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History on the Track

Feb 11, 2022

AT TWO INDOOR track and field meets, 1,180 miles apart, Stanford produced some of the greatest performances in school history on Friday. 

At the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention Center, Max McKhann broke a Stanford record that stood for 23 years. McKhann won the 35-pound weight throw at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in 71-10 ¾ (21.91 meters), breaking the mark of 71-7 ¼ (21.82m) held by Adam Connolly since 1999. 

And at the 307-meter flat Dempsey Indoor track in Seattle, Ky Robinson won the 5,000 at the Husky Classic in 13:21.85, shattering the facility and meet records while running the 10th-fastest indoor 5,000 time in collegiate history on any-sized track. The facility record was 13:28.00 by BYU's Connor Mantz in 2021 and the meet record was 13:29.94 by Chris Thompson of the Oregon Track Club in 2012. 

With Cole Sprout in third in 13:24.38 and Charles Hicks seventh in 13:37.08, Robinson and teammates completely rearranged the Stanford indoor top-five in that event, with Robinson No. 2, Sprout No. 3 and Hicks No. 5 all-time. Robinson was just short of Chris Derrick's indoor school record of 13:19.58 from 2012. Derrick's time is No. 7 on the all-time collegiate indoor list. 

 

Ky Robinson. Photo by Spencer Allen/SportsImageWire.com.

On Stanford's absolute list (including indoor and outdoor), Robinson is No. 4, behind Ian Dobson (13:15.33, 2005), Ryan Hall (13:16.03, 2005), and Derrick. 
Stanford is so deep in the 5,000 that 11 on the current roster have broken 14 minutes, including seven at 13:45 or under. 

Robinson, a sophomore from Brisbane, Australia, came in with a 5,000 best of 13:51.53. But Robinson's best event is the steeplechase, placing sixth at the 2021 NCAA Championships in school-record time. His best of 8:32.01 broke the Aussie and Oceania under-20 records.

Sprout, a sophomore, improved upon his best time, from the outdoor season, by 19 seconds. 

In Albuquerque, there were two other top-five additions. In the pole vault, Max Manson set a personal best of 17-7 ¾ (5.38m) to finish as the top collegian and fourth overall. He jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 on the Stanford indoor list. 

And in the long jump, Allan Hunter, another sophomore, reached 24-5 (7.44m) to place fourth. He also moved up from No. 8 to No. 5 on the Stanford indoor list. 

McKhann had three throws that would have won the competition – all over 71 feet. McKhann earned a personal best of 71-5 ½ (21.78) on his second throw and beat it on his fifth. He has earned personal bests in all three meets this season after coming into 2022 with a best of 65-10 1/4 (20.07m).

Both meets continue Saturday. 

 

Lucy Jenks. Photo by Spencer Allen/SportsImageWire.com.

 
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Friday's results
Winners and all Stanford results

Don Kirby Elite Invitational
At Albuquerque Convention Center
(200-meter banked track)

Men
200 (seeded) – 1, Lance Broome (Texas A&M) 20.62; 15, Gabriel Navarro (Stanford) 21.86; 16, Andrew Franco (Stanford) 21.87. (unseeded) – 21, Dorien Simon (Stanford) 22.05.
400 (unseeded) – 15, Andrew Franco (Stanford) 49.44.
High jump – 1, Mitch Jacobson (Washington State) 7-0 ½ (2.15m); 18, James Stevens (Stanford) 6-3 ½ (1.92m). 
Pole vault – 1, Tray Oates (Azpva) 18-9 ½ (5.73m); 4, Max Manson (Stanford) 17-7 ¼ (5.38m) (PB; No. 4 Stanford AT); 5, Garrett Starkey (Azpva) 17-3 ¾ (5.13m); 7, Garrett Brown (Stanford) 16-10 (5.13m). 
Long jump – 1, Dhanushka Sandaruwan (unat.) 24-10 ½ (7.58m); 4, Allan Hunter (Stanford) 24-5 (7.44m) (PB; No. 5 Stanford AT). 
Weight throw – 1, Max McKhann (Stanford) 71-10 ¾ (21.91m) (PB; school record); 9, Anthony Argyropoulos (Stanford) 60-7 ¼ (18.47m) (PB); 31, James Wright (Stanford) 48-8 (14.83m) (PB).
  
Women
200 (seeded)
– 1, Laila Owens (Texas A&M) 23.00; 14, Kennedy Gamble (Stanford) 24.25. (unseeded) – 25, Samantha Thomas (Stanford) 25.19; 34, Camille Peisner (Stanford) 25.40; 36, Megan Olomu (Stanford) 25.45 (PB). 
400 (unseeded) – 14, Camille Peisner (Stanford) 57.92.
High jump – 1, Lamara Distin (Texas A&M) 6-3 ½ (1.92m); 15, Valerie Przekop (Stanford) 5-4 ¼ (1.63m).
Long jump – 1, Deborah Acquah (Texas A&M) 21-8 ¼ (6.61m); 27, Tess Stapleton (Stanford) 18-3 (5.56m); 30, Elise Miller (Stanford) 18-1 ½ (5.52m); 39, Allie Jones (Stanford) 17-7 ½ (5.37m). 
Weight throw – 1, Emma Nwachukwu (Southern Utah) 63-9 ¾ (19.45m); 13, Jordan Fong (Stanford) 55-5 (16.89m). 
 
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Husky Classic
At Dempsey Indoor 
(307-meter flat track)

Men
3,000 – Abdihamid Nur (Northern Arizona) 7:40.66; 21, Robert DiDonato (Stanford) 8:05.15 (PB; No. 5 Stanford frosh); 52, Galen Topper (Stanford) 8:17.82.
5,000 – 1, Ky Robinson (Stanford) 13:21.85 (PB; track record; No. 2 Stanford AT); 3, Cole Sprout (Stanford) 13:24.38 (PB; No. 3 Stanford AT); 7, Charles Hicks (Stanford) 13:37.08 (No. 5 Stanford AT); 19, Evan Burke (Stanford) 13:55.42 (PB); 26, Devin Hart (Stanford) 14:02.50; 29, Nolan Topper (Stanford) 14:03.79 (PB); 60, Michael Vernau (Stanford) 15:01.91. 

Women
3,000
– 1, Val Constien (unat.) 8:52.19; 7, Lucy Jenks (Stanford) 9:04.29 (PB); 31, Rebecca Story (Stanford) 9:37.33 (PB).
5,000 – 1, Carrie Verdon (Team Boulder) 15:33.50; 28, Grace Connolly (Stanford) 16:35.12. 
 
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Stanford's Saturday Schedule (all times Pacific)

Don Kirby Elite Invitational
8:30 a.m.: Women's Shot put – Fl.1: Allie Jones.
8:45 a.m.: Women's 60 hurdles qualifying – Elise Miller, Tess Stapleton.
9:15 a.m.: Women's 60 qualifying – Kennedy Gamble, Megan Olomu.
9:30 a.m.: Men's triple jump -- Fl.2: Kevin Yang, Keyshawn King.
9:30 a.m.: Women's triple jump -- Fl.2: Allyson Weiss. Fl.3: Elise Miller.
9:40 a.m.: Men's 60 qualifying – Allan Hunter, Dorien Simon.
10:10 a.m.: Women's 60 hurdles semifinals – Allie Jones.
10:30 a.m.: Women's 60 semifinals.
10:40 a.m.: Men's 60 semifinals – Udodi Onwuzurike.
11 a.m.: Women's pole vault -- Fl.2: Lianne Kistler, Laurel Wong.
11:40 a.m.: Women's 60 hurdles final.
11:50 a.m.: Men's 400 seeded – Gabriel Navarro.
Noon: Men's shot put -- Fl.1: Garin Gross. Fl.3: Sam Liokumovich.
12:10 p.m.: Women's 400 seeded – Samantha Thomas. 
12:30 p.m.: Men's 60 final.
12:35 p.m.: Women's 60 final.

Husky Classic
12:40 p.m.: Women's mile -- Sec.3: Rebecca Story; Sec.4: Imogen Gardiner, Audrey Suarez. 
1:50 p.m.: Men's mile – Sec.3: Liam Conway.
2:45 p.m.: Women's 800 – Sec.1: Hannah Wilson; Sec.5: Ellie Deligianni.
3:20 p.m.: Women's 4x400 relay – Stanford.