Michael Robertson Advances To Discus Final At NCAA's

June 9, 2005

Sacramento, Ca - It is shaping up as a classic duel between two of the best collegiate throwers in the United States.

Michael Robertson of Stanford and Vikas Gowda of North Carolina competed in the prelims of the discus during Thursday's action at the 2005 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium.

And as expected, both competitors easily advanced to Saturday's final (3:30 p.m.). Gowda led eleven other qualifiers with a first attempt throw of 196-10 (60.01m) while Robertson finished second with his second throw of 196-2 (59.80m). Each of the 27 competitors was allowed three throws in the prelims. Gowda, the 2004 Olympian from India, has the nation's best collegiate mark this year at 212-3 (64.69m). Robertson has the nation's second-best mark with a school record effort of 202-5 (61.70m). Last year, Robertson, then a student at SMU, finished third in the discus at the NCAA's while Gowda finished fifth.

The Stanford women's 1,600 meter relay team, thanks to a gutsy effort by Nashonme Johnson, finished first in its heat and eighth overall to reach the finals on Saturday (8:45 p.m.). Johnson, running the third leg, took the baton with Stanford in last place, and ended her 400 meters with the lead as she handed the baton to Janice Davis, who maintained the lead and the victory for Stanford. The Cardinal set a school record (3:32.30), breaking the old time of 3:33.09 set in 2004.

Russell Brown, a redshirt freshman, advanced to Saturday's final (6:20 p.m.) of the 1,500 meters with a prelims time of 3:41.96, the 12th-best time in the field of 26 runners. Brown ran in the second heat which was won by Sean Duffy of American University, whose time of 3:39.42 was the fastest prelims time in the history of the NCAA Track & Field Championship.

Arianna Lambie qualified for 1,500 meter final (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.) with a season-best time of 4:15.89, the fifth-best time among 27 runners.

Alicia Craig, who was attempting to win a third straight NCAA title in the 10,000 meters, dropped out of the race around the 5,500 meter mark.

On Friday, two Stanford athletes will be competing. Solomon Welch will begin preliminary competition in the triple jump (5:00 p.m.) while Erica McLain will begin her bid to win the women's triple jump (7:30 p.m.).

For complete results, go to www.ncaasports.com.

Cardinal Catalogue: Michael Robertson of Stanford and North Carolina's Vikas Gowda are the co-favorites in the discus final which will be contested on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento ... Robertson is a junior transfer from SMU and immediately was able to compete for Stanford this year after SMU dropped its men's track & field program last year ... Robertson, who hails from Beebe, Arkansas, set the Stanford school record earlier this year with an effort of 202-5 (61.70m) at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/05) ... Gowda, on the other hand, was born in India, but now calls Frederick, Md, his home ... Gowda, entering the 2005 outdoor season, had the North Carolina school record at 194-7 (59.30m) last year ... Gowda, a 2004 Olympian in the discus for his home nation of India, improved dramatically this year with a career record best of 212-3 (64.69m).

Second Day Results (NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships)
Hornet Stadium, Sacramento State University

Men's Results
1,500 Meters (prelims) - 1. Sean Duffy (American) 3:39.42q; 8. Russell Brown (Stanford) 3:41.96q; 18. Donald Sage (Stanford) 3:49.84nq10,000 Meters (final) - 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 28:20.11; 22. Brett Gotcher (Stanford) 30:11.48Discus (prelims) - 1. Vikas Gowda (North Carolina) 196-10 (60.01m)q; 2. Michael Robertson (Stanford) 196-2 (59.80m)q

Women's Results
200 Meters (prelims) - 1. Shalonda Solomon (South Carolina) 23.00q; fs Ashley Purnell (Stanford)400 Meter Hurdles (prelims) - 1. Tiffany Ross-Williams (South Carolina) 55.90q; 25. Undine Becker (Stanford) 61.76nq800 Meters (semifinals) - 1. Aneita Denton (Arkansas) 2:04.01q; 16. Ashley Freeman (Stanford) 2:11.22nq1,500 Meters (prelims) - 1. Marina Muncan (Villanova) 4:15.21q; 5. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 4:15.89q10,000 Meters (final) - 1. Sara Slattery (Colorado) 33:02.31; dnf Alicia Craig1,600 Meter Relay (prelims) - 1. South Carolina 3:29.79q; 8. Stanford (Christine Moschella, Ashley Purnell, Nashonme Johnson, Janice Davis) 3:32.23qHammer (prelims) - 1. Jenny Dahlgren (Georgia) 218-5 (66.58m)q; 14. Sarah Hopping (Stanford) 191-11 (58.49m)nq™

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