Stanford Indoor Track Begins Season Saturday
Jan. 17, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- On January 19th, the Stanford men and women's Track and Field teams kick off their indoor season this weekend at the University of Washington Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Pre-season rankings place the women nationally at fifth and the men at seventh.
The Stanford women will be led by several key returners as well as a talented group of freshman. Senior, Erica McLain returns to defend her 2007 national title in the triple jump. McLain, a six-time All-American in the triple jump and four-time All-American in the long jump, is the current junior US National record holder. She also holds the school record in the triple jump.
Arianna Lambie returns for her final season on the Farm seeking to add more honors to her already decorated career. At the 2007 NCAA Indoor National Championships, Lambie placed second in the 3000 meters and third in the 5000 meters. With four Cross Country national team titles under her belt, Lambie looks to add her first national team title on the track.
Newcomers Shataya Hendricks and Arantx King will also make an immediate impact in both the sprints and horizontal jumps.
On the men's side, the Cardinal return a dynamic and experienced team. Garrett Heath leads the way after posting impressive results at last year's NCAA Indoor Nationals. Heath was a member of the National Champion Distance Medley Relay team. In addition, he placed fourth in the mile for a second All-American honor.
Also returning from the National Champion Distance Medley team is Zach Chandy. In addition to the DMR, Chandy will compete in the 200 and 400 meters for the Cardinal this season.
Returning All-Americans, such as Graeme Hoste, Hakon DeVries and Hari Mix will also help lead the way for the Cardinal men's team. Hoste finished tenth in the pole vault last season and looks to improve this season.
The final returning All-American on the men's side is the school record holder in the heptathlon, Josh Hustedt. Hustedt finished fourth at last seasons NCAA Indoor Nationals breaking the Stanford school record he set earlier in the season.
Leading the freshman for the men's side will be Andrew Dargie and Elliott Heath. Dargie has international competition under his belt when he competed in the Pan American Games for Canada. Dargie will compete in the 200 and 400 meters for Stanford as well as the 4x400 meter and Distance Medley relay teams. Elliott Heath was the 2007 USATF Junior National 5000 meter champion and will be a key contributor for the men's team.
The Cardinal conclude the indoor season at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. Stanford will compete for the national title on both the men's and women's sides as well as to gain individual All-America honors.