Stanford Led By Distance Medley Relays At NCAA's

March 14, 2008

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    It was a successful day for Stanford men's and women's track and field at the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Both teams sit in a tie for sixth place after one day of competition.

    The Stanford women earned 11 points on the day, trailing the first-day leader, Michigan with 18 points. The Stanford men ended the first day with ten points, trailing the leader Florida State who has 26.

    The women got a great result in the distance medley relay where they placed third with a time of 11:03.87. The time was the second fastest in Stanford history. Lauren Centrowitz got the team off to a great start with a 1,200 meter split of 3:25.53 to lead after the first leg. Idara Otu followed with a 400 meter split of 54.62 before Alicia Follmar ran an 800 meter split of 2:08.88.

    The anchor was left to Arianna Lambie who was forced to chase Michigan and Tennessee who had opened up a lead on the rest of the field. Lambie worked her way to the lead pack before making a surge into the lead. However, after all the ground she had made up she could not hold off her competitors despite running the fastest anchor leg of 4:34.85 for 1,600 meters. Tennessee won the event with a time of 11:01.97 with Michigan finishing second with a time of 11:02.22.

    The third place finish in the DMR earned six team points for the Cardinal.

    Stanford's other points of the day came from Erica McLain in the long jump. McLain finished fourth in the event with her collegiate best jump of 21-4 to earn five team points. The jump was a season best for McLain who will be back tomorrow to defend her NCAA title in the triple jump.

    Also competing in the long jump for Stanford was freshman Arantxa King who finished tenth with a leap of 20-3 ¾. The tenth place finish fell just short of the top-8 places who earn team points.

    The other event that involved a Stanford competitor was the prelims of the mile where Follmar performed well. She finished with at time of 4:42.78 for fifth place in her heat and eighth overall to advance to tomorrow's final. With ten runners in the final and eight scoring, Follmar will look to add to Stanford's team total.

    The men were also led by the distance medley relay, which finished fourth with a time of 9:34.03. Hakon DeVries took the opening leg and ran a 1,200 meter time of 2:55.81 to finish in the main pack. Taking the baton second was Andrew Dargie who moved the Cardinal up to second place with his 400 meter split of 46.42 seconds.

    The third leg of the relay went to Jacob Evans who ran an 800 meter split of 1:51.45. Taking the anchor leg was Garrett Heath who sat in the main pack, which chased Texas who had broken into a clear lead. Heath chased down Leonel Manzano of Texas with several other teams to turn the race into a final kick over the last 400 meters. Having saved energy without having to chase, Manzano held on to win the event for Texas while Heath earned an impressive 4:00.36 split for 1,600 meters.

    The race was even more impressive for Heath considering it was his second mile of the day. Earlier in the prelims, Heath won his heat and took the top overall seed in the mile by running a time of 4:05.22. Tomorrow, Heath will look to improve on his fourth place finish of a year ago in the same event.

    Also scoring for Stanford was Graeme Hoste who finished fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 17-8 ½. Hoste reached the same mark as the second and third place finishers, but fell to fourth based on misses. Rory Quiller of Binghamton won the event with a vault of 18-0 ½.

    Josh Hustedt faired well in the first day of the heptathlon as he sits in seventh place with 3,125 points. Gonzalo Barrolheit of Florida State leads the competition with 3,265 points. Hustedt helped his cause by having the best long jump of the competition with a leap of 24-7. He also faired well in the high jump where he matched his season best with a leap of 6-7 ½. The other events on Friday were the 60 meters where Hustedt ran a time of 7.22 seconds and the shot put where Hustedt had a toss of 37-1 ¾. Hustedt will wrap up the competition tomorrow with the final three events; the 60 meter hurdles, the pole vault, and the 1,000 meters.

    In the 60 meter hurdles, Myles Bradley failed to qualify for the final. Bradley ran a time of 7.87 seconds to finish 12th. The top eight times advanced to the finals, which were won by Drew Brunson of Florida State in a time of 7.53 seconds. Bradley, a junior who set the school record in the event of 7.78 seconds earlier this season was competing in his first NCAA Championships.

    Stanford will be back tomorrow for the completion of the NCAA Indoor Championships from Fayetteville, Ark. The women will see the return of Lambie and Centrowitz in the 3,000 meters, while Follmar competes in the final of the mile, and McLain defends her title in the triple jump. The men will be represented by Heath in the final of the mile and Hustedt in the completion of the heptathlon.

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