More Than 4,000 Athetes To Compete At Stanford Invitational

March 29, 2006

Stanford, Ca - It is one of the top collegiate, post-collegiate and high school meets in the United States and it takes place at Stanford University's Cobb Track & Angell Field.

The Nike Stanford Track & Field Invitational
Friday, March 31, 2006, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 8:00 a.m.
Cobb Track & Angell Field

The 2006 outdoor season kicks into high gear at the 32nd edition of the Nike Stanford Track and Field Invitational. This two-day track and field extravaganza at Cobb Track and Angell Field will feature thousands of the top high school and college athletes in the United States. The list of past champions and meet record holders includes a who's who of American Track and Field, including Gail Devers, Maurice Greene, and Stanford's Toby Stevenson, PattiSue Plumer, Michael Stember, and Jonathon Riley. Last year's meet produced more than 200 NCAA Division I automatic or regional qualifiers, and several meet records. Some of the nation's top colleges and universities will be competing including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boston University, BYU, Colorado, Columbia, Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, Iona, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Providence, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia. The Pac-10 will be well represented. Nine of the conference members will be competing including Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. Local schools include Sacramento State and UC Davis.

The 2006 Stanford Track and Field Invitational will begin on Friday, March 31 and concludes on Saturday, April 1. The action on Friday begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the women's 10,000 meters. Thirty six races will be contested on Friday involving post-collegiate, collegiate and high school runners. The top nine men and women from Friday's preliminaries will advance to the finals on Saturday.

The Otis Chandler Infield will be buzzing with action during Friday's session as finals in various field events will take place, including the men's and women's long jump, javelin and a handful of high school competitions.

The ever-popular Distance Carnival will highlight the Friday evening session of the Stanford Invitational. For the past several years, Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field has been recognized as the premier venue for fast times in the middle distance and distance events. Last year, many of the fastest NCAA men's and women's times in the 1500, 3000 meter steeplechase, 5000, and 10,000 meters were run at Stanford University. The distance carnival will be contested under the lights starting at 6:40 p.m. with the women's 3000 meter steeplechase. The evening will conclude with the men's 5000 meters at 10:50 p.m. The NCAA Regional qualifying standard in every distance event is expected to be surpassed.

The Western United States' top prep boys and girls track and field athletes will take center stage on Saturday morning as the high school section of the Stanford Track and Field Invitational gets under way. Thousands of high school athletes from throughout California and the western United States will battle for bragging rights in many highly contested events. The preps kick-off the action at 8:50 a.m. with the Girl's 400 meter hurdles. The high school field event competition also begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday as the boy's and girl's pole vault hit the Otis Chandler Infield prepared for outstanding efforts. As usual, the high school relay events will be an exciting affair. High school athletes will pass the baton around Cobb Track in the 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 800 meter relay, and the crowd favorite 4 x 400 meter relay. The large number of Olympians and NCAA All-Americans that grace the Stanford Invitational high school record list should indicate that today's meet will be one of the finest high school track and field events in the nation.

On Saturday afternoon some of the finest track and field athletes in the United States compete at Cobb Track and Angell Field. With the exception of a few high school sprint finals, Saturday afternoon is reserved exclusively for college and open athletes prepared to provide our fans an abundance of fast times, far throws, and big jumps. The field events begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men's shot put. The first women's event will be the pole vault at 12:30 p.m.. On the track, sections of the men's 3000 meters steeplechase start at 12:20 p.m. The featured races on the track take place between 1:55 p.m. and 6:40 p.m., beginning with the 4 x 100 meter relay and ending with the 4 x 400 meter relay. Throughout the afternoon you will witness several races filled with world class athletes prepared for world class performances.

Men's 800 Meters
Many of the races will be truly outstanding. Take for instance the men's 800 meters on Saturday at The list includes Peter Etoot of Alabama, Jon Rankin of UCLA, Wil Fitts of Baylor, Michael McGrath of Oregon, Duane Solomon of USC, and Thomas Chamney of Notre Dame. Etoot hails from Kenya and the All-American has run 1:46.83 outdoors. Rankin has run 1:47.11, and last year became the first UCLA runner in 25 years to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile (3:57.89). Fitts gained All-American honors last year in both the 800 meters and as a member of the 1,600 meter relay team. This year, McGrath became the first Oregon runner to ever run an indoor mile in less than four minutes (3:59.25). Solomon ran 1:47.84 last year while Chamney returns for his senior season after training for the European Under-23 Championship for Ireland. Stanford's strong contingent will include 2000 NCAA indoor mile All-American Russell Brown, Joaquin Chapa and Michael Garcia.

Men's 1500 Meters
The 1500 meters is loaded with superstar talent. The list includes Tim Bayley of Iona, Michael McGrath of Oregon, Max Smith from Providence, Peter van der Westhuizen of Nebraska, Peter Etoot of Alabama, and former Stanford All-American standout Jonathon Riley. Bayley hails from Brighton, England, and has represented Great Britain in numerous international competitions. Smith recently earned his first All-American honor with a time of 4:14.83 in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Van der Westhuizen is a junior from South Africa, who is expected to be one of the top distance runners in the Big 12 this year.

Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
The men's 3000 meter steeplehase is always a crowd favorite and this year features many stars. The list of entries includes Soeren Lindner of Virginia, Erik Emilsson of UCLA, Josh McAdams of BYU, Cal Poly's Luke Llamas, Alabama's Abraham Kutingala, and Jeff Day of Tennessee. Lindner is a senior from Hamburg, Germany, who has excelled both on the track and in cross country. Emilsson is a senior from Sweden, who earned All-American status in the steeplechase last year at the NCAA's in Sacramento. McAdams is a veteran runner who has run races from the 800 meters through the 5000 meters. Llamas is a senior who could make an impact at the NCAA's this year. Kutingala is a freshman from Kenya who shows enormous potential. Day is only a sophomore but has shown talent in several running events ranging from the 800 meters through the 5000 meters.

Men's 5000 Meters
The 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational has attracted another strong contingent of runners. The list includes Josh Rohatinsky of BYU, Marc Rodriguez of Arkansas, Indiana's Stephen Haas, former Stanford and U.S. Olympian Gabriel Jennings, current Stanford runner Neftalem Araia, Alabama's Augustus Maiyo, and Jonathon Riley, many times an All-American at Stanford. Rohatinsky ran a 13:47.57 last year in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Rodriguez recently competed in the 3000 meters indoors and helped the Arkansas Razorbacks to another NCAA title. Haas is returning to the outdoor track after competing in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Haas, last year, broke two Indiana indoor school records, including Bob Kennedy's 14-year-old mark in the 3000 meters with a time of 7:51.00, and the 5000 meters at 13:41.42. Maiyo, who hails from Kenya, broke former Alabama All-American and national champion David Kimani's and Olympic bronze medalist Bernard Lagat's 3000 meter record in the Kenya National Championship as a prepster. Indoors this year, Maiyo has run 14:04.70.

Men's 10,000 Meters
The 10,000 meters has always attracted a top field at the Stanford Invitational and in 2006 the field is again strong. The entries include Josphat Boit and Peter Kosgei of Arkansas, former Stanford All-American Jonathon Riley, Bret Schoolmeester of Colorado, Sean Connolly of Iona, Zach Sabatino of Tennessee, Rob Koborsi of Georgetown, Indiana's Steve Haas, Martin Fagan of Providence, and a brigade of top Stanford runners including Brett Gotcher, Neftalem Araia, Hari Mix, Jonathan Pierce, and Hakon DeVries. Boit set a meet record last year with a time of 28:07.27, easily breaking by nine seconds the previous mark held by former Stanford standout Brad Hauser. Boit, a Kenyan, helped Arkansas to the 2006 NCAA indoor title by winning the 5000 meters and finishing third in the 3000 meters. Kosgei has run 7:59.90 in the 3000 meters and 13:58.19 in the 5000 meters indoors this year. Kosgei played a major role in Arkansas' run to the 2006 NCAA indoor championship. Schoolmeester is rapidly becoming another of the top runners in history of the University of Colorado. Connolly, from Tallaght, Ireland, is one of the top distance runners in Iona history. Sabatino ran a personal best 29:16.85 at last year's Stanford Invitational. Koborski is a former 10,000 meter Big East champion. At the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship, Koborski gained All-American honors in helping the Hoyas to a fourth place finish in the distance medley relay.

Women's 800 Meters
The competition in women's running events will be highly competitive and several meet records could fall. For example in the 800 meters, the list of top stars includes Rebekah Noble of Oregon, Katie Erdman of Michigan, Heather Dorniden of Minnesota, BYU's Heidi Magill, Stanford's Chinny Offor and Ashley Freeman, Larra Overton of Indiana, and Baylor's Lauren Hagans. Noble is a freshman from Oregon who is already one of the top runners in the country based on her speed and endurance, and ranks in the Top 10 all-time in the 800 meters in U.S. history among preps. Erdman is a three-time All-American including an All-American distinction in the 800 meters at the NCAA's last year. Dorniden won the 2006 indoor national title in the 800 meters, becoming the first Minnesota women's track and field athlete to capture a national crown. Magill, although only a sophomore, is becoming known as one of the top 800 meters in the country. Last year, she won the 800 meters (2:05.97) at the Stanford Invitational. Overton is one of the top runners in the Big 10 and will make an impact on the national scene this year. Hagans, a sophomore from Little Rock, is a talented runner both on the track and in cross country.

Women's 1500 Meters
The 1500 meters will feature Stanford's Arianna Lambie, Jessica Eldridge of Oklahoma, Amy Lia of Washington, Stephanie Madia of Notre Dame, and Rachel Ellison form Arizona State. Lambie, a junior, is one of the bright young runners in the United States, and has gained nine All-American honors while at Stanford, including three All-American accolades at the recent NCAA Indoor Championship. Elridge recently won the indoor mile at the Big 12 Championship in addition to helping the Sooners win the distance medley relay title. Lia won All-American honors in the 1500 meters last year, and holds a couple school records. Madia captured her first two All-American honors last year. Ellison competed in the 1500 meters last year at the NCAA's, and will again be one of the top runners in the Pac-10 and at the NCAA's.

Women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
The women's 3000 meter steeplechase is always a crowd favorite and this year's field is extremely strong. The list of entries includes Emily Brown of Minnesota, Barbara Parker of Florida State, `A Havahla Haynes of Wisconsin, Kelly Siefker of Indiana, Anna Masinelli of Arizona State, Dana Buchanan of Oregon, and Baylor's Monique Ortega. Last year, Brown set the Minnesota school record in the steeplechase (10:21.87) in the prelims at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Parker hails from Norfolk, England, and competed in the 1500 meters and the steeplechase at the NCAA's. Haynes set the school record in the steeplechase (10:19.03) competing in the finals at the NCAA's last year. Siefker was one of four Indiana athletes to compete at the NCAA's last year, and ran a personal best of 10:18.59. Masinelli won the Pac-10 title in the steeplechase last year. Buchanan is returning to action after competing at the NCAA Indoors as a member of the Oregon distance medley relay team.. Ortega is one of the top steeplechasers in the Big 12, and is a member of Baylor's school record holding indoor distance medley relay team.

Women's 5000 Meters
In the 5000 meters, look for top performances from many runners including Kate O'Neill of Nike International, Shannon Rowbury of Duke, Michigan freshman Alyson Kohlmeier, Jessica Gall of Indiana, Molly Huddle of Notre Dame, Amanda and Katy Trotter of Stanford, Arianna Lambie of Stanford, and Liza Pasciuto of Colorado. O'Neill, a former Yale All-American, is one of the great distance runners in the United States. Rowbury, who hails from San Francisco, has garnered numerous honors running for the Blue Devils. Kohlmeier is a redshirt freshman with the potential for greatness in distance running. Gall earned a bid to the NCAA's last year with the second fastest time in Indiana history in the 5000 meters at 16:03.47. Huddle, last year, became the most decorated female athlete (in terms of All-American honors) in Notre Dame history in just her second season. Huddle brought home four All-American honors (cross country, indoor 3000 meters, indoor 5000 meters, outdoor 5000 meters). Pasciuto gained All-American honors in the 3000 meters at the recent NCAA Indoor Championship.

Women's 10,000 Meters
Like the men's 10,000 meters, the women's 10,000 meters attracts a strong field. This year, the field has attracted many of the top runners in the United States. The list includes Caroline Bierbaum of Colorado, Amy Hastings of Arizona State, Sally Meyerhoff and Clara Horowitz of Duke, Jessica Gall of Indiana, Angela Homan of Auburn, and Andrew Walkonen of Boston University. Bierbaum has garnered numerous All-American honors, and has finished third at the NCAA's in cross country, second in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship and second in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Hastings is perhaps the most successful cross country athlete in Arizona State history. Hastings won the Pac-10 Cross Country championshp in 2004. Meyerhoff, a senior from Tempe, Arizona, has won numerous All-American honors for Duke University. Horowitz is a junior from Berkeley, who gained All-American honors for Duke in cross country during the 2005 season. Homan is a two-time All-American in the 10,000 meters, and a two-time SEC champion in the 10k. Walkonen is only a sophomore but is emerging as one the bright, young distance runners in the country.

Field Events
All of the field events will have top, quality fields, so look for possibly a few meet records to fall including numerous NCAA regional qualifying marks. A couple field events to spotlight include the women's long jump where Stanford All-American Erica McLain will lead the field; the men's triple jump featuring Stanford's two standout competitors, Feranmi Okanlami and Solomon Welch, the pole vault where Stanford's Graeme Hoste will compete against several top vaulters including Russ Buller of Asics, Tyson Byers of Washington State and Robison Pratt of BYU, and the women's high jump where the field includes Gaelle Niare of SMU (the NCAA runnerup indoors in 2005), Inika McPherson, a Cal freshman who jumped 6-2 in high school, Liz Roehrig of Minnesota, Washington State's Robin Mikesh and Dianne Pickler, and Stanford's Lindsey Gannaway, Tessa Flippin and Maura Burk.

Sprints
Men's and women's competition in the sprints will be outstanding. Stanford will field a complete squad, and in the sprints look for outstanding early season performances from school record holder Wopamo Osaisai, and Janice Davis and Chauntae Bayne-Hackett who enjoyed record breaking indoor seasons in 2006. Penn State, Minnesota and Baylor are expected to bring in several outstanding sprinters on the women's side. On the men's side, Baylor, Alabama and Washington State are just a few schools with outstanding credentials in the sprints. One of the top events will be the men's 400 meters featuring Baylor runners Reggie Witherspoon, Quentin Summers, Kevin Mutai and Mark Teeter. The women's 400 meters will feature Shana Cox of Penn State, and Angel Perkins of Baylor.

Cardinal Track and Field Invitational, Sunday, April 30, 2006
In just ten years, the Cardinal Invitational has developed into one of the premier track and field meets of the outdoor season. Hundreds of elite college and international athletes compete before a sold out Cobb Track and Angell Field. In 2001, Meb Keflezighi set the American record in the men's 10,000 meters with a time of 27:13.98 and winner Abraham Chebii of Kenya ran the fastest 10,000 meters ever on American soil at 27:04.20. In 2002, Deena Drossin set an American record in the women's 10,000 meters with a time of 30:50.32. The 2006 Cardinal Invitational will be a major qualifying meet for the U.S. National Championships in the middle distance and distance events.

Nike Stanford Cross Country Invitational, September 30, 2006
Come and be a part of one of the premier cross country events in the nation. With more than 5,000 high school, college and open athletes competing in 24 races over five different racing distasnces, this fall event is as exciting for fans as well as athletes. Some of the top prep and college athletes in the nation compete for team and individual titles at this premier event. Entry information will be available in the mid-July at www.gostanford.com

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