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Stanford Track & Field Team Heads to NCAA Championships at LSU
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Release: 05/26/2002

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May 26, 2002

Stanford Story
NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships May 29-June 1, 2002, Bernie Moore Stadium - Louisiana State University (LSU) Baton Rouge, La

Record Review
Four school records have been broken this year ... Omer Inan estabished a new school record in the javelin with a throw of 198-7 (60.53m) at the UCSD Invitational (4/27/02) ... Jessica Pluth broke the school record in the hammer with an effort of 196-2 (59.79) at the Cal Open (4/27/02) ... Kathleen Donoghue broke her own record in the pole vault with a leap of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) at The Big Meet (5/3/02) ... Ian Dobson broke the freshman school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:03.06 ... Several Stanford athletes have jumped into the Top 5 all-time in the Stanford record book ... Grant Robison and Louis Luchini have jumped to fourth and fifth-best all-time at Stanford in the 5,000 meters with respective times of 13:40.30 and 13:42.31 ... Junior Lauren Fleshman's time of 15:35.59 in the 5,000 meters has moved her to second place all-time at Stanford ... Jill Camarena has thrown the shot put 53-10 1/4 this year, good for second place all-time in the record book ... Jesse Thomas' time of 8:39.90 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) has vaulted him into second place all-time at Stanford ... Jonathon Riley ran 13:29.15 in the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) to move into second place all-time at Stanford ... Ashley Wysong ran a 2:04.75 at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) to move into second place all-time at Stanford in the 800 meters ... Kimberly Stone has leaped 5-10 3/4 in the high jump to rank fourth all-time ... Molly Meyer threw the discus 175-3 to rank fifth all-time on The Farm ... Freshman Christine Moschella has jumped to fourth all-time in the 400 meters (55.18) ... Caroline Annis has a time of 34:09.40 in the 10,000 meters, fifth-best in the record book ... The 400 meter relay team of Curtis Goehring, Nick Sebes, Evan Kelty and Stanley Wilson rank #2 in the school record book with a time of 40.26 at The Big Meet (5/4/02) ... The 1,600 meter relay team of Danielle McMillian, Cherise Thompson, Ashley Wysong and Christine Moschella ran a 3:43.15 at The Big Meet (5/4/02), #2 all-time at Stanford ... The men's 1,600 meter relay team of Milton Little, Evan Kelty, Curtis Goehring, and Nick Sebes ran a 3:09.96 at the Penn Relays (5/27/02)

Cardinal Athletes at the NCAA's

Caroline Annis, Senior, 10,000 meters (34:09.40), Tampa, Fl
An NCAA qualifier in the 10,000 meters (34:09.40, #5 all-time at Stanford) ... She ran her NCAA qualifying race at the Stanford Invitational (3/29/02) ... Finished second behind teammate Erin Sullivan at the Pac-10 Championships in 2002 ... Also ran the 1,500 and 5,000 meters this year ... Her time of 16:32.01 in the 5,000 meters was accomplished at the Big Meet against California (5/4/02) ... An All-American in cross country where she was a member of the nationally-ranked Cardinal for four seasons ... An outstanding student in the classroom ... A four-time All Pac-10 selection in track and cross country ... An NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner ... Human Biology major ... Born Sept. 20, 1980.

Sara Bei, Freshman, 5,000 meters (16:22.54), Santa Rosa, Ca
Finished second in the 5,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships behind teammate Lauren Fleshman ... An NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 1,500 and 5,000 meters, and indoor 3,000 meters in 2002 ... Will run the 5,000 meters (16:22.54) at the NCAA's ... The only American Junior (U-20) to have hit the qualifying standard for the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters ... A member of Team USA that competed at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 2002 ... Finished the 2002 indoor season as the highest ranked American collegiate freshman at 3,000 meters (9:26) ... The 2001 Pac-10 Cross Country Newcomer of the Year ... Gained first team All Pac-10 and All-West Region ... Undeclared major ... Born April 15, 1983.

Jillian Camarena, Sophomore, Shot Put (54-10 1/4, 16.72m), Woodland, Ca
The 2002 Pac-10 champion in the shot put ... Threw the shot 54-10 1/4 (16.72m, #9 among collegiate competitors) at the conference meet, a foot better than her previous best ... Her throw is second-best all-time at Stanford ... Also NCAA qualifier in the discus, but will concentrate on the shot put at the Nationals ... Track & field team captain ... Won the 2001 Junior Pan-Am Games title in the shot put ... Gained All-America honors at the 2002 NCAA Indoor's in the shot put with a fifth place finish as the Cardinal finished fifth (second highest finish in team history) ... A 2002 NCAA indoor and outdoor automatic qualifier in the shot put ... A 2001 NCAA and USATF Senior National qualifier in the shot put as a freshman ... Undeclared major ... Born March 2, 1982.

Maurica Carlucci, Senior, 1,500 meters (4:19.67), Franklin, Ma
Attained an NCAA qualifying time of 4:19.67 in the 1,500 meters to earn her a trip to the NCAA Championships ... Also attained an NCAA qualifying time of 2:06.63 in the 800 meters, but will concentrate on the 1,500 meters at Nationals ... Her time in the 800 meters is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... Finished fourth in the 1,500 meters and seventh in the 800 meters at the 2002 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships ... The only collegiate runner to make the 1,500 meter finals at the 2001 USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon ... English major ... Born July 9, 1980.

Ian Dobson, Sophmore/Freshman (ath), 10,000 meters (29:06.41), Klamath Falls, Or
Qualified for the NCAA's in the 10,000 meters (29:06.41) at the Stanford Invitational (3/29/02) ... A multi-talented athlete who has also run the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meter steeplechase, and 5,000 meters this year ... His time of 9:03.06 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Pac-10 Championships this year set a freshman record ... Helped the Cardinal to the team title at the Pac-10's with a third place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase ... Also competed in the 5,000 meters at the conference meet ... A 2001 U.S. Junior National champion in the 5,000 meters ... During the 2001 cross country season, gained All-America honors after finishing as Stanford's third runner (20th place) and helping the team to a second place finish ... Had four Top-10 finishes in cross country ... Undeclared major ... Born February 6, 1982.

Kathleen Donoghue, Junior, Pole Vault (13-5 1/4, 4.10m), San Diego, Ca
One of the top pole vaulters in the Pac-10 Conference ... Broke her own school record with a vault of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m, #9 among collegiate vaulters) at the Big Meet against California (5/4/02) ... Has finished fourth the past two years at the Pac-10 Championships ... Captured All-America honors last year at the NCAA's with an eighth place finish ... Competed at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials as a freshman ... Won the 2000 U.S. Junior National Championships ... Later competed at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile ... Art major ... Born August 29, 1981.

Malindi Elmore, Senior/Jr (ath), 1,500 meters (4:20.12), Kelowna, British Columbia
Her time of 4:20.12 in the 1,500 meters has earned her a trip to the NCAA's ... Finished sixth at the 2002 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships ... Has a career-best 4:14.66 in the 1,500 meters which is third-best in school history ... A 1,500 meter finalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China ... Gained entrance to the World University Games with a fourth place finish at the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta ... Has also run the 800 meters where she has a career-best 2:06.74 ... Competed in the 1,500 meters at the 2000 Canadian Olympic Trials ... A two-year member of the nationally-ranked cross country team ... International Relations major ... Born March 13, 1980.

Lauren Fleshman, Junior, 5,000 meters (15:35.59), Canyon Country, Ca
The 2002 Pacific-10 champion in the 5,000 meters ... Also ran the 1,500 meters at the conference where she placed second ... Her 18 team points helped Stanford finish third at the Pac-10 meet ... Currently ranked #1 among collegiate runners in the nation in the 5,000 meters outdoors (15.35.39 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20) and second-best in Pac-10 history behind Annette Hand of Oregon (15:34.55, 1988) ... Her 5,000 meter time this year is nearly 16 seconds faster than the #2 collegiate time ... The defending NCAA champion in the 5,000 meters ... A 2000 NCAA automatic qualifier in the outdoor 5,000 meters, outdoor 1,500 meters, indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters, and as a member of the indoor distance medley relay team ... The 2002 NCAA indoor 3,000 meter champion with the fastest time in the nation this year ... Also anchored the distance medley relay to a third place finish at the NCAA's as she helped Stanford finish fifth (second highest finish in school history) ... The 2001 Pac-10 cross country champion, NCAA west regional runnerup, and third place finisher at the NCAA's ... Track & field team captain ... A 2001 Honda Award cross country finalist ... A ten-time All-American who has earned at least one All-American honor at every NCAA meet she has been eligible for in indoor and outdoor track, and cross country ... A three-time NCAA champion ... The Junior (under-20) American record holder in the 5,000 meters ... School record holder in the indoor and outdoor distance medley relays, and 4 x 1,500 meter relay ... Is second only to Olympian Patti Sue Plumer in the outdoor 5,000 meters and indoor 3,000 meters on the Stanford all-time list ... Also holds the freshman school records in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters ... Sociology major ... Born Sept. 26, 1981.

Seth Hejny, Junior/Sophomore (ath), 5,000 meters (13:50.77), Grand Junction, Co
Helped Stanford to the 2002 Pac-10 title for a second straight season with a second place finish in the 5,000 meters ... Ran an NCAA qualifying time of 13:50.77 at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/19/02) ... Will be competing in his second straight 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoors ... Has run 13:46.81 in the 5,000 meters, eighth-best in school history ... Gained All-America honors during the 2001 season in the 3,000 meters ... A three-year member of the nationally-ranked cross country team ... Helped lead Stanford to a Pac-10 championship and second place at the NCAA's in 2001 ... Sociology major ... Born August 29, 1980.

Omer Inan, Junior, Discus (198-7, 60.53m), Beaverton, Or
The school record holder in the discus (198-7, 60.53m, #6 among collegiate competitiors this year) ... Established the new mark at the UC San Diego Invitational (4/27/02) ... Helped Stanford win the conference title for a second straight season with a second place finish in the discus ... Also competed in the javelin and shot put in 2002 ... A 2001 NCAA All-American in the discus ... Also the freshman school record holder in the discus ... Electrical Engineering major ... Born October 20, 1981.

Gabriel Jennings, Senior, 1,500 meters (3:41.48), Madison, Wi
A ten-time All-American at Stanford ... Won the 2002 Pac-10 title in the 1,500 meters for a third straight year ... Since 1976, only two Pac-10 runners have won the men's 1,500 meters three straight years, Jennings and Bernard Lagat of Washington State, who captured three straight conference titles from 1997 to 1999 ... A 2002 Pac-10 Conference runnerup in the 800 meters ... A 2002 NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 meters (3:41.48, #8 among collegiate runners) ... The 2000 NCAA champion in the indoor mile, indoor distance medley relay, and outdoor 1,500 meters, runnerup in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters in 2001 ... The 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials 1,500 meter champion and Olympic Games semifinalist at 1,500 meters ... Ranks in Stanford's all-time top five list in the indoor 800 meters, indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters, indoor distance medley relay (American and school record), outdoor 800 meters, outdoor 1,500 meters, outdoor mile, outdoor 5,000 meters, outdoor 4 x 800 meters (school record), outdoor distance medley relay ... Ran three sub-four minute miles in 24 hours at the 2001 Indoor NCAA Meet ... Has qualified for the USATF National Championships every year since 1998 ... A member of the United States team at the 2001 IAAF World Track & Field Championships ... A 2001 World University Games qualifier ... Music major ... Born January 25, 1979.

Louis Luchini, Jr/Soph (ath), 5,000k (13:42.31), 10,000k (28:49.86), Ellsworth, Me
An NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 (13:42.31, #5 all-time at Stanford, #11 among collegiate runners this year) and 10,000 meters (28:49.86, #7 all-time at Stanford, #10 among collegiate runners this year) ... Will run both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at NCAA's ... Helped the Cardinal win the 2002 Pac-10 title for a second straight season by finising third in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters ... A two-time All-American 5,000 meters indoors and as a member of the cross country team in 2001 ... Redshirted during the 2001 outdoor season, but in 2000, finished the year as the #1 ranked 10,000 meter freshman in the NCAA ... Competed at the NCAA's in the 10,000 meters and helped the Cardinal to the NCAA title ... Human Biology major ... Born May 24, 1981.

Molly Meyer, Sophomore, Discus (175-3, 52.42m), Indianapolis, In
Competing in her first NCAA Outdoor Championship ... Improved her distance in the discus this year by nearly 19 feet ... Qualified for the NCAA's with a throw of 175-3 (53.42m) at the Cardinal Qualifier (5/10/02) ... Finished tenth at the recent Pac-10 Championships at Washington State ... Finished third at the 2001 U.S. Junior National Championships ... Undeclared major ... Born August 18, 1982.

Jessica Pluth, Sophomore, Hammer (196-2, 59.79m), Spokane, Wa
The school record holder in the hammer (196-2, 59.79m) ... Attained her record breaking performance at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) ... Has improved by more than nine feet since last year when she set the freshman school mark at 187-0 ... Finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships this year ... Also has thrown the shot put ... Undeclared major ... Born December 3, 1981.

Michael Ponikvar, Junior, High Jump (7-2 1/2, 2.20m), St. Catherines, Ontario
The three-time Pac-10 champion in the high jump (1999, 2001, 2002) ... Vaulted 7-2 1/2 (2.20m, #7 among collegiate jumpers this year) in the high jump at the Pac-10's to help give Stanford its second straight conference title ... A two-time All-American, once indoor and once outdoor ... Enjoys a career-best 7-4 1/2 in the high jump, set last years at the conference meet, and #2 all-time at Stanford ... Biological Sciences major ... Born December 26, 1979.

Jonathon Riley, Senior, 5,000 meters (13:29.15), Brookline, Ma
A 14-time All-American at Stanford ... The defending NCAA outdoor champion in the 5,000 meters ... The 2002 Pac-10 champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters ... Helped lead the Cardinal to a Pac-10 team championship for a second straight season ... An NCAA qualifier in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters ... Set the school record in the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) with a time of 13:29.15 (#2 among collegiate runners in 2002, #4 among U.S. runners this year) ... Track & field team captain ... In addition to his title as NCAA champion in the 5,000 meters in 2001, he has a member of the NCAA winning indoor distance medley relay team in 2000, a team that set the world record ... Ranks in Stanford's all-time top five list in the indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters (school record), indoor 5,000 meters, indoor distance medley relay (school and American record), outdoor 1,500 meters, outdoor 5,000 meters (school record), outdoor 10,000 meters, and 4 x mile relay (Penn Relays champion in 2001 and school record) ... Ran the second fastest indoor 3,000 meters ever by a collegian in January 2002 ... A 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist at 5,000 meters ... A three-time qualifier (1999-2002) for the USATF National Championships at 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters ... A member of the United States team at the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland ... A 2001 World University Games finalist at 1,500 and 5,000 meters ... Studio Art major ... Born December 29, 1978.

Grant Robison, Jr/Soph (ath), 1,500m (3:42.14), 5,000m (13:40.30), San Angelo, Tx
An NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 meters (13:40.30, #9 among collegiate runners) and 1,500 meters (3:42.14) ... Also a 2002 NCAA qualifier in the indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters, and indoor distance medley relay ... A third place finisher in the 5,000 meters and fourth place in the 1,5000 meters as he helped the Cardinal to the men's team title in 2002 at the Pac-10's ... A 2002 indoor All-American as part of the distance medley relay and indoor 3,000 meter run ... A 2001 All-American outdoors in the 5,000 meters ... A 2001 USATF National championship finalist in the 5,000 meters ... A member of the 2001 Pac-10 winning cross country team ... An NCAA west regional runnerup, and All-American performer at the NCAA's ... Helped the Cardinal to a second place finish, only one point from first place ... The 2001 West Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... A member of the All Pac-10 in Cross Country (2000, 2001) and 2001 All-Western Region team ... African and African American Studies major ... Born September 27, 1978.

Donald Sage, Sophomore, 1,500 meters (3:41.61), Elmhurst, Il
A 10,000 meter specialist, who ran 28:40.12 (#6 all-time at Stanford, #4 among collegiate runners this year) at the Stanford Invitational (3/29/02) ... Also an outstanding 1,500 meter runner who will compete in that event at the NCAA's ... Bypassed the conference championships in the 10,000 meters, but still ran the 1,500 meters (3rd place) and 5,000 meters (12th) to help Stanford win the Pac-10 title for a second straight season ... A five-time All-American (2001 cross country, distance medley relay in 2001 and 2002, 1,500 meters in 2001, mile in 2002) ... Last year as a freshman, finished fifth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA's with a time of 3:39.27, a freshman school record and the fifth-best performance all-time at Stanford ... Was the #1 ranked freshman in the 1,500 meters in the United States last year ... Honored as the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Track & Field Newcomer of the Year ... The 2001 Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... The 2001 NCAA West Regional champion ... Was Stanford's #1 runner at the NCAA Championships as the Cardinal placed second ... Recently named Verizon Academic District-8 Academic selection ... Economics major ... Born October 5, 1981.

Kimberly Stone, Junior, High Jump (5-10 3/4, 1.80m), Salinas, Ca
Her high jump of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m) this year is fourth all-time at Stanford ... Attained her NCAA qualifying status at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (4/13/02) ... Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships at Washington State ... Has been an NCAA outdoor and indoor provisional qualifier in the high jump ... Human Biology major ... Born July 9, 1981.

Erin Sullivan, Junior, 10,000 meters (34:10.32), Jericho, Vt
The 2002 Pac-10 10,000 meter champion ... Qualified for the NCAA's with a time of 34:10.32 (sixth all-time at Stanford) at the Stanford Invitational (3/29/02) ... Has also run the 1,500 and 5,000 meters this year ... Her time of 16:30.04 in the 5,000 meters was a NCAA provisional time ... Placed fifth at the conference meet in the 5,000 meters ... For the past two seasons, she has run both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters ... Stanford's third runner at the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships ... A two-time All-American in cross country ... The 1999 Pac-10 Cross country Athlete of the Year ... Also named the 1999 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... American Studies major ... Born March 29, 1981.

Adam Tenforde, Junior, Richland, Wa
Will competed in the 10,000 meters (28:57.65) at the NCAA's ... Gained entry into the NCAA's with his qualifying time at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) ... Finished fourth at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships in the 10,000 meters ... Also also run the 5,000 meters this year ... A member of the nationally-ranked Stanford cross country team ... Human Biology major ... Born August 9, 1980.

Jesse Thomas, Senior, 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:39.90), Bend, Or
A time of 8:39.90 (#6 among collegiate runners in 2002, #8 among all U.S. runners in 2002) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) has allowed Thomas entrance into the NCAA's ... His time is #2 in the Cardinal record book, only one second off the school record ... Finished sixth at the 2002 Pac-10 meet ... The 2001 Pac-10 champion in the steeplechase ... Has run from the 1,500 meters to 5,000 meters during his career at Stanford ... Also has run the 10,000 meters where he captured the title at the 1999 U.S. Junior Nationals ... Later won the Junior Pan American Games gold medal over 10,000 meters ... A two-year member of the nationally-ranked Cardinal cross country team ... Mechanical Engineering major ... Born Feburary 29, 1980.

Laura Turner, Senior, 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:13.47), Portsmouth, RI
The school record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:13.47) ... Set the mark at the Big Meet against California (5/4/02) ... Finished third at the Pac-10 Championships this year ... Has also run the 1,500 and 5,000 meters this year ... In 2001, an NCAA and USATF Championship finalist in the 3,000 meter steeplechase ... A leading member of the nationally-ranked Cardinal cross country team the last four years ... History major ... Born April 7, 1980.

Ashley Wysong, Senior, 800 meters (2:04.75), Nevada, Mo
A transfer from the University of Missouri ... Arrived for her senior season at Stanford after gaining six All-America honors and 14-time All Big-12 selections in the 800 meters at Missouri ... Qualified for the NCAA's this year with a time of 2:04.75 in the 800 meters ... Her time is #2 all-time at Stanford, and just short of the longtime school record of Regina Jacobs at 2:04.38 ... Finished third at the 2002 NCAA's with a career-best time of 2:02.94 ... Biology, Chemistry and Psychology major ... Born January 26, 1979.


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