Stanford Prepares For NCAA Indoor Championship

March 7, 2006

Fayetteville, Ark - A large contingent of Stanford men's and women's track athletes will converge on the University of Arkansas campus when the 2006 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 10-11) are held at the Tyson Indoor Track complex.

The Cardinal women have finished in the Top 10 the past four years, and are among several contenders for the NCAA title this year, according to Trackwire.com. The Cardinal has been projected to finish second behind favorite Texas. Other top contenders include Auburn, Nebraska, Arizona State, South Carolina, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee, according to Trackwire.com. Last year, the Cardinal scored 24 points to finish eighth. Tennessee is the defending NCAA champion.

The Stanford men are ranked 20th in the nation. Arkansas, the defending NCAA champion, is again the favorite this year with competition from such schools as LSU, Texas, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee and Baylor. In three seasons (1998, 1999, 2000), Last year, Stanford finished 13th. Arkansas won the NCAA championship.

Stanford is returning to the track after an impressive performance at hte Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships (Feburary 24-25). The Cardinal women won the league title for a fourth straight season with 161 points to beat runnerup Arizona State by 46 points. Stanford won eight events. The Cardinal men finished second with 100 points, only seven points back of Washington. Stanford scored victories in three events.

Indoor Incidentals
Last year, Ian Dobson won the 5000 meter title at the NCAA Indoor Championship at Arkansas with a time of 13:43.36 ... Other past NCAA Indoor champions from Stanford include Brad Hauser (5000 meters, 1998, 1999), Gabe Jennings (mile, 2000), Lisa Bernhagen in the high jump (1987), Pam Dukes in the shot put (1987), Jackie Edwards in the long jump (1992), Lauren Fleshman in the 3000 meters (2002), Chryste Gaines in the 55 meters (1992), PattiSue Plumer in the 2-mile (1983), the men's distance medley relay team (2000, 2001) and the women's distance medley relay team (2000).

Cardinal Catalogue
The Stanford women's track & field team is certainly one of the top programs in the country ... Since the 2002 season, Stanford has finished no lower than eighth ... The team's best finish was second during the 1992 season ... Stanford has four runners in the women's 3000 meters, Arianna Lambie (9:07.65), Teresa McWalters (9:09.19), Kathleen Trotter (9:12.36) and Amanda Trotter (9:13.76) ... All four runners are seeded among the top seven runners in the field of 20 ... That is the most number of participants in any event for Stanford this year.

Schedule Story
Friday, March 10 (Arkansas time)

4:00 p.m. - Women's Long Jump (prelim & final) - Erica McLain
5:35 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault (final) - Graeme Hoste
6:30 p.m. - Women's 60 Meters (prelims) - Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Janice Davis
6:45 p.m. - Men's Mile (prelim) - Russell Brown
7:05 p.m. - Women's Mile (prelim) - Arianna Lambie, Kathleen Trotter
7:35 p.m. - Women's 200 Meters (prelim) - Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Janice Davis
9:05 p.m. - Women's 200 Meters (prelim) - Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Janice Davis
9:15 p.m. - Men's Distance Medley Relay (final)
9:35 p.m. - Women's Distance Medley Relay (final)

Saturday, March 11 (Arkansas time)
4:10 p.m - Women's Triple Jump (prelim & final) - Erica McLain
5:45 p.m. - Men's Triple Jump (prelim & final) - Feranmi Okanlami, Solomon Welch
6:15 p.m. - Men's Mile (final)
6:25 p.m. - Women's Mile (final)
7:25 p.m. - Women's 60 Meters (final)
7:35 p.m. - Men's 3000 Meters (final) - Neftalem Araia, Jacob Gomez
7:50 p.m. - Women's 3000 Meters (final) - Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Amanda Trotter, Kathleen Trotter

Stanford's participants at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships

Neftalem Araia, Junior, 3,000 Meters, Indianapolis, IN
Ran a season-best 7:56.11 (#8 all-time at Stanford) in the 3000 meters to earn at berth at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Ran his time in finishing second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship (2/25/06) ... Seeded 13th ... The top seed is Richard Kiplagat of Florida State at 7:49.98 ... Also ran the 5000 meters this year with a best time of 13:52.81 (#8 all-time at Stanford) ... A two-time All-American in cross country ... Helped the Cardinal to a sixth place finish at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Junior, 60 meters/200 meters, Ft. Worth, TX
Has gained entrance to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 meters and the 200 meters ... The 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the 60 meters (7.31, #2 all-time at Stanford) ... Seeded 12th in the 60 meters ... The top seed is Tahesia Harrigan of Alabama (7.19) ... Seeded sixth in the 200 meters with a school record time of 23.41 set at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) ... The top seed is Shalonda Solomon of South Carolina (22.89) ... Also ran the third leg on Stanford's title winning 1600 meter relay team at the MPSF Championship (3:36.80).

Russell Brown, Junior, Mile/Distance Medley Relay, Hanover, NH
An NCAA Indoor championship qualifier in the mile with a season-best time of 3:59.65 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/10/06) ... Brown is ninth-seeded among the 17 competitors ... The top seed is Tom Lancashire of Florida State at 3:57.72 ... Won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) mile in a time of 4:02.54 (2/25/06) ... Also ran the opening leg on the distance medley relay team which qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in a time of 9:34.32 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) ... Other members of the team include Michael Garcia, Joaquin Chapa and Garrett Heath ... Stanford is seeded sixth ... The top seed is Wisconsin (9:32.76) ... Ran the opening leg on the winning DMR team at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship along with Garcia, Chapa and Heath in a time of 9:38.87 (2/24/06) ... Also ran the 800 meters this year in a time of 1:50.71, eighth-best in school history ... Gained All-American honors as a member of the distance medley relay team that finished fourth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship.

Joaquin Chapa, Junior, Distance Medley Relay, Portland, OR
Finished fourth in the 800 meters (1:51.20) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship ... Has run 1:50.89 this year, ninth-best in school history ... Gained All-American honors as a member of the distance medley relay team that finished fourth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship.

Janice Davis, Junior, 60 Meters/200 Meters, Natchez, MS
An NCAA participant in the 60 meters and 200 meters ... The 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the 200 meters with a time of 23.46 (#2 all-time at Stanford) ... Seeded ninth in the 200 meters ... The top seed is Shalonda Solomon of South Carolina (22.89) ... Set the school record in the 60 meters (7.30) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/10/06) ... Seeded tenth in the 60 meters ... The top seed is Tahesia Harrigan of Alabama (7.19) ... A two-time All-American.

Ashley Freeman, Junior, Distance Medley Relay, Hawthorne, CA,
A member of the distance medley relay team that has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in a time of 11:06.68 set at the Washington Invitational (1/27/06) in Seattle ... Ran the second leg on the title winning DMR team at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships (2/24/06) ... The DMR team is seeded fourth ... The top seed is Villanova at 11:05.08 ... A two-time All-American.

Michael Garcia, Junior, Distance Medley Relay, Santa Fe, NM
A member of the distance medley relay team which ran a season-best 9:34.32 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) ... Ran the 800 meters in 1:51.29 to finish fifth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship ... Gained All-American honors in running the 800 meter leg on Stanford's distance medley relay team that placed fourth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship.

Jacob Gomez, Sophomore, 3,000 Meters, Klamath Falls, OR
A time of 7:55.26 (#6 all-time at Stanford) in winning the 3000 meters at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship has earned Gomez a berth at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Seeded 12th in the field of 15 runners ... The top seed is Richard Kiplagat of Iona at 7:49.98 ... Competed at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championship where Stanford finished sixth ... Competed at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5000 meters.

Garrett Heath, Sophomore, Distance Medley Relay, Winona, MN
A member of the distance medley relay team which ran a season-best 9:34.32 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) ... Competed in the 3000 meters at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship ... Competed on Stanford's sixth place finishing team at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

Graeme Hoste, Sophomore, Pole Vault, Claremont, CA
At the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Nebraska, set a career-best mark of 17-7 3/4 (5.38m) in the pole vault ... That mark is second-best in school history ... Hoste is seeded tenth ... The top seed is Thomas Skipper of Oregon at 18-8 3/4 (5.71m) ... Finished second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship (2/25/06) with an effort of 17-7 (5.36m).

Arianna Lambie, Junior, Mile/3,000 Meters/Distance Medley Relay, Harvard, MA
One of the top contenders in the 3000 meters at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship ... Her time of 9:07.65 (#4 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) is second-best in the field of 20 runners behind Mary Cullen of Providence who has run 9:01.33 ... Captured the 3000 meters at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship, the fourth straight season that a Stanford runner has captured that event ... One of the top milers in this year's NCAA Indoor Championship ... Has a season-best time of 4:40.91 (sixth seed) which she ran at the Washington Invitational (1/28/06) in Seattle ... The top seed in the mile is Johanna Nilsson of Northern Arizona at 4:34.24 ... For the second straight season, won the mile at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship (4:44.27, 2/25/06) ... A finalist in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship ... Competes on the distance medley relay team which has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Ran the third leg on the winning DMR team at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships in a time of 11:11.46 ... The DMR's best time of the year is 11:06.68 (seeded fourth) at the Washington Invitational (1/27/06) in Seattle ... The top seed is Villanova (11:05.08) ... A four-time All-American ... Led Stanford to the 2005 NCAA Cross Country championship ... The 2005 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Cross Country champion ... Named the 2005 NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Erica McLain, Sophomore, Triple Jump/Long Jump, Plano, TX
One of the top American triple and long jumpers in the United States ... Seeded fourth in the triple jump with a season-best effort of 44-1 1/2 (13.45m) at the Washington Invitational (1/28/06) in Seattle ... The top seed is Yvette Lewis of Hampton at 45-1 (13.74m) ... Won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) triple jump championshp for a second straight season ... The school record holder in the triple jump at 45-7 1/4 (13.90m) set last year ... Finished second in the triple jump at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship to earn All-American honors ... Seeded ninth in the long jump at 20-10 3/4 (6.37m, #2 all-time at Stanford) which she set in winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship (MPSF, 2/24/06) for a second straight season ... The top seed is Kierra Foster of Maryland at 22-3 3/4 (6.60m) ... A three-time All-American ... The American junior record and school record holder with a winning triple jump effort of 45-11 3/4 (14.01m) at the 2005 United States Outdoor Championship ... Ranked #1 in the United States in the outdoor triple jump, and 42nd in the world.

Teresa McWalters, Sophomore, 3,000 Meters, San Francisco, CA
Has the third-best time in the field of 20 runners in the 3000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Ran the distance in 9:09.19 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Washington Invitational (1/28/06) in Seattle ... Just ahead of her are Mary Cullen of Providence (9:01.333) and Stanford teammate Arianna Lambie at 9:07.65 ... Earned All-American honors with a third place finish in the 5000 meters at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship ... Helped propel Stanford to the NCAA title in cross country in 2005.

Feranmi Okanlami, Junior, Triple Jump, Granger, IN
Competing in the last regular season meet of the 2006 indoor season, Okanlami jumped a career-best 51-7 1/4 (15.73m, #2 all-time at Stanford) at the Washington Last Chance Qualifier (3/4/06) in Seattle ... Okanlami is seeded 15th ... The top seed is Rafeeq Curry of Florida State at 54-5 1/2 (16.60m) ... Placed eighth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship (2/25/06) with a leap of 50-0 3/4 (15.26m).

Amanda Trotter, Junior, 3,000 Meters/Distance Medley Relay, Little Silver, NJ
A time of 9:13.76 (#9 all-time at Stanford) in the 3000 meters at the MPSF Championship (fourth place, 2/25/06) has gained her entrance to the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Amanda is seeded seventh ... The top seed is Mary Cullen of Providence at 9:01.33 ... A member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) winning distance medley relay team (11:11.46) along with Ashley Freeman, Arianna Lambie and Kathleen Trotter ... The DMR's best time is 11:06.68 set at the Washington Invitational (1/27/06) in Seattle ... That time is seeded fourth at the NCAA Indoor's ... The top seed is Villanova at 11:05.08 ... Helped lead Stanford to the 2005 NCAA, NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 Cross Country Championships.

Kathleen Trotter, Junior, 3,000 Meters/Distance Medley Relay, Little Silver, NJ
A time of 9:12.36 (#8 all-time at Stanford) in the 3000 meters has earned Trotter a berth at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... Ran her season-best at the MPSF Championship (2/25/06), an event in which she finished second ... The top seed is Mary Cullen of Providence at 9:01.33 ... Gained All-American honors last year with a fifth place finish in the 3000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... A time of 4:41.11 (#5 all-time at Stanford) in the mile has also earned her a berth at the NCAA Indoor's ... Her time was set at the Washington Invitational (1/28/06) in Seattle ... This was her only mile of the 2006 indoor season ... Trotter is seeded sixth in the mile ... The top seed in the mile is Johanna Nilsson of Northern Arizona at 4:34.24 ... Also a member of the distance medley relay team which is seeded fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 11:06.68 which was set at the Washington Invitational (1/27/06) in Seattle ... The top seed is Villanova at 11:05.08 ... Ran the anchor leg on the DMR at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship in a time of 11:11.46 ... A six-time All-American ... Gained All-American honors in helping the Cardinal to the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championship title.

Solomon Welch, Junior, Triple Jump, Danville, CA
Competing in the last regular season event of the 2006 indoor season, Welch set a school record in the triple jump (51-10 1/2, 15.81m) at the Washington Last Chance Qualifier (3/4/06) in Seattle ... Welch is seeded 13th ... Rafeeq Curry of Florida State is seeded first at 54-5 1/2 (16.60m) ... Placed third at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship with a leap of 51-1 1/2 (15.58m, 2/25/06).

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Running a time of 9:34.32 (#6 all-time at Stanford) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational (2/11/06) has gained a berth for Stanford at the NCAA Indoor Championship ... That team was composed of Russell Brown, Michael Garcia, Joaquin Chapa and Garrett Heath ... Stanford is seeded sixth ... The top seed is Wisconsin (9:32.76) ... The DMR won the 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship in a time of 9:38.87 ... That team consisted of Russell Brown, Michael Garcia, Joaquin Chapa, and Garrett Heath.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
One of the top contenders in this event ... The team of Kathleen Trotter, Janice Davis, Ashley Freeman and Arianna Lambie ran the distance in a season-best time of 11:06.68 (#3 all-time at Stanford) at the Washington Invitational (1/27/06) in Seattle ... Stanford is seeded fourth ... The top seed is Villanova at 11:05.08 ... Captured the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship in a time of 11:11.46, ninth-best in school history.

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