Stanford Women Aim For Third Straight MPSF Title

Feb. 24, 2005

Seattle, Wa - The nationally-ranked Stanford women's indoor track & field team will seek to defend its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title for a third straight year when competition takes place on Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Complex on the University of Washington campus. The MPSF Indoor Conference Championships involve Pac-10 and Big West Conference teams. Six of the nation's top-25 teams will be on hand, while three current NCAA leaders and two defending NCAA champions will be among the athletes entered in the event.

According to Trackwire, the Cardinal women are predicted to win the NCAA title this year with 50 points, a 13 point margin of victory over LSU. But first, Stanford must compete at the league championships (MPSF). The Stanford men are also expected to be in the competitive hunt during the two-day meet.

Several Stanford competitors are ranked in the top 5 in the league's list of best times and marks. Janice Davis is ranked first in the 60 meters (7.32) and the 200 meters (23.70). Ashley Purnell (24.08) and Christine Moschella (24.08) are ranked third and fourth in the conference. In the 400 meters, Moschella is ranked #1 (54.66) followed by Nashonme Johnson (55.03). Ashley Freeman is ranked fourth (56.00) followed by Chinny Offor (56.42).

In the 5,000 meters, Alicia Craig and Anita Siraki are ranked 1-2 with times of 15:54.72 and 16:07.18, respectively. Julie Allen is rated fourth (16:36.34). The women's distance medley team is ranked #1 (11:07.81) while the women's 1,600 meter relay team is also ranked first (3:34.92).

The top five milers in the conference are all from Stanford. Katy Trotter leads the pack (4:42.11) followed by Arianna Lambie (4:44.29), Lauren Centrowitz (4:46.42), Jeane Goff (4:49.44) and Amanda Trotter (4:51.10). In the 3,000 meters, Siraki and Katy Trotter are ranked 1-2 with time of 9:17.68 and 9:20.56, respectively. Goff is ranked fourth (9:29.43) and Julie Allen (9:40.45). In the long jump, freshman Erica McLain is ranked first (19-10 3/4, 6.06m) while Undine Becker is fourth (19-2, 5.84m). McLain is #1 in the triple jump (44-11, 13.69m). Sarah Hopping is rated fourth in the weight throw (56-8 1/2, 17.28m).

The Cardinal men also rank high in several events. The distance medley team is the league leader at 9:33.49 while the 1,600 meter relay team is fourth at 3:12.21. Nick Sebes is ranked third in the 400 meters (46.97) while Curtis Goehring is fifth (47.30). In the 3,000 meters, Ryan Hall is ranked third at 8:02.63 while Jonathan Pierce is fifth (8:04.21). Russell Brown and Lauren Jespersen are ranked fourth and fifth in the mile with times of 4:04.94 and 4:05.41, respectively. Michael Garcia is ranked fifth in the 800 meters (1:50.82),

Several Stanford athletes have qualified automatically or provisionally for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships. Automatic qualifiers include Alicia Craig in the 5,000 meters (15:45.=72), Anita Siraki in the 5,000 meters (16:07.18), Julie Allen in the 5,000 meters (16:36.34), and Erica McLain in the triple jump (44-11, 13.69m).

NCAA provisional qualifiers thus far are Janice Davis in the 60 meters (7.32) and the 200 meters (23.70), Anita Siraki in the 3,000 meters (9:17.68), Amanda Trotter in the 3,000 meters (9:20.56), Jeane Goff in the 3,000 meters (9:29.43), the women's 1,600 meter relay team (3:34.92, Christina Moschella, Janice Davis, Ashley Freeman, Ashley Purnell), the women's distance medley relay team (11:07.81, Arianna Lambie, Christine Moschella, Ashley Freeman, Katy Trotter), Nick Sebes in the 400 meters (46.97), Ryan Hall in the 3,000 meters (8:02.63), Jonathan Pierce in the 3,000 meters (8:04.21), and the men's distance medley relay team (9:33.49, Russell Brown, Nick Sebes, Michael Garcia, Joaquin Chapa).

Six indoor school records have been set this year. Janice Davis has set school marks in the 60 meters (7.32) and the 200 meters (23.70) while the 1,600 meter relay team of Christine Moschella, Janice Davis, Ashley Freeman and Ashley Purnell recently set a new school record time of 3:34.92. The women's distance medley relay team of Arianna Lambie, Christine Moschella, Ashley Freeman and Katy Trotter set the new school record of 11:07.81. Freshman Erica McClain is the new school record holder in the triple jump (44-11, 13.69m). Nick Sebes has the new school record in the 400 meters (46.97).

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