Edrick Floreal And Erica McLain Honored By Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

March 8, 2005

Woodland, Ca - Edrick Floreal, Stanford's head women's track & field coach, has been named the 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. In addition, freshman Erica McLain has been named the 2005 MPSF Female Athlete of the Year.

Floreal is in his seventh season with the Cardinal; his second as Head Coach. Floreal guided the Cardinal women to their third-consecutive MPSF indoor team title on February 25-26, and a No. 1 Trackwire Dandy Dozen ranking. At the 2005 MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle, the Stanford women won eight of 17 events with double winners Erica McLain in the horizontal jumps and Janice Davis in the 60-meter and 200-meter sprints and a sweep of the top four spots in the 3,000 meters. The Cardinal also won both the 4x400 meter and distance medley relays, and set three meet records, one facility record, two NCAA automatic qualifiers and ten provisional marks.

Floreal's experience as a world class athlete, including two Olympic Games appearances, combined with his technical knowledge in the sprints, hurdles and jumps has made him one of the premier coaches in the United States and a valuable asset to Stanford University. Under Floreal's direction, Stanford student-athletes have garnered numerous Pac-10 Championship titles and set countless school records.

Floreal graduated with honors from Arkansas in 1990, where he captured five NCAA triple jump titles and four NCAA team championships. He competed for Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

McLain was voted by MPSF head indoor track and field coaches the 2005 MPSF Female Athlete of the Meet after winning both the long jump and triple jump at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle. Her efforts helped boost Stanford to their third consecutive MPSF women's team title. McLain topped the NCAA indoor triple jump charts with her record-breaking automatic qualifying mark of 13.90 meters (45'-7 '); a margin of 1.03 meters (3' 4') over the previous MPSF record mark of 12.87 (42'-2 ') set in 2003 by Candace Baucham of UCLA. McLain, ranked No. 6 in the nation in the long jump, also won that event at the MPSF indoors with a leap of 6.27 meters (20'-7') to earn the only provisional mark of the meet for that event. Her MPSF triple jump record mark is an American Junior indoor and outdoor record, and is the best by an American in the United States this year. That effort would also have won the U.S Indoor Championships held the same weekend as the MPSF Championships.

In high school McLain was three-time Texas state champion in the triple jump (2002-04) and earned numerous other honors including competing at the 2002 and 2004 World Junior Championships.™

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