Stanford Women Second, Men Third At MPSF Championships

March 1, 2008

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    On the second day of the MPSF Championships, Stanford's men's and women's track & field recorded several outstanding individual performances, but fell just shy of the team championships. The women finished second with 141 points, trailing only Arizona State with 154.5. The men finished third with 83 points, just behind Oregon with 90 points and California with 84.5.

    The Stanford women dominated the triple jump competition with MPSF champion Erica McLain being one of four Cardinal in the top eight. McLain won the competition with a mark of 44-2. Finishing third was Sabrina Nettey with a season best jump of 40-3 ¼. Arantxa King finished fifth with a mark of 39-11 ½, while Whitney Liehr finished sixth with a mark of 39-10.

    In the distances Stanford was impressive, particularly in the 3,000 meters where Arianna Lambie took home the MPSF title with a time of 9:20.91. Lauren Centrowitz placed third with a time of 9:30.39. Also placing for Stanford were Katie Harrington with a personal-best time of 9:33.75 to finish sixth, Alexandra Gits with a time of 9:36.71 to finish seventh, and Lindsay Allen with a time of 9:38.08 to finish eighth.

    In the mile, Stanford put four more runners in the top eight. This time it was Centrowitz just ahead of Lambie to finish fourth with a time of 4:43.94. Lambie was fifth with a time of 4:44.15. Also placing were Alicia Follmar who finished sixth with a time of 4:45.47 and Allen who finished eighth with a season-best time of 4:48.33.

    Follmar also doubled back in the 800 meters where she placed fourth with a personal best time of 2:08.59. The time also places her eighth on the Stanford all-time list for the 800 meters indoors.

    In the 400 meters, Idara Otu led Stanford with a seventh place finish in a season-best time of 55.89 seconds. Also with personal-bests in the event were Brittni Dixon-Smith with a time of 57.04 seconds and Alana Walker with a time of 57.35 seconds.

    The trio of Otu, Dixon-Smith, and Walker were joined by Claire Cormier Thielke in the 4x400 meters where the Cardinal took sixth with a time of 3:45.98.

    Stanford added a pair of top eight finishes in the shot put as Melissa Yunghans placed fifth with a toss of 48-3 ½ and Michaela Wallerstedt took seventh with a throw of 47-5 ¾.

    Kara Bennett finished seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-6.

    The men were led by Josh Hustedt who dominated the heptathlon competition, winning by over 400 points. His score of 5,784 points was a MPSF Championships record as well as a Dempsey Indoor Stadium record. Corey Dysick also fared well finishing seventh with a personal-best score of 4,848 points.

    In the pole vault, Graeme Hoste easily captured the MPSF title with a personal-best and automatic standard vault of 18-4 ¾. The mark also catapulted him over 2004 Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson ('00) for the top pole vault ever indoors for Stanford.

    The Stanford men also showed its talent and depth in the distances with several outstanding races. In the mile, Stanford placed four in the top eight, including the top two spots. Garrett Heath took the MPSF title with a time of 4:07.39. Right behind him was Hakon DeVries who finished second with a time of 4:07.83. Also scoring for Stanford were Jacob Evans, who finished sixth in a time of 4:08.65 and JT Sullivan, who was seventh in a season-best time of 4:08.89.

    In the 3,000 meters, Hari Mix finished fourth for Stanford in a time of 8:06.74. Heath followed up his first place in the mile with a fifth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:07.79. Stanford also got personal-bests in the event from Justin Marpole-Bird with a time of 8:13.64, Chris Mocko with a time of 8:15.65, Thomas Gruenwald with a time of 8:21.99 and Jake Riley with a time of 8:26.24.

    Evans also doubled back in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:52.40 to finish eighth.

    With a big personal-best in the triple jump, Adrian Munabi took fifth place with a mark of 49-3 ¾. The mark was also the fifth best in Stanford history.

    In the 400 meters, Andrew Dargie ran a collegiate best time of 46.98 seconds to finish fourth. His time was also the second fastest all-time at Stanford and a national provisional standard. Also in the 400 meters, Durell Coleman also set a new collegiate-best with a time of 48.68 seconds.

    Dargie and Coleman were joined by Zach Chandy and Spencer Castro to make up the 4x400 meter relay team that finished fifth. Their time of 3:13.20 was a season best and fifth all-time for Stanford.

    Stanford will return to action next weekend as some athletes will return to Seattle, Wash. to take place in the UW Last Chance Meet. As the name suggests, it will be the final opportunity for athletes to go after qualifying standards for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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