Stanford Track & Field Team Opens 2003 Outdoor Season

March 7, 2003

Meet Memo: Stanford Spring OpenerSunday, March 9, 2003Field Events: 1:30 p.m.Running Events: 2:00 p.m.

Stanford Story
The Cardinal men's and women's track & field teams open the 2003 outdoor season when they host the Stanford Spring Opener. Stanford, Cal Poly and the Nike Farm Team will participate as 15 field events will be contested along with 21 running events. The field events kickoff at 1:30 p.m. with the men's and women's hammer, while the running events get underway at 2:00 p.m. with the women's 400 meter relay.

Field Events1:30 p.m. - Hammer (women and men together)1:30 p.m. - Javelin (women and men together)Discus - after javelin (women followed by men)1:45 p.m. - Shot Put (women and men together)2:15 p.m. - Pole Vault (men followed by women)2:30 p.m. - Long Jump (women and men together)3:00 p.m. - High Jump (men)3:45 p.m. - High Jump (women)3:45 p.m. - Triple Jump (men)

Running Events2:00 p.m. - 400 meter relay (women)2:05 p.m. - 400 meter relay (men)2:10 p.m. - 1,500 meters (women)2:20 p.m. - 1,500 meters (men)2:30 p.m. - 100 meter hurdles (women)2:40 p.m. - 110 meter hurdles (men)2:50 p.m. - 400 meters (women)2:55 p.m. - 400 meters (men)3:05 p.m. - 100 meters (women)3:10 p.m. - 100 meters (men)3:20 p.m. - 800 meters (women)3:25 p.m. - 800 meters (men)3:35 p.m. - 400 meter hurdles (women)3:40 p.m. - 400 meter hurdles (men)3:50 p.m. - 200 meters (women)3:55 p.m. - 200 meters (men)4:00 p.m. - 3,000 meters (women)4:15 p.m. - 3,000 meters (men)4:30 p.m. - 5,000 meters (men)4:50 p.m. - 1,600 meter relay (women)4:55 p.m. - 1,600 meter relay (men)

Cardinal Men
Stanford is the two-time defending Pac-10 champion and have finished in the Top 10 at the NCAA Track & Field Championships the last four years, including a national title in 2000.

Stanford will look strong in the sprints/hurdles, led by Stanley Wilson, Milton Little, T.J. Rushing, Curtis Goehring, Nick Sebes and Justin Williams. Wilson ranks in the Top-10 in school history in both the 100 and 200 meters. Little was a conference finalist in the 100 and 200 meters in 2002. Goehring will be a strength in the 400 meters while Sebes gained the finals in the 400 meters at the Pac-10 meet last year. Williams returns after a redshirt year in the 110 meter hurdles.

Middle Distances
Stanford will again be a strong focal point. The top veterans are familiar names including Donald Sage, Grant Robison, Ryan Hall and Andy Powell. Sage, a seven-time All-American, captured the 2002 NCAA title in the 1,500 meters. Robison, another seven-time All-American, finished fourth in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 U.S. National Championships. Hall redshirted last year, but has run 3:42.70 in the 1500 meters as a senior in high school. Powell has the potential to be one of the top 1,500 meter runners in the country. Others to watch are Steve Loughlin, Philip West, Evan Fox, Justin Romaniuk, Jonathan Stevens, Busayo Ojumu, Che Banjoko and Davidson College transfer Dan Gibson.

After winning the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championship, a legion of Stanford distance runners will again be in force for the 2003 track & field season. The list of top athletes include Louis Luchini, who finished fifth in the 5,000 meters at the 2002 U.S. National Championships. Luchini also gained All-America honors in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Grant Robison will look strong in the 5,000 meters. Seth Hejny is a three-time All-American while Chris Emme and Ian Dobson will have strong seasons in 2003. Also look for top performances from Isaac Hawkins, Sean Knapp, Neil Davis, Seton McAndrews, Robert Smitson, David Vidal and true freshmen Carl Dambkowski, Steve DeWitt, Sean Drake, Scott Fuqua, Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Peter Meindl, Jonathan Pierce and Rolf Steier.

Name Stanford's all-time best high jumper and the answer is easy. Michael Ponikvar has won the Pac-10 title three straight years and has gained All-America status three times. Milton Little won the 2002 Pac-10 title in the long jump. Look for top performances from freshman Josh Hustedt and Solomon Welch.

The Stanford men's throwers have developed into a national power. Omer Inan returns for his senior season after gaining All-America honors the past two years in the discus. Nick Welihozkiy has finished second in the hammer the past two conference championship meets.

Jason Goff is healthy again and will attempt to regain his 2001 form when he scored a career-best 7,428 points in the decathlon to finish at the Pac-10 Championships.

Cardinal Women
During the last two years, the Cardinal women have emerged as a national power. Over that span, Stanford has finished eighth and seventh at the NCAA Championships, respectively.

Sophomores Christine Moscella and Lindsey Smith are the top returnees in the long sprints. Moschella was a 2002 Pac-10 finalist in the 400 meters while Smith competed in the 200 meters at the conference meet. Ashley Purnell leads a strong group of freshmen. Purnell is the Canadian high school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Chauntae Bayne was a Texas state high school champion in the 100 and 200 meters as was Jakki Bailey in the state of Pennsylvania. Chinny Offor will offer strong competition in the 400 meters. Another freshman, Nashonme Johnson, will contribute in the 200 and 400 meters. Lindsey Johnson will lead the Cardinal in the hurdle events. Also look for strong performances from Lillian Bush and Undine Becker. Purnell also possesses great hurdle skills.

Middle Distances
Another area where Stanford will be strong. Malindi Elmore returns as Stanford's top 1,500 meter runner and one of the best milers in the nation. Elmore has a career best of 4:14.66, the third fastest all-time at Stanford. Thirteen time All-American Lauren Fleshman, who is a three-time Pac-10 runnerup in the 1,500 meters, is back. Fleshman owns the second fastest time in Stanford history in the mile at 4:38.48. Sara Bei, a sophomore, was one of the top rated freshman 1,500 meter runners last year. Lindsay Hyatt returns to action after redshirting last year. Look for other top results from Jeanne Goff, Erin Sullivan, Anita Siraki, Katie Hotchkiss, Mariel Ettinger, redshirt freshman Alicia Craig, and Danielle McMillian.

Two-time defending 5,000 meter NCAA champion Lauren Fleshman will look to conclude her senior year in record-setting fashion. Fleshman is aiming to break the longtime school record of 15:29.0 in the 5,000 meters by PattiSue Plumer. Sara Bei was the Pac-10 runnerup in the 5,000 meters. Seniors Erin Sullivan and Mariel Ettinger will be top competitiors in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Sullivan is the defending conference champion in the 10,000 meters. Alicia Craig will make her anticipated track debut for the Cardinal in 2003. Anita Siraki had a strong cross country season and will contend for NCAA qualifying times in the 5,000 meters. Jeanne Goff was a Pac-10 runnerup in the 3,000 meter steeplechase last year.

Senior Kathleen Donoghue is considered one of the best collegiate pole vaulters in the country. Donoghue, a two-time All-American, is the school record holder at 13-5 1/4. Leila Ben-Youssef and freshman Samantha Shepard will provide quality depth in the pole vault. Ben-Youssef is a two-time Pac-10 championship participant while Shepard is the U.S. national high school indoor pole vault record holder. Kimberly Stone is ready for another successful season in the high jump and that could take her to All-America status.

Jill Camarena has developed into one of the top shot putters in the United States. Camarena is a two-time All-American and is the defending Pac-10 champion in the shot put. Molly Meyer had a breakthrough season in 2002 in the discus, improving her previous throw two years ago by nearly 19 feet. Kitty Currier is a two-time Pac-10 championship participant in the discus. Jessica Pluth set a school record in the hammer last year with a toss of 196-2. Ashley Pardun and Sarah Hopping enjoyed successful first year results at Stanford in the hammer in 2002. Freshman Katy Elsbury will add excellent depth. Erin Merriman cracked Stanford's top 10 list in the javelin last year.

Lillian Bush and Ahimsa Hodari will look to improve upon their sixth and eighth place Pac-10 championship finishes in the heptathlon.

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