Track And Field Set To Host 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational

March 27, 2007

Stanford track and field will host the highly anticipated 2007 Stanford Invite on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31 at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The two-day competition will once again feature thousands of the top high school and college athletes in the United States. Competition begins on Friday at 8:45 a.m. with the women's 5000-meter run, while Saturday opens with the high school girls 400-meter dash. Past champions and meet record holders include such names as Gail Devers, Maurice Green, and Stanford's Arianna Lambie, Erica McLain, Sarah Hopping and Wopamo Osaisai. Last years meet produced 256 NCAA Division I automatic or regional qualifiers.

Some of the top colleges and universities will be competing including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, Brown, Butler, BYU, Colorado, Columbia, Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iona, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Pac-10 will be represented with all ten of the conference members competing including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State. Local universities include Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Santa Clara.

The exciting distance carnival will highlight the Friday and Saturday night sessions of the Stanford Invitational. For the past several years, Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field has been recognized as the premier venue for record breaking times in the middle distance and distance events. The distance carnival will culminate under the lights on Saturday evening starting at 6:47 p.m. with the women's1500 meter run. The evening will conclude with the men's 10,000 meters at 9:31 p.m. The NCAA Regional qualifying standard in every distance event is expected to be surpassed.

The Western United States' top prep boys and girls track and field athletes will take center stage on Saturday morning as the high school section of the Stanford Invitational gets under way. The prep action kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with the girl's 400 meter hurdles. The high school field event competitions begin with the boy's and girl's pole vault beginning at 9:00 a.m. As usual, the high school relay events will be an exciting affair. High school relay events include the 4 x 100, 4 x 800, Distance Medley Relay and the crowd favorite 4 x 400. The number of Olympians and NCAA All-Americans that grace the Stanford Invitational high school record list should indicate that this meet will be one of the supreme high school track and field events in the nation.

Saturday will feature some of the greatest track and field athletes in the United States with college and open athletes prepared to provide our fans an abundance of fast times, far throws, and big jumps. The field events begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men's shot put. On the track, sections of the women's 1500 meter run will start at 12:05 p.m. The featured races on the track take place Saturday evening fans will witness world class athletes delivering world class performances.

Day 1
Stanford produced first place finishes in six events to highlight the day's activity on Friday at the 32rd annual Stanford Track & Field Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field. Chauntae Bayne-Hackett and Janice Davis finished 1-2 in the women's 200 meters with NCAA Regional qualifying times of 23.27 and 23.70. The Cardinal also produced a 1-2 finish in the men's 800 meters as Michael Garcia and Russell Brown finished with respective times of 1:52.56 and 1:52.58. Arianna Lambie ran the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 5000 meters (15:44.23) in winning the event and qualifying for the NCAA West Regional. Feranmi Okanlami won the long jump with a season-opening effort of 22-3 (6.78m). Erica McLain also claimed victory in the women's long jump with a wind-aided effort of 20-6 1/4 (6.25m). Danielle Maier set a school record in the javelin with an effort of 165-1 (50.31m). Despite heavy rains throughout the day and night, several Stanford athletes qualified for the NCAA West Regional. The list included Chauntae Bayne-Hackett and Janice Davis in the 200 meters, Arianna Lambie, Amanda Trotter, Teresa McWalters, Katie Harrington and Lindsay Allen in the 5000 meters, Danielle Maier in the javelin, Erica McLain in the long jump, Hakon DeVries in the 5000 meters, and Wopamo Osaisai in the 100 meters (10.49).

Day 2
Stanford competitors enjoyed another strong effort during Saturday's competition at the 32rd annual Stanford Track & Field Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field. Wopamo Osaisai, a Cardinal sophomore, defeated a quality field in the 100 meters with a time of 10.57. Later in the day, Osaisai finished third in the 200 meters (21.24). Sarah Hopping took first place honors in the hammer with a season-best mark of 198-2 (60.41m). Hopping's mark easily qualified her for the NCAA West Regionals in late May. An NCAA Regional qualifying run by Lauren Centrowitz (4:24.05) carried her to victory, while teammate Alicia Follmar also qualified for Regionals with a third place finish at 4:24.49. Several Cardinal athletes also qualified for the NCAA Regionals. Michael Garcia ran a 1:50.37 in the 800 meters, just under the Regional qualifying time of 1:50.40. Daniel Schaerer tossed the discus nearly nine feet better than his previous best to qualify for Regionals with an effort of 185-3 (56.46m). Schaerer's effort was eighth-best in school history. Another Regional qualifier was Feranmi Okanlami, who leaped 50-1 3/4 (15.28m) in the triple jump. Janice Davis and Chauntae Bayne-Hackett ran their first collegiate 400 meter races in 2006 and responded with efforts of 52.93 and 52.95, both Regional qualifying times. Those times were second and third-best in school history. Other Regional qualifiers were Ashley Freeman in the 800 meters (2:08.17), Anna McFarlane in the pole vault (12-6, 3.81m), Melissa Yunghans in the shot put (51-0 3/4 (15.56m) and the 1600 meter relay team (3:40.42). The two-day meet featured nearly 4,000 collegiate, post-collegiate and high school athletes.

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