Jonathan Pierce Advances In Steeplechase At NCAA Championships

June 7, 2006

Sacramento, Ca - Chauntae Bayne-Hackett (100, 200 meters), Janice Davis (100, 200 meters) and Erica McLain (long jump, triple jump) are three of 32 athletes who will compete in two events at the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships (June 7-10) at Sacramento State. And this trio of Stanford athletes didn't waste time on the first day (Wednesday) at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex.

McLain is competing in the long jump and triple jump. McLain began her long jump competition with an effort of 20-9 1/4 (6.33m) which was sixth-best in the 28-women field prelims. The final is slated for Thursday night (6:30 p.m. pt). McLain's participation in the triple jump starts on Friday (1:00 p.m. pt).

Bayne-Hackett began her efforts in the 200 meters on Thursday and her time of 23.42 moved her into Friday's semifinals (5:45 p.m. pt) along with Janice Davis who ran 23.17.

Jonathan Pierce ran the fourth-fastest 3000 meter steeplechase time (8:40.72) in school history to qualify for Saturday's final (2:20 p.m.).

Two rounds of competition are necessary to make the final in the women's 800 meters, and Ashley Freeman got off to a good start in the opening round. Freeman ran a season-best time of 2:06.45 to finish tenth among 16 runners to advance to Thursday's semifinals (4:50 p.m. pt).

More qualifying events are scheduled for Thursday. The list of Stanford people includes Sarah Hopping in the hammer, Chauntae Bayne-Hackett and Janice Davis in the 100 meters, Russell Brown and Rolf Steier in the 1500 meters, and Melissa Yunghans in the shot put. The only final event for Stanford is the 10,000 meters (8:00 p.m. pt) where Stanford has four competitors; Neftalem Araia, Brett Gotcher, Hari Mix and Jonathan Pierce.

Complete results are available at www.hornetsports.com or www.ncaasports.org

Cardinal Chatter
A total of 1,088 student-athletes are competing at this year's NCAA Championships ... That number is comprised of 544 men and 544 women ... Stanford has 21 student-athletes competing (eleven women, ten men) ... Only six other schools have more athletes competing than Stanford ... The list is headed up by UCLA with 26 student-athletes, and 25 for USC ... The All Pac-10 Academic track & field team has been announced, and Stanford has numerous student-athletes on the list ... To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point aveage and be either a starter or significant contributor ... The men's list includes Neftalem Araia, Russell Brown, Joaquin Chapa, Hakon DeVries, Michael Garcia, Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Garrett Heath, Graeme Hoste, Josh Hustedt, Lauren Jespersen, Michael Macellari, Hari Mix, Feranmi Okanlami, Daniel Schaerer, Rolf Steier, David Vidal and Solomon Welch ... The women's list includes Lindsay Allen, Jakki Bailey, Katy Elsbury, Lindsay Flacks, Ashley Freeman, Nashonme Johnson, Arianna Lambie, Danielle Maier, Erica McLain, Anna McFarlane, Teresa McWalters, Amanda Trotter and Katy Trotter.

Men's Results
800 Meters (prelims): 1. Shaun Smith (ORU) 1:47.60q 16. Michael Garcia (S) 1:48.90nq

3000 Meter Steeplechase (prelims): 1. Aaron Aguayo (ASU) 8:38.28q; 7. Jonathan Pierce (S) 8:40.72q

5000 Meters (prelims): 1. Shadrack songok (Texas A & M) 13:55.32q; 19. Hakon DeVries (S) 14:09.41nq

Pole Vault: 1. Thomas Skipper (O) 17-4 1/2 (5.30m)q; Graeme Hoste (S) nh

Women's Results
200 Meters (prelims): 1. Shalonda Solomon (S. Carolina) 22.81q; 9. Janice Davis (S) 23.17q; 16. Chauntae Bayne-Hackett (S) 23.42q

400 Meters (prelims): 1. Shana Cox (Penn St) 51.48q; 18. Nashonme Johnson (S) 53.41nq

800 Meters (prelims): 1. Alysia Johnson (C) 2:05.10q; 10. Ashley Freeman (S) 2:06.45q

5000 Meters (prelims): 1. Mary Cullen (Providence) 16:05.12q; 12. Katy Trotter (S) 16:14.19q; 18. Amanda Trotter (S) 16:27.16nq

Javelin (prelims): 1. Anna Raynor (UNC-Wilmington) 176-5 (53.77m)q; 23. Danielle Maier (S) 144-1 (43.91m)nq

Long Jump: 1. Rhonda Watkins (UCLA) 21-6 1/4 (6.56m)q; 6. Erica McLain (S) 20-9 1/4 (6.33m)q

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