Twenty-One Stanford Athletes To Compete At NCAA Track & Field Championship

May 30, 2006

Stanford, Ca - Twenty-one Stanford athletes (eleven women, ten men) have qualified for the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships which will be held June 7-10 at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University.

Sixteen athletes chalked up Top 5 finishes at last weekend's NCAA West Regional in Provo, Utah, and another five athletes received at-large invitations.

The eleven women entered are Chauntae Bayne-Hackett (100 meters, 200 meters), Janice Davis (100 meters, 200 meters), Nashonme Johnson (400 meters), Ashley Freeman (800 meters), Sarah Hopping (hammer), Danielle Maier (javelin), Erica McLain (long jump, triple jump), Lauren Stewart (triple jump), Amanda Trotter (5000 meters), Katy Trotter (5000 meters) and Melissa Yunghans (shot put). The ten men are Neftalem Araia (10,000 meters), Russell Brown (1500 meters), Hakon DeVries (5000 meters), Michael Garcia (800 meters), Brett Gotcher (10,000 meters), Graeme Hoste (pole vault), Hari Mix (10,00 meters), Jonathan Pierce (3000 meter steeplechase, 10,000 meters), Rolf Steier (1500 meters) and Solomon Welch (triple jump).

Last year, the Cardinal women finished fifth at the NCAA Championship while the Stanford men placed seventh. Michael Robertson won the NCAA title in the discus while Ryan Hall edged out teammated Ian Dobson to capture the 5000 meters. Robertson is redshirting this year, while Hall has graduated. The Stanford women have finished in the Top 10 the last five years.

Several Stanford athletes are ranked among the leaders in their respective events. They include Neftalem Araia who is ranked third in the 10,000 meters (28:27.43), Graeme Hoste (third in the pole vault at 18-1, 5.51m), Erica McLain, who is third in the nation in the triple jump (45-5, 12.84m) and Sarah Hopping, who is fourth in the nation in the hammer (219-8, 66.96m).

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