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Making a Bid for Nationals
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/15/2014

SEATTLE – Stanford sophomore Kristyn Williams set two meet records at the Husky Classic indoor track and field meet Saturday to highlight a collection of strong Cardinal performances.

Williams won the invitational 400 meters in 53.56 to break a year-old meet mark and followed by running the second leg on the Cardinal’s 4x400 relay that ran 3:38.68, crushing a 2008 meet record by more than four seconds.

Saturday’s competition was Stanford’s last before the postseason and several Cardinal runners positioned themselves for possible inclusion to the NCAA Championships.

Steven Solomon, a 2012 Olympic finalist from Australia, became Stanford’s No. 2 all-time performer in the indoor 400 by winning the invitational quarter in 46.42. The race was the sophomore’s debut indoor race in his specialty. He later helped the men’s 4x400 to an invitational victory in 3:13.11, the No. 8 mark in school history.

Others who took a big step toward nationals were Claudia Saunders in the women’s invitational 800 and Luke Lefebure in the men’s 800 invitational. Saunders, a sophomore, broke her personal record by 1.39 seconds to finishing fourth to finish ahead of teammates Justine Fedronic (fifth, 2:05.24) and Amy Weissenbach (ninth, 2:05.89) for the first time.

Saunders’ 2:05.07 places her No. 2 in Stanford indoor history and could give the Cardinal three half-milers at the NCAA’s on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. Those with the top 16 marks in the country earn an invitation and Saunders’ time should do it. It would have been No. 3 nationally before this weekend’s meets.

Lefebure, a junior, continued to drop his best times this indoor season. His 1:48.80 was his second PR this month.and moves him to No. 3 indoors all-time at Stanford. The time puts him on the bubble of NCAA qualification.

Another personal-record performance came from senior Marco Bertolotti, who ran a 4:01.38 to place ninth in the invitational mile. Stanford’s Tyler Stutzman, out of eligibility indoors but with a season to go outdoors, broke his personal record by placing third in 3:58.57. It was his fourth lifetime sub-4 mile.

In all, Stanford athletes made five additions to the school indoor top-10 lists, set six individual personal records, and won four invitational races.

Sophomore Jackson Shumway earned a family distinction in the open 400. In winning his heat and finishing fifth in 48.85, he beat the time his father, Garry Shumway, ran in setting Stanford indoor record of 49.29 in 1982.

The winning Stanford men’s 4x400 consisted of Shumway, Solomon, Scott Buttinger, and Lefebure. The winning women’s 4x400 was twins Kaitlyn and Kristyn Williams, Fedronic, and Weissenbach. Its 3:38.68 was No. 7 in Stanford indoor history and broke the meet mark of 3:43.19 set by Texas A&M.

Kristyn Williams’ 400 was her second-fastest of the season. She set the Stanford indoor record of 53.39 in the season opener, at the UW Indoor Preview. And for the second time this season on Washington’s 307-meter flat Mondo surface at the Dempsey Indoor track, Williams broke a meet record. This time it was the 53.62 of Saucony’s Keshia Baker.  

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Seattle, Wash.

Winners and Stanford competitors

400 Invitational – 1, Steven Solomon (Stanford) 46.42 (No. 2 Stanford indoors).
400 – 1, Tyrell Yardley (BYU) 48.40. Stanford: 5, Jackson Shumway 48.85 (personal record).
800 Invitational – 1, Felix Kitur (Santa Monica TC) 1:48.73; 2, Luke Lefebure (Stanford) 1:48.80 (personal record; No. 3 Stanford indoors).
Mile Invitational – 1, Mac Fleet (Oregon) 3:58.25. Stanford: 3, Tyler Stutzman (unattached) 3:58.57 (personal record); 9, Marco Bertolotti 4:01.38 (personal record).
Mile – 1, Sean Tobin (Mississippi) 3:59.91. Stanford: 16, Thomas Coyle 4:08.30; 23, Adam Thorne (unattached) 4:10.29; 49, Will Drinkwater 4:17.23.
3,000 Invitational – 1, Kevin Batt (Adams State) 7:52.15. Stanford: 9, Michael Atchoo 7:59.51 (personal record).
4x400 Invitational – 1, Stanford (Shumway, Solomon, Buttinger, Lefebure) 3:13.11 (No. 8 Stanford indoors).

Invitational 400 – 1, Kristyn Williams (Stanford) 53.56 (meet record).
400 – 1, Ashante Horsley (Oregon) 55.89. Stanford: 3, Kaitlyn Williams 56.44.
800 Invitational – 1, Shannon Leinert (Oregon TC) 2:04.37. Stanford: 4, Claudia Saunders 2:05.07 (personal record; No. 2 Stanford indoors); 5, Justine Fedronic 2:05.24; 9, Amy Weissenbach 2:05.89.
800 – 1, Liga Velvere (Vandal TC) 2:06.93. Stanford: 13, Jaye Buchbinder 2:12.29.
Mile Invitational – 1, Katie Mackey (Brooks Beasts) 4:34.99. Stanford: 31, Cami Chapus 4:59.77.
Mile – 1, Rebecca Mehra (Stanford) 4:48.84 (personal record). Also: 4, Tate Murray 4:50.58; 17, Molly McNamara 4:54.37.
4x400 Invitational – 1, Stanford (Ka. Williams, Kr. Williams, Weissenbach, Fedronic) 3:38.68 (meet record; No. 7 Stanford indoors). 

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Albuquerque, N.M.

Winners and Stanford competitors


Pole vault – 1, Jenn Suhr (adidas) 15-5½. Stanford: 16, Ellie McCardwell 12-8.
Shot put – 1, Kayla Kovar (Southern Utah) 55-10½. Stanford: 13, Alyssa Wisdom 45-0½.




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