Lauren Fleshman Captures NCAA 5,000 Meter Title

June 2, 2001

Eugene, Or - Lauren Fleshman became Stanford's first 5,000 meter NCAA outdoor champion in 17 years when she raced to victory at the 2001 NCAA Track & Field Championships on Saturday night at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Fleshman bolted to the lead with 600 meters to run, widened the lead to 20 meters at the bell and went on to a convincing victory in a time of 15:51.21.

'What an incredible feeling,' said Fleshman, a sophomore from Canyon Country, Ca. 'I wanted to duplicate Jonathon's (Riley) win in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA's.'

'I shot out like a bullet at 600 meters, maybe too fast,' said Fleshman. 'But I felt the energy of the crowd and I kept going. I wanted to enjoy every moment, because you never know if it will ever happen again.'

Glynn completed an evening of gutsy running, first competing in the 1,500 meters and then 60 minutes later, running in the 5,000 meters. Glynn finished second in the 1,500 meters (4:15.89), then placed fourth in the 5,000 meters (16:03.88).

'Running two races wasn't too hard,' said Glynn. 'There was no pressure in the 5,000 meters. I was really excited for Lauren when I saw her take the lead. That gave me the energy to move up in the pack.'

Glynn's second and fourth place finishes gave her two more All-America awards, and a school record eleven for her career. Glynn thus becomes the most decorated women's track & field athlete in Stanford history.

'The five years have gone by so fast,' said Glynn. 'Eleven All-America awards is exciting, but Lauren (Fleshman) is going to get a lot more.'

Fleshman, in just two years at Stanford, has earned seven All-America awards. 'Sally (Glynn) has been an inspiration for me,' said Fleshman. 'Sally has been a captain on this team, and there is a reason. She is a great leader.'

The work of Glynn (1,500 meters, 5,000 meters), Fleshman (5,000 meters) and Ashley Couper (sixth in the 1,500 meters, 4:20.92, All-American) produced 26 points on the final day of competition for the Cardinal women. Overall, Stanford earned eighth place with 27 points. USC won the NCAA title with 64 points with UCLA in second place (55 points) and Arizona in third place with 44 points. Other Pac-10 schools included Arizona State (14th, 18 points), Washington State (18th, 15 points), and Oregon and California in 60th place (two points).

The Cardinal trio of Gabe Jennings, Michael Stember and Donald Sage produced 19 points in the 1,500 meters to give Stanford a total of 36 points in the four-day meet, good for fourth place behind NCAA champion Tennessee (50 points), TCU (49 points), and Baylor (36.50 points). Stanford's men's team has now finished in the Top-4 in the last four seasons. Other Pac-10 teams included Oregon (9th, 27 points), USC (12th, 22 points), Arizona State (15th, 19 points), California (22nd, 12 points), Washington (33rd, six points), UCLA (33rd, six points), and Washington State (48th, four points).

Jennings put his running talent in high gear with 350 meters left after running sixth for the first 1,100 meters. Jennings began picking off runners around the track and had only Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill in his sites on the final curve. But, Berryhill was too strong and earned the victory in a time of 3:37.05. Jennings finished second in a time of 3:37.56, a season-best.

'It's a blessing to be here in the 1,500 meters and having the opportunity to run with Michael Stember in his last race for Stanford,' said Jennings. '(Bryan) Berryhill is one tough runner. Give him all the props. He ran a great race.'

Stember was timed in 3:39.15. For Stember, along with Jennings, this concluded the collegiate portion of their 2001 season.
'Everybody knew what Berryhill was going to do.' said Stember, who has now earned ten All-America honors (Jennings is also a ten-time All-American), third-best in school history behind 14-time All-American Brent Hauser, and 12-time All-American Brad Hauser. 'I gave it all of my heart, and kept going to the well,' said Stember. 'This was a race with quality runners. This was a tough year competing after the Olympics with cross country, indoors and outdoors. But I'm proud to be a part of this great program. It's an exciting time to be with the track & field program at Stanford. I took the torch from the Hausers (Brad and Brent), and now I'm turning the torch over to Gabe (Jennings).

Sage, a freshman, continued his excellent season with a fifth place showing at 3:39.27, a freshman school record.

Stanford Men's Results - Day Four of the NCAA Track & Field Championships (Eugene, Oregon)
1,500 Meters - 2. Gabe Jennings 3:37.56, 4. Michael Stember 3:39.15, 5. Donald Sage 3:39.27

Stanford Women's Results - Day Four of the NCAA Track & Field Championships (Eugene, Oregon)
1,500 Meters - 2. Sally Glynn 4:15.89, 6. Ashley Couper (4:20.92)
5,000 Meters - 1. Lauren Fleshman (15:52.21), 4. Sally Glynn (16:03.88)
Hammer - 20. Maureen Onyeagbako 182-5 (55.61)
Heptathlon (Final) - 17. Julie Tinker (5,066 points)
Day Two Results
6. Long Jump - 19-4 1/4 (5.90, 819 points)
19. Javelin - 94-2 (28.70m, 452 points)
16. 800 Meters - 2:29.67 (697 points)

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