May 14, 2002
Stanford Story 2002 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, Mooberry Track Complex Washington State University Pullman, Wa 72nd annual for men; 16th annual for women
The Stanford men's track & field team will hope to defend its Pac-10 title when the team travels to the conference meet on Saturday-Sunday (May 18-19) at Washington State ... Last year, the Cardinal tallied 142 points to outscore USC by six points ... Stanford scored in 16 of the 21 events contested ... Seventy-four of those points came in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters ... The victory was the first conference title for the Stanford men in 74 years ... Conference winners for Stanford were Michael Stember in the 800 meters, Gabriel Jennings in the 1,500 meters, Jesse Thomas in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Michael Ponikvar in the high jump ... With the exception of the graduated Stember, all of Stanford's winners are back to try to repeat their winning efforts ... The Cardinal women finished in third place with 120.5 points at the conference meet last year ... UCLA won the Pac-10 title with 155 points ... The graduated Sally Glynn, in the 1,500 meters, was the lone conference winner for Stanford.
Several Stanford athletes rank high in the Pac-10 standings for track & field ... Jesse Thomas is #1 in the conference in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:39.90), Jonathon Riley is the conference leader in the 5,000 meters at 13:29.15, while Grant Robison (13:40.30), Louis Luchini (13:42.31) and Seth Hejny (13:50.77) rank 2-3-4, respectively ... Donald Sage is tops in the 10,000 meters (28:40.12) while Luchini is third at 28:49.86 ... Laura Turner is first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:16.24) while Jean Goff is fourth at 10:22.46 ... Lauren Fleshman is tops in the 5,000 meters (15:35.59) ... Michael Ponikvar is second in the high jump (7-2 1/2) ... Omer Inan is second in the Pac-10 in the discus (198-7) ... Stanford ranks third through sixth in the 1,500 meters led by Gabriel Jennings (3:41.48) ... Milton Little is ranked third in the long jump (24-4 1/2) ... Nick Welihozkiy is ranked fifth in the hammer (195-2) ... Fleshman is second in the Pac-10 in the 1,500 meters (4:18.11) while Ashley Wysong is fourth in the 800 meters (2:04.75) ... Caroline Annis and Erin Sullivan rank second and third, respectively, in the 10,000 meters at 34:09.40 and 34:10.32 ... Jill Camarena resides in fourth place in the Pac-10 in the shot put (53-10 1/4) ... Jessica Pluth is fifth in the conference in the hammer (196-2).
Two Stanford athletes have won awards as Pac-10 Track & Field Athletes of the Week ... Jonathon Riley captured weekly league honors by recording the second fastest time in the United States in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:29.15 at the Cardinal Invitational (5/3/02) ... Lauren Fleshman won weekly league honors with a time of 15:35.59 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/20/02), the fastest time by a collegiate runner in 2002.
Three 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) ... 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 ... Jonathan 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 173-4 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.