Feb. 8, 2013
SEATTLE - The Stanford track and field team will be split between two indoor meets this weekend in the final invitationals before the conference championships.
Field-event athletes and sprinters will head to Albuquerque for the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Events Center on Friday, and the distance runners will compete at the two-day Husky Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor track at University of Washington.
Stanford is familiar with both venues. This will be the team's third meet at Dempsey and second in Albuquerque.
Eight women and 12 men will compete in Seattle, including Michael Atchoo, named the Outstanding Performer of the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City last weekend. Atchoo, who won the mile (4:02.38) and anchored the victorious distance medley relay, will run in the 3,000 meters for the second time this season. On Jan. 12, he was second at the UW Invitational on the same track, running 8:12.36.
Amy Weissenbach will run in her second 800 of the season after her second-place 2:06.72 in New York in her collegiate debut at that distance. It was the third-fastest in Stanford indoor history, but wasn't a race she was entirely happy with, after getting boxed in on the final lap. Stanford's indoor record, set last year by Justine Fedronic, is 2:05.68.
Other Stanford athletes competing in races determined to be "invitational," are Julia Foster in the 3,000 and Jessica Tonn in the 5,000 among women's events, and Joe Rosa in the 3,000 and Erik Olsonin the 5,000 in the men's. This will be the first try at those distances this season for all four runners.
At the Don Kirby, Stanford is bringing 10 women and eight men.
The meet will provide a showcase for Stanford's All-America jumper Karynn Dunn, who will compete in both the long and triple jumps, and the speed and hurdling of Kori Carter and Katie Nelms, who both will run in the 60 hurdles and 200 meters.
High jumper Jules Sharpehas won both meets he has competed in, including the Cherry and Silver Invitational at the same facility, on Jan. 18. But Sharpe will not be the favorite with Kansas State's Erik Kynard in the field. Kynard was the Olympic silver medalist in London.
Another Stanford contender should be shot putter Geoffrey Tabor, who also won earlier this season in Albuquerque.