Stanford Aims For Third Straight Men's Title
May 14, 2003
The Stanford men's and women's track & field teams will be among the strong favorites at the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships (May 17-18) at USC's Cromwell Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium ... The Pac-10 Championships kickoff on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with the women's hammer ... The first running event is 1:00 p.m. with the women's trials in the 400 meter relay ... On Sunday, the field events start at 9:00 a.m. with the men's hammer, while the first running event is slated for 1:00 p.m. with the finals in the women's 400 meter relay ... Both the men's and women's hammer competition will take place at West L.A. College in Los Angeles ... All events for the Pac-10 meet, including the final point totals of the Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships held last weekend, will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 ... Stanford has already scored 12 points in women's competition thanks to a second place finish by Lillian Bush in the heptathlon ... Bush recorded a career-best 5,519 points last weekend ... That point total is second-best in school history ... Ahimsa Hodari added four points with a fifth place finish in the heptathlon ... The Cardinal men picked up three points with a sixth place finish by Timi Wusu in the decathlon ... Wusu tallied a career-best 7,016 points ... USC will provide live stats and a daily recap ... Go to www.usctrojans.com for complete results.
The Stanford men's track & field team is the two-time defending league champion ... Last year at Washington State, the Cardinal tallied 151 points ... Oregon finished second with 125 points ... Two years ago, Stanford won its first Pac-10 title with 142 points at California ... The Cardinal edged runnerup USC by six points ... Stanford has scored at least 100 points in the last four Pac-10 Conference Championships, and during that span has won two league titles (2001, 2002), second place (2000) and third (1999) ... The Stanford women finished third last year ... The Cardinal tallied 136 points, the second straight year that the team had scored at least 100 points ... Three Cardinal women on this year's roster won Pac-10 titles; Lauren Fleshman in the 5,000 meters, Erin Sullivan in the 10,000 meters and Jill Camarena in the shot put ... One Cardinal male athlete returns to defend his Pac-10 title; Milton Little in the long jump.
Stanford has the top three times in the 1,500 meters with Grant Robison (3:43.07), Ryan Hall (3:43.37) and Evan Fox (3:44.34) ... Louis Luchini and Robison are 1-2 in the conference in the 5,000 meters at 13:31.80 and 13:41.82, respectively ... The Cardinal ranks 1-2-3 in the 10,000 meters with Ian Dobson (28:39.55), Luchini (28:41.13) and Adam Tenforde (28:43.18) ... Omer Inan has thrown the discus 194-0 (59.13m), #2 in the Pac-10 ... Milton Little, the 2002 Pac-10 long jump champion, is #2 in the conference at 25-11 (7.90m) ... Nick Welihozkiy is #2 in the hammer (218-4, 66.56m) ... Dobson ranks third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:59.36) ... On the women's side, Malindi Elmore has the Pac-10's best time (4:17.15) in the 1,500 meters ... Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig are 1-2 in the 5,000 meters at 15:23.94 and 15:25.75, respectively ... Jill Camarena is first in the conference in the shot put (55-10 1/2, 17.03m) ... Jeane Goff is #2 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:23.02) ... Lindsey Johnson is second in the Pac-10 in the 400 meter hurdles (58.84) ... Kim Stone is third in the conference in the high jump (5-11 1/2, 1.84m).
Four Stanford athletes have already qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships (June 11-14) at Sacramento ... Lillian Bush qualified in the heptathlon with 5,519 points at the recent Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships ... Bush' point total is a career-best and second-best in school history ... Ian Dobson ran a 28:39.55 in the 10,000 meters, while Louis Luchini ran 28:41.13 and Adam Tenforde ran 28:43.18 to all qualify in the 10,000 meters.
Stanford's men's and women's distance running crew continues to be a dominant factor ... Louis Luchini's time of 13:31.80 in the 5,000 meters is a career-best and third-best in school record book ... Luchini's 10,000 meter time of 28:41.13 is eighth-best in the school record book ... Ian Dobson has run a team-best 28:39.55 in the 10,000 meters, sixth-best in school history ... Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig have run the second and third best times in school history at 15:23.94 and 15:25.73, respectively ... Fleshman's time is a Pac-10 record.
A strong part of Stanford's success has been from the field events ... Jill Camarena, a three-time All-American and defending Pac-10 champion in the shot put, threw the shot put a career-best 55-10 1/2 (17.03m) at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational ... Camarena is closing in on the longtime school record of 57-1 (17.03m) of Carol Cady in 1984 ... Camarena has thrown the discus a career-best 170-6 (51.96m) this year, seventh-best in school history ... Three Cardinal athletes this year have cracked the school's Top 10 in the hammer ... The list is led by Sarah Hopping, who has recorded a 184-1 (56.12m), fourth-best in school history ... Erin Merriman's javelin throw of 150-6 (45.88m) is sixth-best in school history ... Nick Welihozkiy is ranked in the Top 10 in both the discus and hammer ... Welihozkiy's hammer throw this year of 218-4 (66.56m) is eighth-best in school history, and his throw of 178-10 (54.52m) in the discus is ninth-best at Stanford ... Milton Little jumped 25-11 (7.90m) at the Mt. SAC Relays to leap in third place all-time in school history in the long jump ... Kim Stone jumped 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) at the Cardinal Qualifier, both a career-best and third best all-time at Stanford ... Freshman Samantha Shepard not only ranks second-best in school history in the pole vault (13-0 3/4, 3.96m) but is the freshman school record ... Leila Ben-Youssef is fourth all-time in the pole vault with a vault this year of 12-11 3/4 (3.96m).
The sprints continue to show great improvement ... Already this year in three events, Cardinal sprinters have cracked the Top 10 ... Freshman Nashonme Johnson has run 11.80 in the 100 meters, fourth-best in school history, 24.16 in the 200 meters which is eighth-best in school history, and 54.61 in the 400 meters, good for fourth all-time on The Farm ... Christine Moschella's time of 54.36 at the Big Meet against California is third-best in the school record book ... The women's 400 meter relay team of Undine Becker, Chauntae Bayne, Christine Moschella and Nashonme Johnson ran 45.22 at the Big Meet to set a school record ... Becker, Johnson, Moschella and Bayne combined to set a school record in the 1,600 meters at 3:34.82 at the Texas Relays ... The men's 400 meter relay team of Milton Little, Gerren Crochet, Nick Sebes and T.J. Rushing ran a 40.15 at the Stanford Invitational, #2 all-time on The Farm ... The 1,600 meter relay team of Little, Crochet, Rushing and Sebes ran a 3:07.77 at the Texas Relays, second-best in school history ... Little, the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the long jump, has run 10.61 in the 100 meters, and 21.31 in the 200 meters, eighth and seventh, respectively, in the school record book.
Another area of success has been Stanford's hurdle crew ... Justin Williams has run 14.10 in the 110 meter hurdles, third-best in school history ... Gerren Crochet has cracked the school's Top 10 in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.63, good for ninth place ... Three Cardinal women are ranked in the Top 10 ... Lindsey Johnson set a school record with a time of 13.48 at the Big Meet against California, while Lillian Bush ran 13.83 at the recent Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships, third-best in school history ... Undine Becker's 100 meter hurdle time of 14.00 this year places her in sixth place in school history ... Johnson has run 58.84 in the 400 meter hurdles, #2 all-time at Stanford, while Becker resides in fifth place with a time of 60.31.
Nick Sebes is a wide receiver on the football team, and one of Stanford's top track in the sprints ... Sebes has run the 100, 200 and 400 meters this year and is a member of the 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams ... Sebes ran the third leg on the 400 meter relay team which posted a 40.15 earlier this year at the Stanford Invitational, #2 in the school record book ... Sebes ran the anchor leg on the 1,600 meter relay team which clocked a time of 3:07.77 at the Texas Relays, third-best in school history.
Numerous Stanford athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... Fifty-one athletes and four relay teams have qualified for regional competition ... Sixty-one athletes have met the qualifying standards for the Pac-10 Championships which will be held May17-18 at USC.
Five school records and three freshman school marks have been broken thus far this year ... Lauren Fleshman ran a 15:23.94 at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/17/03) to beat PattiSue Plumer's time of 15:29.00 set in 1984 ... Fleshman's time is the best time for a collegiate runner this year, and third-best all-time for an American runner ... Lindsey Johnson ran a 13.48 at the Big Meet (5/3/03) to beat own record of 13.61 set earlier in the year ... The 400 meter relay team of Undine Becker, Chauntae Bayne, Christine Moschella, and Nashonme Johnson ran a 45.22 at the Big Meet ... The 1,600 meter relay team (Undine Becker, Nashonme Johnson, Christine Moschella, Chauntae Bayne) set a new standard by being timed in 3:34.82 ... The old time was 3:41.27 set in 1995 ... The women's distance medley relay team of Malindi Elmore, Chinny Offor, Katie Hotchkiss and Lauren Fleshman ran a 11:03.59 to win at the Drake Relays (4/25/03) ... The old distance medley relay time was 11:06.23, set in 2000 ... Alicia Craig set a new freshman record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:25.75 at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/03) ... Craig's time is second-best overall at Stanford ... Samantha Shepard established a new freshman record in the pole vault with a leap of 13-0 3/4 (3.98m) ... The old mark was 13-0 1/4 (3.97m) by Kathleen Donoghue in 2000 ... Nashonme Johnson set a freshman school record with a time of 54.61 in the 400 meters ... The old record was 54.95 by Jayna Smith in 1997.
Lauren Fleshman, the two-time NCAA champion in the 5,000 meters, broke the Pac-10 record in winning the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/03) ... Fleshman's time of 15:23.94 easily broke the previous conference record time of 15:34.55 by Annette Hand of Oregon in 1988 ... Fleshman's time was third-best all-time for an American runner in the 5,000 meters ... Fleshman's time was a school record and broke the previous time of 15:29.0 by PattiSue Plumer in 1984 ... Fleshman is the two-time NCAA champion (2001, 2002) in the 5,000 meters ... Fleshman was the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the 5,000 meters.
She hasn't received the attention of some of the more higherprofile distance runners, but Katie Hotchkiss has enjoyed an outstanding 2003 outdoor season for the Cardinal ... Hotchkiss, a junior from Fremont, recently ran on three winning relay teams at the Drake Relays ... Hotchkiss ran the second leg on the winning 4 x 800 meter relay team which was timed in 8:36.70, the best time in the world this year ... Hotchkiss ran the third leg on the winning distance medley relay team which broke the school and meet record at 11:03.59 ... Hotchkiss ran the second leg on the winning 4 x 1 mile relay team ... Hotchkiss has run a NCAA West Regional Qualifying time of 4:23.34, and a Pac-10 qualifing time of 2:08.53.
Stanford's distance running team proved to be the stars of the prestigious Drake Relays ... The Cardinal produced winners in five of six events entered ... Stanford's women's team chalked victories in the 4 x 800 meter relay, the distance medley relay, and the 4 x 1 mile relay ... Stanford's time of 8:36.70 in the 4 x 800 meter relay is the best time in the world this year ... Katie Hotchkiss ran legs on all three Cardinal winning teams ... The Cardinal men's 4 x 1 mile relay team produced the best time in the world this year at 16:31.19 ... Milton Little, the 2002 Pac-10 champion, won the long jump (25-9 1/2, 7.86m) while Sara Bei won the 1,500 meters (4:20.88).
Grant Robison was named the recipient of the Maury White Award given to the oustanding performer of the men's division at the recent Drake Relays ... The award is named after the longtime decorated sportswriter for the Des Moines Register who died in 1999 ... Robison, the reigning two-time Pac-10 Conference individual cross country champion, anchored Stanford to victories in the 4 x mile relay in 16:31.19 and the distance medley relay in 9:43.33 ... Robison ran a 4:04.3 anchor leg in the distance medley relay.
Milton Little has certainly been a star on the Cardinal track & field team for several years ... This year, Little again led Stanford to victory against California in the Big Meet ... Little competed in six events (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, triple jump, 400 meter relay, 1,600 meter relay) to help lead Stanford to a 93-70 victory over California in the 109th Big Meet ... Little scored a team-high 15 points ... Little captured top honors in the long jump and anchored the winning 1,600 meter relay team, finished second in the 200 meters, third in the 100 meters and triple jump ... Last year at the Big Meet, Little tallied 14 points to help Stanford beat the Golden Bears, and two years ago, Little's second place finish in the triple jump gave Stanford a 82-81 decision over Cal ... Little is the 2002 Pac-10 long jump champion.
For the third straight year, Stanford beat California in the Big Meet ... The Cardinal men scored a 93-70 victory over the Golden Bears as Milton Little competed in six events, and scored a team-high 15 points ... The Cardinal women scored a 111-51 decision as both Christine Moschella and Chauntae Bayne each scored 15 points ... Moschella scored victories in the 400 meters, and on the winning 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams while Bayne scored a victory in the 100 meters and as a member of the 400 meter and 1,600 meter relay teams.
Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field will be the site of the NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 ... This year, the qualifying standards for the 2003 NCAA Track & Field Championships have been changed ... The NCAA will use Regional Championship meets to determine qualifying for the national meet ... The top five finishers in each individual event, and top three relay teams from each of the four regionals nationwide will earn a berth to the NCAA Nationals at Sacramento State ... The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking individuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths ... The long exception to the Regional qualifying system will be the 10,000 meters and multi-events, which will not be subject to Regional competition ... Athletes will continue to qualify for the NCAA Championships in those events as they have in the past, by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic qualifying standards.
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