Stanford Women 2nd, Men 5th At Pac-10 Championships

May 17, 2008

May 17, 2008

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    Tempe, Ariz.- On the final day of the Pac-10 Championships, the Stanford track and field teams fared well. The women finished second with a 117 points, while the men finished fifth with 79 points. Both teams also added individual Pac-10 Champions.

    For the second consecutive day, Erica McLain paced the Stanford women with and individual Pac-10 title. On Saturday, McLain captured the title in the triple jump with leaps of 44-6 ¾.

    Stanford fared well in the event as Sabrina Nettey also finished fourth with a mark of 41-5.

    Alicia Follmar had a big day for the Cardinal, placing third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:23.65 and finishing seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.25.

    Lauren Centrowitz finished second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:23.07. Katie Follett of Washington just edged Centrowitz to take the title with a time of 4:22.41.

    Centrowitz also doubled back in the 5,000 meters to take third with a time of 16:46.98. She was just behind teammate Teresa McWalters who finished second with a time of 16:42.66.

    Yesterday's 10,000 meters champion Alexandra Gits finished ninth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:06.07.

    In the 100 meters, Griffin Matthew finished seventh with a collegiate best time of 11.66 seconds.

    Also with a seventh place finishes was Deborah Akinniyi in the 100 meter hurdles with a tine of 14.12 seconds.

    Finishing in eighth place in the discus throw was Michaela Wallerstedt with a mark of 156-2.

    In the 4x100 relay the Cardinal placed third with a time of 45.73 seconds. The team of Whitney Liehr, Arantxa King, Brittni Dixon-Smith, and Griffin Matthew ran the seventh fastest time in Stanford history.

    The Stanford men showed their strength in the 1,500 meters. Garrett Heath took the Pac-10 title with a time of 3:42.02. Also faring well were Russell Brown who finished fourth with a time of 3:42.81 and Hakon DeVries who finished fifth with a time of 3:43.18.

    Heath also doubled back in the 5,000 meters where he finished seventh with a time of 14:30.23.

    Stanford's other event winner was Wopamo Osaisai who took the Pac-10 Championship in the 100 meters. Osaisai ran a season best time of 10.47 seconds to capture the title. Osaisai also doubled back in the 200 meters where he finished seventh with a time of 21.51 seconds.

    Myles Bradley ran well in the 110 meter hurdles where he finished fourth. His time of 14.01 seconds was off the pace of event winner Kevin Craddock of UCLA who ran a time of 13.58 seconds.

    In the relays the Cardinal took a third place in the 4x100 meters and a sixth place in the 4x400 meters. The team of Daniel Belch, Dargie, Tyrone McGraw, and Osaisai ran a time of 40.24 seconds in the 4x100 meters, while the team of Durell Coleman, Zach Chandy, Michael Garcia, and Andrew Dargie ran a time of 3:09.50 in the 4x400 meters.

    Garcia also had a sixth place finish in the 800 meters where he ran a time of 1:49.17 seconds.

    In the 400 meters, Dargie finished seventh with a time of 46.72 seconds. Lionel Larry of USC took home the title with a track record time of 44.77 seconds.

    Also with a seventh place finish was Tunji Munabi in the triple jump with a mark of 48-2.

    The Cardinal will now set their sights on the West Regional Championships hosted by Cal-State Northridge on May 30-31.

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