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  Michael Stember
Michael Stember

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Fair Oaks, CA

Event:
Middle Distances

Birthdate:
01/30/1978

Honors:
2000 Olympian
NCAA Champion
Eight-time All-American

Stanford: One of the nation’s premier middle distance runners, who has seen substantial international competition as a member of several United States teams … A member of the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1,500 meters.

2000 Sydney Olympics: Competed in two rounds in the 1,500 meters at the Summer Olympics … Finished sixth in the first round to advance to the semi-finals.

2000 U.S. Olympic Trials: Earned a berth on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team with a third place finish in the 1,500 meters (3:37.04) … Qualified for the Olympics with a school record 3:35.11 at the IAAF Golden League Meet in Monte Carlo in August.

2000 Track & Field Season (Junior): Played a pivotal role in Stanford’s winning the NCAA title at Duke University … Scored 13 team points with a second place showing in the 1,500 meters (3:39.53) and fourth place in the 800 meters (1:46.20) … His time in the 800 meters set a school record and broke the longtime record (1960) of 1:46.6 by Ernie Cunliffe … Met the NCAA qualifying standard in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:40.54 at the Cardinal Invitational … His 1,500 meter time was #2 in the nation behind teammate Gabe Jennings (3:37.33) in 2000 … Finished third in the 1,500 meters (3:45.20) at the Pac-10 Championships in Eugene … Finished fourth at the conference meet in the 800 meters … Ran the opening leg on the distance medley relay team at the Drake Relays which posted a time of 9:32.86, the fastest outdoor collegiate time in 2000 … Also ran the anchor leg on the 4x800 meter relay team, which set a school record (7:16.94) at the Drake Relays … Earlier in the year, finished second to teammate Gabe Jennings in the mile (4:00.75) at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Stember also ran the 800 meter leg on the world record breaking distance medley relay team (9:28.83) at the NCAA Indoors … He was the top-ranked NCAA competitor in both the 800 meters and the mile.

1999 Track & Field Season: Redshirted … However, did compete unattached including a fourth place showing in the 1,500 meters (3:40.13) at the U.S. Track & Field Championships in Eugene … Later in the summer set a school record in Germany of 3:39.05 over 1,500 meters … A fourth place finisher at the World University Games and a silver medalist at the Pan Am Games for the 1,500 meters … Competed indoors where he ran a 3:59.39 in the mile to gain All-America honors at the NCAA’s … A day earlier, he ran a 3:58.87 in a prelim that saw four runners break the four-minute barrier … Also ran a opening leg on the school record distance medley relay team which finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to gain All-America honors … His 1200 meter time of 2:53.67 led the nation … Earlier in the year, he broke the indoor school record in the mile 3:58.57 … Broke the 800 meter indoor school record with a time of 1:49.45 at the MPSF Championships.

1998 Track & Field Season (Sophomore): An excellent season of running ... Ran the 1,500 meters with a season-best of 3:41.99 ... Competed at the NCAA’s in the 1,500 meters ... Finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships ... Ran a 4:04.68 in the mile at the Mt. SAC Relays ... At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal, ran a Pac-10 qualifying time of 14:34.54 in the 5,000 meters ... Member of the school record setting distance medley relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... He competed in the 1998 Canadian-American circuit where he improved his mile time to 3:59.31 and his 800 meter time to 1:47.11.

1997 Track & Field Season (Freshman): Finished third in the 800 meters at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships ... Was the top freshman in the race ... Ran a season-best of 1:49.33 ... Also ran the 1,500 meters, and was ranked 13th before the NCAA’s, and #1 as a freshman ... Placed ninth to gain All-America honors in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA’s ... He was timed in 3:45.19 ... Ran a season-best time of 3:42.88 at the Cardinal Invitational ... Set a freshman school record with a time of 4:02.72 in the mile ... Member of the distance medley relay team which finished second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships ... Member of the 4 x 1,500 meter relay team which won the Texas Relays ... Member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team which finished second at the Texas Relays ... During the summer of 1997, captured top honors at the United States Junior Track & Field Championships in Edwardsville, IL ... Finished in a time of 3:45.42, ahead of Cardinal teammates Gabriel Jennings and Jonathon Riley ... In Cuba, he won the 1,500 meters at the 1997 Junior Pan An Games.

1999 Cross Country Season (Junior): Ran in three races, including the Pac-10 Championships.

1998 Cross Country Season (Sophomore): Did not compete due to injury.

1997 Cross Country Season (Freshman): Ran in three races, including the Pac-10 Championships ... Finished seventh at the Arizona State Invitational.

1996 Cross Country Season: Redshirted.

High School: The 1995 U.S. Junior National champion at 1,500 meters ... Ran 3:46.4 to place second at the 1995 Pan Am Games in Chile ... Ran 1:49 as the runner-up at the 1996 National Scholastic Championships after winning the 1,600 meters ... Two time California state and Golden West Invitational 1,600 meter champion ... A three-time All-American in the 1,500 meters ... Represented the U.S. at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia … A graduate of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA

Cardinal Catalogue: English and American Studies major ... Born January 30, 1978.

Collegiate Career Bests: 800 meters (1:46.20); 1,500 meters (3:35.11); mile (3:58.40)


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