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Stanford Men's Team Captures Pac-10 Title For A Second Straight Year
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/19/2002

May 19, 2002

Pullman, Wa - Last year, the Stanford men's track & field team ended its 74 year drought to win a conference title. This time around, it took only one season to win the conference title again.

Picking up 29 points in the 5,000 meters at the conference meet on Sunday at Washington State's Mooberry Track, and receiving victories from Gabriel Jennings and Michael Ponikvar, Stanford's men's team sits atop the Pac-10 track & field throne in 2002.

Stanford compiled 151 points to outdistance runnerup Oregon with 125. Last year, Stanford beat USC, 142-136.

Jonathon Riley followed up his victory in the 10,000 meters on Saturday with the 5,000 meter title on Sunday. Stanford finished 1-2-3-6-7 in the 5,000 meters to clinch the Pac-10 title.

"This was a great way to end my Pac-10 career," said Riley. "Coach Lananna gave us a point quota of 23 points that he said we needed to win. We had eight Stanford competitors in the race, and we were all excited about helping the team win."

Riley was timed in 14:18.11 followed by Seth Hejny in second place and Grant Robison in third place.

Riley becomes the second Cardinal runner in the last three years to win the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in the same year. Former Cardinal All-American Brad Hauser performed that feat in 2000. Since the 1976 conference championships, only seven runners, including Riley, have won the 5,000 and 10,000 meter titles in the same year.

Stanford chalked up 56 points in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters to help fuel the Cardinal to victory.

For the third straight season, Jennings is the Pac-10 champion in the 1,500 meters. And for a third time, Ponikvar is the conference champion in the high jump.

Jennings fought off several challengers down the stretch to win in a time of 3:43.23.

"I felt strong in the last 200 meters," said Jennings, who along with Donald Sage and Grant Robison gave the Cardinal 21 points in the team totals. "I didn't have much to spare, but I had enough. I have to give credit to my teammates. I rode off their energy. We all played a part in order to do well. The Cardinal colors ... flying forth."

Since 1976, only two Pac-10 runners have won the men's 1,500 meters three straight years. Bernard Lagat of Washington State captured three straight conference titles from 1997 to 1999. Jennings has now joined that exclusive club.

Later in the day, Jennings gave Stanford another eight team points with a second place finish in the 800 meters (1:50.64). Omer Inan also added eight critical points in the discus with a second place finish.

Ponikvar, meanwhile, was winning the conference title in the high jump for a third time. Ponikvar won the title in 1999, redshirted in 2000 to train for the Olympics, and has now won the high jump title in 2001 and 2002.

"This was a tough day," said Ponivkar, who won the title with a leap of 7-0 1/2. "This is a very close competition, and you really need to get the job done early in the competition."

Lauren Fleshman became the first Stanford runner to win the conference title in the women's 5,000 meters. Fleshman was timed in 16:47.24.

Stanford women's team finished third with 121 points. UCLA won the conference title with 160 points followed by USC with 157.

"We scored a record-breaking 272 points for men and women," said Cardinal Director of Track & Field Vin Lananna. "The Pac-10 Conference meet is something special, and we received so many clutch performances. On the women's side, Lauren Fleshman, Jill Camarena and Erin Sullivan winning titles was great. On the men's team, coming in and successfully defending the conference title was great. We scored 101 of our 151 points from the 800 to the 10,000 meters. In the distance events, we received some great performances from people who were tired. And don't forget some clutch performances from Evan Kelty, who finished third in the 400 meters, and Gabe Jennings in the 800 and 1,500 meters. We had a special group of seniors."

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Evan Kelty's time of 46.86 in the 400 meters is a career-best and sixth-best in the school record book.

Men's Team Results

1. Stanford 151

2. Oregon 125

3. USC 103 1/2

4. Arizona State 103

5. Arizona 99

6. UCLA 91 1/2

7. Washington State 71

8. Washington 49

9. California 22

Women's Team Results

1. UCLA 160

2. USC 157

3. Stanford 121

4. Arizona State 89

5. Washington State 85

6. Oregon 67

7. Arizona 59

8. California 44

9. Washington 36

Men's Results

400 Meters: 1. Kenyon (Az) 45.83; 2. Amoa (ASU) 46.33; 3. Kelty (S) 46.86; 7. Sebes (S) 47.47

800 Meters: 1. Kimata (O) 1:48.35; 2. Jennings (S) 1:50.64; 3. Elliott (USC) 1:50.89; 6. Hassell (S) 1:52.40

1,500 Meters: 1. Jennings (S) 3:43.23; 2. Strong (ASU) 3:43.39; 3. Sage (S) 3:43.52; 4. Robison (S) 3:43.70

5,000 Meters: 1. Riley (S) 14:18.11; 2. Hejny (S) 14:23.31; 3. Robison (S) 14:25.90; 6. Luchini (S) 14:31.10; 7. Thomas (S) 14:35.56; 9. Dobson (S) 14:37.84; 11. Emme (S) 14:41.26; 12. Sage (S) 14:42.88

400 Meter Relay: 1. USC 39.44; 2. WSU 39.69; 3. Arizona 40.10; Stanford - dnf

1,600 Meter Relay: 1. Arizona State 3:06.03; 2. Arizona 3:09.73; 3. Stanford (Little, Kelty, Goehring, Sebes) 3:10.00

Discus: 1. Moser (UCLA) 194-1 (59.16m); 2. Inan (S) 183-8 (55.99m); 3. Wiegand (UCLA) 181-1 (55.19m); 13. Welihozkiy (S) 162-9 (49.61m)

High Jump: 1. Ponikvar (S) 7-0 1/2 (2.15m); 2. Jaworski (USC) 7-0 1/2 (2.15m); 3. Johnson (O) 7-0 1/2 (2.15m); 11. Bergstrom (S) 6-8 3/4 (2.05m)

Triple Jump: 1. Kapek (USC) 55-3 (16.84m); 2. Akinradewo (O) 50-10 3/4 (15.51m); 3. Smith (WSU) 50-9 1/4 (15.47m)

Women's Results

400 Meters: 1. Johnson (USC) 52.29; 2. Ogunleye (UCLA) 53.08; 3. McKinnon (UCLA) 53.26; 8. Moschella (S) 55.55

800 Meters: 1. Nilsson (UCLA) 2:03.88; 2. Burgess (UCLA) 2:03.91; 3. Deren (USC) 2:06.14; 4. Wysong (S) 2:06.14; 7. Carlucci (S) 2:10.11

1,500 Meters: 1. Nilsson (UCLA) 4:20.81; 2. Fleshman (S) 4:21.68; 3. Inman (W) 4:24.15; 4. Carlucci (S) 4:26.64; 6. Elmore (S) 4:27.94; 7. Flaherty (S) 4:28.72

5,000 Meters: 1. Fleshman (S) 16:47.24; 2. Bei (S) 16:55.01; 3. Aguilera (ASU) 16:P57.23; 5. Sullivan (S) 17L:03.94; 7. Turner (S) 17:23.51; Flaherty, Annis, Goff - dnf

100 Meter Hurdles: 2. Neal (USC) 13.37; 2. Johnson (UCLA); 3. Gulley (WSU) 13.77; 6. Woolfolk (S) 14.14

400 Meter Relay: 1. USC 44.14; 2. ASU 44.68; 3. WSU 45.50; Stanford - dq

1,600 Meter Relay: 1. UCLA 3:31.97; 2. USC 3:35.45; 3. WSU 3:37.30; 5. Stanford (Bush, Moschella, Wysong, McMillian) 3:42.01

Discus: 1. Ross (UCLA) 180-8 (55.06m); 2. Ademiluyi (USC) 173-2 (52.79m); 3. Etter (O) 169-1 (51.53m); 5. Camarena (S) 163-4 (49.79m); 10. Meyer (S) 150-6 (45.87m)

Hammer: 1. Joyce (C) 204-1 (62.21m); 2. Tudja (USC) 202-10 (61.83m); 3. Crawford (USC) 195-11 (59.71m); 6. Pluth (S) 187-2 (57.04m)

Pole Vault: 1. Linnen (Az) 14-1 3/4 (4.31m); 2. Holliday (O) 13-9 3/4 (4.21m); 3. O'Hara (UCLA) 13-9 3/4 (4.21m); 4. Donoghue (S) 12-10 (3.91m); 8. Ben-Youssef (S) 12-6 (3.81m)

Triple Jump: 1. Obukhova (USC) 43-0 1/2 (13.12m); 2. Clinkenbeard (WSU) 42-5 1/2 (12.94m); 3. Baucham (UCLA) 42-3 1/4 (12.88m); 10. Overly (S) 38-1 1/2 (11.62m)

Stanford Point Totals - Men

Jonathan Riley 20

Gabriel Jennings 18

Grant Robison 11

Milton Little 10

Michael Ponikvar 10

Louis Luchini 9

Seth Hejny 8

Omer Inan 8

Nick Welihozkiy 8

Ian Dobson 6

Evan Kelty 6

Donald Sage 6

Jesse Thomas 6

Adam Tenforde 5

Chris Emme 4

Mark Hassell 3

Tyson Hendricksen 3

Daniel Parris 2

Nick Sebes 2

Stanford Point Totals - Women

Lauren Fleshman 18

Jillian Camarena 14

Erin Sullivan 14

Caroline Annis 8

Sara Bei 8

Jeane Goff 8

Laura Turner 8

Maurica Carlucci 7

Kathleen Donoghue 5

Kim Stone 5

Ashley Wysong 5

Malinda Elmore 3

Jessica Pluth 3

Robyn Woolfolk 3

Colleen Flaherty 2

Leila Ben-Youssef 1

Christine Moschella 1


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