Kathleen Donoghue Gains All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

May 29, 2002

Baton Rouge, La - For the second straight season, Kathleen Donoghue is an All-American.

Donoghue, a junior from San Diego, finished fourth among 20 competitors in the women's pole vault to highlight Stanford's first day competition on Wednesday at the NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Track & Field Championships at LSU.

Donoghue cleared the bar at 13-1 1/2 (4.00m). UCLA's Tracy O'Hara won the NCAA title with a vault of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m). Donoghue becomes Stanford's first two-time All-American in the women's outdoor pole vault.

In the women's 10,000 meters, the field was tightly bunched for the first 5,000 meters, but the heat and humidity began to spread the field. Kristin Price of North Carolina State won in a time of 34:26.63. Erin Sullivan, the 2002 Pac-10 champion, finished tenth (35:06.67) while Caroline Annis, the 2002 runnerup at the Pac-10 Championships, finished 13th in a time of 35:23.69.

Jesse Thomas qualified for Friday's finals in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a fifth place finish time of 8:42.17 (tenth among 20 runners). There were two heats and Thomas ran in that second heat which was won by Solomon Kandie of Tulane at 8:38.73. Daniel Lincoln of Arkansas won the first heat at 8:36.50.

In the 800 meters, senior Ashley Wysong finished sixth in the first heat of the 800 meters in a time of 2:07.70. Wysong did not qualify for the Friday's final. Tyrona Heath of Georgetown had the best time in the three heats (19 runners total) at 2:03.81.

Wysong ends her Cardinal career as the school's second all-time leading 800 meter runner.Wysong, the senior transfer from Missouri, had an NCAA qualifying and Stanford career-best time of 2:04.75 in 2002. Her time was just short of the longtime school record of 2:04.38 by Regina Jacobs in 1982.

Jessica Pluth finished 15th in the hammer at 185-4 (56.50m).

After the first day of competition, the Stanford women reside in 11th place with five points. UCLA is first with 15 points followed by Clemson and North Carolina with ten points each.

Wednesday's Women's Finals

Women's 10,000 Meters: Kristin Price (NC State) 34:26.63; 2. Tara Quinn (S. Florida) 34:33.85; 3. Laura O'Neill (Yale) 34:39.67; 10. Erin Sullivan (Stanford) 35:06.67; 13. Caroline Annis (Stanford) 35:23.69

Women's Hammer: 1. Jamine Moton (Clemson) 220-6; 2. Melissa Price (Nebraska) 212-9 (64.84m); 3. Maureen Griffin (Idaho State) 197-3 (60.13m); 15. Jessica Pluth (Stanford) 185-4 (56.50m)

Women's Pole Vault: 1. Tracy O'Hara (UCLA) 13-5 1/4 (4.10m); 2. Andrea Wildrick (Liberty) 13-5 1/4 (4.10m); 3. Becky Holiday (Oregon) 13-5 1/4 (4.10m); 4. Kathleen Donoghue (Stanford) 13-1 1/2 (4.00m)

Wednesday's Men's Trials

3,000 Meter Steeplechase (Heat Two): 1. Solomon Kandie (Tulane) 8:38.73; 2. Steve Slattery (Colorado) 8:39.30; 3. Isaiah Festa (Wisconsin) 8:39.66; 5. Jesse Thomas (Stanford) 8:42.17 (tenth overall among 20 runners)

Wednesday Women's Trials
800 Meters (heat one): 1. Kristina Bratton (Florida) 2:05.92; 2. Nicole Cool (Tennessee) 2:05.93; 3. Nikeya Green (Wake Forest) 2:06.29; 6. Ashley Wysong (Stanford) 2:07.70nq (17th overall among 19 runners)

On Thursday (May 30), ten Cardinal athletes will compete in five events at the NCAA's.Thursday, May 30

6:30 p.m.High Jump (women, final)Kim Stone7:40 p.m.1,500 meters (men, trials)Gabriel Jennings, Grant Robison, Donald Sage8:00 p.m.1,500 meters (women, trials)Maurica Carlucci, Malindi Elmore8:50 p.m.3,000 meter steeplechase (women, trials)Laura Turner9:15 p.m.10,000 meters (men, final)Ian Dobson, Louis Luchini, Adam Tenforde
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