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1999 Stanford Women's Track & Field, Cross Country Season Review
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/06/1999

Dec. 6, 1999

The women used the indoor season to build momentum for an outstanding outdoor campaign. Bolstered by titles for Julia Stamps in the mile and Maureen Onyeagbako in the 20 pound weight throw, the Cardinal finished fourth at the Mountain-Pacific Championships. Jayna Smith bettered the school record over 400 meters, while Onyeagbako's tossing of the 20 pound weight etched her name in the record book as well. Stamps and Sally Glynn came away from the NCAA Meet as All-Americans for their performances in the 3000 meters and the mile.

The Cardinal women really picked up steam when the season moved outdoors. Stanford showcased its balanced attack with a fourth place finish at the Pac-10 Meet. From 100 to 10,000 meters, from the javelin to the high jump, the Cardinal raked in enough points to keep the team in a title chase the entire meet. The incomparable Tracye Lawyer won her third consecutive conference heptathlon title, and the 4x100 meter relay of Robyn Woolfolk, Jayna Smith, Lawyer and Wilsa Charles tied the school record in finishing as Pac-10 Runners-Up. In addition, Smith busted the school record in the 400 meters, Woolfolk and Lawyer each bettered the 100 meter hurdles record, Melissa Feinstein pushed the pole vault record over 13 feet, and Maureen Onyeagbako bested a 15 year old record in the hammer throw. From all of these fantastic performances and several more, Stanford fielded a seven woman squad for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Boise, Idaho.

Tracye Lawyer captained that contingent. As a sophomore, she finished third in the NCAA heptathlon. Her junior year efforts earned her the runner-up spot. Now a senior, the captain of her team and a school record holder, Lawyer readied herself for the next step up. Inconsistent weather and outstanding performances from her competitiors motivated Tracye beyond all normal limits, and after two days of tight competition, Tracye Lawyer earned an NCAA Championship. In fact, her efforts all season long and throughout her career at Stanford earned Lawyer the MVP of Stanford Athletics for 1999.

Lawyer's performance inspired her teammates to great things at the NCAA Championships. Sally Glynn and Julia Stamps each made the final of the 3000 meters with a fierce finishing kick. The final proved to be a good one for the Cardinal duo, as Glynn and Stamps crossed the line in fifth and sixth place to capture All-American honors. Allison Beatty qualified for her first NCAA Championships in the javelin. Beatty entered the meet seeded 18th, but with an impressive throw of 158'7", Allison finished 13th, giving her All-American honors. Senior captain Mary Cobb capped an outstanding career in qualifying for the 5000 meter final, and junior Summer Pierson set a new personal record in achieving the NCAA qualifying mark for the discus. Melissa Feinstein, who is no stranger to the national championship setting, worked her way to Boise after reaching new heights in the pole vault.

Three Stanford women took their talents to Eugene later in June for the USA Track and Field National Championships. Tracye Lawyer, Summer Pierson and Melissa Feinstein all hit the qualifying standard. Their efforts at Hayward Field were significant, and participation in the meet allowed for these athletes to experience a setting similar to the 2000 Olympic Trials. The heptathlon featured several former NCAA Champions, record holders and the like, including the up and coming Lawyer.

In an event that bodes well for the future of Stanford Women's Track and Field, several Cardinal athletes met in Denton, Texas for the Junior National Championships. Stanford covered the middle distances, distances and field events with a bevy of athletic talent, all of which resulted in six All-American awards. Lindsay Hyatt, the national high school leader over 800 meters, won a silver medal in her specialty and thus qualified for the Junior Pan-Am Games later in the summer. Kathleen Donoghue, the California State Champion in the pole vault also captured silver and qualified for Team USA. Katie Hotchkiss and Maurica Carlucci joined Hyatt in the 800 meter final. In finishing fourth and seventh, these athletes helped Stanford total three All-American awards in one event. And the Cardinal showed it's ability in the longer distances as well. Katie Brizgys and Mariel Ettinger went 4-6 in the 3000 meters, and in securing two more All-American honors, proved the versatility of the Stanford Track and Field program. Simply put, the Cardinal get the job done in every event.

Kathleen Donoghue and Lindsay Hyatt moved on to the Junior Pan-Am Games in Tampa, Florida. Athletes from around the Western Hemisphere descended on the United States for this international competition. Although both athletes had just wrapped up outstanding high school careers, each was ready to compete at a higher level. Donoghue vaulted herself to a bronze medal, while Hyatt ran through trials and finals to earn a bronze in the 800 meters. Each effort foreshadows the tremendous collegiate career ahead of these athletes.

In what certainly became her busiest summer to date, Tracye Lawyer was selected to represent Team USA at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. This competition marked Tracye's fifth heptathlon of the season and her fourth in a two month span. While continuing to improve throughout the summer, these competitions will also make Lawyer awfully tough for the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento.

Regina Jacobs (Stanford '85) has always played a large role in the tradition of middle distance running on the Farm. She finished her Stanford career as a three-time All-American in the 800 and 1500 meters. She holds five school records. Regina is also a three-time Olympian and America's best hope for a medal in the middle distances at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

This summer, Jacobs represented Team USA in the 1500 meters at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Seville, Spain. Already a well decorated athlete, Jacobs also broke the World Record in the two-mile run at a meet in Los Gatos this summer. Regina represents the standard to which all American middle distance runners must hold themselves.

For those athletes involved with cross country, the 1999 season carried tremendous expectations. Several of the team's top athletes returned from a third place NCAA finish in 1998, and the nation's top recruiting class provided a nice compliment of youth for an otherwise veteran squad. Simply put, the Cardinal expected a spot on the podium in 1999.

Filling the leadership roles were a pair of All-Americans. Sally Glynn and Julia Stamps each owned top five finishes at the NCAA XC Championships and numerous awards on the track. Senior Mary Huang brought NCAA experience to the table, and Shaluinn Fullove and Elena Villarreal each knew the joys of a Pac-10 Championship. Caroline Annis and Laura Turner, while only sophomores, chipped in national experience as well. The freshmen class included Footlocker Champion Erin Sullivan, and both the 1997 and 1998 Runners-Up in Mariel Ettinger and Lauren Fleshmen. Palo Alto native Katie Brizgys also earned a high school All-American award on the track.

This team of talent kicked off the season with a win in Reno before travelling to Provo, Utah, to battle the top-ranked BYU Cougars. This would be a big test for the Stanford squad on the number-one team's home turf. The Cardinal not only passed the test, it did so while resting one of it's top athletes. Stanford defeated BYU 31-33 without the services of Erin Sullivan, who would delay her debut for the Stanford Invitational two weeks later.

Four of the top five teams in the country showed up for the Cardinal's home meet on October 2nd. Arkansas, BYU and Wisconsin each brought loaded squads to Palo Alto for a showdown with the new number-one team in the land - the Stanford Cardinal. A tight team battle showcased a sea of red and white up front with the first eight athletes coming from Stanford, Arkansas or Wisconsin. Five thousand meters later, Stanford retained it's number-one billing with a 36-51 victory over the Razorbacks. Junior Julia Stamps finished second and in the process led the Cardinal to four of the top seven places.

A smaller squad took to Long Beach the following week to navigate the upcoming Pac-10 Championships course. The Cardinal finished second to UCLA without many of it's top guns, but the experience allowed several athletes another shot at competition. Mary Huang lead her teammates with a fifth place finish overall.

The Pre-NCAA Meet has always been a favorite of the Cardinal crew, and this season was no exception. Stanford again rested one of it's top athletes in Julia Stamps and still came out ahead. The final - Stanford 77, BYU 116, and the rest of the field eating dust. Erin Sullivan nearly won the individual title in finishing second as Stanford put three athletes in the top 13 places.

The Pac-10 Championships are owned by Stanford. Each of the last three seasons and five of the last six years the Cardinal have won the conference title. On a hot day in Long Beach, Stanford looked to make it four in a row. The group dominated the competition up front with a 1-2-3 finish and 32 total points. Erin Sullivan won her first Pac-10 title, with senior captain Sally Glynn and freshman Lauren Fleshman finishing second and third.

Stanford carried its momentum to the NCAA West Region Championships in Portland. Looking to top the 32 point effort from the Pac-10s, Julia Stamps and crew again swept the competition with a 1-2-3 finish. This time Sullivan crossed the line second with Fleshman third. The team tally - Stanford 29, Washington 63. Things looked good for the NCAA Championships ten days later.

The Cardinal had earned it's number-one ranking. All season long, Stanford had risen to the challenges provided from the rest of the nation. In Bloomington, this group of outstanding athletes stood on the line with a host of teams gunning for them. Everybody wanted to beat Stanford. The race went out hard, with athletes from Stanford, Arkansas, BYU and Wisconsin up front early. The Cougars ran a great race, bunched up tightly as a pack, and charged hard for the finish. Despite a superior effort from the Cardinal women, BYU would not be denied on this day and captured the team title with 72 points. The Razorbacks finished second with 125 points, just ahead of Stanford's 127 points. Lauren Fleshman was Stanford's low stick, finishing fifth. Fellow Cardinal Erin Sullivan followed in seventh, with Julia Stamps crossing in 14th. Those three athletes were All-Americans and all are back for the 2000 cross country season.



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