Stanford Aims For Pac-10 Championships

May 12, 2004

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The 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Men's (74th annual) and Women's (18th annual) Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 14 (field events start at 2:30 p.m.; running events start at 5:15 p.m.)
Saturday, May 15 (field events start at 3:00 p.m.; running events start at 6:00 p.m.)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Az
Roy P. Drachman Stadium-Rincon Vista Track (5,000)
Stanford Story
For the past four seasons, the Stanford women's track & field team has finished no lower than fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and again this year, the Cardinal will be in the title hunt when the conference meet is held on Friday and Saturday at the University of Arizona ... This year will be no exception as the Cardinal will send a deep and balanced squad to challenge for top honors ... Last year, the Cardinal women scored a school record 140 points in finishing second to UCLA (155 points) ... Since the 1997 season, the Stanford women have scored more than 100 points in each conference meet ... The Cardinal men have also performed with high marks at the conference meet ... Twice (2001, 2002) in the last four years, Stanford has won the Pac-10 title, and since 1999 has finished no lower than third ... Last year, Stanford placed second (130 points), one point behind Oregon ... The Ducks have already picked up 25 points from its decathlon competitors after last weekend's multi-event championships.

NCAA Notes
Cal State Northridge will host the NCAA West Regionals on May 28-29 ... The top five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships ... This year's national championships will be held June 9-12 at the University of Texas in Austin.

Title Talk
Five current Stanford athletes will return to defend their Pac-10 titles at Arizona ... On the women's side, Alicia Craig, who earlier this year set a collegiate record in the 10,000 meters, returns to defend her title in the 10k, while the women's 1,600 meter relay team captured top honors last year ... Justin Romaniuk returns to defend his league title in the 800 meters, while Grant Robison is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 1,500 meters, as well as Ian Dobson in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Louie Luchini in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters,

Pac-10 Potpourri
Several Cardinal athletes rank high in the weekly Pacific-10 Track & Field times and marks ... Chinny Offor leads the conference in the 800 meters (2:06.17), Arianna Lambie is first in the 1,500 meters (4:16.89), Alicia Craig leads the Pac-10 in the 5,000 meters (15:31.15) and the 10,000 meters (32:19.97), while Jill Camarena is the conference leader in the shot put (59-6 3/4, 18.15m) ... Donald Sage, Grant Robison and Jacob Gomez are ranked 1-2-4, respectively, in the 1,500 meters with a times of 3:40.31, 3:41.43 and 3:43.37 ... Ian Dobson is #1 in the Pac-10 in the 10,000 meters (28:15.66) while Louis Luchini is ranked third at 28:46.17) ... Several other Stanford athletes are near the top of the leader board ... Luchini, Dobson and Ryan Hall are 2-3-4 in the 5,000 meters, respectively, with times of 13:25.19 (school record), 13:40.91 (indoors) and 13:45.00 ... In fact, eight Stanford runners are listed in the league Top-12 in the men's 5,000 meters ... Freshman Katy Trotter is ranked second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:28.43) while Sara Bei is #2 in the 5,000 meters (15:36.21) ... The women's 1,600 meter relay team is second in the Pac-10 at 3:33.81 while the 400 meter relay team is third in the Pac-10 at a school record 44.37.

American Accolades
Alicia Craig recently set a U.S. collegiate record in the 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational (4/30/04) ... Craig, the 2003 NCAA and Pac-10 champion in the 10,000 meters, ran the distance in a time of 32:19.97 to best the previous national collegiate record of 32:22.97 by Carol Zajac of Villanova in 1992 and the Pac-10 record of 32:31.65 by Arizona's Amy Skieresz in 1997 ... Craig also bested her previous career-best time of 32:40.03.

Record Review
Stanford has dented the school record book several times this year ... Alicia Craig set the American collegiate record in the 10,000 meters (32:19.97) at the Cardinal Invitational (4/30/04) ... Louis Luchini broke the school record in the 5,000 meters at the recent Mt. Sac Relays (4/17/04) with a time of 13:25.19 ... That broke the previous school record time of 13:27.31 by Brad Hauser in 2000 ... Luchini's time also met the Olympic 'B' standard ... The women's 400 meter relay team of Janice Davis, Nashonme Johnson, Christine Moschella and Ashley Purnell broke the school record with a time of 44.37 against California (5/1/04) while the women's 1,600 meter relay team of Keisha Gaines, Nashonme Johnson, Janice Davis and Ashley Freeman set a school record of 3:33.81 at the Texas Relays (4/3/04) which broke the old time of 3:34.82 set last year ... Jill Camarena broke her school record with a throw of 59-6 3/4 (18.15m) at the Cardinal Invitational (4/30/04) ... Freshman Arianna Lambie ran a freshman school record time of 4:16.89 at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/18/04) which also is seventh-best in school history ... Ashley Freeman's time of 54.36 is a freshman school record and fifth-best on the varsity list ... Sarah Hopping has increased her personal best in the hammer to 195-2 (59.49m), second-best in the Stanford record book ... Nashonme Johnson ran a 53.59 in the 400 meters at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (4/10/04) which is good enough for second place in the school record book ... Ian Dobson's 10,000 meter time of 28:15.66 at the Cardinal Invitational (4/30/04) is second-best all-time at Stanford ... Freshman Katy Trotter ran a 10:28.43 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase which is third-best in school history while her twin sister, Amanda Trotter, ran a 10:53.31 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays (4/22/04) which is fourth-best in school history ... Jason Goff's javelin throw of 217-10 (66.39m) at the Big Meet (5/1/04) is a career-best and also third-best in school history ... Sara Bei's time of 15:36.21 in the 5,000 meters is fourth-best in school history ... Donielle Colich has bettered her mark in the hammer to 185-8 (56.60m), fifth-best in school history ... Freshman Janice Davis ran 11.72 in the 100 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/18/04), fifth-best in school history ... Davis' time of 23.95 in the 200 meters is eighth-best and her time of 54.84 in the 400 meters is eighth-best ... Chinny Offor and Keisha Gaines have run 54.43 this year, sixth-best in school history ... Offor's time of 2:06.17 in the 800 meters is seventh-best in the record book ... Freshman Lindsay Gannaway has a season-best of 5-8 (1.73m) in the high jump, seventh-best in school history ... Another freshman, Ashley Purnell, ran 11.97 at the Mt. Sac Relays, eighth-best in the Stanford record book ... Milessa Muchmore pole vaulted 11-5 3/4 (3.5m) at the Hornet Open (3/6/04), eighth-best in the record book ... Ryan Hall's time of 13:45.00 at the Mt. Sac Relays is a career-best and ninth-best in school history ... Nicholas Taylor produced 6,501 points at the Pac-10 Decathlon Championships (5/7 - 5/8/04), a career-best and ninth-best in school history ... Michael Harbeck's pole vault effort of 15-9 (4.80m) at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (4/10/04) is tenth-best in the school record book.

Freshman Facts
The Stanford freshman class has produced strong results and that bodes well for the future of Cardinal track & field ... Janice Davis has already made an impact in the sprints with Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying times in the 100 (11.72), 200 (23.95) and 400 meters (54.84) and as a member of the school record holding 400 meter relay (44.37) and 1,600 meter relay teams (3:33.81) ... Redshirt freshman Ashley Purnell has league qualifying times in the 100 meters (11.97) and 200 meters (24.39) and on the 400 meter relay team (44.37) ... Keisha Gaines ran the leadoff leg on the school record holding 1,600 meter relay team (3:33.81) and has qualified for regional competition in the 400 meters (54.43) ... Ashley Freeman ran the anchor leg on the school's recording holding 1,600 meter relay team (3:33.81), and has NCAA Regional qualifying times in the 400 meters (54.36) and the 800 meters (2:08.43) ... Arianna Lambie set the freshman school record in the 1,500 meters (4:16.89) and has an NCAA Regional time of 2:08.06 in the 800 meters ... Katy Trotter has run a NCAA Regional qualifying times of 4:26.06 in the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:28.43) while twin sister, Amanda Trotter, has the third-best time in school history in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:53.31) ... Lindsay Gannaway is one of the Pac-10's top high jumpers (5-8, 1.73m) ... Joaquin Chapa has run a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 1:50.51 in the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters (3:49.90) ... Redshirt freshman Jonathan Pierce has run an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 14:13.72 in the 5,000 meters while another redshirt freshman, Rolf Steier, has run a conference qualifying time of 14:33.69 ... Redshirt freshman Brett Gotcher has an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 29:11.07 in the 10,000 meters.

Indoor Incidentals
Stanford enjoyed another success indoor season in 2004 ... The Cardinal women won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title and finished seventh at the NCAA Indoor Nationals at Arkansas ... Sara Bei finished second in the mile, Jill Camarena finished second in the shot put and Alicia Craig finished second in the 5,000 meters to gain All-America honors ... The distance medley relay team of Kathleen Trotter, Chinny Offor, Katie Hotchkiss and Sara Bei finished second to gain All-American accolades ... The Stanford men finished third at the MPSF meet and 19th at the NCAA Indoors ... Ian Dobson picked up two All-American honors with second and fifth place finishes in the 5,000 and 3,000 meters, respectively ... Donald Sage finished eleventh and Chris Emme finished 13th in the 3,000 meters to earn All-American honors.

Cross Country Catalogue
Freshmen Amanda Trotter and her twin sister, Katy Trotter, competed for the United States at the recent World Junior Cross Country Championships in Belgium ... The U.S. women finished fourth, the highest U.S. finish since 1995 ... Amanda finished as the team's third runner and 31st overall, while Katy was the team's fifth runner and 36th overall.

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