Jan. 17, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Karynn Dunn, a returning indoor All-America in the women's long jump, will make her season debut on Friday as Stanford competes in the Cherry and Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Dunn will be among 12 Cardinal - six men and six women men - to compete. All are field-event or multi-sport athletes and all but one will be making their season debut in the two-day meet. The one among them to compete last week was shot putter Geoffrey Tabor, who won the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle on Saturday.
The meet will showcase mostly athletes under first-year jumps/multis coach Michael Eskind, including three freshmen - multi-athletes Dan Emery and Charlie Kerr, as well as Garrett Starkey. Emery and Starkey will pole vault in their first collegiate competition, and Kerr will long jump.
The meet includes No. 15 Stanford and No. 13 BYU among men's ranked teams, and No. 13 Stanford, No. 9 California, and No. 20 San Diego State among the women. In addition, the meet includes NCAA Division II powers Adams State and Grand Canyon.
Dunn, a senior from Diamond Bar, Calif., ranks No. 4 on Stanford's all-time indoor list with a best of 21-0½. She placed fourth in the NCAA indoor championships last year. Besides the long jump, which opens the meet at 2 p.m. PT on Friday, Dunn also will run the 200 meters.
The men's high jump should feature Stanford's seven-footer Jules Sharpe, the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation runner-up. Sharpe is No. 2 on Stanford's all-time indoor list at 7-3.
Among other Stanford athletes competing are pole vaulters Ellie McCardwell and Katie Zingheim, who stand at Nos. 2-3 on the school women's all-time indoor list behind NCAA outdoor champion and 2012 Olympian Katerina Stefanidi, who graduated last spring. McCardwell, a junior, has an indoor best of 13-5¼ and Zingheim, a sophomore, has jumped 13-1½ indoors. They jump Saturday.
Albuquerque's 5,355-foot elevation should help produce good marks.