Three Cardinal Athletes Compete at Pac-10 Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships

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May 8, 2003

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford will send one decathlete and two hepathletes to compete at the 2003 Pacific-10 Multi-Event Championships this weekend (Saturday-Sunday) at USC's Cromwell Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium ... Approximately 24 of the conference's best multi-event athletes will compete ... Admission is free for the events, which begin on Saturday with the Decathlon at 2:00 p.m., while the Heptathlon gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ... On Sunday, the competition begins at noon for the Decathlon and 1:00 p.m. in the Heptathlon ... Timi Wusu will compete in the decathlon while Lillian Bush and Ahimsa Hodari will compete in the heptathlon ... Wusu tallied 6,979 points at the UC Multi-Event Championships (March 26-27) ... Wusu's point total is eighth-best in school history ... Bush chalked up 5,129 points at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 16-17) while Hodari has a season-best of 4,838 points, also at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Bush's point total is sixth-best in school history, while Hodari's point total is ninth-best all-time at Stanford ... Trying for his second-career Pac-10 Decathlon title will be Santiago Lorenzo of Oregon, who has a conference-best 7,911 point effort to his credit this season ... On the women's side, Ellannee Richardson of Washington State is going for her third consecutive Pac-10 Hepathlon title ... Richardson has a best of 5,701 points this season.

Time Table
Saturday, May 10 - Pac-10 Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships
2:00 p.m. - Decathlon 100 meters
2:30 p.m. - Heptathlon 100 meter hurdles
2:45 p.m. - Decathlon Long Jump
3:15 p.m. - Heptathlon High Jump
4:30 p.m. - Decathlon Shot Put
5:45 p.m. - Decathlon High Jump
5:45 p.m. - Heptathlon Shot Put
7:30 p.m. - Heptathlon 200 Meters
8:00 p.m. - Decathlon 400 meters

Sunday, May 11 - Pac-10 Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships
12:30 p.m. - Decathlon 110 Meter High Hurdles
12:45 p.m. - Decathlon Discus
1:00 p.m. - Heptathlon Long Jump
2:15 p.m. - Decathlon Pole Vault
2:30 p.m. - Heptathlon Javelin
3:45 p.m. - Heptathlon 800 Meters
5:00 p.m. - Decathlon Javelin
6:30 p.m. - Decathlon 1,500 meters

Stanford Story
Stanford will host the Cardinal Qualifier on Friday (5/9/03) at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... This event will give many athletes from around the United States a chance to qualify for the NCAA Regional and Conference Championships ... Field events start at 5:00 p.m. while the running events start at 7:00 p.m. ... Several Cardinal athletes will compete on Friday night ... On Saturday (5/10/03), Stanford will send a small group of athletes to the Modesto Relays.

Cardinal Corner
Stanford has the top three times in the 1,500 meters with Grant Robison (3:43.07), Ryan Hall (3:43.37) and Evan Fox (3:44.34) ... Louis Luchini, Robison and Ian Dobson are 1-2-4 in the conference in the 5,000 meters at 13:31.80, 13:41.82 and 13:52.29, respectively ... The Cardinal ranks 1-2-3 in the 10,000 meters with Dobson (28:39.55), Luchini (28:41.13) and Adam Tenforde (28:43.18) ... Milton Little, the 2002 Pac-10 long jump champion, is #2 in the conference at 25-11 (7.90m) ... Nick Welihozkiy is #2 in the hammer (218-4, 66.56m) ... Omer Inan has thrown the discus 194-0 (59.13m), #2 in the Pac-10 ... On the women's side, Malindi Elmore has the Pac-10's best time (4:17.15) in the 1,500 meters ... Jeane Goff is #2 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:23.03), while Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig are 1-2 in the 5,000 meters at 15:23.94 and 15:25.75, respectively ... Jill Camarena is first in the conference in the shot put (55-10 1/2, 17.03m) ... Lindsey Johnson is #2 in the Pac-10 in the 400 meter hurdles at 58.84 ... Kim Stone is third in the high jump (5-11 1/4, 1.81m).

Peak Performance
Numerous Stanford athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... Fifty athletes and four relay teams have qualified for regional competition ... Sixty-one athletes have met the qualifying standards for the Pac-10 Championships which will be held May17-18 at USC.

Record Review
Four school records and three freshman school marks have been broken thus far this year ... Lauren Fleshman ran a 15:23.94 at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/17/03) to beat PattiSue Plumer's time of 15:29.00 set in 1984 ... Fleshman's time is the best time for a collegiate runner this year, and third-best all-time for an American runner ... Lindsey Johnson ran a 13.48 at the Big Meet (5/3/03) to beat own record of 13.61 set earlier in the year ... The 1,600 meter relay team (Undine Becker, Nashonme Johnson, Christine Moschella, Chauntae Bayne) set a new standard by being timed in 3:34.82 ... The old time was 3:41.27 set in 1995 ... The women's distance medley relay team of Malindi Elmore, Chinny Offor, Katie Hotchkiss and Lauren Fleshman ran a 11:03.59 to win at the Drake Relays (4/25/03) ... The old distance medley relay time was 11:06.23, set in 2000 ... Alicia Craig set a new freshman record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:25.75 at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/03) ... Craig's time is second-best overall at Stanford ... Samantha Shepard established a new freshman record in the pole vault with a leap of 13-0 3/4 (3.98m) ... The old mark was 13-0 1/4 (3.97m) by Kathleen Donoghue in 2000 ... Nashonme Johnson set a freshman school record with a time of 54.61 in the 400 meters ... The old record was 54.95 by Jayna Smith in 1997.

Fleshman Facts
Lauren Fleshman, the two-time NCAA champion in the 5,000 meters, broke the Pac-10 record in winning the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/03) ... Fleshman's time of 15:23.94 easily broke the previous conference record time of 15:34.55 by Annette Hand of Oregon in 1988 ... Fleshman's time was third-best all-time for an American runner in the 5,000 meters ... Fleshman's time was a school record and broke the previous time of 15:29.0 by PattiSue Plumer in 1984 ... Fleshman is the two-time NCAA champion (2001, 2002) in the 5,000 meters ... Fleshman was the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the 5,000 meters.

Hotchkiss Hoopla
She hasn't received the attention of some of the more higherprofile distance runners, but Katie Hotchkiss has enjoyed an outstanding 2003 outdoor season for the Cardinal ... Hotchkiss, a junior from Fremont, recently ran on three winning relay teams at the Drake Relays ... Hotchkiss ran the second leg on the winning 4 x 800 meter relay team which was timed in 8:36.70, the best time in the world this year ... Hotchkiss ran the third leg on the winning distance medley relay team which broke the school and meet record at 11:03.59 ... Hotchkiss ran the second leg on the winning 4 x 1 mile relay team ... Hotchkiss has run a NCAA West Regional Qualifying time of 4:23.34, and a Pac-10 qualifing time of 2:08.53.

Drake Dialogue
Stanford's distance running team proved to be the stars of the prestigious Drake Relays ... The Cardinal produced winners in five of six events entered ... Stanford's women's team chalked victories in the 4 x 800 meter relay, the distance medley relay, and the 4 x 1 mile relay ... Stanford's time of 8:36.70 in the 4 x 800 meter relay is the best time in the world this year ... Katie Hotchkiss ran legs on all three Cardinal winning teams ... The Cardinal men's 4 x 1 mile relay team produced the best time in the world this year at 16:31.19 ... Milton Little, the 2002 Pac-10 champion, won the long jump (25-9 1/2, 7.86m) while Sara Bei won the 1,500 meters (4:20.88).

TV Time
The Stanford-California dual meet (The Big Meet) will be televised on College Sports Television ... CSTV is dedicated to offering the widest variety of athletic competition of 1,200 universities and colleges across all of the major conferences at every level of college sports ... College Sports Television can be viewed only on Direct TV ... The Big Meet will air on Tuesday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. (pt).

Footnote Facts
Grant Robison was named the recipient of the Maury White Award given to the oustanding performer of the men's division at the recent Drake Relays ... The award is named after the longtime decorated sportswriter for the Des Moines Register who died in 1999 ... Robison, the reigning two-time Pac-10 Conference individual cross country champion, anchored Stanford to victories in the 4 x mile relay in 16:31.19 and the distance medley relay in 9:43.33 ... Robison ran a 4:04.3 anchor leg in the distance medley relay.

Little Ledger
Milton Little has certainly been a star on the Cardinal track & field team for several years ... This year, Little again led Stanford to victory against California in the Big Meet ... Little competed in six events (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, triple jump, 400 meter relay, 1,600 meter relay) to help lead Stanford to a 93-70 victory over California in the 109th Big Meet ... Little scored a team-high 15 points ... Little captured top honors in the long jump and anchored the winning 1,600 meter relay team, finished second in the 200 meters, third in the 100 meters and triple jump ... Last year at the Big Meet, Little tallied 14 points to help Stanford beat the Golden Bears, and two years ago, Little's second place finish in the triple jump gave Stanford a 82-81 decision over Cal ... Little is the 2002 Pac-10 long jump champion.

Rivalry Review
For the third straight year, Stanford beat California in the Big Meet ... The Cardinal men scored a 93-70 victory over the Golden Bears as Milton Little competed in six events, and scored a team-high 15 points ... The Cardinal women scored a 111-51 decision as both Christine Moschella and Chauntae Bayne each scored 15 points ... Moschella scored victories in the 400 meters, and on the winning 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams while Bayne scored a victory in the 100 meters and as a member of the 400 meter and 1,600 meter relay teams.

Regional Roundup
Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field will be the site of the NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 ... This year, the qualifying standards for the 2003 NCAA Track & Field Championships have been changed ... The NCAA will use Regional Championship meets to determine qualifying for the national meet ... The top five finishers in each individual event, and top three relay teams from each of the four regionals nationwide will earn a berth to the NCAA Nationals at Sacramento State ... The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking individuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths ... The long exception to the Regional qualifying system will be the 10,000 meters and multi-events, which will not be subject to Regional competition ... Athletes will continue to qualify for the NCAA Championships in those events as they have in the past, by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic qualifying standards.

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