Feb. 28, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - We can be in one place at a time, and multi-taskers can try for two.
That's what the Stanford track and field team will attempt this weekend when its athletes are portioned into three meets in three states.
On the final days of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, 17 Stanford athletes will be making late pushes to ensure inclusion. Nine are competing at the Final Qualifier at Washington on Friday and eight at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday.
In addition, Stanford is playing host to the Outdoor Opener on Saturday (noon) at Cobb Track and Angell Field. This will be the first outdoor meet of the season and the first of four at home. It will be followed by the Stanford Invitational (March 29-30), the Big Meet with Cal (April 20), and the Payton Jordan Invitational (April 28).
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Only the top 16 in each event advance to the NCAA Indoors on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. The final qualifying list will be released Sunday, but only after Friday and Saturday's action.
Here are Stanford athletes who enter the weekend in Top-16 qualifying position, based on the indoor season's best marks:
Mile: Michael Atchoo (No. 6, 3:57.14); Tyler Stutzman (No. 15, 3:58.85).
Distance Medley Relay: Tyler Stutzman, Spencer Chase, Luke Lefebure, Michael Atchoo (No. 3, 9:34.20).
High Jump: Jules Sharpe (No. 15, 7-3¼).
800 Meters: Amy Weissenbach (No. 13, 2:05.83).
3,000: Jessica Tonn (No. 16, 9:10.16).
5,000: Jessica Tonn (No. 11, 15:56.42); Kathy Kroeger (No. 15, 16:00.29).
60 Hurdles: Kori Carter (No. 7, 8.17).
Distance Medley Relay: Amy Weissenbach, Kori Carter, Joy O'Hare, Jessica Tonn (No. 6, 11:06.46).
Shot Put: Alyssa Wisdom (No. 10, 55-8¼).
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Meet: Alex Wilson Invitational
Where: Loftus Sports Center, Notre Dame, Ind.
Stanford freshman Kristyn Williams has an indoor 400 best of 54.71, which ranks her at No. 85. Carissa Levingston is rounding into form in the 200 after being limited by injuries the past two seasons, and hopes to improve upon her No. 112 mark of 24.24.
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Meet: UW Final Qualifier
Where: Dempsey Indoor, Seattle, Wash.
6 p.m.: Men's shot put (Geoffrey Tabor)
6 p.m.: Women's long jump (Karynn Dunn)
6:30 p.m.: Men's pole vault (Dalton Duvio, Garrett Starkey)
7:30 p.m.: Men's high jump (Jules Sharpe)
7:30 p.m.: Women's 800 (Claudia Saunders, Amy Weissenbach)
8 p.m.: Women's triple jump (Jordan Merback)
8 p.m.: Women's shot put (Alyssa Wisdom)
Shot putter Alyssa Wisdom, half-miler Amy Weissenbach, and high jumper Jules Sharpe are in qualifying position now, but there are no guarantees those marks will be good enough after the weekend. Sharpe, in particular, is on the bubble at No. 15, and to reach the NCAA's most likely will require breaking the school indoor record of 7-3½ by Brian Marshall in 1986.
The same could be true for the freshman Weissenbach, who already has come within 0.15 of Justine Fedronic's year-old school record and may need to break it to secure a spot.
The meet will be crucial for senior Karynn Dunn, an indoor and outdoor first-team All-American who is ranked No. 23 in the long jump and will need a big improvement on her 20-5 to return to nationals.
Claudia Saunders comes in at No. 101 in the 800 with a best of 2:09.80, and the best seems yet to come for this talented freshman, who has continued to improve and promises to make a splash on the national stage before she's through.
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Meet: Stanford Outdoor Opener
Where: Cobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford, Calif.
Athletes from Stanford, Cal, Fresno State, UC Davis, and USF will compete in the meet, which begins at noon with both running and field events. Admission is free.
The meet continues to 3:15 p.m., is in its fourth season. It began in 2010 at Stanford and has been held at Cal the past two seasons.