Stanford Hosts Cardinal Invitational; Travels To Big Meet At Berkeley

April 27, 2004

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The Cardinal Invitational
Friday, April 30, 2004
Cobb Track & Angell Field
3:00 p.m. - Field Events
4:00 p.m. - Running Events

This is an Olympic year and time draws nearer for many elite athletes to achieve the Olympic 'A' qualifying standards. The Cardinal Invitational will be held on Friday, April 30, at Cobb Track & Angell Field, and many college and elite level athletes will be primed and ready to do their best with the goal of competing at the Olympic Games this summer in Athens, Greece. The Cardinal Invitational not only gives elite American and International athletes an excellent opportunity to achieve the Olympic 'A' standard, but also gives many college athletes another opportunity to achieve the NCAA Regional qualifying standard. One of the top events on the running calender this year is the Kim McDonald men's and women's 10,000 meters. Cobb Track and Angell Field has produced outstanding results including an American record of 30:52.32 by Deena Drossin in 2002. In that same race, Yoko Shibui set a Japanese record of 30:48.89. A year earlier, Meb Keflezighi set an American record (27:13.98) in the men's 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational and race winner Abraham Chebii of Kenya ran the fastest 10,000 meters ever on American soil with a time of 27:04.20. Keflezighi is one of the feature competitors in this year's 10,000 meters. In fact, seven of the top-10 ranked American 10,000 meter runners from 2004 are scheduled to compete. Keflezighi has already secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team with a second place finish in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. At the recent USA 8K Championships, the former UCLA All-American ran a course and championship record time only two weeks after finishing first at the USA 15K Championships. Also look for top performances from such notables as American 5,000 meter record holder Bob Kennedy, 2000 Olympians Brad Hauser and Abdi Abdirahman, 2004 U.S. 10-mile champion Dan Browne and Stanford's Ian Dobson and Louis Luchini. From the international circuit are a group of sub-28:00 runners from Japan and Thomas Kiplitan of Kenya. Sally Barsosio of Kenya heads a star-filled field in the women's 10,000 meters. Barsosio recently finished second at the Kenyan National Championships. From Britain comes a trio of runners with Olympic dreams in former NCAA champion Kathy Butler, Natalie Harvey and Haley Yelling. Butler was a 2000 Olympian. Also in the field are Rosemayn Ryan and Marie Davenport of Ireland, and from the United States, Katie McGregor, Katie and Laura O'Neill, and Stanford's 2003 NCAA champion Alicia Craig. The women's 5,000 meters will feature Sonia O'Sullivan, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist and a multi-time world and European champion. Courtney Babcock is the Canadian national record holder while Australia's Georgie Clark jumps from the 1,500 meters to the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational. Clarke owns the fastest time in the 1,500 meters in the world this year. The American contingent includes Shayne Culpepper, Carrie Tollefson, Elva Dryer and three-time NCAA 5,000 meter champion from Stanford, Lauren Fleshman. Culpepper and Dryer are 2000 Olympians. Steve Slattery, the 2003 U.S. champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, headlines the men's 5,000 meters. A pair of Arkansas All-Americans are also in the field, Daniel Lincoln and Alistair Cragg. Lincoln won the 2003 NCAA title in the 10,000 meters and the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Chad Johnson and Luke Watson are two of American's top Olympic hopefuls in the 5,000 meters. Stanford will have a strong contingent of present and former All-American runners. Michael Stember, a 2002 U.S. Olympian, will be a strong favorite in the 1,500 meters along with Jason Lunn, the 2003 U.S. outdoor champion in this event. Current Stanford students Grant Robison and Donald Sage will be in this elite field. Robison won the NCAA 1,500 meter title last year, while Sage captured the title in 2002. Former California standout Bolota Asmerom has Olympic goals for the United States. At the recent Stanford Invitational, Mexico's Juan Luis Barrios won the 1,500 meters in a 3:39.28. Barrios is back to compete at the Cardinal Invitational. In the women's 1,500 meters, Nicole Teter of the United States and Canada's Malindi Elmore have developed a keen rivalry. Elmore, a 2003 Stanford graduate, defeated Teter at the recent Mt. Sac Relays with the second fastest time in the world this year at 4:09.73. Leah Pells, another Canadian, is entered in the competition. Pells is a two-time Olympian. The field is further strengthened with the addition of Australia's Emily Morris and Melissa Rollison, and former Stanford All-American Sally Hauser. American record holder Brianna Shook leads the field in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase. Brigham Young University has a pair of outstanding runners entered in Kassi Anderson and Michaela Mannova, the 2003 and 2002 NCAA champions in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. This field will be pushed with the addition of former American record holder Elizabeth Jackson.

Stanford-California (The Big Meet)
Saturday, May 1
Edwards Stadium
10:30 a.m. - Field Events
1:00 p.m. - Running Events

On Saturday, May 1, the Stanford men's team faces the California men's team in the 110th Big Meet ... Stanford has won the last three meets including a 93-70 decision over the Golden Bears last year at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... Two years ago in Berkeley, Stanford scored a decisive 94-69 victory, the first Cardinal victory on Golden Bears soil since 1969 ... The Stanford women will compete against the California in the 25th Big Meet ... Stanford leads the series, 14-10, and has won the last three meets by a large margin, including a 111-51 victory last year at Stanford ... Two years ago in Berkeley, Stanford won 101-62 ... Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. at Edwards Stadium while the running events start at 1:00 p.m.

The Big Meet Schedule
Field Events

10:30 a.m. - Men's Hammer followed by Women's Hammer
11:30 a.m. - Women's Long Jump followed by Men's Long Jump
12:15 p.m. - Men's Javelin followed by Women's Javelin
12:15 p.m. - Men's High Jump
12:30 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault
1:00 p.m. - Men's Shot Put followed by Women's Shot Put
2:00 p.m. - Men's Discus followed by Women's Discus
2:00 p.m. - Women's Triple Jump folowed by Men's Triple Jump
2:15 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault followed by Women's High Jump

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