May 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Stanford sophomore Brianna Bain repeated as the women's javelin champion while setting a stadium record on Saturday, the opening day of the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at USC's Loker Stadium.
Bain threw 176-8 to become the third ever to win consecutive Pac-12 titles in that event, and no one has won more.
Bain would have won on the first of her six throws, at 155-1, but it actually was her shortest. She continued to improve, culminating with her longest throw on her final attempt. The throw broke the 1997 stadium record of 175-11 by UCLA's Suzy Powell.
The Stanford women now have won individual titles for 17 consecutive years, the longest current streak in the conference.
In all, Stanford had six scorers in eight events for 32 points, good for fourth in the women's team competition. The Cardinal men are seventh with 14 points.
Four Cardinal women and four men set personal records, including junior Jessica Tonn, who covered 10,000 meters in 34:41.68 for second place behind Arizona's Jennifer Bergman (34:17.09). It shattered Tonn's previous best by 30 seconds.
Karynn Dunn long-jumped a season-best 20-3 3/4 to place fourth, Alyssa Wisdom put the shot 53-5 for fifth, and Mary Kate Anselmini (10:20.24) and Julia Foster (a PR 10:27.42) were sixth and seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase. Anselmini and Foster were among 10 runners to break the stadium record of 10:33.70 by UCLA's Allison Costello in 2005.
Kori Carter came within 0.01 of her school record in the 100 hurdles, running 13.00 in her heat to become the top qualifier for Sunday's final. The time achieved the World Championships 'B' standard and the U.S. Championships 'A' standard of 13.10.
Carter followed by winning her heat in the 400 hurdles, an event in which she is the world leader. Carter ran 58.70. Also qualifying for Sunday's final was teammate Kala Stepter, running a PR of 59.42 to move up to No. 7 on Stanford's all-time performance list.
Justine Fedronic was another top qualifier, running 2:08.77 in the 800. And in the 1,500, Stanford advanced three to the finals: Aisling Cuffe (4:24.06), Tate Murray (a PR 4:25.84), and Amy Weissenbach (4:26.48).
Among the men, senior Geoffrey Tabor placed among the top five in the shot put for the fourth consecutive season. Tabor placed fourth at 55-11 1/4.
Aaron Konigsberg jumped to No. 3 on Stanford's all-time javelin list with a throw of 220-1 for fifth place, with all of the top five breaking the existing stadium record of 214-7, set by Tom Petranoff in 1980 with the old implement.
Stanford also got points from Dartis Willis II in the long jump. Willis had only one legal jump among his six and it went for a wind-aided 24-2 1/4 for sixth place, only four inches off second.
Jim Rosa finished seventh in the 10,000 in 29:47.53 in a personal record at that distance.
In the 400 hurdles, freshman Jackson Shumway set a PR of 54.98, though he did not advance.
The meet continues Sunday at 9 a.m.