March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Stanford senior Tyler Stutzman finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, giving the Cardinal its top finish at the meet.
Stutzman ran 3:59.70 and was followed by teammate Michael Atchoo in eighth place in 4:04.92 on the 200-meter banked Mondo track at the Randal Tyson Center.
The sub-four-minute mile was the third of the season for Stutzman and second in as many days, following his 3:59.93 in the prelims. By finishing among the top eight, Stutzman and Atchoo earn their second first-team All-America honors of the meet, after running legs of Stanford's eighth-place distance medley relay on Friday.
Arizona junior Lawi Lalang (3:54.74) and North Carolina State's Ryan Hill (3:55.25) each broke the existing meet mile record of 3:55.33, held by Michigan's Kevin Sullivan since 1995. Defending champion Chris O'Hare of Tulsa was seventh.
Stanford's Jules Sharpe was 13th in the men's high jump at 7-2½. He cleared his opening height of 6-10¾ on his second try, and 7-2½ on his third. Sharpe had three attempts at a school-record 7-3¾, but was unsuccessful.
At the top, Indiana's Derek Drouin captured his third consecutive NCAA indoor title, clearing 7-8½ in a matchup of Olympic medalists. Drouin, who won silver at the 2012 London Games, finished ahead of bronze medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State, who settled for third at 7-6.
In the women's shot put, Stanford senior Alyssa Wisdom competed in her first NCAA championship meet, but fouled three times and did not record a mark or a place.
Overall, the Stanford men scored seven points, but the Cardinal women were scoreless.
Stanford begins its outdoor season in earnest by playing host to the Stanford Invitational on March 29-30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field.