Stanford Women Seek Second Straight Pacific-10 Title

May 10, 2006

The 2006 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships
76th annual for men; 20th annual for women
Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14, 2006
University of Oregon, Hayward Field

Eugene, Or - Over the past several years, the Stanford women's track & field team has emerged as one of the elite programs in the United States. This year is no exception. The Cardinal women will seek to defend their conference title against a strong group of conference rivals at the 2006 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships (76th annual for men, 20th annual for women) on Saturday-Sunday (May 13-14) at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Last year, the Stanford women broke UCLA's eight-year hold on the Pac-10 title with a convincing victory at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Cardinal chalked up a school record 173 points to easily score a 48-point victory over the second place Bruins. The 173 points was also fourth-most by a Pac-10 school in the 19-year existence of the conference championship meet. During the two days of competition, the Stanford women produced five Pac-10 champions and 24 Top-5 finishes. Of the 24 Stanford women who competed, 23 contributed points in the winning effort. Sophomore Erica McLain is Stanford's lone returning Pac-10 champion. Last year, McLain captured not only the long jump title, but added to her impressive resume with a victory in the triple jump with an American junior and school record jump of 45-2 1/2 (13.78m). McLain's effort was a Pac-10 meet record and the third-best mark in conference history. McLain also became the first Pac-10 athlete to win the long jump and triple jump conference titles in the same year. For her efforts, McLain was named Pac-10 Women's Newcomer of the Year.

This year, McLain is ranked first in the Pac-10 in the triple jump (45-5wa, 13.84m). However, McLain is second in the long jump (20-10 3/4, 6.37m, indoors) behind Oregon's Lauryn Jordan (20-11, 6.38m).

The Stanford women feature a well-balanced team of athletes. League leaders in the Pac-10 from Stanford include Chauntae Bayne-Hackett in the 200 meters (22.77, indoors), Arianna Lambie and Katy Trotter in the 1500 meters with respective times of 4:18.70 (indoors) and 4:19.31 (indoors), Lambie in the 5000 meters (15:44.23), the 1600 meter relay team (3:33.23) and Erica McLain in the triple jump (45-5wa, 13.84m). Stanford athletes who are ranked in the Top 5 in the Pac-10 standings include Janice Davis in the 100 meters (11.42, #5), the 200 meters (23.26 indoors, #4) and the 400 meters (52.93, #3), Chauntae Bayne-Hackett (52.95, #4), Ashley Freeman in the 800 meters (2:06.85 indoors, #3), Amanda Trotter in the 5000 meters (16:07.71, #5), the 400 meter relay team (44.32, #2), Erica McLain in the long jump (20-10 3/4 indoors, 6.37m, #2), Melissa Yunghans in the shot put (51-0 3/4, 15.56m, #5), Sarah Hopping in the hammer (211-4, 64.42m, #4) and Danielle Maier in the javelin (165-1, 50.31m, #3).

The Cardinal men will also field a competitive team at the Pac-10 Championship this year. Neftalem Araia is ranked #1 in the Pac-10 in the 10,000 meters (28:27.43). Stanford athletes ranked in the Top 5 include Michael Garcia in the 800 meters (1:49.19, #3), Russell Brown in the 1500 meters (3:41.45 indoors, #3), Garrett Heath in the 1500 meters (3:45.12 indoors, #5), Jonathan Pierce in the 10,000 meters (28:54.58, #4) and the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:02.76, #4), Brett Gotcher in the 10,000 meters (28:57.19, #5), Graeme Hoste in the pole vault (17-7 3/4 indoors, #3), Josh Hustedt in the long jump (24-4 1/2, 7.43m, #5), Solomon Welch in the triple jump (51-10 1/4 indoors, 15.81m, #3) and Feranmi Okanlami in the triple jump (51-6 1/4 indoors, 15.73m, #4).

Stanford University will host the 2007 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Multi-Event Memo
The Pacific-10 Conference Championships actually kicked off last weekend with the decathlon and heptathlon ... Josh Hustedt finished fourth in the decathlon with 6,992 points ... Lauren Stewart placed fifth in the heptathlon with a career-best and freshman record 5,141 points.

Regional Report
The 2006 NCAA West Regionals (May 26-27) will be held in Provo, Utah, this year, and the Cardinal will be well represented ... The long list of Stanford qualifiers includes Chauntae Bayne-Hackett in the 100 meters (11.26), the 200 meters (23.27) and the 400 meters (52.95), Janice Davis in the 100 meters (11.42), the 200 meters (23.48) and the 400 meters (52.93), Jakki Bailey in the 100 meters (11.74), Nashonme Johnson in the 400 meters (54.16), Alicia Follmar in the 800 meters (2:07.69) and the 1500 meters (4:24.69), Ashley Freeman in the 800 meters (2:07.84), Arianna Lambie in the 1500 meters (4:19.88) and the 5000 meters (15:44.23), Lauren Centrowitz in the 1500 meters (4:22.89), Katy Trotter in the 1500 meters (4:24.62) and the 5000 meters (16:27.34), Amanda Trotter in the 1500 meters (4:25.62) and the 5000 meters (16:07.71), Lindsay Allen in the 1500 meters (4:27.63) and the 5000 meters (16:39.10), Katie Harrington in the 5000 meters (16:38.33), Sarah Hopping in the hammer (211-4, 64.42m), Katy Elsbury in the hammer (185-0, 56.40m), Danielle Maier in the javelin (165-1, 50.31m), Erica McLain in the long jump (20-10, 6.35m) and the triple jump (45-5wa, 13.84m), Anna McFarlane in the pole vault (12-6, 3.81m), Melissa Yunghans in the shot put (51-0 3/4, 15.56m), Michaela Wallerstedt in the shot put (48-5 1/2, 14.77m), Deborah Akinniyi in the triple jump (41-2 1/4, 12.55m), Lauren Stewart in the triple jump (40-9 1/2, 12.43m), the women's 400 meter relay team (44.32) of Janice Davis, Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Jakki Bailey and Nashonme Johnson, the women's 1600 meter relay team (3:33.23), Wopamo Osaisai in the 100 meters (10.45wa), Michael Garcia in the 800 meters (1:49.19), Russell Brown in the 1500 meters (3:44.00), Rolf Steier in the 1500 meters (3:47.43), Jonathan Pierce in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:02.76) and the 5000 meters (13:56.35), Hari Mix in the 5000 meters (14:03.49), Hakon DeVries in the 5000 meters (14:04.00), Garrett Heath in the 5000 meters (14:09.33), Daniel Schaerer in the discus (185-3, 56.46m), Josh Hustedt in the long jump (24-4 1/2, 7.43m), Tunji Munabi in the long jump (24-1 1/2, 7.35m), Graeme Hoste in the pole vault (17-0 3/4, 5.20m), Donell Hill in the pole vault (16-6 3/4, 5.05m) and Feranmi Okanlami in the triple jump (51-4 1/2, 15.66m).

National Notes
The 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are slated for June 7-10 in Sacramento and like the NCAA Regionals, the list of Stanford competitors is growing ... A time of 28:27.43 (#5 in school history) in the 10,000 meters has earned Neftalem Araia an automatic berth at the NCAA's ... NCAA provisional qualifiers in the 10,000 meters include Jonathan Pierce (28:54.58), Brett Gotcher (28:57.19) and Hari Mix (28:58.90) ... Josh Hustedt has an NCAA provisional point total of 7,070 in the decathlon ... Freshman Lauren Stewart chalked up 5,141 points in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays to qualify provisionally at the NCAA's.

Record Review
Several school records have been broken during the 2006 outdoor season ... The list of names includes Sarah Hopping in the hammer (211-4, 64.42m) and Danielle Maier in the javelin (165-1, 50.31m) ... Lauren Stewart holds the freshman school record in the heptathlon (5,141 points) ... Myles Bradley broke the freshman school record in the 110 meter hurdles (14.36m) ... Several Cardinal athletes are nearing the school records in their respective events ... Chauntae Bayne-Hackett has run an 11.26 in the 100 meters and a 23.27 in the 200 meters this year, both times #2 in the school record book ... Bayne-Hackett's time of 52.95 in the 400 meters this year is third-best in school history ... Janice Davis has run 52.93 in the 400 meters this year, #2 in school history and just short of the school record of 52.40 set by Nashonme Johnson in 2004 ... Davis also has a time of 23.48 in the 200 meters this year, fourth-best in school history ... The 400 meter relay team of Janice Davis, Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, Jakki Bailey and Nashonme Johnson has run a 44.32 this year, third-best in school history.

Conference Chatter
The Pac-10 is clearly one of the most successful track and field conferences in the country ... Pac-10 schools have won an unprecendented 45 of 82 NCAA men's team titles (Stanford has four NCAA titles, 1925, 1928, 1934, 2000) while five of 24 women's titles have gone to Pac-10 teams ... Pac-10 men have won 229 individual NCAA titles while the Pac-10 women have claimed 87 individual NCAA titles ... In the 21st century, NCAA outdoor titles won by Stanford athletes include Michael Robertson in the discus (2005), Ryan Hall in the 5000 meters (2005), Brad Hauser in the 5000 meters (2000) and the 10,000 meters (2000), Gabe Jennings in the 1500 meters (2000), Jonathon Riley in the 5000 meters (2001), Grant Robison in the 1500 meters (2003), Donald Sage in the 1500 meters (2002), Alicia Craig in the 10,000 meters (2003, 2004), and Lauren Fleshman in the 5000 meters (2001, 2002, 2003).

Television Time
Fox Sports Net will air a two-hour tape delayed show in several parts of the country starting May 18 ... In the Bay Area, the Pac-10 Championships can be seen on May 18 (Noon, Pacific Time), May 20 (4:00 p.m., Pacific Time), and May 23 (Noon, Pacific Time).

Meet Memo
Results following each day will be available on the internet on several websites (www.goducks.com or www.pac-10.org or direcathletics.com) ... A daily Stanford story will be available at www.gostanford.com

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