Dec. 6, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - The Cardinal women track and field squad is on a mission. Simply stated, it's all about team in the year 2000. After three seasons on the brink of a Pac-10 Championship in track, the new model of women's track and field at Stanford wants to step forward, as a team, and bring a few trophies to Cobb Track and Angell Field. It's a daunting task, for sure, but the Cardinal are loaded in every event, and this team won't take no for an answer.
Not since the days of Chryste Gaines and Jackie Edwards have the Stanford sprinters experienced so much success. The Cardinal put a finalist in every sprinting event at the Pac-10 Championships except the 400 hurdles, and school records fell in the 100 meter hurdles, 4x100 meter relay and 400 meter dash. Nearly every athlete involved in those exploits returns for the 2000 season.
Three Cardinal remain from the record setting 4x100 meter relay, and they'll lead a talented sprinting corps. Wilsa Charles returns after anchoring the sprint relay and scoring at the Pac-10 Meet in the 100 and 200 meters. Charles ranks as the second fastest performer in school history in the 100, while her 200 meter performance is the fifth fastest. Sophomore Robyn Woolfolk can run the 100 meter hurdles, the 400 meter hurdles, the 100 and 200 meters and will cover both relays. Woolfolk is a Pac-10 scorer in multiple events, but she will concentrate on taking her 100 meter hurdles performance to the NCAA level. Jayna Smith, a junior, will aim for an NCAA qualifier over 400 meters and will also see action on both relays and in the 200 meters.
Junior Danielle Spurlock is a threat to score Pac-10 points in the 400 meters and will help cover the relays as well. Multi-event performers Julie Tinker and Joy Goff may also contribute in this area, providing help in both hurdles and on the relays.
In keeping with the Stanford tradition of the past twenty years, the middle distances will provide the Cardinal team with big points at championship meets. Stanford will challenge teams with depth and a freshmen group that is out of this world.
All-Americans Julia Stamps and Sally Glynn provide power matched by few teams in the country. Both are accomplished milers with the range to cover all events from 800 meters through the 5000 meters. Stamps and Glynn swept the mile last indoor season at the L.A. Invitational, and Glynn went on to finish seventh at the NCAA Indoor.
Malindi Elmore, Colleen Flaherty and Elena Villarreal can also score in the middle distances on a championship level. Elmore redshirted last season, but is looking forward to making her debut in 2000. Flaherty and Villarreal are scorers from the 1999 Mountain-Pacific Indoor Championships, and each hit the Pac-10 standard for 1500 meters outdoors.
The Cardinal should be very talented over 800 meters as well. Sophomore Maurica Carlucci puts on the veteran's cap in 2000 as a returning Pac-10 qualifier for two laps. Carlucci is joined by several freshmen with national-caliber talent.
Half-miler Lindsay Hyatt led the nation for three consecutive years while in high school, and Katie Hotchkiss ranked second in the U.S. over 800 meters last season. Both athletes will run the mile as well. Katie Brizgys clocked 4:52 over 1600 meters last season, and Lauren Fleshman is a versatile athlete whose 800 and 1600 meter times are each among this country's best.
With a squad similar to the one that dominated cross country opponents this fall, Stanford will send an enormous amount of talent to the line from 3000 meters and up. Julia Stamps and Sally Glynn each earned All-American status in the NCAA Outdoor 3000 meters last spring, but that is just the beginning. Stamps led the nation in the 3K last indoor season, while Glynn ranks in Stanford's all-time top ten for both the 3K and 5K.
Courtney Adams qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships at 3000 meters, where she made the final. Colleen Flaherty finished third in that event at the Pac-10's, but she can run anything from 800 meters up. Mary Huang, Ann Ramsey, Caroline Annis and Laura Turner all have Pac-10 qualifiers to their credit in the 5K and 10K.
Freshmen Erin Sullivan, Lauren Fleshmen and Mariel Ettinger will round out this fantastic collection. Sullivan led the nation's high schoolers over two miles last season with an outstanding 10:17 clocking. Fleshmen was close behind, running a 10:18 for 3200 meters last spring. Both athletes have shown the ability to move to longer distances, as indicated by their tremendous success in cross country. Ettinger is no slouch herself. Besides finishing second at the 1997 Footlocker XC Nationals, she captured an All-American honor in the 3000 meters at last year's Junior National Championships.
The loss of Tracye Lawyer will hurt the Cardinal jumpers, but there certainly is enough talent left to cover the gaps. Stanford is it's best in the pole vault, where All-American and USATF National qualifier Melissa Feinstein approaches her junior season. Melissa will have company in that rare air, however. Freshman Kathleen Donoghue was Track and Field News' top high school vaulter last season. Both athletes will challenge for national honors and hope to top the Olympic Standard this season. In the high jump, the Cardinal can again throw any number of athletes at opponents. Freshmen Cheryl Burdick and Kim Stone join Julie Tinker and Joy Goff as the team's top leapers. Burdick surpassed the Pac-10 standard in the high jump as a high school senior.
The long and triple jumps will be thinner than Stanford is used to, but not without talent. Again, Tinker and Goff should help Pac-10 qualifier Shannon Overly in these events. Overly begins her second season for the Cardinal with great promise, as her improvements throughout last season culminated in a Pac-10 qualifying effort in mid-May.
National qualfiers Summer Pierson and Allison Beatty are hungry. For points, that is. While each athlete reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring, neither figured into Stanford's scoring totals. That will change this season. Pierson generates outstanding force from inside the discus ring, and Beatty tossed the javelin to the fifth farthest effort in school history.
In fact, this senior-laden group is all about scoring points and breaking records. Maureen Onyeagbako set a new school mark in the hammer while narrowly missing the cut for the NCAA Championships, and Maggie Isaac etched her name into Stanford's top ten in three events - the shot put, discus and hammer throws. Cassie Romuld looks forward to a senior season filled with Pac-10 and NCAA points - she is also part of the Cardinal's all-time top ten in both the shot put and discus.
In some respects, Stanford will be stronger in this area even without the competitive services of Tracye Lawyer. First, the Cardinal has retained her services as an assistant coach. And the return of both Julie Tinker and Joy Goff will give Stanford more depth in the multi-events than it had last season.
Two seasons ago, Tinker cracked 5000 points as one of three scorers at the Pac-10 Conference Meet. Goff is the sixth best performer in Stanford history with 4,938 points. Each athlete looks to reach the NCAA Championships this spring.