Stanford Continues Strong NCAA Meet
June 11, 2010
Eugene, Ore. - Four Stanford athletes competed on day three of the NCAA Outdoor Championships and four athletes came through with outstanding performances. Each of the Cardinal earned high finishes and All-America honors to continue a strong national meet for Stanford.
The Cardinal men were led by sophomore Amaechi Morton who placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. Morton was just off his personal best and school record with a time of 49.46 to trail Johnny Dutch of South Carolina who upset two-time defending champion Jeshua Anderson of Washington State who finished second. Morton earned six team points for Stanford with his third-place finish.
Also excelling for the Stanford men was JT Sullivan in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sullivan used a huge kick over the final 300 meters to move from the middle of the pack all the way to fourth place. His time of 8:42.97 was a personal best and fifth all-time at Stanford. The time moved Sullivan past assistant coach David Vidal on Stanford's all-time list by one tenth of a second. Sullivan also earned the first All-America honor of his career.
The women also had a pair of top performances led by Katerina Stefanidi in the pole vault. Stefanidi cleared 13-9 ¼ to finish in a tie for fourth. The Cardinal sophomore was just off her personal best, but earned 4.5 team points. Stefanidi cleared each of her first heights without a miss until reaching 14-1 ¼, which happens to be her personal best and school record. She failed in three attempts to match her top height and had to settle for a tie for fourth. It was the second All-America honor of the season and her career.
Freshman Kathy Kroeger also earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters with a fifth-place finish. Kroeger ran a time of 16:06.36 to outkick a large group that finished between fourth and 10th. The finish for Kroeger earned Stanford four team points to push the team total to 9.5. Stanford now sits in a 24th place with one more day to go.
The Cardinal men are in ninth place with 17 points with potentially its best event still to come in the 5,000 meters. Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath are among the favorites in the 5K and Jake Riley will also compete fresh off his third-place finish in the 10,000 meters on Thursday. Dylan Ferris will compete in the final of the 1,500 meters giving the Stanford men a chance for several more points before the conclusion of the meet.
On the final day, the Cardinal women will be represented by Arantxa King in the long jump. It will be the final chance for the Stanford women to add to its team score.