March 27, 2002
Stanford Track & Field Invitational Friday, March 29, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. Cobb Track & Angell Field
Stanford, Ca - It is considered one of the outstanding outdoor track & field meets of the year. It's the 28th annual Stanford Invitational slated for March 29-30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field.
This two-day meet will feature thousands of the top high school and collegiate athletes in the United States, including many of the top post-collegiate athletes in the United States. Last year's meet produced more than 180 NCAA Division I automatic or provisional qualifiers.
On Friday, the action begins at Noon with the men's 5,000 meters. At 12:30 p.m., the men's and women's collegiate 400 meter hurdles will be contested. Following the 400 meter hurdles, the quest for the meet's fastest man and woman begins with the trials of the 100 meters at 1:50 p.m. The top nine men and women from Friday's prelims will advance to the 100 meter finals on Saturday. Top sprint crews from USC and Alabama figure to dominant the events. The list of top sprinters include Angela Williams of USC, the three-time NCAA 100 meter champion who helped the Women of Troy to the team title at the NCAA's in Eugene last year. Williams has career-best times of 11.04 in the 100 meters, and 23.02 in the 200 meters. Other top sprinters include Natasha Mayers from the Split Second Track Club, Miesha McKelvy from Sheffield Elite, LaDonna Antoine of Nike, and Tania Woods from City College of San Francisco. Also look for top performances from USC's Kinshasa Davis in the 200 meters. Davis was a 2001 NCAA All-American in the 200 meters, and as a member of the USC 400 and 1,600 meter relays. On the men's side, J'Warren Hooker is regarded as one of the top sprinters in the United States. The University of Washington runner was a member of the 1,600 meter relay pool for the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, an All-American, and a four-time Pac-10 champion in the 100 and 200 meters. Hooker has career bests of 10.18 in the 100 meters, and 20.23 in the 200 meters. Hooker set the meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 20.33 last year. Also entered in the 200 meters is Miguel Pate, who in addition to being a quality sprinter, is also the 2002 NCAA indoor long jump champion.
Look for a full squad from the University of Alabama to play a major role in the meet. The Crimson Tide returns 2001 NCAA 110 meter hurdle champion Ron Bramlett. Also look for top performances from Latonel Williams and Robert Williams in the sprints for the Crimson Tide. Other top hurdlers competing on Friday will include Brenda Taylor, the 2001 NCAA 400 meter hurdle champion from Harvard.
Another top sprinter will be former USC standout Jerome Davis in the 400 meters. Davis is a former NCAA champion.
The Friday evening session will be highlighted by the Stanford Invitational Distance Carnival. Last year, the fastest NCAA men's times in the 1,500, 3,000 meter steeplechase, the 5,000, and 10,000 meters were run at Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field. The distance carnival will be contested under newly-installed lights.
The women's 5,000 meters will be led by national record holder Liz Jackson and Arizona's Tara Chaplin. Jackson is the reigning NCAA champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, and the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials champion. Chaplin is a three-time All-American, and the 2001 NCAA women's cross country champion, in addition to winning the NCAA West regional title.
One of America's top distance runners, Kim Fitchen of Nike, is expected to run the 10,000 meters, while Nicole Teter will compete in the 800 meters. Teter recently won the 800 meter title at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, breaking the 20-year American record in a time of 1:58.71.
On the men's side, Stanford's Jonathon Riley, David Kimani of Alabama, Canada's Jeff Schiebler and former Cal standout Bolota Asmeron will help headline the field in the men's 1,500 meters. Kimani also is entered in the 5,000 meters along with Riley and Alistair Cragg of Arkansas, the 2002 NCAA indoor national champion.
Korene Hinds, Amy Mortimer and Lena Nilsson of UCLA headline a strong field in the women's 1,500 meters. Nilsson recently finished second in the indoor mile at the NCAA's at Arkansas.
Stanford, California, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-10 will send complete squads in hopes of attaining NCAA qualifying times.
A record number of high school athletes and teams will be competing both days at the Stanford Invitational.
The field events will also emcompass strong fields. The list of talented athletes include Stanford's Jill Camarena, a Stanford All-American and gold medal winner at the 2001 Junior Pan American Games, and Kristin Heaston of the Sacramento Track Club in the shot put, and USC's Inga Stasiulionyte, the 2001 NCAA javelin champion. The long jump field includes Olympian Jackie Edwards (a former Stanford All-American) and Grace Upshaw, the 2001 U.S. indoor long jump champion.