Four Stanford Women Punch Their Tickets To The NCAA's

May 30, 2008

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    Northridge, Calif.- The Stanford track and field teams got off to a good start at the 2008 NCAA West Regional Championships by qualifying four women to nationals, while several others qualified for the tomorrow's finals and will have the opportunity to earn a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Erica McLain, Teresa McWalters, Griffin Matthew, and Jaynie Goodbody will all be making the trip to Des Moines, Iowa in two weeks for nationals.

    The Stanford women also sit in second place in the West Region with 33 points with most of the finals to be contested tomorrow. Arizona State leads the women's competition with 50 points. The men have not scored a point yet, but look to shoot up the standings tomorrow with several athletes in the finals. Arizona State also leads the men's competition with 22 points.

    Stanford was well represented in the long jump, including a West Regional Championship for McLain. McLain's leap of 20-9 ¼ gave her the West Regional long jump title for the first time. She is the two-time defending West Regional champ in the triple jump, which she will compete in tomorrow.

    Also faring well and earning a trip to nationals in the long jump was Matthew who finished fifth with a leap of 20-5. The jump was a personal best outdoors. Freshman Arantxa King finished sixth with a season best jump of 20-3 to just miss qualifying for the NCAA Championships. She did score team points for the Cardinal, however. Overall Stanford scored 17 team points in the long jump.

    The other regional champion for Stanford on Friday was McWalters in the 5,000 meters. The Stanford senior ran a big season best of 16:17.30 to take the title.

    Also punching her ticket to Des Moines was Goodbody in the hammer throw. Goodbody finished fifth with a toss of 196-10 to qualify for her first-ever national championships.

    Also competing in the hammer throw was Melissa Yunghans who finished 16th with a toss of 173-6.

    The other thrower to compete was Michaela Wallerstedt who finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 162-2. Although she failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships her seventh place finish scored two points for Stanford.

    In addition to the long jump Mathew qualified for tomorrow's final in the 100 meters by finishing eighth with a time of 11.70 seconds. As the last qualifier in the event Matthew will look to qualify for the NCAA's in a second event from the far outside lane.

    Failing to make tomorrow's final in the 100 meter hurdles was Deborah Akinniyi with a time of 14.12 seconds.

    In the pole vault, Caitlin Hewitt placed 27th with a vault of 12-0.

    The men were led by an outstanding effort in the 1,500 meters where four Cardinal qualified for tomorrow's final. Russell Brown led the way by winning his heat in a time of 3:47.06. He enters the final as the second seed. Jacob Evans finished seventh in the heat with a time of 3:48.31 and did not qualify for the final.

    The second heat was a faster pace with Garrett Heath finishing second in a time of 3:44.93 to enter the final as the third seed. Also running well for Stanford and qualifying for the final were Hakon DeVries who will be the ninth seed after running 3:45.23 and Justin Marpole-Bird who will be the 11th seed after running a personal best time of 3:45.80.

    It was a busy but productive day for Wopamo Osaisai who competed in the prelims of 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4x100 meter relay. In the 100 meters, Osaisai qualified for the final by placing sixth with a time of 10.50 seconds. In the 200 meters Osaisai finished 12th with a time of 21.33 seconds and did not qualify for the final.

    Wopamo Osasai

    In the 4x100 Osaisai was joined by Daniel Belch, Andrew Dargie, and Tyrone McGraw to run a time of 40.27, the fourth fastest time entering the final. In the relays only the top-three schools will advance to the NCAA's as opposed to the five that advance in the individual events.

    Dargie also competed in the 400 meters where he finished seventh with a time of 47.35 seconds. He will attempt to qualify for the NCAA's tomorrow in this event as well as a being a member of the 4x100 meter relay team.

    Also with a seventh place finish to qualify for tomorrow's final was Myles Bradley who ran a time of 13.94 seconds in the 110 meter high hurdles. The Stanford record holder in the event will look to move into the top-five tomorrow.

    In the final of the shot put Mike Macellari placed tenth with a toss of 57-5 ½. Also with tough days were Michael Garcia in the 800 meters who missed tomorrow's final after placing 11th with a time of 1:51.20 and Elliot Heath who placed 11th in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:27.35.

    The second and final day of the NCAA West Regional will take place on Saturday with the finals of all the remaining events.

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