Former Stanford All-American Jason Lunn headlines 1,500 Meter Field at Cardinal Invitational - May 4

May 3, 2001

Stanford, Ca - Although the men's 10,000 meters will take center stage at Friday's Cardinal Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field, 27 other field and running events will be contested (field events at 4 p.m., running events 6:15 p.m.), featuring some of America's top athletes, and international stars.

Former Stanford All-American Jason Lunn and 2001 NCAA indoor mile champion Bryan Berryhill will compete in a highly competitive 1,500 meters (9:45 p.m.). Shayne Culpepper, a 2000 U.S. Olympian, will lead a contingent of outstanding runners in the women's 800 meters (7:45 p.m.). Tracy Robertson, the 2001 women's NCAA indoor mile champion, will take aim at the 1,500 meter title (9:05 p.m.), while another U.S. Olympian, Sean Kaley, will compete in the men's 5,000 meters (8:45 p.m.). Matt Lane, another of America's up-and-coming young stars in distance running, will challenge Kaley in the 5,000 meters. Lane has raced many times on the Stanford track, and recently won the 10,000 meter crown at the Stanford Invitational.

The 3,000 meter steeplechase (7:30 p.m.) will have a top-flight field which includes Tom Chorny and Ray Hughes. In the women's 100 meter hurdles (6:20 p.m.), Bisa Grant, will be one of the favorites. Grant was seventh at the World Indoor Championships over 60-meters.

Just added to the shot put field (5:30 p.m.) is two-time Great Britain Olympian (1996, 2000) Glenn Smith. He will be joined by U.S. Olympian Andy Bloom, who finished fourth at the Sydney Olympics. Bloom will also compete in the discus (6:30 p.m.), where last year he had the world's sixth furthest throw at 224-7.

The 10,000 meters (9:15 p.m.) is billed as an event to run the 'fastest 10,000 meters on American soil ever.'

The top six American 10,000 meter runners will be competing, Meb Keflezighi, Adbi Abdirahman (Olympic 10,000 meter finalist), Alan Culpepper (Olympic 10,000 meter runner), former Stanford All-American and 2000 Olympian Brad Hauser, Shawn Found and Nick Rogers (5,000 meter Olympian).

Also add to the American list Bob Kennedy, the American record holder at 5,000 meters, who will tackle the 10,000 meters for the first time since his debut at this distance two years ago.

It was on the Stanford track in 1999 that he ran 27:38.7 in his first and only attempt at the distance, and his return to the 6.2 mile race has been highly anticipated ever since.

If that field wasn't talented enough, a host of world-class Kenyan distance runners, who are training at Stanford, are entered as well, including Luke Kipkosgei, Ben Maiyo and Abraham Chebii. Kipkosgei has run 27:22.54. Kipkosgei has also run 5,000 meters in 12:56.50.

Friday's meet is one of four high-powered meets at Cobb Track & Angell Field this year. On May 5, Stanford hosts California in the 107th running of The Big Meet. On May 13, Olympic and top international competitors will return to Stanford for the Cardinal Qualifier, and on June 9, the U.S. Track & Field Open will return to Stanford, which already features five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones.

Cardinal Invitational (Revised Schedule)

Field Events

4:00 p.m. - Men's Hammer
5:00 p.m. - Women's Hammer

5:00 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault

5:30 p.m. - Women's Discus

5:30 p.m. - Men's Shot Put

6:30 p.m. - Men's High Jump

6:30 p.m. - Women's Shot Put

6:30 p.m. - Men's Discus

6:30 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault

Running Events

6:15 p.m. - Men's 110 Meter Hurdles

6:20 p.m. - Women's 100 Meter Hurdles

6:30 p.m. - Women's 100 Meters

6:35 p.m. - Men's 100 Meters

6:45 p.m. - Women's 400 Meters

6:50 p.m. - Men's 400 Meters

7:00 p.m. - Women's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

7:15 p.m. - Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (Non-Championship Section)

7:30 p.m. - Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (Championship Section)

7:45 p.m. - Women's 800 Meters

7:55 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters

8:05 p.m. - Men's 5,000 Meters (Non-Championship Section)

8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000 Meters

8:45 p.m. - Men's 5,000 Meters (Championship Section)

9:05 p.m. - Women's 1,500 Meters

9:15 p.m. - Men's 10,000 Meters (Championship Section)

9:45 p.m. - Men's 1,500 Meters

10:05 p.m. - Men's 10,000 Meters (Non-Championship Section)

10:35 p.m. - Women's 10,000 Meters

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