Alicia Craig Wins NCAA 10,000 Meter Title For Second Straight Year
June 10, 2004
Austin, Tx - High heat and humidity on Thursday proved to be welcome relief (if that is possible) a day after thunder, lightning and heavy rains welcomed the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at the University of Texas (Myers Stadium).
Sunny skies on Thursday afternoon allowed the NCAA Championships to continue on a revised schedule after Wednesday's inclement weather stopped nearly all the competition. And for Stanford's Alicia Craig, the heat and humidity proved to be a good tonic as the Cardinal sophomore captured the women's NCAA's 10,000 meter title for a second year in a Myers Stadium record time of 33:58.27. Vicky Gill of Florida State placed second at 34:02.31.
Craig started the day by taking a tough three-hour final in Human Behavioral Biology at the team hotel. Then Craig battled a tough field, and the heat and humidity of Austin to win the national title. It is the first time in school history that a Stanford athlete has won the women's 10,000 national title two years in a row, and the first back-to-back national 10,000 meter champion by a Pac-10 athlete since Amy Skieresz of Arizona won in 1997 and 1998.
'I didn't want to be overly confident,' said Craig, who entered the competition with an American collegiate record time of 32:19.97. 'I wanted to be nice and relaxed during the race, and then get excited over the last mile.'
Craig did just that as she and three other runners led the pack for most of the race, until the last 3 1/2 laps when Craig moved away from the other three runners to take a commanding lead. Craig passed through 9,000 meters at 30:45.06 and cruised a 3:12.7 over the final 1,000 meters to claim the win.
'I have been blessed and I am so grateful to have good health and good training,' said Craig, who said she will next race at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento in July.
Several family and friends, including her parents were in attendance to cheer for Craig, who hails from Gillette, Wyoming.
Jill Camarena enjoyed a strong day as she produced the day's third-best effort in the women's shot put to push her into Saturday's finals (5 p.m., ct) along with eleven other finalists.
Camarena, a six-time All-American competing in her third NCAA Championship, won her flight with a throw of 57-1 1/2 (17.41m). Camarena's effort was only bettered by Becky Breisch (Nebraska) at 58-7 1/4 (17.86m) and favorite Laura Gerraughty (North Carolina) at 58-4 (17.78m).
Camarena produced her effort on her first throw, and then elected to pass on her second and third tosses.
Donald Sage, the 2002 NCAA 1,500 meter champion, qualified for the finals with a sixth place finish in the prelims at 3:46.84. However, Grant Robison, the 2003 NCAA champion who has been bothered with a foot injury (left foot), dropped out in the same heat at the 1,300 meter mark, and thus will not advance to the finals.
After the first day of competition, Stanford's women's team resides in third place with ten points. Georgia leads with 18 followed by Nebraska with 14.
100 Meters (prelims) - 1. Marc Burns (Auburn) 9.99(wa)q; Stanley Wilson (Stanford) dns
1,500 Meters (prelims) - 1. Chris Mulvaney (Arkansas) 3:46.39q; 6. Donald Sage (Stanford) 3:46.84; Grant Robison (Stanford) dnf
3,000 Meter Steeplechase (prelims) - 1. Aaron Fisher (Ohio State) 8:46.99q; 2. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 8:56.61q
Note: No Stanford runner has ever won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA's. Ian Dobson entered the NCAA's with the nation's best time at 8:32.09 at the recent Payton Jordan U.S. Open.
10,000 Meters (final) - 1. Alistair Cragg (Arkansas) 29:22.43; 23. Brett Gotcher (Stanford) 31:41.32
400 Meter Relay (prelims) - 1. Florida State 38.92q; 18. Stanford (T.J. Rushing, Nick Sebes, Curtis Goehring, Stanley Wilson) 40.22nq
Note: Stanford finished sixth in Heat 1. Stanford's time was third-best for the year. The Cardinal team of Rushing, Sebes, Goehring and Wilson earlier in the year set the school record at 39.71.
Javelin - 1. Gabriel Wallin (Boise State) 254-8 (77.62m); 26. Jay Goff (Stanford) 199-6 (60.81m)
Note: Jason Goff conluded his four-year Cardinal career at the NCAA's. His career-throw best of 218-8 (66.65m) earlier this year is third-best in school history.
100 Meters (prelims) - 1. Lauryn Williams (Miami) 10.94 (wa)nq; 13. Janice Davis (Stanford) 11.39(wa)nq
Note: Janice Davis has one more race at the NCAA's; the 400 meter relay.
200 Meters (prelims) - 1. Muna Lee (LSU) 22.40q; 26. Christine Moschella (Stanford) 23.91nq
Note: Christine Moschella has one more race at the NCAA's; the 400 meter relay. Moschella finished her Cardinal junior season with a career-best 23.77 (#4 all-time at Stanford) earlier this year.
800 Meters (prelims) - 1. Kameisha Bennett (Tennessee) 2:03.83q; 24. Ashley Freeman (Stanford) 2:10.54nq; 25. Chinny Offor (Stanford) 2:11.29nq
Note: Chinny Offor concluded her 2004 outdoor season in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 2:06.17 which is seventh-best in school history at the Stanford Invitational, while Ashley Freeman produced a season-best 2:06.20 earlier this year, eighth-best in school history.
1,500 Meters (prelims) - 1. Tiffany McWilliams (Mississippi State) 4:11.64q; 14. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 4:21.56nq
Arianna Lambie finishes the 2004 outdoor season with a career-best and freshman school record time of 4:13.14 at the NCAA West Regionals.
3,000 Meter Steeplechase (prelims) - 1. Briana Shook (Toledo) 10:05.18q; Katy Trotter (Stanford) dnf
10,000 Meters (final) - 1. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 33:58.27
Alicia Craig becomes the first Pac-10 athlete to win back-to-back 10,000 meter titles since Amy Skieresz of Arizona in 1997 and 1998.
1,600 Meter Relay (prelims) - 1. Texas 3:25.58q; 13. Stanford (Keisha Gaines, Christine Moschella, Nashonme Johnson) 3:34.07nq
Although the women's 1,600 meter relay team did not make the finals at the NCAA's, the team produced a school record this year with a time of 3:33.09 at the NCAA West Regionals.
Hammer (final) - 1. Candice Scott (Florida) 215-6 (65.68m); 17. Sarah Hopping (Stanford) 188-6 (57.45m)
Note: Sarah Hopping, a sophomore, concluded her 2004 outdoor season at the NCAA's. Her career-best throw of 195-2 (59.49m) earlier this year is second-best all-time at Stanford, only one foot short of the school record of 196-2 (59.79m) by Jessica Pluth in 2002.
Long Jump (final) - 1. Nyleas Fountain (Georgia) 21-8 1/4 (6.61m); 16. Undine Becker (Stanford) 20-1 (6.12m)
Shot Put (prelims) - 1. Becky Breisch (Nebraska) 58-7 1/4 (17.86m)q; 3. Jill Camarena (Stanford) 57-1 1/2 (17.41m)q
Note: Jill Camarena will be one of the favorites in the shot put on Saturday. Camarena is trying to become the first Stanford athlete to win the women's shot put since Carol Cady won in 1983.
Friday Schedule (June, 11, 2004)
Women's triple jump (prelims)
Women's 400 Meter Relay (final)
Women's 400 Meters (prelims)
Men's 400 Meters (prelims)
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Women's triple jump (final)
Women's Shot Put (final)
Women's 400 Meters (final)
Men's 400 Meters (final)
Men's 1,500 Meters (final)
Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (final)
Women's 5,000 Meters (final)
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