Distance Runners Shine at Mt. SAC Relays

April 16, 2005

Pomona, Ca - Michael Robertson established a new school record Friday night in the discus to highlight Stanford's participation at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

Robertson, a transfer from SMU, hurled the discus 199-10 (60.91m) to beat the old school mark of 198-7 (60.53m) set by Omer Inan in 2002. That mark is also the best in the Pac-10 Conference this year.

Robertson, a junior, finished third in the discus (195-2, 59.48m) for the Mustangs at the NCAA's last year to earn All-American honors. Robertson's career-best remains 212-11 (64.90m) last year.

Joaquin Chapa qualified for the NCAA West Regionals with a time of 3:43.22 in the 1,500 meters. The regional standard was 3:48.21.

Sarah Hopping had a season-best mark of 187-9 (57.32m) in the hammer to earn a regional berth.

Freshman Danielle Maier made her season debut a successful one with a victory and a regional qualifying mark of 145-9 (44.42m) in the javelin. Her mark was also a freshman school record.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, several Stanford runners turned in outstanding performances. Ian Dobson turned in the second-fastest time in school history in the 5,000 meters. Dobson finished fifth with a career-best time of 13:27.45. Ryan Hall produced a career-best in the same race at 13:31.58. Both times easily beat the regional qualifying time of 14:15.75. Other regional qualifers from Stanford included Neftalem Araia (13:47.72), Chris Emme (14:02.90) and Jonathan Pierce (14:09.55).

In the women's 5,000 meters, Sara Bei and Anita Siraki qualified for the NCAA Regionals with respective times of 15:41.57 and 16:37.73.

Evan Fox and Russell Brown were regional qualifiers in the 1,500 meters with respective times of 3:45.03 and 3:45.24.

For complete results on the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, go to www.physical-education.pomona.edu. For complete results at the Mt. SAC Relays, go to http://sportsinfo.mtsac.edu

Men's Results (Mt. SAC Relays)
800 Meters - 1. Nicholas Lara (Adams State) 1:49.77; 16. Justin Romaniuk (Stanford) 1:52.22
1,500 Meters - 1. Max Smith (Providence) 3:47.58; 48. Donald Sage (Stanford) 3:57.07
1,500 Meters - 1. Chris Lukezic (Georgetown) 3:42.52; 10. Evan Fox (Stanford) 3:45.03; 12. Russell Brown (Stanford) 3:45.24
5,000 Meters - 1. Donald Sage (Stanford) 14:26.54
5,000 Meters - 1. Kevin Chelimo (Texas Tech) 13:54.90; 2. Chris Emme (Stanford) 14:02.90; 9. Jonathan Pierce (Stanford) 14:09.55; 41. David Vidal (Stanford) 14:25.93; 48. Lauren Jespersen (Stanford) 14:36.56; 50. Forrest Tahdoaahnippah (Stanford) 14:38.88; 53. Rolf Steier (Stanford) 14:45.83
5,000 Meters - 1. Bernard Lagat (Nike) 13:14.71; 5. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 13:27.45; 6. Ryan Hall (Stanford) 13:31.58; 14. Neftalem Araia (Stanford) 13:47.72

Women's Results (Mt. SAC Relays)
400 Meters - 1. Kineke Alexander (Iowa) 52.73; 6. Ashley Freeman (Stanford) 55.46
5,000 Meters - 1. Marie Davenport (Reebok) 15:38.64; 3. Sara Bei (Stanford) 15:41.57; 21. Anita Siraki (Stanford) 16:37.73; 24. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 16:53.69
5,000 Meters - 1. Heather Cooksey (So. Indiana) 16:32.97; 19. Julie Allen (Stanford) 17:06.86; Lindsey Flacks (Stanford) dnf

Men's Results (Pomona-Pitzer Invitational)
1,500 Meters - 1. Chris Estwanik (Nike Farm Team) 3:42.19; 3. Joaquin Chapa (Stanford) 3:43.22
Discus - 1. Michael Robertson (Stanford) 199-10 (60.91m); 6. Daniel Schaerer (Stanford) 172-0 (52.44m)
Javelin - 1. Brad Wyatt (So. Utah) 192-1 (58.54m); 2. Bryan Kelley (Stanford) 190-5 (58.03m); 3. Keith Avila (Stanford) 187-0 (57.01m)
Pole Vault - 1. Sean Thomas-Bignami (UCSB) 16-2 3/4 (4.95m); 2. Benjamin Dickens (Stanford) 15-9 (4.80m)

Women's Results (Pomona-Pitzer Invitational)
800 Meters - 1. Nicole Teter (Nike) 2:04.54; 10. Claire Cormier (Stanford) 2:11.83
Discus - 1. Cecilia Barnes (CS Bakersfield) 181-9 (55.41m); 13. Stephanie Benight (Stanford) 144-1 (43.91m); 17. Lindsay Brisbin (Stanford) 141-6 (43.13m); 18. Melissa Yunghans (Stanford) 140-9 (42.91m); 22. Sara Jacobsen (Stanford) 136-2 (41.50m); 24. Sally Mills (Stanford) 130-2 (39.68m)
Hammer - 1. April Burton (CS Bakersfield) 207-2 (63.14m); 7. Sarah Hopping (Stanford) 187-9 (57.23m); 29. Katy Elsbury (Stanford) 153-2 (46.70m); 30. Lindsay Brisbin (Stanford) 151-5 (46.15m)
Javelin - 1. Danielle Maier (Stanford) 145-9 (44.42m); 9. Sally Mills (Stanford) 118-0 (35.98m)
Pole Vault - 1. Chaunte Mitchell (CS Stanislaus) 12-5 1/2 (3.80m); 3. Samantha Shepard (Stanford) 11-5 3/4 (3.50m)
Shot Put - 1. Adriane Blewitt (Ashland Elite) 56-11 1/2 (17.36m); 7. Melissa Yunghans (Stanford) 45-1 1/2 (13.75m)™

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