Jan. 30, 2013
NEW YORK - The `A' train will be heading toward uptown Manhattan this weekend with plenty of Stanford track and field athletes on board.
Middle-distance runners will be the featured Cardinal athletes at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday at The Fort Washington Avenue Armory, the venerable Washington Heights building that annually is the site of the nation's largest indoor collegiate meet and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
With the NCAA indoor championships inviting only those with nation's 16 best marks this season, Stanford runners will be seeking strong enough times to get them there. Stanford is bringing 23 athletes - 15 women and eight men - and all will compete in running events, ranging from 60 meters to the 3,000.
The marquee events, as far as Stanford is concerned, will be the mile races on the 200-meter banked six-lane Mondo track.
Seven Cardinal will compete in the men's championship mile on Saturday. Michael Atchoo, Marco Bertolotti, Tim Luthin, Jim Rosa, Joe Rosa, and Tyler Stutzman will toe the line. Atchoo has an indoor best of 3:59.92.
In the women's championship mile, Mary Kate Anselmini, Cami Chapus, Sophia Ginez, Molly McNamara, and Jessica Tonn are scheduled to compete. Amaro has Stanford's season best of 4:50.63 while Tonn is coming off a sterling 9:10.16 in the UW Invitational 3,000 last week.
Among the other Stanford headliners are Kori Carter and Katie Nelms in the 60 hurdles. Carter ran 8.24 last week at the UW Invitational, just 0.02 off her own school record. Also, freshman Amy Weissenbach, the National Federation recordholder (high school-only competition) in the 800, will make her collegiate debut at that distance. She will be joined by Joy O'Hare and Claudia Saunders.
The men's 800 includes sophomore Luke Lefebure, who ran a Stanford season-best 1:51.34 in Seattle last week, and Bertolotti, who will be running his first half of the season.