Sara Bei, Jill Camarena, Ian Dobson, Louis Luchini, Donald Sage, Earn All-America honors at NCAA's
June 12, 2004
Austin, Tx - Sara Bei and Jill Camarena earned second place finishes in their respective events to help the Stanford women's track & field team to a sixth place finish on the final day of competition (Saturday) at the 2004 NCAA Championships at the University of Texas (Myers Stadium).
Bei, a junior, finished second in the 5,000 meters to gain her fourth All-American honor as a Cardinal with a time of 16:24.00. Kim Smith of Providence took a commanding lead during the first lap and never looked back in chalking up a time of 15:48.86. After Smith crossed the finish line, Bei and Notre Dame's Molly Huddle got into a battle for the runnerup position. Bei passed Huddle with 60 meters left and took second.
Camarena finished second at the NCAA's with a throw of 59-5 (18.11m). Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina, the pre-meet favorite, fouled on two of her first four attempts before capturing the NCAA with a winning throw of 59-11 (18.26m) on her fifth attempt.
Camarena took the lead in the competition on her second attempt (59-5, 18.11m). Gerraughty took the lead on her fifth attempt, but fouled on her sixth and final attempt. That gave Camarena a chance to win the competition on her final throw. But it was not meant to be as Camarena tossed an effort of 57-7 (17.55m).
Camarena, nevertheless, ended her collegiate career with seven All-American honors, and earlier this year, established a school record in the with a throw of 59-6 1/4 (18.15m). Her school record throw also is second-best in Pac-10 history.
Donald Sage, the 2002 NCAA 1,500 meter champion, finished third in a time of 3:45.03. Chris Mulvaney of Arkansas won the title at 3:44.72 followed by BYU's Nathan Robison at 3:44.94. For Sage, a junior, it was his tenth All-American honor.
Ian Dobson captured All-American honors for an eighth time in his Cardinal career with a third place effort in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:48.12. Dobson led at the end of the sixth lap after picking up the pace with a lap of 73.5, but the race winner, Jordan Desilets of Eastern Michigan, quickly moved to the front and never trailed again. Desilets turned in a last lap of 67.9 to win easily in 8:42.64.
In the men's 5,000 meters, Louis Luchini ended his four-year Stanford career with a fourth place finish to earn All-America honors for an eleventh-time time. Luchini was among three Stanford runners in the race and he was timed in 14:16.44. Arizona's Robert Chesret, who fell down the race, recovered to win in a time of 13:49.85..
During the four days of competition, Stanford produced one NCAA champion and ten All-Americans. Alicia Craig defended her 10,000 meter title to gain All-American honors, while the Janice Davis, Nashonme Johnson, Christine Moschella and Ashley Purnell earned All-America status as members of the 400 meter relay team in addition to Sage in the 1,500 meters, Camarena in the shot put, and Dobson in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Bei in the 5,000 meters, and Luchini in the 5,000 meters.
Stanford's women's team finished sixth with 27 points. UCLA won the team title with 69 points. This is Stanford's highest finish since 1992 when the Cardinal placed fourth in Austin. Arkansas won the men's competition with 65 1/2 points. The Stanford men's team finished 17th with 17 points.
1,500 Meters - 1. Chris Mulvaney (Arkansas) 3:44.72; 3. Donald Sage (Stanford) 3:45.03
3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 1. Jordan Desilets (Eastern Michigan) 8:42.64; 3. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 8:48.12
5,000 Meters - 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 13:49.85; 4. Louis Luchini (Stanford) 14:16.44; 10. Seth Hejny (Stanford) 14:26.12; 14. Jacob Gomez (Stanford) 14:40.39
5,000 Meters - 1. Kim Smith (Providence) 15:48.86; 2. Sara Bei (Stanford) 16:24.90
Shot Put - 1. Laura Gerraughty (North Carolina) 59-11 (18.26m); 2. Jill Camarena (Stanford) 59-5 (18.11m)
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