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Kristyn Williams sets a school 400 record. Photo by Spencer Allen/SportsImageWire.com.
Fast on the Track
Courtesy: David Kiefer  
Release: 01/18/2014

SEATTLE – Stanford sophomore Kristyn Williams broke the school indoor record for the 400 meters during a meet-record breaking performance at the UW Indoor Preview track and field meet Saturday.

Williams ran 53.39 on the 307-meter flat Mondo track at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the University of Washington campus. The mark broke the Stanford mark of 53.57 held by Amber Purnell since 2005 and the meet mark of 55.41 by Aimee Teteris from 2006. The time is the sixth-fastest, indoors or outdoors, in school history.

“She broke her foot in the 4x400 at the NCAA regionals last year,” Stanford sprints and hurdles coach Jody Stewart said. “She finished the race, but she’s spent all her time since then getting fit and getting strong. She’s had a challenging comeback. She’s definitely proven she’s on pace to do something special.”

Stanford earned six victories in an impressive overall performance to open the season, including five additions to school Top 10 lists. The Cardinal won both 4x400 relays, and its individual winners were Justine Fedronic in the women’s 1,000 (2:42.26), Luke Lefebure in the men’s 600 (1:18.39) and Darian Brooks in the men’s triple jump (a 49-11 ¾), as well as Williams.

Steven Solomon, a 2012 Olympic 400 finalist from Australia, made his collegiate indoor debut with a blazing 45.8 split on the third leg of the Cardinal’s winning 4x400 men’s relay. The sophomore joined Jackson Shumway, freshman Scott Buttinger, and Lefebure to run 3:13.62 – the No. 10 indoor time in Stanford history.

Williams finished her day with 53.1 split while running the second leg on the winning women’s 4x400, joining twin Kaitlyn Williams, Amy Weissenbach and Fedronic to post a time of 3:41.22.

Fedronic and Weissenbach (2:44.93) staged a memorable duel in the 1,000. The two are the fastest 800 runners in school history and both were first-team outdoor All-Americans last spring. They finished 1-2, with teammate Rebecca Mehra (2:46.67) third. Official records for the seldom-run event are not kept by Stanford, but Fedronic’s time is most likely the fastest ever run.

Brooks returned after missing all of 2013 with a foot injury and leaped to a personal record despite using a short approach rather than the longer run he will use as the season unfolds. Brooks’ 49-11 ¾ was the No. 5 all-time indoor mark at Stanford. Earlier, Brooks ran a 60 prelim heat in 6.92, the No. 9 time in Stanford indoor history.

Top recruit Dylan Duvio made his collegiate debut and earned the No. 5 indoor pole vault mark ever at Stanford. His third-place 16-10 ¾ was the second-highest ever by a Stanford freshman.

Five Stanford milers set personal records in the men’s event, with Joe Rosa (4:01.72) and Erik Olson (4:02.12) finishing second and third. Rosa, Stanford’s No. 1 runner during the 2012 cross-country season, missed cross country last fall because of injury, but made a strong season track debut, especially for a runner who specializes in longer distances.

“Every single person, across the board, competed today,” said Chris Miltenberg, Stanford’s Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field. “That was the most exciting thing. We are so far ahead of where we were last year. There were some really good signs of things to come.”

Winners and Stanford scorers:

MEN

60 meters (preliminaries) – 7, Darian Brooks (Stanford) 6.92 (No. 9 all-time indoors at Stanford).

600 – 1, Luke Lefebure (Stanford) 1:18.39. Stanford: 10, Jackson Shumway 1:20.68.

1,000 – 1, Tyler Mulder (Nike OTC Elite) 2:21.77. Stanford: 3, Marco Bertolotti 2:22.17; 4, Michael Atchoo 2:22.32; 5, Scott Buttinger 2:22.58; 9, Thomas Coyle 2:30.27; 15, Will Drinkwater 2:32.57.

Mile – 1, Patrick Casey (Oregon TC) 3:58.06. Stanford: 2, Joe Rosa 4:01.72; 3, Erik Olson 4:02.12; 15, Garrett Sweatt 4:10.48; 16, Thomas Graham 4:11.06; 19, Patrick Gibson 4:12.26; 23, Ryan Silva 4:13.72.

3,000 – 1, Luc Bruchet (British Columbia) 7:54.57. Stanford: 7, Erik Olson 8:11.20; 8, Joe Rosa 8:11.38; 9, Kevin Bishop 8:19.38; 11, Thomas Graham 8:20.29; 20, Garrett Sweatt 8:31.66.

4x400 relay – 1, Stanford (Jackson Shumway, Scott Buttinger, Steven Solomon, Luke Lefebure) 3:13.62 (No. 10 all-time at Stanford).

4x800 relay – 1, Oregon 7:33.14; 2, Stanford (Thomas Coyle, Marco Bertolotti, Ryan Silva, Michael Atchoo) 7:35.71.

Pole vault – 1, Levi Keller (Northern Arizona) 17-10 ½. Stanford: 3, Dylan Duvio 16-10 ¾ (No. 5 all-time at Stanford; No. 2 on Stanford freshman list).

Triple jump – 1, Darian Brooks (Stanford) 49-11 ¾ (No. 5 all-time at Stanford).

WOMEN

400 meters -- 1, Kristyn Williams (Stanford) 53.39 (school and meet record).

600 – 1, Shannon Leinert (Oregon TC) 1:29.35. Stanford: 2, Claudia Saunders 1:30.82; 3, Kaitlyn Williams 1:31.94; 4, Malika Waschmann 1:33.78.

1,000 – 1, Justine Fedronic (Stanford) 2:42.26. Stanford: 2, Amy Weissenbach 2:44.93; 3, Rebecca Mehra 2:46.67; 8, Cami Chapus 2:50.14; 9, Molly McNamara 2:50.14; 11, Jaye Buchbinder 2:53.24.

Mile – 1, Laura Roesler (Oregon) 4:40.63. Stanford: 3, Kathy Kroeger 4:42.46; 6, Tate Murray 4:52.82; 8, Megan Lacy 4:55.37; 12, Emma Fisher 5:02.93.

3,000 – 1,  Alexi Pappas (Oregon TC) 9:13.26. Stanford: 7, Megan Lacy 9:45.16.

4x400 relay – 1, Stanford (Kaitlyn Williams, Kristyn Williams, Amy Weissenbach, Justine Fedronic) 3:41.22.

4x800 relay – 1, Oregon Track Club 8:40.09; 2, Stanford (Cami Chapus, Rebecca Mehra, Molly McNamara, Tate Murray) 9:00.20.

Pole vault – 1, Diamara Planell Cruz (Washington) 13-11 ¼. Stanford: 8, Ellie McCardwell 11-11 ¾.

Long jump – 1, Baileh Simms (Portland State) 18-10 ¾. Stanford: 30, Carla Forbes 15-9 ½.

Triple jump – 1, Oluwakemi Olonade (USC) 40-0 ½. Stanford: 3, Carla Forbes 38-5 ½.  

 

  

 


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