Stanford to Compete at the UW Indoor Invitational
Jan. 31, 2008
The Stanford Men's and Women's Track and Field teams will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Seattle, Wash. to take part in the UW Indoor Invitational. Stanford has entered athletes in nearly every event in what will be their most competitive meet of the season so far.
Other schools competing include Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Baylor, Portland, BYU, UNLV, Cal State Northridge, Sacramento State, Portland State, and Eastern Washington.
On the women's side, Erica McLain will compete in the long and triple jumps. McLain, the defending national champion in the triple jump, also earned a national `A' Standard last week in Boise, Idaho in the long jump and currently ranked first in the nation in that event.
In the distances, all seven of the runners that captured Stanford's national championship in cross country in the fall will compete in the 3000 meters. 12-time All-American Arianna Lambie will lead Stanford against a deep field that includes Stanford alum and former five-time NCAA champion, Lauren Fleshman who now runs for Nike.
In the 200 meters, Stanford has five athletes entered, including Alana Walker, Griffin Matthew, and Shataya Hendricks in the final, fastest heat. Walker and Mathew are making their debuts this season, while Hendricks already has two meets under her belt, both in which she won events.
For the men, Stanford will have several athletes competing for the first time this season, as well as athletes who competed in the first two meets.
Five Stanford athletes will make their 2008 debut in the 3000 meters, including All-Americans, Garrett Heath and Hakon DeVries and national qualifier, Hari Mix in the fast heat. Heath and Devries with also double in the mile as well.
Also competing for Stanford with two meets already under his belt this season is Myles Bradley in the 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter dash. Bradley returns to Seattle where he got the season off to a great start for the Cardinal when he set a school record of 7.90 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles.
In the field events, Stanford will be led by Graeme Hoste in the pole vault. The two-time All-American enters the meet as the top ranked vaulter in the field and will be a favorite to take home the meet title.
Following the two-day meet, Stanford will have a weekend off before returning to action, Friday Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 when some athletes will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Tyson Invitational. Also that weekend is the Husky Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Seattle, Wash. where other Stanford athletes will compete.