Stanford Track And Field Opens 2007 Outdoor Season With Quad Meet

Feb. 27, 2007

Stanford track and field opens their 2007 outdoor season on Saturday, March 3 with the Stanford Quad Meet. The Cardinal will play host to UC Davis, USF and Fresno State with the first events beginning at 12:00pm at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Runing Events
12:00 PM 4 x 100 Meter Relay Women
12:10 PM 4 x 100 Meter Relay Men
12:20 PM 1500 Meters Women
12:30 PM 1500 Meters Men
12:40 PM 100 Meter Hurdles Women
12:50 PM 110 Meter Hurdles Men
1:00 PM 400 Meters Women
1:05 PM 400 Meters Men
1:10 PM 100 Meters Women
1:15 PM 100 Meters Men
1:20 PM 800 Meters Women
1:25 PM 800 Meters Men
1:35 PM 400 Meter Hurdles Women
1:45 PM 400 Meter Hurdles Men
1:55 PM 200 Meters Women
2:05 PM 200 Meters Men
2:10 PM 3000 Meters Women
2:25 PM 3000 Meters Men
2:40 PM 4 x 400 Meter Relay Women
2:45 PM 4 x 400 Meter Relay Men
Field Events
12:00 PM Hammer Women and Men together
12:00 PM Javelin Women and Men together
12:00 PM Long Jump Women and Men at same time
**Triple Jump will follow immediately after Long Jump
12:00 PM Pole Vault Men followed by Women
1:45 PM Shot Women and Men together
2:00 PM High Jump Women & Men at same time (two pits)
2:00 PM Discus Women and (followed by men)
**Discus will follow immediately after javelin**

Edrick Floreal, who has spearheaded a resurgenceof the Stanford Track & Field program, wasnamed Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track &Field during the fall of 2005 by former StanfordAthletic Director Dr. Ted Leland.Under Floreal's tutelage, the Cardinal men's andwomen's teams have enjoyed an immense amountof success. From national championships in crosscountry to outstanding individual efforts at everylevel, Floreal continues to create an atmosphere ofexcellence on the Farm.
Despite the graduation of some talented sprinters, Stanford willcontinue to boast one of the best sprint and hurdles squads in thenation in 2007. All-American upperclassmen Janice Davis, AshleyFreeman and Keisha Gaines, as well as veteran Jakki Bailey and sophomoreAlana Walker, are well-equipped to lead a loaded sprints squadto the championship season. A five-time All-American and one of themost talented sprinters ever to compete for the Cardinal, senior Davishas rewritten the record book repeatedly in her three years on TheFarm. A fierce competitor in individual races and relays, Davis ran thesecond-fastest 100 meter time in school history in 2005 and was amember of the school record-holding 4x400 meter relay team in 2004.At last year's NCAA Championships, Davis finished sixth in the 100meters outdoors and ninth in the 200 meters indoors. Fellow seniorand four-time All-American Freeman has dominated the 800 meterssince her arrival at Stanford. One of the top middle distance runnersin the nation, Freeman has been a member of two runner-up distancemedley relay teams at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Freemanfinished seventh in the 800 meters at last year's NCAA OutdoorChampionships and was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team thatfinished sixth outdoors in 2005. Despite battling injuries, juniorGaines earned her first All-American honor as a member of the distancemedley relay team that finished second at the 2006 NCAAIndoor Championships. Gaines made an immediate impact on TheFarm, establishing a freshman school record in the 400 meters in 2004.Veteran sprinter Bailey burst onto the track scene as a freshman, settinga school record in the 60 meters before redshirting the outdoorseason. Bailey has continued to be a solid performer for the Cardinalas a member of the national runner-up 400 meter relay team in 2005and a postseason competitor in the 100 and 200 meters in 2006.Sophomore Walker made an immediate impact in her first season andwill be a solid contributor this season. Walker was a member of the400 meter relay team that finished second at last year's Pac-10Championship and will be a postseason threat in the 100 and 200meters. Newcomer Nora Miller will also make an impact in the hurdlesas she comes to Stanford with four consecutive Connecticut statetitles in both the 55 meter and 100 meter hurdles. Freshman GriffinMatthew will also look to make an immediate impact, having capturedColorado state titles in the 100 meter and 200 meter events.'Our seniors and leaders will set the tone this season,' said Floreal.'We have a small but strong group of sprinters and hurdlers who willrepresent Stanford well.'
Seven-time All-American and American Junior triple jump recordholderErica McLain headlines an extremely talented core of jumpers.McLain, junior Deborah Akinniyi, and newcomers Caitlin Hewitt,Griffin Matthew and Nora Miller will comprise a highly effectivejumps squad. In just two seasons on The Farm,McLain has taken thePac-10 Conference by storm, becoming the only woman ever to winboth the long jump and triple jump and the first to win in back-tobackseasons. McLain has tallied four top-three performances at theNCAA level and set the American Junior record en rout to the 2005U.S. Outdoor triple jump title. Last season McLain finished secondand third in the triple jump and long jump, respectively, at the NCAAOutdoor Championships and will continue to be one of the highestranked jumpers in the nation in 2007. Akinniyi is a talented jumperwith NCAA Championship experience, advancing to the semifinal atthe 2005 Championships. Last season, Akinniyi finished fifth in thetriple jump at the Pac-10 Championships and tenth at the NCAA WestRegional. Five accomplished freshmen will add depth to the alreadytalented jumpers.Washington state champion Kara Bennett will join senior Lindsey Gannaway, junior Maura Burk and sophomore Tessa Flippin in the highjump. Caitlin Hewitt boasts a Pennsylvania state championship in the pole vault and isalso an experienced long jumper, joining junior Anna McFarlane who holds the schoolindoor pole vault record. Griffin Matthew heads to Stanford as two-time All-Americanin the 60 meters and long jump. Nora Miller will compete in the sprints and jumps aftercapturing 12 Connecticut state championships.'Erica is a strong and steady performer and will continue to be a dependable pointscorerin 2007,' said Floreal. 'Our newcomers will also make an impact during the postseason.'
The women's throws team opens the 2007 season stronger than ever, including returnersKaty Elsbury, Dani Maier, Sally Mills, Michaela Wallerstedt and Melissa Yunghans.After transitioning from the multi-events to the throws last season,Maier quickly madeher mark in the javelin, establishing a new school record of 165-1 (50.31m) at theStanford Invitational. Maier easily settled into the throws, finishing third at the Pac-10Championships and fifth at the NCAA West Regional last season. Yunghans was theCardinal's top performer in the shot put last season, finishing fourth at the NCAA WestRegional with a season-best 52-1 3/4. Yunghans also qualified for the NCAAChampionships in the shot put her freshman year and will be a strong favorite to advanceto the championships this spring.Another multi-event athlete-turned thrower,Mills progressedinto the Cardinal's top discus thrower last year and finished ninth at the Pac-10Championships.Mills and sophomore Wallerstedt will continue to improve in the discusthis season as they gain experience. Another veteran of the throws squad, Elsbury hasbeen a consistent postseason performer indoors in the weight throw and outdoors in thehammer, and will guide her teammates during her final season. Highly anticipated newcomerErin Delaney will contribute immediately to this already talented crew. DeLaneycaptured the 2006 California state shot put title and was also the 2006 Masters championin the shot put.'We have a young group of women in the throws,' said Floreal. 'Dani and Melissaboth advanced to the NCAA Championships last year and have huge potential forgrowth. This group has a lot of talent and will improve greatly this season.'
Sophomore Lauren Stewart, who holds the school record in the indoor pentathlon, isyoung but highly talented in the multi-event. In just her first season on The Farm,Stewart set a freshman school record in the heptathlon by scoring 5,141 points at the Pac-10 Championships to finish fourth. Stewart was a strong performer for Stanford in thejumps, recording the Cardinal's top high jump effort and finishing fifth in the triple jumpat the West Regional to advance to the NCAA meet.
The Stanford women's distance squad has been a formidable national presence formany years, and will continue to boast the best talent in the country this season. The runnersthat have claimed back-to-back NCAA titles in cross country will rank among thetop middle and long distance competitors in track, including All-Americans LaurenCentrowitz, Lindsay Flacks, Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, Amanda Trotter andKaty Trotter. Centrowitz, Lambie, Amanda Trotter and Katy Trotter combined to set theAmerican Record in the 4x1500 meters at the 2006 Penn Relays, while Lambie andAmanda Trotter, along with Ashley Freeman and Keisha Gaines, earned All-Americanhonors on the runner-up distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships.Lambie ended her outdoor season early due to injury, but earned three of her eight All-American honors at the indoor championships and will continue to rank among the best1,500 meter runners this year. All-Americans Amanda and Katy Trotter will be a crucialpart of the indoor and outdoor championship squads in their final seasons. Flacks is anestablished long distance specialist with All-American honors in cross country and willbe a strong favorite to advance to the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters.Despite battling injuries, four-time All-American McWalters gained indoor All-American accolades in the 5,000 meters and will join Flacks as a long distance contender.Centrowitz also earned All-American honors as a member of the national championcross country team and will be a valuable component of the Cardinal middle distanceand distance relay squads. Returners Shannon Bergstedt, Claire Cormier, Alicia Follmar,Katie Harrington, Mary Liz McCurdy, Laura Mottaz, Maddie O'Meara and KaylinPennington comprise the rest of this talented distance core. Each enters the 2007 seasonwith experience and talent and will have the opportunity to grow tremendously indoorsand outdoors.Newcomers Kate Niehaus, Anne St. Geme and Kelsey Walker come to TheFarm highly decorated and will make an immediate impact for the Cardinal. Niehausand Walker already made significant contributions in cross country, while the accomplishedSt. Geme is returning from injury and ready to make her mark.'Arianna, Teresa and the Trotters headline an awesome distance group that has capturedtwo NCAA cross country championships,' said Floreal. 'We are looking forwardwatching them compete this spring. Staying healthy and maintaining our composure willbe the keys to success.'

Formerly one of the areas the Cardinal found hard to fill, youngsprinters and hurdlers will help mold this crew into one of Stanford'sstrongest event groups. Returners Myles Bradley, Elliot Luscombe andTunji Munabi will help guide a young sprints and hurdles team.Bradley was the Cardinal's top 110 meter hurdler, setting a freshmanschool record of 14.36 last season, and also finished fourth in the 60meter hurdles at the MPSF Championships. Luscombe gained experiencein his first season in the 200 meters, 400 meters and as a memberof both relays and will continue to improve this spring.Also a jumper,Munabi qualified for the NCAA West Regional and was a Pac-10 finalistin the long jump. Newcomers Daniel Belch, Richard Cairns, ZachChandy, Ryan Fisicaro, JJ Jackson, Mark Mueller, Justin Reed andRichard Sherman will immediately bolster the men's sprints and hurdlessquad. Cairns claimed three Iowa state championships in the 100meters, 200 meters and 400 meter relay his senior year, while Chandyfinished fourth in the 400 meters at the 2005 IAAF Youth WorldChampionships as captain of the U.S Team. Fisicaro captured theNebraska state titles in the 100 meters and 400 meter relay and JJJackson was the Washington state runner-up in the 300 meter hurdles,also placing third in the 110 meter hurdles two years in a row. Thethird-place finisher in the 800 meters at the 2006 California StateChampionships, Justin Reed promises to be a solid performer in thesprints and middle distances. Two-sport athletes Mark Mueller andRichard Sherman transition from football to track this spring and willbring considerable speed in the sprints, as well as talent in the jumpsand hurdles. Mueller was the Colorado indoor champion in the 60meters and the outdoor regional champion in the 100 and 200 meters,while Sherman was also a top-ten finisher in the 110 meter hurdles atthe California State Championships.'Our newcomers will need to grow up fast in the sprints and hurdles,'said Floreal. 'This group has the ability, and with that will comeresponsibility to mature and put it all together quickly.'
A small but talented core of athletes have held down the jumps andvault for the past few years, including senior Feranmi Okanlami,juniors Ben Dickens and Graeme Hoste and sophomores Donell Hilland Tunji Munabi. Oklanlami has been a solid competitor and leaderfor Stanford since his arrival on The Farm, qualifying for the NCAAIndoor Championships during his junior season. Okanlami has contributedin the triple jump, long jump and high jump and shouldagain advance to the NCAA Championships this spring. Junior polevaulter Graeme Hoste has been an effective competitor for theCardinal with even more potential to improve in 2007.Hoste finishedthird last year at the West Regional to advance to the NCAAChampionships, while Dickens has showed steady improvement as apostseason competitor. Young performers Donell Hill and TunjiMunabi made immediate contributions in their first seasons. Hillrecorded a career-best 16-7 3/4 in the pole vault at the NCAA WestRegional, and Munabi was a Pac-10 and U.S. Junior National finalistin the long jump. Freshmen Durell Coleman and Richard Shermanwill add immediate talent to the jumps squad. Coleman is a four-timeTAAF state high jump champion out of Texas and is also accomplishedin the sprints. Sherman will be a valuable asset to both thesprints and jumps squads as an All-American and league record-hold-er in the triple jump with a best of 50-8, also claiming the California state triple jumpchampionship.'We have a lot of weapons in the jumps and pole vault,' said Floreal. 'We have fourlong jumpers who have gone over 24 feet, and Graeme has proven to be a well-oiledmachine in the pole vault. These guys will be key point-scorers this season.'
2005 NCAA discus champion Michael Robertson returns from a redshirt season tolead an extremely balanced and talented group of throwers.The fifth-year senior is joinedby returners Michael Macellari, Daniel Shaerer, Mark Shurghart, Kyle Davis-Hammerquist and redshirt-freshman Mark Kogan in one of the Cardinal's most completethrows squad in years. A transfer from Southern Methodist University and threetimeAll-American, Robertson captured the Pac-10, West Regional and NCAA discustitles in his first season on The Farm.An athlete with international experience, Robertsonreturns stronger than ever to contend for the NCAA crown again in 2007.Macellari wasthe Cardinal's top performer in the shot put last season, finishing 12th at the Pac-10Championships, and was also an NCAA qualifier in 2005. Schaerer has proven to be aPac-10 scorer and NCAA qualifier in the discus and has the ability to progress in hisjunior year. Shughart was also a conference scorer in the shot put at the MPSFChampionships, while Davis-Hammerquist will add depth in the discus and hammerthrow.Newcomers Daniel Haddock and Carter Wells will make immediate contributionsfor the Cardinal this spring. Haddock earned five consecutive state titles in the javelin inArizona and set the Arizona state record in 2005.Wells was also a top regional finisher inthe discus in Texas.'We have a well-balanced throws squad this season,' noted Floreal. 'All of our throwsevents will have representation. This should be our best group ever.'
Junior Josh Hustedt, who holds the indoor heptathlon school record, will continue tohold down the multi-events after gaining experience in his first two seasons on TheFarm. Last season,Husted posted a season-best 7,070 points in the decathlon at the TexasRelays. One of the Cardinal's top high jumpers and long jumpers in 2006, Hustedt finishedfourth in the decathlon at the Pac-10 Championships.
The Cardinal men's distance squad has enjoyed national dominance dating back tothe early 1990's and this year's group will return Stanford to among the best distanceteams in the nation. Ten distance All-Americans will form the core of the Cardinal distanceprogram, including Neftalem Araia, Russell Brown, Joaquin Chapa, HakonDeVries, Michael Garcia, Jacob Gomez, Brett Gotcher, Garrett Heath, Jonathan Pierceand Rolf Steier. Stanford's top finisher in cross country for three-straight seasons, Araiaboasts four All-American honors as a long distance specialist and finished second at the2006 cross country championships. Araia has advanced to distance finals at NCAAIndoor and Outdoor Championships, but has the ability to finish among the nation's bestthis year in track. A five-time All-American, Brown enjoyed a standout season last yearwith a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 meters outdoors and an eighth-place finish in themile indoors. Chapa has earned two All-American honors as a member of the distancemedley relay, while Garcia and Heath have also earned All-American accolades as membersof distance medley relays.DeVries earned his first All-American nod outdoors in the5,000 meters last season and Gomez finished tenth indoors in the 3,000 meters to gainAll-American status. A long distance specialist and experienced veteran, Gotcher earnedAll-American honors in the 10,000 meters last season. Fellow senior Pierce earned hisfirst All-American with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and ownsthe freshman school record in the event. Another experience senior, Steier battled backfrom injury last year to earn All-American honors outdoors in the 1,500 meters.Returners Kevin Bickham, Jacob Evans, Eric Giddings, Alex Greenburg, LaurenJespersen, John McGuire, Hari Mix, Chris Mocko and Forrest Tahdooahnippah provideexperience at all distances for the Cardinal and round out this deeply talented squad.Freshmen Steven Duplinsky and Justin Marpole-Bird arrive on The Farm highly decoratedand promise to continue the Cardinal tradition of excellence. Duplinsky is anextremely accomplished triathlete internationally and will make an immediate impact inthe distances.Marpole-Bird competed in the 1,500 meters at last summer's World JuniorTrack & Field Championships in Beijing, China and captured the 1,500 and 3,000 metertitles at the British Columbia High School Championships.'This group of well-balanced athletes promise an exciting season, while also employinga new flavor of training and coaching style. They have the ability to turn some headsin the distance world.'

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