Jan. 12, 2013
SEATTLE - Stanford freshman Amy Weissenbach won her much-anticipated collegiate debut, capturing the women's mile in the final steps at the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday.
Weissenbach, the National Federation high school record-holder in the 800 meters and a three-time California state champion, ran 4:52.01 to edge Erin Koch of New Balance, by 0.04. Early leader Jessica Tonn was fourth in 4:53.80 as Stanford placed four among the top seven.
Weissenbach, a Los Angeles native out of Harvard-Westlake School, was among six Stanford winners in the season-opening meet, on the flat 307-meter track at University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility.
Stanford won both 4x400 relays. The women, anchored by Kaitlyn's twin, Kristyn Williams, won in 3:48.81. The order was Levingston, Carter, O'Hare, and Williams.
The mile won't go down as a Stanford victory, though Andrew Berberick led a pack of Cardinal runners to a top-five sweep in the fastest collegiate heat, with all finishing within 1.15 seconds of each other.
Berberick ran 4:09.41 to edge Kenny Krotzer (4:09.91) and Bertolotti (4:09.93), with Jim Rosa (4:10.55) and Erik Olson (4:10.56) just behind. However, the official winner, from the final heat contested among professionals, was Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Galen Rupp in 3:57.15.
Geoffrey Tabor won the shot with a put of 55-0¼. Tabor had his best throw on the second of his six attempts and won by nearly three feet.
Michael Atchoo earned a pair of runner-up finishes. In the 800, he trailed only Matt Centrowitz, the fourth-place finisher in the 1,500 at the London Olympics. Centrowitz ran 1:51.60 to Atchoo's 1:52.98. Stanford's Justin Brinkley was third in the heat and fourth overall, in 1:54.94.
Atchoo followed with the 3,000, running 8:12.36 to edge teammate Rosa in 8:13.55. Michael Nicks, an unattached runner, won the race in 8:05.62.
Stanford took 39 athletes to the meet -- 20 men and 19 women - and next competes at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver meet in the altitude of Albuquerque on Friday.