Stanford Track And Field Heads To Cal Poly

March 27, 2008

  • Meet Central

    In its first action since the NCAA Indoor Championships two weeks agao, the Stanford men's and women's track and field teams return to action this Saturday, March 29 at the Cal Poly Invitational. Stanford will be sending a large contingent of athletes for their first major outdoor meet of the season.

    Stanford enters the meet ranked ninth nationally on the women's side and 22nd for the men as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

    Along with the host Mustangs, Stanford will compete against teams from UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and several track clubs and smaller colleges.

    Several All-Americans will compete for the Cardinal, including Neftalem Araia and Russell Brown who return after missing the indoor season having already used their four years indoors.

    Araia will compete in the 1500 meters with teammate and fellow All-American Hari Mix as well as Chris Mocko.

    Brown will run the 800 meters with 2008 West Regional Athlete of the Year and 2008 Indoor All-American Garrett Heath. Also in the event are two members of the All-America DMR team from the indoor season, Jacob Evans and Hakon DeVries. Rounding out a loaded event for the Cardinal are Lauren Jespersen, Zach Chandy, Justin Marpole-Bird, and John McGuire.

    Another All-American making his return after missing the indoors season having used his eligibility is Michael Garcia in the 400 meters.

    The field events will be highlighted by the pole vault where All-American Graeme Hoste will compete alongside Josh Hustedt, the National runner-up indoors in the heptathlon and Corey Dysick.

    The women also have several All-Americans entered, including the two-time defending indoor champion in the triple jump, Erica McLain. However, the jumping specialist will compete in the 200 meters.

    She will be joined by a large Stanford contingent in the event, including 2008 indoor All-American Idara Otu, Arantxa King, Brittni Dixon-Smith, Sabrina Nettey, Claire Cormier Thielke, Deborah Akinniyi, and Danielle Maier.

    The 800 meters includes two 2008 indoor All-Americans, Lauren Centrowitz and Alicia Follmar. Both were a member of the All-America DMR team, while also earning a second All-America honor in an individual event. Lindsay Allen and Stephanie Marcy will also compete in the 800 meters.

    The women's throwers will have a busy day with several entered in multiple events. Melissa Yunghans has the top entry mark in the shot put and will also double in the hammer throw. The top hammer entry belongs to Jaynie Goodbody, who is also entered in the javelin. Danielle Maier is Stanford's top entry in the javelin, while Michaela Wallerstedt is the lone Stanford entry in the discus.

    The meet at Cal Poly will be the final tune-up for Stanford before they host the Stanford Invitational on April 4 and 5. The Stanford Invite, one of the top meets on the west coast, should provide fast times and great excitement during two full days at Cobb Track and Angel Field.

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