Samantha Shepard Sets Frosh Pole Vault School Record at Cal-Nevada Championships

April 12, 2003

San Diego, Ca - Jill Camarena won the shot put title, Andrew Hill beat the competition in the 5,000 meters and Samantha Shepard set a freshman school record in the pole vault to highlight Stanford's participation on Saturday at the California-Nevada State Collegiate Track & Field Championships at San Diego State.

Camarena, a three-time All-American, captured the shot put with a throw of 55-3 1/2 (16.85m). Hill, meanwhile, won the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:37.50.

Camarena, later in the day, finished third in the discus with a season-best mark of 165-8 (50.51m). Camarena's mark qualified her for the NCAA West Regionals later this year at Stanford. Molly Meyer placed fourth (161-0, 49.08m) while Kitty Currier placed sixth (153-1, 46.66m).

Freshman Samantha Shephard broke the school record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-0 3/4 (3.98m). Shephard's vault was also second-best in school history. Kathleen Donoghue finished fourth (12-2 3/4, 3.73m) while Leila Ben-Youssef finished seventh (11-9 (3.58m). In the women's hammer, Donielle Colich placed seventh (173-9, 52.96m) while Sarah Hopping was 13th (161-10, 49.33m).

Stanford was slated to compete in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Saturday at Cal's Edwards Stadium, but inclement weather cancelled the event. The Invitational will not be rescheduled.

Saturday's Results involving Stanford athletes
2003 California/Nevada State Collegiate Championships @ San Diego State

Men's Results
5,000 meters - 1. Andrew Hill (Stanford) 14:37.50; 2. Mark Batres (Cal Poly Pomona) 14:46.57; 3. Will Berriel (Claremont-Mudd) 14:47.45; 15. Russ Martin (Stanford) 15:42.02

Women's Results
Shot Put - 1. Jill Camarena (Stanford) 55-3 1/2 (16.85m); 2. Jessica Cosby (UCLA) 52-2 3/4 (15.92m); 3. Stephanie Tietjen (UNR) 48-4 1/2 (14.74m)

Pole Vault - 1. Chelsea Johnson (UCLA) 13-4 1/2 (4.08m); 2. Samantha Shepard (Stanford) 13-0 3/4 (3.98m); 3. Lexine Lesser (Fresno State) 12-8 3/4 (3.88m); 4. Kathleen Donoghue (Stanford) 12-2 3/4 (3.73m); 7. Leila Ben-Youssef (Stanford) 11-9 (3.58m)

Discus - 1. Chaniqua Ross (UCLA) 175-0 (53.35m); 2. Lara Saye (UCLA) 171-5 (52.25m); 3. Jill Camarena (Stanford) 165-8 (50.51m); 4. Molly Meyer (Stanford) 161-0 (49.08m); 6. Kitty Currier (Stanford) 153-1 (46.66m)

Hammer - 1. Cari Soong (UCLA) 208-9 (63.64m); 2. Jessica Cosby (UCLA) 200-7 (61.14m); 3. Stephanie Sampson (Long Beach State) 190-1 (57.94m)

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