Stanford Prepares For The NCAA Indoor Championships
March 12, 2008
The Stanford men's and women's track and field teams head to Fayetteville, Ark. this weekend, March 14-15 to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Cardinal will be well represented, sending seven men and six women. Both the men's and women's teams come into the meet ranked No. 7 in the nation.
The men will be led by West Regional Track Athlete of the Year, Garrett Heath who will be competing in the mile as well as anchoring the distance medley relay team. Heath enters the meet as the second seed in the mile with a time of 3:58.71. Heath finished fourth in the mile last season to earn his fourth All-America honor.
Graeme Hoste enters the NCAA's with the second ranked pole vault in the country with a mark of 18-4 ¾. Hoste who has already set the Stanford record in the pole vault indoors will look to add a national championship to complete his outstanding season. He finished tenth in the event last season for his second All-America honor.
In the pentathlon, Josh Hustedt enters the meet as the fifth seed with a score of 5,784 points. Hustedt finished fourth in the event last season to earn his first All-America honor.
Making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships will be Myles Bradley in the 60 meter hurdles. Bradley set the Stanford record in the event with a time of 7.78 seconds to earn the twelfth seed at the NCAA's.
The women will be led by the defending NCAA Indoor champion in the triple jump, Erica McLain. McLain set the Stanford record of 45-7 ¾ in winning the title last season and is a ten-time All-American in the long and triple jumps. This season McLain enters the meet as the second seed in the triple jump with a mark of 45-0 ¼ and seventh in the long jump with a mark of 21-3 ½.
Also earning a spot in the long jump is Arantxa King who is the tenth seed with a jump of 21-0 ¾.
Along with the jumpers, the distance squad looks to make a strong impression at the NCAA's. They will be led by 12-time All-American and 2008 West Regional Track Athlete of the Year, Arianna Lambie. She enters the meet as the first seed in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:05.32. In the final race of her Stanford career, Lambie looks to capture the only thing that has eluded her in her decorated career, an individual national title.
Lambie will be joined in the 3,000 meters by three-time All-American Lauren Centrowitz who enters the meet seeded eleventh with a time of 9:17.20.
In the mile Stanford will be represented by Alicia Follmar who will be seeded 15th with a time of 4:41.15.
Centrowitz, Follmar, and Lambie will be joined by Idara Otu in the distance medley. The DMR comes into the meet seeded fourth with a time of 11:08.56.
The meet gets underway Friday morning with the heptathlon. Other events that include Stanford athletes on Friday include the men's and women's prelims in the mile, the men's 60 meter hurdles, the men's pole vault, the women's long jump and both the distance medley relays. Saturday will be highlighted by the women's 3,000 meters, the women's triple jump, and the men's and women's final in the mile.