Stanford Begins Day 1 of UW Indoor Invitational

Feb. 2, 2008

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    The Stanford men's and women's track and field teams got the UW Indoor Invitational underway Friday evening when they competed in a couple of the distance events and the heptathlon and pentathlon competitions. While the majority of the meet takes place tomorrow, Stanford got off to a good start with several strong efforts.

    In the pentathlon, Lauren Stewart led the three Stanford athletes with a second place finish overall. Her 3,785 points were enough for a national `B' qualifier. Also competing for Stanford were Whitney Liehr in sixth place with 3,593 points and Kara Bennett in ninth place with 3,336 points.

    The team of Lauren Centrowitz, Idara Otu, Madeline Duhon, and Arianna Lambie placed second in the distance medley relay. Their time of 11:09.12 missed the `A' standard by less than two tenths of second, but did give them a national `B' Standard.

    In the 5000 meters, Alexandra Gits ran well in her debut for the Cardinal. The freshman placed third with a time of 16:31.18.

    On the men's side Josh Hustedt led the Cardinal in the heptathlon through the first four events. The rest of the competition will conclude tomorrow as Hustedt looks meet victory and national `A' standard.

    The Cardinal men also competed in the distance medley where they placed third with a time of 9:38.48. The men's team of Hakon DeVries, Andrew Dargie, Justin Reed, and Garrett Heath posted a time good enough for a national `B' standard.

    Stanford will be back in action tomorrow at the UW Indoor Invitational when the majority of events will take place. The Cardinal will see several athletes looking to improve on marks from earlier this season as well as many making their season debut.

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