May 16, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's and women's track & field teams will be among the top teams competing at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships on May 20-21 (Saturday-Sunday) at the University of Oregon.
Last year at the Pac-10's at Arizona State, the Cardinal men's team, with individual titles from Nathan Nutter (10,000 meters) and Michael Ponikvar (high jump), Stanford finished third with 105.5 points, the school's highest finish ever. The Cardinal women displayed a balanced attack with a fourth place finish (122.5 points, only 1/2 point out of third place Washington). Tracye Lawyer won the conference title in the heptathlon for a third straight season.
The Cardinal women already lead the team competition with 12 points by virtue of second place (8 points) and fifth place (4 points) finishes by Joy Goff and Julie Tinker, respectively, in the Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships on May 13-14. Goff tallied a career-best 5,133 points, while Tinker chalked up 4,972 points.
Thus far in the 2000 outdoor season, 14 Stanford track & field athletes (ten men, four women) have qualified for the NCAA Championships (May 31 - June 3) at Duke University. Seventeen athletes (seven men, ten women) have NCAA provisional times or marks.
Stanford dominates the distance running events in the Pac-10 ... On the men's side, Cardinal runners rank 1-2-3-4 in the 1,500 meters, 1-3-4-5 in the 5,000 meters, 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the 10,000 meters ... And in the middle distances, Stanford ranks 2-4 in the 800 meters ... On the women's side, Stanford ranks 3-4-5 in the 3,000 meters, and 1-3-5-7-8 in the 5,000 meters.
NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
NCAA Track & Field Championships
May 31 - June 3, 2000
Jason Balkman, Senior, Saratoga, Ca
Qualified automatically for the NCAA's with a time of 28:47.82 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational (3/25) ... His 10,000 time is #2 in the Pac-10 this year behind teammate Brent Hauser (28:23.37).
Don Conrad, Senior, St. Louis, Mo
The graduate student, and a transfer from Dartmouth gained entry into the NCAA's in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:55.52 at the Stanford Invitational (3/25) ... His previous best in the 10,000 meters had been 29:38.02 ... His time is sixth-best in the Pac-10 this year.
Lauren Fleshman, Freshman, Canyon Country, Ca
Ran the third fastest time in Pac-10 history at 15:50.18 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/15) ... Her time qualified her for the NCAA's and exceeded the Olympic Trials standard ... Her time is a freshman school record, easily beating the previous best time of 16:01.03 in 1983 by Alison Wiley ... Her time is also an American junior record, besting 15:51.13 by Suzie Tuffey of North Carolina State in 1986 ... Her time is also third best overall in school history ... Her time is #1 in the Pac-10 this year ... Ran the final leg on Stanford's winning effort in the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays (4/28) ... The time of 11:06.23 was the fastest outdoor time in the United States this year, and set a school record ... She also ran the opening leg on the 4 x 800 meter relay team which posted a school record time of 8:36.24 in the finishing second to Missouri at the Drake Relays (4/29) ... For her efforts, Fleshman was named Pac-10 Track & Field Athlete of the Week ... Ran the anchor leg on Stanford's winning effort in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoors in a school record time of 11:01.56.
Sally Glynn, Junior, Rockville, Md
One of three Stanford 5,000 meters to qualify automatically for the NCAA's at Duke in June ... Ran a career-best 15:59.10 at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/15), easily beating her previous best of 16:22.39 ... Her time in the 5,000 meters is fourth-best all-time, and third-best in the Pac-10 this year ... Ran the opening leg on the distance medley relay team which won the Drake Relays title in 11:06.23, the fastest outdoor time in the United States this year, and a school record time ... Ran the opening leg on Stanford's winning effort at the 2000 NCAA Indoors in a schoo record time of 11:01.56.
Brad Hauser, Senior, Kingwood, Tx
Broke the school record despite falling with 300 meters left in the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational (5/5) ... Met the U.S. Olympic qualifying standard with a career-best and school record time of 13:29.71, and only .71 seconds short of the Olympic Games standard ... His 5,000 meter time is #1 in the Pac-10 ... Gained an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 28:52.63 in the 10,000 meters ... Gained his entry to the NCAA's at the Stanford Spring Opener (3/4) ... His 10,000 time is #3 in the Pac-10 this year behind teammates Brent Hauser (28:23.37) and Jason Balkman (28:47.82).
Brent Hauser, Senior, Kingwood, Tx
One of six Stanford runners who has qualified automatically in the 10,000 meters ... Ran a 28:23.37 at the Stanford Invitational (3/25), second-best in Stanford school history ... His time is #1 in the nation among collegiate runners this year ... Ran a NCAA championship qualifying time of 13:45.54 in the 5,000 meters despite falling near the end of the race ... Earlier this year, finished second in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Gabe Jennings, Sophomore, Madison, Wi
Ran the fastest American time in the 1,500 meters this year at 3:37.33 at the Cardinal Invitational (5/5) ... That broke the school record of 3:39.26 set in 1988 by Marc Olesen ... For his efforts, Jennings was named Pac-10 Track & Field Athlete of the Week ... Earlier this year at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/15), ran 3:40.50 ... Jennings also has an NCAA qualifying time in the 5,000 meters at 13:44.60, set at the Stanford Invitational (3/25) ... That time is third-best in Stanford track & field history ... His 5,000 meter time is #4 in the Pac-10 this year ... Jennings is the Stanford first Cardinal athlete to qualify in more than one event this year at the NCAA's ... Ran the anchor leg on Stanford's winning distance medley relay team at the Drake Relays (4/29) ... Ran the 1,600 meters in 3:56.5, equivalent of a 3:57.6 mile ... Jennings helped lead Stanford's distance medley relay team to a time of 9:32.86, the fastest outdoor collegiate time in the nation this year ... Earlier this year, Jennings won the NCAA indoor mile title (3:59.46), less than 22 hours after helping Stanford win the NCAA indoor title in the distance medley relay in world record time of 9:28.83 ... Jennings also placed seventh in the 3,000 meters (8:04.96) at the NCAA Indoors.
Louis Luchini, Freshman, Ellsworth, Me
Ran an NCAA qualifying time of 28:43.30 at the Cardinal Invitational (5/5) ... His time is #2 all-time for a freshman and seventh-best on the varsity charts ... His time is fifth-best in the Pac-10 this year.
Thomas Murley, Junior, Elizabethtown, Ky
Ran a career-best 28:53.70 in the 10,000 meters to qualify for the NCAA's, the fifth-best performer in Stanford school history ... His time is fourth-best in the Pac-10 this year.
Summer Pierson, Senior, Niskayuna, NY
Met the Olympic and NCAA qualfying standard in the discus with a career-best throw of 190-9 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational (4/14) ... Her throw was nearly nine feet better than her previous best ... Her throw was also second-best in school history and eighth-best in Pac-10 history ... Her throw is second-best in the Pac-10 this year.
Jonathon Riley, Sophomore, Brookline, Ma
A time of 13:42.96 in the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational (5/5) has pushed him into the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... His time is third-best all-time at Stanford, and #3 in the Pac-10 this year.
Michael Stember, Junior, Fair Oaks, Ca
Exceeded the NCAA qualifying standard in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:40.54 at the Cardinal Invitational ... His time is third-best in school history ... His 1,500 time is #2 in the nation behind teammate Gabe Jennings (3:37.33) this year ... Also qualified provisionally in the 800 meters with a winning time of 1:48.16 at the Bruce Drummond Invitatational (4/22) in Sacramento ... The 800 meter time is #2 in the Pac-10 this year ... Ran the opening leg on the distance medley relay team at the Drake Relays (4/29) which posted a time of 9:32.86, the fastest outdoor collegiate time this year ... Also ran the anchor leg on the 4 x 800 relay team, which set a school record (7:16.94) at the Drake Relays (4/28) ... Earlier this year, Stember finished second to teammate Gabe Jennings in the mile (4:00.75) at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Stember also ran the third leg on the world record breaking distance medley relay team (9:28.83) at the NCAA Indoors.
Toby Stevenson, Senior, Odessa, Tx
Has made the NCAA's for a third straight season ... Qualified for the national meet with a leap of 18-2 1/2 at the Stanford Invitational, which tied his career-best ... Stevenson set his qualifying mark at the Stanford Invitational (3/26) ... His vault is #2 in the Pac-10 this year ... Earlier this year, captured second place at the NCAA Indoors with a career-vault of 18-4 1/2 ... That mark also established a new school record and met the Olympic standard.
Erin Sullivan, Freshman, Jericho, Vt
The freshman from Vermont is off to a great start in her Stanford career ... Qualified for NCAA's in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:11.14 at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/15), the eight-best time in school history ... Her time is fifth-best in the Pac-10 this year ... Also a NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3,000 meters with a first place finish at the Drake Relays (4/28) in a time of 9:27.66.
Stanford performed with high marks at the recent Drake Relays ... Both the men's and women's distance medley relay teams produced the fastest United States outdoor collegiate times this year ... The Cardinal women's team of Sally Glynn, Danielle Spurlock, Lindsay Hyatt and Lauren Fleshman ran the winning race in a time of 11:06.23 ... That bettered the school record of 11:14.90 in 1996 ... The Cardinal men's team of Michael Stember, Mark Hassell, Ryan Carroll and Gabe Jennings ran a 9:32.86, just .01 second off the school record set in 1988 ... Jennings covered the final 1,600 meters in 3:56.5, the equivalent of a 3:57.6 mile ... The Cardinal women's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Fleshman, Malindi Elmore, Glynn, and Lindsay Hyatt posted a school record time of 8:36.24 ... A third school record was broken in the men's 4 x 800 meter relay when the team of Carroll, Jennings, Hassell and Stember posted a time of 7:16.94, well ahead of the old school time of 7:20.27 set in 1998 ... During the 2000 indoor season, Stanford's men's distance medley relay team was spectacular ... The Cardinal set an American indoor record of 9:30.19 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Feb. 12 ... Stanford returned to Fayetteville on March 10 for the NCAA Indoor Championships with the same foursome of Jennings, Evan Kelty, Stember and Jonathon Riley and set the world mark of 9:28.83 ... The Cardinal women's indoor distance medley relay team also finished first at the NCAA Indoors, turning in a new school record of 11:01.56 ... Glynn, Jayna Smith, Hyatt and Fleshman comprised the winning team.
Stanford has a brother-sister act in the multi-events ... Freshman Jason Goff scored 7,007 points in his first-ever collegiate decathlon at the recent Mt. Sac Relays to qualify for the Pac-10 Championships, while Jason's sister, Joy, finished second at the 2000 Pac-10 Heptathlon Championships with 5,133 points, a career-best ... Jason's point total is a freshman school record and sixth-best in school history ... Joy's point total is fourth-best in school history ... The Goffs grew up in Turner, Oregon, playing a variety of sports ... Jason has also qualified for the Pac-10's in the javelin with a throw of 204-2 ... Joy has also qualified for the conference meet in the javelin with a throw of 140-3.
Stanford's men's team finished second at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships at Arkansas ... The Cardinal men finished with 52 points, compared to Arkansas with 69.5 points ... The Stanford women placed eleventh with 15 points.