Stanford Races To Victory at Penn Relays
April 30, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa - The Stanford women's 4 x 800 meter relay team raced to victory on Saturday at the Penn Relays.
The Cardinal team of Laura Mottaz (2:09.8), Arianna Lambie (2:07.8), Chinny Offor (2:08.9), and Ashley Freeman (2:05.5) ran to a school record time of 8:32.02. North Carolina finished second at 8:32.40.
'We knew if we stayed close to the front, we were going to get it done,' said Ashley Freeman, who ran the anchor leg with a time of 2:05.5. 'We were always there. 'It was a matter of our pulling it out at the finish.'
Stanford broke the previous school record of 8:32.26 set in 2001. 'This is really a team of quarter-milers,' said Cardinal women's head coach Edrick Floreal. 'And there aren't any seniors on the team either, so a lot of people had to accept new challenges and new roles to be successful here. We're trying to put together a complete package so we can develop a championship team.'
Complete results can be found at www.thepennrelays.com
4 x Mile Relay - 1. Michigan 16:04.54; 6. Stanford (Evan Fox 4:06.8, Joaquin Chapa 4:09.7, Lauren Jespersen 4:09.4, Russell Brown 4:08.5) 16:34.43
Triple Jump - 1. Michael Whitehead (Michigan) 50-11 (15.52m); 7. Feranmi Okanlami (Stanford) 48-3 1/2 (14.72m)