Stanford Track And Field Travels To New Mexico

Jan. 22, 2009

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    Stanford Travels To New Mexico
    The Cardinal track and field teams travel to Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Jan. 24 to compete in the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational. The Cardinal will be traveling team comprised of primarily sprinters, jumpers and throwers. Athletes to watch for the men include Myles Bradley in the 60-meter hurdles and former All-American Zach Chandy in the 40 meters. Bradley who already has a NCAA provisional standard in the event will go after the automatic standard as well as trying to lower his own school record. Chandy is entered in both the 200 and 400 meters as well as the 4x400-meter relay. The Cardinal will run a pair of 4x400 teams with former All-American Andrew Dargie also scheduled to run. Making his Stanford debut will be heralded freshman Amaechi Morton in the 200, 400 and 4x400 meters.

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    The women feature the return of Shataya Hendricks who after a promising start to the 2008 season was sidelined by injury. She is scheduled to compete in the 60 and 200 meters as well as the 4x400-meter relay. NCAA qualifier outdoors in the shot put, Michaela Wallerstedt will look to repeat her success when she competes indoors in the same event. Making her Stanford debut will be Maria Lattanzi in the 400 and 4x400-meters.

    Stanford Opens At UW Indoor Preview
    The Cardinal got their season underway at the UW Indoor Preview. A small group of athletes competed with the highlights coming from a pair of NCAA provisional times by the men's team. Myles Bradley won the 60-meter hurdles with a NCAA provisional time of 7.85. Also with a NCAA provisional mark was Casey Roche who won the pole vault with a height of 17-1. The other event winner was Ryan Fisicaro in the 60 meters with a time of 6.85. On the women's side Brittni Dixon-Smith led the way by finishing third in the long jump with a leap of 19-8 3/4 and fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.75.

    Returning All-Americans
    The women begin the season ranked No. 17 in the nation by the USTFCCCA. The Cardinal returns three All-Americans for the indoor season. Alicia Follmar leads the Cardinal after earning two All-America honors last season at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Follmar helped the distance medley relay team to a third-place finish as well as placing 10th in the mile. Also earning an All-America honor as a member of that DMR team was Idara Otu. Finally, Alexandra Gits picked up her first All-America honor outdoors in the 10,000 meters where she finished third. Gits also has significant experience indoors where she was the MPSF Champion at 5,000 meters.

    The men's team enters the 2009 indoor season ranked No. 25 by the USTFCCCA. A total of seven men who have earned All-America honors at Stanford will be back for the outdoor season, but just four have eligibility remaining indoors. A pair of 400-meter runners who earned their All-America honors as members of the distance medley relay return. Andrew Dargie is coming off an impressive 2008 freshman season where he was a member of the DMR team that finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, in addition to qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the open 400 meters. Chandy earned his All-America honor as a member of the DMR in 2007. Senior Hari Mix, a distance specialist, looks to regain his 2007 form when he was an All-American outdoors at 5,000 meters. Finally, freshman Chris Derrick burst onto the college scene during the cross country season and should be extremely competitive at the long distances. Derrick finished seventh overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn the first All-America honor of his young career.

    Other Impact Returners
    The Cardinal women have several other impact returners including 2008 Olympian Arantxa King. King competed for Bermuda in Beijing and was also a key contributor for Stanford last season as she qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump. Also excelling in the long jump was Griffin Matthew, who returns after being one of two Stanford athletes to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in two events. She qualified in the 100 meters as well as the long jump. Lauren Stewart, the school record holder in the pentathlon, returns for her senior season where she will look to defend her MPSF title and advance to the NCAA's. A pair of throwers return after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season. Jaynie Goodbody (hammer) should be a threat in the weight throw, while Michaela Wallerstedt (shot put) looks to match her outdoor success indoors.

    Men's impact returners for Stanford include hurdler Myles Bradley and a trio of sophomore distance runners, Brendan Gregg, Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley. Bradley set school records in both the 60-meter hurdles (7.78) and the 110-meter hurdles (13.78) during the 2008 season and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. He will look to earn his first All-America honor during the upcoming indoor season. The trio of sophomore distance runners showed promise during their freshmen track seasons, but made up a big portion of the 2008 cross country team that finished third in the nation. Gregg, Heath and Riley teamed with Derrick and seniors Hakon DeVries and Garrett Heath, who will be back for the outdoor season, to make up a cross country squad that looked a lot like some of the dominating teams of the Stanford past.

    Top Newcomers
    In addition to the deep group of returners, Stanford has several freshmen ready to contribute right away. Laurynne Chetelat proved she is ready for a successful collegiate career after an outstanding cross country season where she was Stanford's No. 1 runner in all but one race. She should be a threat immediately on the track in the distances. Former world youth record holder Katerina Stefanidi looks to make an immediate impact in the pole vault.

    Joining Derrick as a potential freshmen that could contribute right away for the men are Geoffrey Tabor and Amaechi Morton. Tabor is the 2008 junior national champion in the discus and Morton was the USATF national runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles.

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