Twenty-One Stanford Athletes Qualify For NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

May 24, 2001

Stanford, Ca - Destination Eugene, Oregon ... That is the site for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon ... The meet runs from May 30 through June 2 ... The Stanford men's track & field team, 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Champions, will now seek to defend its NCAA title which it captured at Duke University last year ... In 2000, the Stanford men won its first outdoor track & field title since 1934 with 72 points, compared to Arkansas with 59 ... The Cardinal victory broke Arkansas' eight-year hold on the national trophy ... The University of Oregon's track & field facility (Hayward Field) has been the site of eight NCAA track & field championships, three United States Olympic Trials, and the annual Prefontaine Classic ... It will also be the site for the 2001 USA Track & Field Championships this summer.

Stanford Starts
With the 2001 Stanford outdoor season reaching the finishing line, Cardinal athletes have put together excellent NCAA qualifying times and marks ... Twenty-one Cardinal athletes (Jillian Camarena, Ashley Couper, Kathleen Donoghue, Malindi Elmore, Lauren Fleshman, Sally Glynn, Jason Goff, Anne Gunnison, Seth Hejny, Omer Inan, Gabe Jennings, Milton Little, Maureen Onyeagbako, Michael Ponikvar, Jonathon Riley, Grant Robison, Donald Sage, Michael Stember, Julie Tinker, Laura Turner and Chad Wassink) have qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene (May 30 - June 2) ... The ten women who qualified is a school record.

Pac-10 Potpourri
The Cardinal men's track & field team built momentum for the NCAA's with its dramatic team victory at the 2001 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships (May 19-20) ... 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 ... The 74-year-old conference-title drought ended as Stanford captured the Pac-10 title with 142 points, six points ahead of conference favorite USC ... Seventy-four of Stanford's 142 points were gained in the 800, 1,500 and the 5,000 meters ... The Cardinal women captured third place honors with 120 1/2 points ... Pac-10 titles were won by Sally Glynn in the 1,500 meters, Gabe Jennings in the 1,500 meters, Michael Ponikvar in the high jump, Michael Stember in the 800 meters and Jesse Thomas in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Collegiate Catalogue
Gabe Jennings' time of 1:46.83 in the 800 meters is #3 among all collegiate runners this year ... Michael Stember is fourth nationally in the 800 meters at 1:47.71 ... The national collegiate leader is Otukie Lekote of South Carolina at 1:44.76 ... Donald Sage is fourth (3:39.99), Jennings is fifth (3:41.18) and Stember is seventh (3:41.80) nationally in the 1,500 meters ... The national leader is Bryan Berryhill of Colorado State at 3:37.23 ... Jonathon Riley is seventh (13:46.06) in the nation, Seth Hejny is eighth (13:46.81) and Grant Robison is tenth (13:49.82) in the 5,000 meters ... Matt Lane of William & Mary is the nation's leader at 13:25.28 ... Lane also leads collegiate runners in the 10,000 meters (28:28.97) ... Riley is third at 28:33.71 ... Michael Ponikvar is #3 in the nation in the high jump (7-4 1/2, 2.25m) ... The national leader is Charles Clinger from Weber State at 7-8 1/2 (2.35m) ... Sally Glynn is #2 in the nation in the 1,500 meters (4:16.98), while Lauren Fleshman is #3 among collegiate runners at 4:17.73 ... The national leader is Mary Jane Harrelson of Appalachian State at 4:15.41 ... Ashley Couper is ranked fifth in the nation in the 1,500 meters at 4:18.57 ... Fleshman is #2 in the nation in the 5,000 meters (15:49.84), while Glynn is sixth at 15:58.29 ... Kara Grgas-Wheeler of Colorado leads collegiate runners at 15:41.78.

Record Review
Ten 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 13-3 at the Pac-10 Championships (5/20) ... 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 all-time at Stanford ... Maureen Onyeagbako broke the school record in the hammer at the Big Meet (5/5) with a toss of 192-11 ... Jayna Smith broke the school record in the 400 meters (53.27) at the Pac-10 Championships (5/19) ... Jillian Camarena broke the freshman school record in the shot put with a throw of 53-9 at the Pac-10 Championships (5/19) ... Camarena's toss broke the 15-year old record of Patty Purpur (50-9 3/4) ... Camarena's shot put effort is second-best all-time overall at Stanford ... Donald Sage broke the freshman school record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:39.99 at the Cardinal Invitational (5/4) ... Sage's time is the freshman collegiate best this year, and fifth-best overall all-time at Stanford ... The 4 x one mile relay team not only won the Penn Relays championship but also broke the school record ... The team of Seth Hejny, Donald Sage, Jonathon Riley and Michael Stember raced to victory in a time of 16:15.70, shattering the old school record of 16:23.16 in 1998 ... The women's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Ashley Couper, Lindsay Hyatt, Katie Hotchkiss and Maurica Carlucci set a school record with a time of 8:32.26 at the Penn Relays ... The women's 4 x 1,500 meter relay team of Couper, Erin Sullivan, Lauren Fleshman and Sally Glynn broke the school record with a time of 17:37.27 at the Penn Relays.

Stanford's NCAA Qualifiers at the NCAA OutdoorTrack & Field Championships

Jillian Camarena, Freshman, Shot Put, Woodland, Ca
The #1 ranked high school senior shot putter in the United States last year ... A former California state champion in the discus and shot put ... Qualified for the NCAA's in the shot put with a freshman school record of 53-9 (#8 among collegiate throwers) at the Pac-10's (5/20) ... Finished third at the Pacific-10 Championships with her freshman record throw ... Also a Pac-10 qualifier in the discus (154-6) ... Placed tenth in the discus at the conference meet.

Ashley Couper, Senior, 1,500 Meters, Pembroke, Bermuda
Will compete at the NCAA's in the 1,500 meters (4:18.57, #5 among collegiate runners, seventh-best all-time at Stanford) ... Finished third in the 1,500 meters (4:18.57) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... Also an NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters (2:05.82, #12 among collegiate runners, #4 all-time at Stanford) ... A transfer from the University of Vermont.

Kathleen Donoghue, Sophomore, Pole Vault, San Diego, Ca
An NCAA qualifier in the pole vault with a school record leap of 13-3 (#14 among collegiate vaulters) ... Finished fourth at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships with her school record vault ... The reigning U.S. Junior National champion in the pole vault, who also competed at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Malindi Elmore, Sophomore, 1,500 Meters, Kelowna, British Columbia
Qualified for the NCAA's with a time of 4:18.69 (#7 among collegiate runners) in the 1,500 meters at the Pacific-10 Championships ... Finished fourth in the 1,500 meters at the conference meet ... Placed sixth at the 2000 Canadian Olympic Trials at 1,500 meters ... Also a member of the nationally-ranked Stanford cross country team.

Lauren Fleshman, Sophomore, 5,000 Meters, Canyon Country, Ca
An NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 meters (4:17.73, #3 among collegiate runners, #5 all-time at Stanford) and 5,000 meters (15:49.84, #2 among collegiate runners, #3 in the Cardinal record book) ... Will compete solely in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA's ... Finished second in the 1,500 meters (4:17.73) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... A six-time All-American in track and cross country at Stanford ... The American junior record holder in the 5,000 meters ... Voted the Pac-10 Track & Field Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2000.

Sally Glynn, Senior, 1,500 Meters, 5,000 Meters, Rockville, Md
A nine-time All-American ... Ranks in Stanford's all-time Top-10 in three events, earning her a spot as one of Stanford's best distance runners ... An NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 meters (4:16.98, #2 among collegiate runners) ... The 2001 Pacific-10 champion in the 1,500 meters (4:16.98) ... Has also qualified for the NCAA's in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:58.29 (#6 among collegiate runners, #4 in the Cardinal record book) ... Finished second in the 5,000 meters (16:30.21) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships.

Jason Goff, Sophomore, Decathlon, Turner, Or
One of the top decathletes in the Pac-10 ... Has a career-best total of 7,428 points, an NCAA provisional mark, (#14 among collegiate decathletes) and third-best in school history ... His point total of 7,428 points placed him second at the conference meet this year.

Anne Gunnison, Senior, 10,000 Meters, Sacramento, Ca
An NCAA qualifier in the 10,000 meters (34:21.99, #13 among collegiate runners, #5 all-time at Stanford) ... Finished second in the 10,000 meters (34:21.99) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... An NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 meters (16:28.91), but will run only the 10,000 meters at the NCAA's ... Placed eighth in the 5,000 meters (16:52.15) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... A Pac-10 qualifier in the 1,500 meters (4:28.92) ... A veteran member of both the track and cross country teams.

Seth Hejny, Freshman, 5,000 Meters, Grand Junction, Co
An NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 meters (3:44.79) and 5,000 meters (13:46.81, #8 among collegiate runners, #6 all-time at Stanford) ... Will run the 5,000 meters at the NCAA's ... Finished fifth in the 5,000 meters (14:16.31) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... Gained All-America honors in the 3,000 meters at the 2001 NCAA Indoors ... Helped lead the 2000 Stanford cross country team to the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional title, and fourth place at the NCAA's.

Omer Inan, Sophomore, Discus, Beaverton, OrHas an NCAA qualifying mark of 190-10 (#16 among collegiate throwers, #3 all-time at Stanford) ... Placed fifth at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships with a toss of 184-3.Gabe Jennings, Junior, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, Madison, WiOne of the top distance runners in the United States ... A 2000 U.S. Olympian in the 1,500 meters ... Won the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters ... A nine-time All-American ... An NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters (1:46.83, #4 among collegiate runners, #3 all-time at Stanford) and 1,500 meters (3:41.18, #5 among collegiate runners) ... The two-time defending Pac-10 champion (2000, 2001) in the 1,500 meters ... Ran 3:43.30 to win the 2001 conference title as Stanford went 1-2-3-4 ... Placed third in the 800 meters (1:51.09) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships ... Helped lead Stanford to victory in the distance medley relay at the 2001 NCAA Indoors ... A four-time NCAA champion (indoor mile, 1,500 meters outdoors, two-times dmr) ... Helped lead Stanford to the 2000 NCAA outdoor championship.

Milton Little, Sophomore, Long Jump, Portsmouth, RIHas produced an NCAA qualifying mark of 25-7 1/4w in the long jump (#1 in the Pac-10) ... His career-best (non wind-aided) is 25-4 3/4, which is fifth-best in school history ... Had a Pac-10 qualifying leap of 49-6 1/4 in the triple jump ... That leap is a career-best.

Maureen Onyeagbako, Senior, Hammer, Sparks, NvThe school record holder in the hammer (192-11, #14 among collegiate throwers) ... Set the mark at the Big Meet against California (5/5) ... Team captain ... Placed tenth in the hammer (174-4) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships.

Michael Ponikvar, Sophomore, High Jump, Crescent, Ontario, CanadaAn NCAA qualifier in the high jump at 7-4 1/2 (#3 among collegiate jumpers) ... That jump is second all-time at Stanford ... Two-time Pac-10 high jump champion (7-4 1/2 in 2001, and 7-0 1/2 as a freshman in 1999) ... His 7-4 1/2 is a collegiate career best.

Jonathon Riley, Junior, 5,000 Meters, 10,000 Meters, Brookline, MaA 13-time All-American ... Widely recognized as one of the nation's top distance and cross country runners ... Qualified for the NCAA's with a time of 28:33.71 in the 10,000 meters (#3 among collegiate runners), a time that is fifth-best in school history ... His 10,000 time is #1 in the Pac-10 this year ... An NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 meters (13:46.06, #7 among collegiate runners) ... Finished second in the 5,000 meters (14:10.55) at the Pac-10 Conference Championships ... During the 2000 indoor season, ran the anchor leg on the world record setting distance medley telay team at 9:28.83 ... Won the Pac-10 cross country title in 2000.

Grant Robison, Freshman, 5,000 Meters, San Angelo, TxAn NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 meters (13:49.82, #9 among collegiate runners, #6 all-time at Stanford) ... Finished fifth at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships in the 5,000 meters (14:16.45) and third in the 1,500 meters (3:44.13) ... A member of the Pac-10 and NCAA West champion cross country team ... Returned to Stanford after a two-year Mormon mission.

Donald Sage, Freshman, 1,500 Meters, Elmhurst, IlRan the 1,500 meters in 3:39.99 at the Cardinal Invitational on May 4 ... His 1,500 meter time is #1 in the Pac-10, #1 for a collegiate freshman this year and fourth-best overall this year for a collegiate runner ... His 1,500 meter time is a freshman school record, and fifth overall at Stanford in the varsity books ... Finished second at the Pacific-10 Championships in the 1,500 meters at 3:43.70 ... Competed on Stanford's Pac-10 winning cross country team, and helped the Cardinal to a fourth place national finish ... Has an NCAA qualifying time of 14:04.94 in the 5,000 meters.

Michael Stember, Senior, 800 Meters, 1,500 Meters, Fair Oaks, CaTeam Captain ... One of the nation's premier middle distance runners, who has seen substantial international competition as a member of several United States teams ... A 2000 U.S. Olympian in the 1,500 meters ... An NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters (1:47.17, #5 among collegiate runners) and an NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 meters (3:41.80, #7 among collegiate runners) ... The 2001 Pacific-10 champion in the 800 meters (1:50.02) ... Helped lead the Cardinal team to its first Pac-10 title in 2001 since 1927 ... Played a pivotal role in Stanford's winning the NCAA outdoor title in 2000 ... Scored 13 team points with a second place showing in the 1,500 meters and fourth place in the 800 meters ... The school record holder in the 800 meters (1:46.20), and the 1,500 meters (3:35.11).

Julie Tinker, Senior, Heptathlon, Sacramento, CaProduced a career-best 5,432 points at the 2001 Pac-10 Multi's to finish third ... Her point total is an NCAA qualifying mark ... Her point total is third-best in school history ... Team co-captain.

Laura Turner, Sophomore, 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, Portsmouth, RIAn NCAA qualifier in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:16.52, #12 among collegiate runners) and 5,000 meters (16:35.99) ... Placed third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10.16.52) and sixth in the 5,000 meters (16:47.87) at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships (5/19) ... Also a Pac-10 qualifier in the 1,500 meters (4:27.52).

Chad Wassink, Junior, Javelin, Kalispell, MtThe school record holder in the javelin (234-0, #10 among collegiate throwers) ... An NCAA qualifier in the javelin ... Finished fifth at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships with a throw of 217-2 ... Placed third at the conference meet in 2000, and competed at the NCAA's.

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