Stanford Athletes Make Headlines Both On And Off The Track

July 11, 2007

Stanford runners Russell Brown and Garrett Heath had a memorable experience Europe, both on and off the track. The two student-athletes are there for a competition, but ended up serving a greater purpose in their time out of the country.

On Sunday, July 8th in Jona, Switzerland, Brown and Heath posted life-time bests in the 800 meter event. Brown won the race in 1:47.96 and Heath finished 4th in 1:49.71. Both were able to improve their previous bests by over one second. Brown will be a redshirt senior this year, while Heath will head into the season as a redshirt junior.

The next day, Monday, July 9th, Brown, Heath, and assistant coach David Vidal rescued an exhausted Kayaker who had capsized in the rapids of the Otztaler Asche near Oetz, Austria. The three were running up river when they witnessed the Kayaker capsize and loose his Kayak. The man was unable to make it to shore so the three runners ran down stream getting ahead of the struggling Kayaker. After a few attempts they were able to rescue the exhausted man from the rapids by pulling him to safety.

Garrett Heath ran a personal best time of 1:49.71 to finish fourth in the 800 meters.

The 2007 cross country season begins on Saturday, September 8th as the Cardinal travel to Davis, Calif. for the Aggie Open.