June 12, 2003
Sacramento, Ca - Alicia Craig is a busy person this week.
Not only does Craig have a three-hour final on Friday morning in Human Biology, she found time on Thursday night to win the 10,000 meter title at the 2003 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State University. Craig not only won the competition but broke the school record by more than 26 seconds. Craig ran the distance in 32:40.03, smashing the old record of 33:06.09 by Kim Schnurpfeil in 1982. Craig also becomes the second woman in Stanford history to win the NCAA 10,000 meter title. Her time is also second-best in Pac-10 history.
"This was a wonderful race," said Craig, a redshirt freshman from Gillette, Wyoming. "I tried to sit back in a good pace and be patient. This was a solid group of runners, but I was confident that I could run with them."
Jill Camarena, performing before a large group of family and friends, produced the best shot put mark in the prelims. Camarena graduated from nearby Woodland High School, and was the 1999 California state champion in the shot put and discus. Camarena, a three-time All-American, produced a career-best throw of 56-6 1/2 (17.23m) to better her previous best of 55-10 1/2 (17.03m). Camarena's throw was also second-best in school history.
Malindi Elmore finished fifth in her heat in the 1,500 meter prelims but still ran a personal-best 4:12.66 to qualify for the finals in the 1,500 meters.
Elmore, in 1991 at the World University Games, ran a 4:14.66 but eclipsed that time by two seconds on Thursday night which was not only a career-best but also third all-time in school history. Regina Jacobs remains the school record holder at 4:12.30 set in 1982.
"When I saw people pass me, I knew we were running fast," said Elmore, a two-time All-American.
Tiffany McWilliams of Mississippi State had the day's best time at 4:10.60.
The finals in the women's 1,500 meters will be Saturday (8:00 p.m.).
Grant Robison also enjoyed a superb evening on the track with a second place finish in his heat and and sixth overall with a time of 3:43.49 in the 1,500 meters. Nick Willis of Michigan had the best time in the prelims at 3:42.15.
"I got stuck in the pack a little longer than I wanted," said Robison, who finished eighth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA's last year to gain All-America honors. Robison broke free from a tight field in the final 400 meters to earn a second place finish. The finals in the 1,500 meters will be held on Saturday (7:50 p.m.).
Omer Inan, a two-time All-American and school record holder in the discus, advanced to Saturday's final (2:00 p.m.) with a throw of 185-2 (56.44m). That throw was third-best in his flight, and eighth-best among 26 competitors in the prelims. Inan began the day with a throw of 177-11 (54.24m) followed by a throw of 180-5 (55.00m). His last throw was his best of the day. Hannes Hopley of SMU had the day's best throw at 194-3 (59.20m).
Friday, several Cardinal athletes will return to the track. Nick Welihozkiy will compete in the finals of the hammer (10:00 a.m.) while Camarena will compete in the finals of the discus (2:00 p.m.). Lillian Bush will begin competition in the heptathlon. The first four events will be contested on Friday with the 100 meter hurdles (10:00 a.m.), the high jump (11:00 a.m.), the shot put (1:30 p.m.) and the 200 meters (3:00 p.m.). Bush qualified for the NCAA's with a career-best 5,519 points at the Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships. Bush' point total is second-best all-time at Stanford.
Thursday's Results (6/12/03) - NCAA Track & Field Championships
Hornet Stadium - Sacramento State
1,500 Meters (prelims) - 5. Grant Robison 3:43.49
1,600 Meter Relay (prelims) - 17. Milton Little, Gerren Crochet, Curtis Goehring, Nick Sebes 3:09.24nq
10,000 Meters (finals) - 5. Ian Dobson 28:32.23; 7. Adam Tenforde 28:37.65
Discus (prelims) - 8. Omer Inan 185-2 (56.44m)
200 Meters (prelims) - 26. Nashonme Johnson 24.53nq
1,500 Meters (prelims) - 9. Malindi Elmore 4:12.66q
10,000 Meters (finals) - 1. Alicia Craig 32:40.03
1,600 Meter Relay (prelims) - 11. Stanford (Chinny Offor, Christine Moschella, Undine Becker, Nashonme Johnson) 3:36.22nq
High Jump (prelims) - 22. Kim Stone 5-7 1/4 (1.71m)
Shot Put (prelims) - 1. Jill Camarena 56-61/2 (17.23m)
For complete results, go to www.hornetsports.com or www.ncaasports.com