Stanford Track And Field Off To Strong Start At Pac-10 Championships

May 17, 2008

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    Tempe, Ariz.- The Stanford track and field teams got off to a strong start on the first day of the Pac-10 Championships with the women sitting in second place, while the men are in sixth. The Stanford women have 59 points after seven scored events, while the men have 25 points after seven events.

    The Stanford women were led by Erica McLain who captured the Pac-10 title in the long jump. McLain jumped a season best 21-4 to capture her third consecutive title in the event. Tomorrow she will attempt to capture a third straight Pac-10 title in the triple jump as well.

    Stanford scored big points in the long jump with Arantxa King finishing fourth and Griffin Matthew finishing eighth. King jumped 20-1 ½, while Matthew jumped 19-6.

    The other Pac-10 champion on the day for Stanford was Alexandra Gits in the 10,000 meters. Gits time of 36:50 easily separated the freshman from the field.

    Lindsay Allen finished as the Pac-10 runner-up in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:20.06. She was edged by Sara Trane of Washington State who won the event with a time of 10:17.80.

    In the javelin Danielle Maier finished second with a throw of 161-6. Rachel Yurkovich of Oregon won the event with a toss of 184-0.

    In the shot put both Melissa Yunghans and Michaela Wallerstedt qualified for the final. Yunghans took full advantage with a season best toss of 53-10 ¼ to finish in third place. Wallerstedt's toss of 46-0 left her in ninth position.

    Jaynie Goodbody qualified for the final in the hammer throw where she placed seventh. Her best toss of the day was 187-3. Sarah Stevens of Arizona State captured the title with a toss of 216-11.

    The rest of the events contested on Friday were prelims where the finals will take place on Saturday. Stanford had several athletes reach tomorrow's finals.

    In the 1,500 meters the Cardinal had three athletes qualify for tomorrow's final. Lauren Centrowitz advanced to tomorrow's final with the days second fastest time of 4:26.74. Also moving on were Alicia Follmar with a time of 4:26.78 and Madeline Duhon with a time of 4:29.85. Follmar also doubled in the 800 meters and qualified for the final with a season best time of 2:07.79.

    Also making tomorrow's finals were Deborah Akinniyi in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.20 seconds and Mathew in the 100 meters with a time of 11.74 seconds.

    The men were led by Graeme Hoste who finished as the Pac-10 runner-up. Hoste and Bobby Tally of UCLA achieved the same height of 17-1, but Tally took the title based on misses. Also faring well was Casey Roche who finished fourth with a vault of 16-6 ¾.

    Myles Bradley finished fifth in the long jump with a personal best leap of 24-3. Tunji Munabi also made the final where he placed ninth with a leap of 22-11 ¾. Matt Turner of Arizona State took the title with a jump of 25-8 ¾.

    Jake Riley led the Stanford men in the 10,000 meters by finishing eighth with a personal best time of 30:37.26.

    Also with an eighth place finish was Mike Macellari in the shot put with his collegiate best throw of 58-1 ¼.

    In the middle-distance prelims Russell Brown moved on to tomorrow's finals in the both he 800 meters (1:48.72) and the 1,500 meters (3:49.00). Stanford will have a large contingent in tomorrow's 1,500 meter final with Garrett Heath (3:48.06) and Hakon DeVries (3:49.03) joining Brown. Also qualifying for the final in the 800 meters was Michael Garcia with his time of 1:49.28.

    In the sprints Wapamo Osaisai qualified for tomorrow's finals in both the 100 meters (10.53 seconds) and the 200 meters (21.33 seconds).

    Also making tomorrow's finals were Bradley in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.10 seconds and Andrew Dargie in the 400 meters with a time of 46.62.

    In the 3,000 meter steeplechase JT Sullivan finished just out of the points with his tenth place finish, but did record a season best time of 9:05.76, which was a regional qualifier.

    The final day of the Pac-10 Championships will take place Saturday, May 17. The Stanford women will look to move past Arizona State for the team title, while the men will look to move up the standings from sixth. Several Stanford athletes will also go after individual Pac-10 titles.

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