Stanford Men Open 2005 Outdoor Season

March 5, 2005

Stanford Spring Opener

Running Events
2:00pm 1500 Meters Women
2:10pm 1500 Meters Men
2:20pm 100m Hurdles Women
2:30pm 110m Hurdles Men
2:40pm 400 Meters Women
2:45pm 400 Meters Men
2:50pm 100 Meters Women
2:55pm 100 Meters Men
3:00pm 800 Meters Women
3:05pm 800 Meters Men
3:10pm 200 Meters Women
3:20pm 200 Meters Men
3:25pm 3000 Meters Women
3:40pm 3000 Meters Men
3:55pm 4 x 400m Relay Women
4:00pm 4 x 400m Relay Men

Field Events
1:30pm Hammer Women and Men together
1:30pm Javelin Women and Men together
Discus Women followed by men
**Discus will follow immediately after javelin**
1:30pm Long Jump Women and Men together
1:30pm Pole Vault Men followed by Women
1:45pm Shot Put Women and Men together
2:30pm High Jump Women
2:30pm Triple Jump Women and Men together

2005 Stanford Men's Track & Field Outlook
Under the direction of second year head coach, Robert Weir, the 2005 Stanford men's track and field team will maintain its strength in the middle distance and distance events, and add a solid group of sprinters, throwers and jumpers. After finishing fifth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, the first time since 1999 that Stanford did not finish first or second, the Cardinal will look to return near the top of the awards podium at the 2005 Conference championship meet. The national success for Stanford has been equally prolific, as the Cardinal have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships for six of the past seven years, including a national title in 2000.

The return of eight All-Americans, including one NCAA Champion and two student-athletes that have finished among the top three at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, will boost Stanford's efforts in 2005. A number of other talented student-athletes that rank high on the Stanford all-time performance list in various events will complete a Cardinal roster that will be one of the most balanced in recent years. Add a group of newcomers with tons of potential and Stanford is prepared to return near the top at the Pac-10 Conference and NCAA levels.

Sprints/Hurdles
Stanford experienced one of its best seasons ever in the sprints last season and nearly every contributor returns for the Cardinal in 2005. Led by seniors Nick Sebes and Curtis Goehring, Stanford will attempt an assault on the school record books in the sprint relays for the third consecutive year. In 2004, the quartet of T.J. Rushing, Nick Sebes, Curtis Goehring and Stanley Wilson crushed the long-standing 4 x 100 meter relay school record from 1978 with a time of 39.71. The Stanford time was good for fourth place at the NCAA West Regionals and a berth for the Cardinal at the NCAA Championships. Every member except Wilson is back for the Cardinal in 2005. The same four athletes combined to run the fourth fastest time in school history in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:07.53 to finish fourth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships.

With All-American Nick Sebes leading the way, the 400 meters will be a strength for the Cardinal in 2005. Sebes finished sixth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championship finals after running a career best of 46.20 in the prelims, the fourth best performance all-time at Stanford. Sebes competed in the 400 meters at the 2004 NCAA Championships. In addition to being one of the top 400 meter runners in the nation, Sebes is a Pac-10 qualifier in the 200 meters with a best of 21.44. All-American and Pac-10 Championship veteran Curt Goehring is a three-time Conference qualifier in the 400 meters and has been one of the best quarter-milers in the Pac-10 since his freshman year. Goehring owns a career best of 47.52.

Cardinal football standouts TJ Rushing and David Marrero return to lead the Cardinal in the 100 meters. Rushing and Marrero are recognized throughout the Pac-10 as two of the top sprinters and relay runners in the Conference. The Stanford sprints will receive a significant addition with the arrival of freshman Wopamo Osaisai. Osaisai was one of the premier sprinters in the nation as a California high school senior with prep bests of 10.58 and 21.07 in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively.

Middle Distances
Bolstered by the return of one of the best 1500 meter runners in the NCAA over the last three years, the Stanford middle distance crew will be one of the best in the nation in 2005. Senior Donald Sage will lead this deep group of 800 and 1500 meter runners. Sage has been a finalist in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships every year at Stanford, including the 2002 season when he won the national title. Sage, a ten time All-American, finished third in the 1500 meters at the 2004 NCAA Championships. With a personal best of 3:39.27, the sixth fastest time in school history, Sage will be a major contender for his second NCAA title in the 1500 meters in his Stanford career. After three All-America finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, junior Ryan Hall is poised for a breakthrough season in the 1500 meters. Hall has a career best of 3:43.37 in the 1500 meters but has the potential to be one of the premier milers in the NCAA in 2005. Junior Jacob Gomez enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 1500 meters in 2004 by improving his personal best by nearly four seconds to 3:43.37. Gomez, a two-time Pac-10 finalist in the 1500 meters, will be one of the top 1500 meter runners in the NCAA West Region in 2005. With personal bests of 3:44.37 and 3:45.60, Evan Fox and Justin Romaniuk should be among the Pac-10 leaders in the 1500 meters. Redshirt freshman Russell Brown competed for the United States in the 1500 meters at the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Sophomores Sean Drake, Rolf Steier and Steven DeWitt will also contribute after solid freshmen campaigns as will redshirt freshman Lauren Jespersen. Freshman Hakon DeVries, Jacob Evans, Garrett Heath and Hari Mix have the potential to compete immediately at the Pac-10 level.

Depth will be the key for Stanford in the 800 meters in 2005. The Cardinal will have no less than five athletes capable of qualifying for the Pac-10 Championship finals in the 800 meters. Leading this group of young, talented half milers is junior Justin Romaniuk. As a freshman in 2003, Romaniuk was the Pac-10 champion in the 800 meters and he finished sixth at the Conference meet in 2004 with a personal best of 1:49.46. Evan Fox will look to improve upon his career best of 1:50.24 and his eighth place finishes in the 800 meters at the 2003 and 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Joaquin Chapa returns from a freshman season in which he finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships in the 800 meters. Chapa was one of the top young 800 meters runners in the Pac-10 Conference in 2004 and he has the ability to progress into one of the best in the NCAA in 2005. Freshman Michael Garcia redshirted the 2004 season, but ran a very credible 1:50.35 in the 800 meters at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open. Redshirt freshmen Lauren Jespersen and Russell Brown will contribute significantly for the Cardinal in 2005. Jespersen finished fifth in the 800 meters at the 2004 MPSF Indoor Championships and Brown had the fourth fastest 800 meter time in the nation as a high school senior in 2003.

Distances
From top to bottom, the distances will be Stanford's deepest area in 2005. Stanford will have a large contingent of student-athletes capable of qualifying for the 2005 NCAA Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase, 5000 and 10,000 meters. The versatility of senior All-American Ian Dobson is evident in this area as Dobson is the No. 1 returning athlete in the NCAA in the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 10,000 meters. In addition, Dobson is the No. 3 returning collegiate runner in the 5000 meters. Dobson's potential in the 3000 meter steeplechase has increased each year at Stanford and in 2005 he will be a major contender for top honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Pac-10 and NCAA Championship meets. In 2004, Dobson set a school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:32.09 and he finished third at the NCAA Championships. Led by Dobson, expect many points from the Cardinal in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the major championship meets. David Vidal returns for his junior season after competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the first time in his career in 2004. After a solid cross country season in the fall, Vidal will look to improve upon his fifth place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. In 2004, sophomore Jonathan Pierce set the freshman school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:00.35. Pierce finished eighth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and together with Dobson and Vidal, will form one of the best trios of 3000 meter steeplechase runners in the NCAA.

In the 5000 meters, Ian Dobson will lead a long list of returning Stanford athletes in 2005. Dobson was the runner-up in the 5000 meters at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships in a school record time of 13:40.91. Dobson, the 2004 Pac-10 Championship runner-up in the 5000 meters, is the top returning 5000 meter runner indoors in the NCAA. Ryan Hall has shown the range to be one of the premier 5000 meter runners in the nation. In 2004, Hall ran a career best of 13:45.00 in the 5000 meters, the eighth fastest time in school history. All-American Chris Emme was a Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional qualifier in the 5000 meters in 2004 with a career best time 13:53.19. Jacob Gomez returns after a sophomore season in which he competed at the 2004 NCAA Championships in the 5000 meters after running a career best of 13:56.77. Freshman Neftalem Araia redshirted the 2004 outdoor season, but was one of the top 5000 meter runners in the nation indoors with a time of 13:56.99, the ninth fastest indoor time in Stanford history. Sophomore Peter Meindl ran 13:58.49 in the 5000 meters indoors in 2004 and has the talent to be among the collegiate outdoor leaders in the 5000 meters in 2005.

Eight-time All-American Ian Dobson had the second fastest collegiate time in the nation in the 10,000 meters in 2004 with a personal best of 28:15.66, the second best performance in Stanford history. Dobson ran the 10,000 meters at the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Championships, finishing fifth in the latter event. Dobson is one of the top 10,000 meter runners in the United States. Senior Chris Emme returns as the 2004 Pac-10 Championship runner-up in the 10,000 meters. Emme has been a Pac-10 Championship scorer in the 10,000 meters for the past three years. Brett Gotcher competed in the 10,000 meters at the 2004 NCAA Championships after finishing seventh in the event at the Pac-10 Championships. Gotcher was the 2003 U.S. Junior National and Junior Pan Am Games champion in the 10,000 meters. Senior Donald Sage can also contribute in the 10,000 meters. Sage owns the eighth fastest time in school history at 28:40.12. Also expected to contribute are freshmen Hakon DeVries, Garrett Heath and Hari Mix.

Jumps
One of the top horizontal jump tandems in the Pac-10 Conference will lead the Cardinal in 2005. Junior Solomon Welch is a two-time Pac-10 Championship finalist in the triple jump, finishing fourth and sixth in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Welch, the 2003 U.S. Junior National champion, leaped a career best of 51-5 (15.67m) in the triple jump at the 2004 NCAA West Regional Championships, the third best jump in Stanford history. Feranmi Okanlami had a solid freshman season finishing 11th in the triple jump at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Okanlami finished fifth in the triple jump at the 2004 U.S. Junior National Championships with a personal best of 49-11 3/4 (15.23m), the tenth best jump ever at Stanford. Welch and Okanlami are also the top returning long jumpers for the Cardinal in 2005. Welch has an indoor career best of 23-5 1/2 (7.15m) and Okanlami owns a best of 22-5 1/4 (6.84m).

Freshmen Graeme Hoste and Benjamin Dickens will provide immediate support to sophomore Quinn Miller-Bedell in the pole vault. Hoste had the fifth best high school pole vault performance in the nation in 2004. Dickens as the 2004 Florida state high school champion in the pole vault. Miller-Bedell was the 2004 Big Meet champion in the pole vault.

Throws
A group of talented newcomers will comprise a much-improved squad of throwers for the Cardinal in 2005. Junior Michael Robertson is a transfer from SMU where he was an All-American in the discus. Robertson, a two-time WAC Championship runner-up in the discus, finished third in the discus at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Robertson finished seventh in the discus at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and has a career best 212-11 (64.90m). Daniel Schaerer arrives at Stanford as one of the top freshman in the nation. Schaerer was the 2004 California state meet champion in the discus, with a state meet record of 206-5, the fifth furthest prep discus throw in the nation in 2004. Freshmen Kyle Davis-Hammerquist and Mark Shughart will contribute immediately at the Conference level. Davis-Hammerquist is a two-time top-five finisher in the discus at the California state meet. Cardinal football offensive lineman Michael Macellari will be the top shot putter for the Cardinal after redshirting the 2004 outdoor season.

Junior Bryan Kelley and sophomore Keith Avila return for the Cardinal in the javelin. Kelley is approaching the Stanford all-time top-ten list in the javelin.

Multi Events
Nicholas Taylor returns for his senior year as Stanford's top decathlete. Taylor finished ninth in the decathlon at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships with a career best of 6,501 points, the ninth-best score in school history.

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