86 (Lillian Bush, Robyn Woolfolk, Danielle Spurlock, Lindsey Johnson)
1,600 meter relay - 6. 3:46.11 (Danielle Spurlock, Maurica Carlucci, Robyn Woolfolk, Lillian Bush)
Discus - 10. Jillian Camarena 144-7 (44.06m)
Hammer - 10. Maureen Onyeagbako (174-4, 53.14m)
High Jump - 7. Julie Tinker 5-7, 1.70m), 13. Kimberly Stone (5-5, 1.65m)
Pole Vault - 4. Kathleen Donoghue (13-3, 4.04m)
Triple jump - 5. Shannon Overly (40-2 3/4, 12.26m)