PULLMAN, Wash. – Stanford junior Brianna Bain won her third consecutive Pac-12 Conference women’s javelin title and teammates Jessica Tonn and Joe Rosa swept the 10,000-meter races to highlight Stanford performances Saturday on the first day of the conference track and field championships at Washington State.
No other school won as many titles Saturday.
Bain threw 173-11 to lead a 1-2 Stanford finish, with freshman Megan Glasmann in second at 164-8. Tonn won her 10,000 in a personal record of 34:09.13 and Rosa captured the men’s title in 29:16.71.
After the first day of the two-day competition, Stanford is fourth in the women’s competition with 29 points, and the men are seventh with 25.
Bain is among three in conference history to have won at least three women’s javelin titles. Rachel Yurkovich of Oregon (2006-09) and Inga Stasiulionyte of USC (2001-04) have each won four.
Glasmann’s best throw of 164-8 was her collegiate best by more than two feet and improved upon her No. 2 freshman and No. 4 all-time marks at Stanford.
“Finishing 1-2 was one of our goals,” Bain said. “Having Megan on the podium was really exciting.”
Bain was unsure whether her first throw would hold up. Indeed, her opening throw was her best, and her second throw of 166-5 also would have been enough to win.
Glasmann, the reigning U.S. junior national champion, trailed Oregon’s Liz Brenner for second through the first three rounds before unleashing her best throw to pull ahead. It was Glasmann’s best throw by 11 feet.
In the men’s 10,000, Rosa ran a 55.7 final lap to pull away from the field to secure the victory. Rosa ran mostly in a pack of four that included teammate Erik Olson, who dropped off the pace with three laps to go. Heading into the bell lap, Oregon’s Parker Stinson had a slight lead, though Rosa and Colorado’s Joe Bosshard were nearly even.
Stinson made a valiant effort to keep up, but Rosa’s kick was too strong and the Stanford junior earned his first Pac-12 title. Rosa was coming off a personal record 13:33.56 in the 5,000 at the Payton Jordan Invitational a month ago and was primed for a strong performance. Olson was fourth in 29:35.09.
Tonn also used a final-lap kick to pull out the victory. She trailed California’s Kelsey Santisteban going into the final lap, but used a 1:09.6 split over the final 400 to win by more than four seconds. It was the first Pac-12 championship for Tonn, a redshirt junior who was runner-up in last year’s race and hadn’t run a 10,000 since.
“The gameplan was to go out there conservatively and hang in the back for a little bit,” Tonn said. “But of course I did the complete opposite, and took the lead which is totally fine.
“I felt really comfortable out there and it’s almost better for me to be out in front and kind of be in control. Then Elvin (Kibet. Arizona) took over and did her job of leading and Kelsey (Santisteban, California) did her job, so it was a really good, mutual effort, and I think we all ran well.”
Like Rosa, Tonn also ran a personal record in the 5,000 at Payton Jordan (15:32.26) and knew she was in prime condition coming into the meet.
“It feels awesome,” she said. “I had a lot of confidence coming into this meet and I finally accepted that this is where I belong and I can run at the front and hang with these girls in the front pack.”
Stanford also is positioned itself well for the finals of three other running events, recording the top qualifying times for Sunday’s races in each.
Michael Atchoo (3:47.21) led the men’s 1,500 field after Saturday’s prelims, just as sophomore Rebecca Mehra did in the women’s 1,500 (4:23.95). Steven Solomon (46.39) leads the men’s 400 qualifiers into Sunday’s final, which should be a memorable showdown against Oregon’s World Championship 4x400 gold medalist Michael Berry.
Three Cardinal recorded personal records Saturday: Tonn, men’s javelin thrower Andrew Rondema, and men’s 400 hurdler Jackson Shumway.
The sophomore Rondema’s throw of 205-7 was a best by five inches and placed him seventh in the competition and at No. 6 on Stanford’s all-time list.
The sophomore Shumway ran 53.15 in his preliminary heat to earn his best time by 0.55 and become a qualifier for Sunday’s final, in the seventh position.
Winners and Stanford results:
Team score – 7, Stanford 25.
400 (prelims) – Stanford qualifiers: 1, Steven Solomon 46.39.
800 (prelims): Stanford non-qualifiers: 9, Luke Lefebure 1:50.74; 10, Scott Buttinger 1:50.94; 17, Will Drinkwater 1:53.64.
1,500 (prelims) – Stanford qualifiers: 1, Michael Atchoo 3:47.21; 4, Marco Bertolotti 3:48.53; 6, Justin Brinkley 3:48.66; 18, Tyler Stutzman 3:56.85.
10,000 (final) – 1, Joe Rosa (Stanford) 29:16.71; 4, Erik Olson (Stanford) 29:35.09; 8, Thomas Graham (Stanford) 30:13.16; 13, Garrett Sweatt (Stanford) 31:08.44.
400 hurdles (prelims) – Stanford qualifier: Jackson Shumway 53.15, personal best.
3,000 steeplechase (final) – 1, Aaron Nelson (Washington) 8:49.09; 11, Adam Thorne (Stanford) 9:27.50.
Pole vault (final) – 1, Jax Thoirs (Washington) 18-0 ½ (5.50m). 4, Dylan Duvio (Stanford) 17-4 ½ (5.30m).
Hammer (final) -- 1, Remy Conatser (USC) 232-8 (70.92m); 6, Lucas Rowley (Stanford) 199-5 (60.78m).
Javelin (final) – 1, Sam Crouser (Oregon) 243-7 (74.24m); 7, Andrew Rondema (Stanford) 205-6 (62.65m), personal record, No. 6 Stanford all-time.
Team score – 4, Stanford 29.
800 (prelims) – Stanford qualfiers: 3, Amy Weissenbach 2:07.62; 7, Claudia Saunders 2:08.29. Stanford non-qualifiers: 20, Hannah Brown 2:13.84.
1,500 (prelims) – Stanford qualifiers: 1, Rebecca Mehra 4:23.95; 3, Cami Chapus 4:25.11; 8, Aisling Cuffe 4:27.08. Stanford non-qualifiers: 16, Tate Murray 4:29.48; 19, Danielle Katz 4:35.76; 23, Molly McNamara 4:38.63.
10,000 (final) – 1, Jessica Tonn (Stanford) 34:09.13, personal record; 13, Megan Lacy (Stanford) 36:05.41.
Shot put (final) – 1, Julie Labonte (Arizona) 57-2 (17.42m); 8, Rebecca Hammar (Stanford), 48-9 1/2 (14.87m); 11, Alyssa Wisdom (Stanford), 45-8 ½ (13.93m).
Javelin (final) – 1, Brianna Bain (Stanford) 173-11 (53.00m); 2, Megan Glasmann (Stanford) 164-8 (50.19m), No. 4 Stanford all-time; No. 2 Stanford freshman all-time.