NCAA West Regionals Set for Cobb Track & Angell Field
May 28, 2003
Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field will be the site of the 2003 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 ... Four two-day regional qualifying meets on the weekend of May 30-31 will shift the emphasis away from the individual qualifying standards that determined the makeup of the previous fields ... The four regional qualifying meets will be held at the following sites: Stanford (West), George Mason (East), Ohio State (Mideast), and Nebraska (Midwest) ... Entrants in the regional meets must meet minimum qualifying standards ... The larger championship field means there will be three rounds (as opposed to two) in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and both hurdles ... Team scoring shall be 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 ... 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 (June 11-14) ... The NCAA will then round out the Championship 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 lone exception to the Regional qualifying system will be the 10,000 meters and multi-events, which will not be subject to Regional competition ... Athletes qualified for the NCAA's in those events as they have in the past, by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic qualifying time and point totals.
More than 44 colleges and universities will be represented at the NCAA West Regionals at Stanford University ... Every Pac-10 school be represented ... More than 800 athletes will be competing.
Fifty-two Stanford athletes and four relay teams have qualified for the NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 at Cobb Track & Angell Field.
The 2003 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships will be held June 11-14 at the A.G. Spanos Complex on the Sacramento State campus ... The field for this year's NCAA meet will number at least 1,088 athletes - 544 men and 544 women ... The number of NCAA participants increases 40 percent from last year, and will feature the largest number of athletes ever assembled for an NCAA championship event ... In the past, college athletes chased 'automatic' and 'provisional' NCAA qualifying standards ... Now, the top five finishers in each event at the four regional meets will advance to the NCAA meet ... Six 'wild card' qualifiers will be added to the NCAA field in each event in addition to those who finished among the top five at regionals ... Wild card selections will be determined from the 2003 collegiate list ... The fields in the men's and women's 10,000 meters, the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon will be selected from the 2003 collegiate list ... These events will not be included in the regional meets ... ... This marks the first NCAA meet held in Northern California since 1968, when it was held at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium.
The 2003 NCAA West Regional Championships will be held at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... The facility features nine 48-inch lanes, multiple dual-direction runways for all of the jumps, and no less than five separate sites for the throwing events in Chandler Infield ... The hammer throw is contested in the Hammer Field located next to the track ... Cobb Track & Angell Field contains stadium lighting, a video scoreboard, and expanded seating to accommodate more than 6,000 spectators ... Cobb Track & Angell Field opened in 1996 on the site of what was for many years the home of Stanford Track & Field, Angell Field ... Numerous records have been set at Cobb Track & Angell Field including the world record in the pole vault by Stacy Dragila in 2001 ... Stanford will be home to the Oracle U.S. Open (June 7) and the USATF Senior and Junior National Championships (June 19-22).
Six Stanford athletes have already qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships (June 11-14) at Sacramento State University ... Lillian Bush qualified in the heptathlon with 5,519 points at the recent Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships ... Bush' point total is a career-best and second-best in school history ... Ian Dobson ran a 28:39.55 in the 10,000 meters, while Louis Luchini ran 28:41.13 and Adam Tenforde ran 28:43.18 to all qualify in the 10,000 meters ... In the women's 10,000 meters, Alicia Craig has run 33:42.29 while Sara Bei ran a 33:58.06.
Lauren Fleshman's time of 15:23.94 in the 5,000 meters is third-best for an American runner this year ... Elva Dryer has run 15:18.55 whle Shayne Culpepper has a time of 15:23.67 this year ... Fleshman's time is third all-time for a collegiate runner, and fifth in the world this year ... Alicia Craig's time of 15:25.75 in the 5,000 meters is seventh-best in the world this year, and fifth all-time for a collegiate runner ... Fleshman has run the ninth-best time on the U.S. women's list in 2003 in the 1,500 meters (4:14.68) ... Louis Luchini has run the fourth-best time among U.S. men's runners in the 5,000 meters this year with a time of 13:31.80, eighth-best in the world this year ... Grant Robison's time of 13:41.82 in the 5,000 meters is eleventh-best for an American runner this year.
Several Stanford athletes are ranked in the Top 10 among the collegiate ranks this year ... Lauren Fleshman is #1 in the 5,000 meters (15:23.67) and sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:14.68), Alicia Craig is third in the 5,000 meters (15:25.75), Louie Luchini is fourth in the 5,000 meters (13:31.80) and sixth in the 10,000 meters (28:41.13), Jill Camarena is fourth in the shot put (55-10 1/2, 17.03m), Ian Dobson is fifth in the 10,000 meters (28:39.55), Grant Robison is eighth in the 5,000 meters, Nick Welihozkiy is eighth in the hammer (221-1, 67.38m), Lillian Bush is eighth in the heptathlon (5,519 points), Milton Little is tenth in the long jump, and Jeane Goff is tenth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:23.03).
Six Stanford athletes won seven individual titles at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships (May 17-18) at USC ... Louis Luchini was Stanford's lone double-winner with first place victories in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters ... Other individual winners were Lauren Fleshman in the 5,000 meters, Grant Robison in the 1,500 meters, Justin Romaniuk in the 800 meters, Ian Dobson in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Alicia Craig in the 10,000 meters ... The Cardinal also picked up a first place title in the 1,600 meter relay ... The relay team consisted of Chinny Offor, Chaunate Bayne, Nashonme Johnson and Christine Moschella ... Both the Cardinal men's and women's teams placed second ... The Stanford men produced 128 points compared to Pac-10 champion USC with 139 ... The Cardinal women scored 140 points compared to UCLA's 155 ... The 140 points is the most scored by the Cardinal women in Pac-10 competition, and the sixth straight year Stanford scored 100 or more points.
Stanford's men's and women's distance running crew continues to be a dominant factor ... Louis Luchini's time of 13:31.80 in the 5,000 meters is a career-best and third-best at Stanford ... Luchini's 10,000 meter time of 28:41.13 is eighth-best in the school record book ... Ian Dobson has run a team-best 28:39.55 in the 10,000 meters, sixth-best in school history ... Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig have run the first and second best times in school history at 15:23.94 and 15:25.73, respectively ... Fleshman's time is a Pac-10 record.
A strong part of Stanford's success has been from the field events ... Jill Camarena, a three-time All-American and the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the shot put, threw the shot put a career-best 55-10 1/2 (17.03m) at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational ... Camarena is closing in on the longtime school record of 57-1 (17.03m) of Carol Cady in 1984 ... Camarena has thrown the discus a career-best 170-6 (51.96m) this year, seventh-best in school history ... Three Cardinal athletes this year have cracked the school's Top 10 in the hammer ... The list is led by Sarah Hopping, who has recorded a 184-1 (56.12m), fourth-best in school history ... Donielle Colich's throw of 183-1 (55.80m) is fifth-best all-time in the hammer while freshman Katy Elsbury has the school's eighth-best mark in the hammer at 165-3 (50.37m) ... Erin Merriman's javelin throw of 150-6 (45.88m) is second-best in school history ... Nick Welihozkiy is ranked in the Top 10 in both the discus and hammer ... Welihozkiy's hammer throw this year of 221-1 (67.38m) is seventh-best in school history, and his throw of 178-10 (54.52m) in the discus is ninth-best at Stanford ... Milton Little jumped 25-11 (7.90m) at the Mt. SAC Relays to leap in third place all-time in school history in the long jump ... Kim Stone jumped 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) at the Cardinal Qualifier, both a career-best and third best all-time at Stanford ... Freshman Samantha Shepard not only ranks second-best in school history in the pole vault (13-0 3/4, 3.96m) but is the freshman school record ... Leila Ben-Youssef is fourth all-time in the pole vault with a leap this year of 12-11 3/4 (3.96m).
The sprints continue to show great improvement ... Already this year in three events, Cardinal sprinters have cracked the Top 10 ... Freshman Nashonme Johnson has run 11.64 in the 100 meters, second-best in school history, 23.61 in the 200 meters which is second-best in school history, and 54.61 in the 400 meters, good for fourth all-time on The Farm ... Christine Moschella's time of 54.29 at the Pac-10 Championships is third-best in the school record book ... The women's 400 meter relay team of Undine Becker, Chauntae Bayne, Christine Moschella and Nashonme Johnson ran 45.22 at the Big Meet to set a school record ... Becker, Johnson, Moschella and Bayne combined to set a school record in the 1,600 meters at 3:34.82 at the Texas Relays ... The men's 400 meter relay team of Milton Little, Gerren Crochet, Nick Sebes and T.J. Rushing ran a 40.15 at the Stanford Invitational, #2 all-time on The Farm ... The 1,600 meter relay team of Little, Crochet, Rushing and Sebes ran a 3:07.77 at the Texas Relays, second-best in school history ... Little, the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the long jump, has run 10.61 in the 100 meters, and 21.31 in the 200 meters, eighth and seventh, respectively, in the school record book.
Another area of success has been Stanford's hurdle crew ... Justin Williams has run 14.10 in the 110 meter hurdles, third-best in school history ... Gerren Crochet has cracked the school's Top 10 in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.63, good for ninth place ... Three Cardinal women are ranked in the Top 10 ... Lindsey Johnson set a school record with a time of 13.48 at the Big Meet against California, while Lillian Bush ran 13.83 at the recent Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships, third-best in school history ... Undine Becker's 100 meter hurdle time of 14.00 this year places her in sixth place in school history ... Johnson has run 58.84 in the 400 meter hurdles, #2 all-time at Stanford, while Becker resides in fifth place with a time of 59.18.
Nick Sebes is a wide receiver on the football team, and one of Stanford's top track in the sprints ... Sebes has run the 100, 200 and 400 meters this year and is a member of the 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams ... Sebes ran the third leg on the 400 meter relay team which posted a 40.15 earlier this year at the Stanford Invitational, #2 in the school record book ... Sebes ran the anchor leg on the 1,600 meter relay team which clocked a time of 3:07.77 at the Texas Relays, third-best in school history.
Five school records and five 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 400 meter relay team of Undine Becker, Chauntae Bayne, Christine Moschella, and Nashonme Johnson ran a 45.22 at the Big Meet ... 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 freshman school records with times of 11.64 in the 100 meters, 23.61 in the 200 meters, and 54.61 in the 400 meters.
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, third-best for an American woman this year, and fifth in the world this year ... 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 and 2003 Pac-10 champion in the 5,000 meters.
Alicia Craig is in her first year of collegiate outdoor competition, and she has already making a name for herself ... At the Mt. SAC Relays, Craig ran the second-fastest 5,000 meters in school history with a time of 15:25.75 ... Craig's time was also a freshman school record ... Craig's time is fifth all-time for a collegiate runner ever, and seventh in the world this year ... Craig is a two-time All-American in cross country, and finished third at the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships ... Craig hails from Gillette, Wyoming.
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).
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.
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.
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.