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Stanford's Nick Welihozkiy wins hammer competition at Stanford Track & Field Invitational
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/01/2001

March 31, 2001

Stanford Track & Field Invitational
Saturday, March 31, 2001, 8:30 a.m. - 10:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2001, 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cobb Track & Angell Field



Stanford, CA - Stanford's Nick Welihozkiy threw the hammer a career-best 201-4 and Jonathon Riley ran a career-best in the 10,000 meters to highlight Stanford's activities during day one competition on Saturday at the Stanford Track & Field Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Welihozkiy, a sophomore, qualified provisionally for the NCAA's with his first place throw.

Riley ran the fifth-fastest time in school record with a career-best 28:33.71 in the 10,000 meters. That time easily qualifies him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this year.

David Kimani of Alabama set a meet record with a time of 13:29.14 in the 5,000 meters. That time broke the old meet record of 13:35.10 by Bernard Lagat of Puma last year. Stanford's Seth Hejny just missed the NCAA automatic time of 13:46.00, but qualified provisionally for the NCAA Outdoors with a sixth place time of 13:46.81.

Another meet record was broken in the women's pole vault as Shannon Pierson of the Sacramento Track Club vaulted 13-5 1/4, breaking the one-year record of Oregon's Niki Reed who had leaped 12-5 1/2. Stanford's Kathleen Donoghue finished third at 12-11 1/2, an NCAA provisional mark.

Elena Villarreal finished 12th in the 5,000 meters with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:20.52.

Danielle Spurlock finished second in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 63.00.

Kim Stone placed third in the high jump at 5-8 3/4, a Pac-10 qualifying mark.

Former Stanford All-American Jackie Edwards won the long jump at 22-3 while Julie Tinker placed fourth in a Pac-10 leap of 19-9.

Sara Bei from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa set two meet records to highlight the high school portion of the Invitational.

Bei won the mile in 4:49.56, breaking the old mark of 4:51.82 set by Lindsay Hyatt of Placer in 1998. Bei then was timed in 9:30.29 in the 3,000 meters to break the old record of 9:40.03 by Julia Stamps of Santa Rosa in 1997.

St. Mary's of Berkeley enjoyed a productive day. Winners included Chris Dunbar in the 400 meters (48.74), Halihl Guy in the 110 meter and 400 meter hurdles (54.16), Solomon Welch in the triple jump (46-3 1/4), Kamaiya Warren in the discus (141-5) and shot put (43-3 1/2), and the boy's 1,600 meter relay team which set a meet record time of 3:18.30. Guy also ran the anchor legs on the 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams.

Matt Sartor of Enterprise broke the meet record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:34.08, breaking the old record of 8:34.50 by Rhy Reynolds of Newport in 1997.

Katie Eckley of West Valley won the girl's pole vault with a new meet record of 12-1. The old mark was 11-0 by Buffy Ryan and Chelsea Connolly of Soquel in 2000.

Candice Baucham of Long Beach Poly won the triple jump with a meet record 40-8 1/2.

Long Beach Poly set a meet record with a time of 3:45.62 in the girl's 1,600 meter relay.

The Woodcreek boy's 4 x 800 meter relay team won the event in a meet record time of 7:59.56.

The James Logan girl's 400 meter relay team set a new meet record at 46.38.

The Los Gatos girl's 4 x 800 meter relay team also set a meet record with a time of 9:24.13.

And in the girls distance medley relay, Buchanan established a meet record in 12:23.21.

In short, in eleven high school events meet records were broken.

The collegiate portion of the Stanford Invitational will take place on Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. Several of the nation's top runners will be competing including JaWarren Hooker of Washington in the 100 meters (2:10 p.m.), the 1,500 meter field which includes Stanford Olympian Michael Stember, Bryan Berryhill of Colorado State, Jason Lunn of the Nike Farm Team, and Cal Olympian Bolota Asmerom. The men's 1,500 meters is slated to start at 1:10 p.m. The women's 1,500 meter field is also strong with the likes of Stanford's Lauren Fleshman, Mardrea Hyman of Maryland Elite, Ann-Marie Brooks of Missouri, Christine Gentile of the New York Athletic Club, and Korene Hinds of Kansas State. The women's 1,500 meters is slated for Sunday at 1:25 p.m.


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