Grant Robison Earns Bronze Medal at Pan Am Games

Aug. 9, 2003

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - A gold, silver and bronze medal were awarded to three current and former Stanford athletes during track & field competition at the 2003 Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic.

Former Cardinal All-American Toby Stevenson (2000) won the gold medal in the pole vault with a leap of 17-10 1/2. Stevenson, the 1998 NCAA champion, extended the United States' string in having won gold in the last six Pan Am Games in the pole vault.

Stember, a 2000 Stanford Olympian, finished second in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:46.31. Hudson DeSouza of Brazil won the event in a time of 3:45.72.

'I knew it was going to be a war between us (Brazil's Hudson de Souza, Gold medalist),' said Stember. 'I really expected someone to take it earlier than that. I was just keeping pace and keeping my energy. I was waiting for someone to take it and then he really got a jump. I waited a bit too long and paid the price there with that hesitation. It's a breakout win for him. I'm happy for him and wish him well. We met at the last Pan Am's in Winnipeg and I beat him, we met at Junior Pan Am's when I was 16 and he was 19. Tonight was round three and I'm looking forward to round four which will probably be at the Olympic Games.'

Robison, the 2003 NCAA champion, has enjoyed a successful summer. At a recent meet in Belgium, Robison ran the third fastest time in school history at 3:35.75. At the Pan Am Games, Robison ran 3:46.68.

'The first couple of laps were comfortable,' said Robison, who will be a senior in the upcoming cross country and track campaigns at Stanford. 'I know I can kick with anyone, but I guess I moved too late.'

Three former Stanford competitors enjoyed successful meets. Recently graduated senior Malindi Elmore, who was competing for Canada, set a new school record in finishing fourth in the 1500 meters at 4:10.72. Elmore had originally set the new school time at 4:11.78 at the NCAA's in Sacramento in June. Although she graduated in June, school records are accepted until Sept. 1. Former Cardinal runner Ashley Couper placed seventh in the 1500 meters at 4:20.98. In the javelin, Erica Wheeler finished sixth at 174-2 (53.08m) while current Stanford distance runner Seth Hejny placed ninth in the 5000 meters (14:50.33).

Cardinal Catalogue: Former Stanford All-American and three-time NCAA champion Lauren Fleshman ran a career-best 15:15.48 at a recent meet in Europe. Fleshman's time, however, is not considered a school record since she competed as a professional.

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