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Stanford Takes on the World
Courtesy: David Kiefer  
Release: 07/21/2014

Eight Stanford track and field athletes are competing in major international competitions over the next two weeks.

U.S. junior women’s discus champion Valarie Allman heads a Cardinal contingent of seven, including five incoming freshmen, at the IAAF World Junior Championships, which begin Tuesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Also, Stanford rising junior Steven Solomon, a 2012 Olympic finalist, competes for Australia at the Commonwealth Games in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay from July 28-Aug. 2 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The following is a Stanford breakdown of each competition:

IAAF World Junior Championships

Where: Hayward Field; Eugene, Ore.
When: July 22-27
What: The World Junior Championships are held every two years for athletes aged 19 or younger. This is the first time the meet has been held in the United States.

Follow the meet:
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Schedule/Results: Click here
Entry lists: Click here
Twitter: @oregon14wjc
Tickets: Click here

Stanford athletes:

Daniel Brady* (Canada, 4x400)
Jack Keelan (U.S., 5,000)
Harrison Williams* (U.S., decathlon)

Valarie Allman (U.S., discus)
Olivia Baker* (U.S., 400, 4x400)
Elise Cranny* (U.S., 1,500)
Anna Laman* (Australia, 1,500)
*incoming freshmen

Stanford's meet schedule:

10:25 a.m.: Men’s decathlon first day (Williams)
10 a.m.: Men’s decathlon second day (Williams)
11:35 a.m.: Women’s 400 first round (Baker)
10 a.m.: Women’s discus first round (Allman)
7:05 p.m.: Women’s 400 semifinals (Baker)
12:15 p.m.: Women’s 1,500 first round (Cranny, Laman)
7:45 p.m.: Women’s discus final (Allman)
8:30 p.m.: Women’s 400 final (Baker)
8:45 p.m.: Men’s 5,000 final (Keelan)
3:05 p.m.: Women’s 4x400 relay first round (Baker)
3:35 p.m.: Men’s 4x400 relay first round (Brady)
3:55 p.m.: Women’s 1,500 final (Cranny, Laman)
4:35 p.m.: Women’s 4x400 relay final (Baker)
5 p.m.: Men’s 4x400 relay final (Brady)

Universal Sports Network TV Broadcast Schedule:

Wednesday: 7-9 p.m.
Events: Women’s hammer throw, women’s long jump, women’s 5,000, women’s and men’s 100.

Thursday: 6-9 p.m.
Events: Women’s pole vault, men’s shot put, men’s long jump, women’s javelin, men’s 110 hurdles, men’s 400, women’s 800, women’s 3,000, men’s 1,500.

Friday: 6-9 p.m.
Events: Men’s hammer throw, men’s high jump, women’s shot put, men’s 400 hurdles, women’s discus, women’s and men’s 200, women’s 400, men’s 5,000.

Saturday: 3:30-6 p.m.
Events: Men’s pole vault, women’s triple jump, men’s discus, women’s 400 hurdles, women’s 3,000 steeplechase, women’s and men’s 4x100 relay.

Sunday: 3-5:30 p.m.
Events: Women’s high jump, men’s triple jump, women’s 100 hurdles, men’s javelin, men’s 3,000 steeplechase, women’s 1,500, men’s 800, women’s and men’s 4x400 relay. & Schedule:

10 a.m.: Morning Session - &
5:15 p.m.: Evening Session - &

10 a.m.: Morning Session - &
5:30 p.m.: Evening Session -

10 a.m.: Morning Session - &
5:50 p.m.: Evening Session -

10 a.m.: Morning Session - &
5:45 p.m.: Evening Session -

2:20 p.m.: Afternoon Session -

2:50 p.m.: Afternoon Session -

The following is a closer look at Stanford’s athletes:

Daniel Brady (Canada, 4x400): Incoming freshman was third at the Canadian junior championships on July 6 with a lifetime best 52.36 in the 400 intermediate hurdles … the 6-foot-2 Toronto native is a graduate of the city’s Greenwood College School … competed on Canada’s 2013 World Youth Championships team in Ukraine in the 400IH.

Jack Keelan (U.S., 5,000): Stanford rising sophomore redshirted in both track and cross country in 2013-14 … finished third at the U.S. junior championships in the 5,000 … set season and personal best of 13:55.59 at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational on May 4 … second at the 2014 U.S. junior national cross country championships.

Harrison Williams (U.S., decathlon): Incoming freshman won the junior national title in Sacramento on June 25-26 … his score of 7,734 points was the second-highest total in history for a U.S. junior, and only 14 points from the national record … a recent graduate of Memphis (Tenn.) University School, where he won five state Division II titles for the second consecutive year.

Valarie Allman (U.S., discus): Rising sophomore is the No. 1-ranked junior in the world … won the U.S. junior title, also in Eugene, with a lifetime best throw of 188-6 to win by 14 feet … placed 12th at U.S. senior nationals … improved upon her Stanford freshman record and strengthens her hold on No. 3 in school history … Pac-12 runner-up and conference Women’s Newcomer/Freshman of the Year.

Olivia Baker (U.S., 400, 4x400): Incoming freshman was second in the women’s 400 meters at the U.S. junior nationals in a New Jersey high school-record 52.46 … the recent graduate of Columbia High in Maplewood, N.J., is the No. 1 high school quartermiler in the country … also No. 6 on the yearly prep 800 list, at 2:06.01.

Elise Cranny (U.S., 1,500): Incoming freshman is No. 3 in U.S. high school history with a 4:10.95, run at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational … the recent graduate of Niwot (Colo.) High School was second at the U.S. junior track nationals … won the 2014 U.S. junior cross country championship … also carries an 800 best of 2:04.81, the No. 3 high school time in the country this year.

Anna Laman (Australia, 1,500): Incoming freshman captured the Australian junior title in the 1,500 and was second in the 800 … has a lifetime best of 4:13.62 from 2011 … limited by a foot injury leading into the meet, but appears to be healthy now … placed 11th at the 2011 World Junior Championships.  

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Commonwealth Games

Where: Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland
When: July 27-Aug. 2
What: The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport Olympic-style event held every four years for nations formerly comprising the British Empire.

Follow the meet:
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Australia Athletics meet page: Click here
Results: Click here
Schedule: Click here

Stanford athlete:

Steven Solomon (Australia, 400, 4x400): The rising Stanford junior broke the school record in the 400 while winning the Australian national championship in Melbourne on April 3, running 45.36 … set lifetime best of 44.97 in the London Olympic semifinals, becoming the first Aussie in 24 years to reach an Olympic men’s 400 final … second in the Pac-12 … helped Stanford to the 2014 NCAA indoor distance medley relay title with a 45.75 split to put the Cardinal into the lead.

Solomon’s schedule (all times PDT):
July 28: 3:25 a.m., 400 first round
July 29: 12:05 p.m., 400 semifinals
July 30: 12:30 p.m., 400 final
Aug. 1: 11:10 a.m., 4x400 relay first round
Aug. 2: 12:10 p.m., 4x400 final

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Highlights from among Stanford track and field alumni:

* Katerina Stefanidi ’12, the 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, is having a monster year in the women’s pole vault.

Stefanidi set a lifetime best and tied the Greek national record of 15-5 ½ (4.71 meters) while placing third at the Herculis Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday. Stefanidi cleared it on her first try before three unsuccessful attempts at a national record 15-7 ¼.

It marked the second personal best in a week for Stefanidi. She jumped 15-3 (4.65m) earlier in London. Stefanidi is tied for No. 2 on the 2014 world list. She opened the season with a best of 14-9 ½ (4.51), matching her Stanford school record, which was set in 2012.

Stefanidi is tied for first on the season European list.

* Justine Fedronic ’13 ran a lifetime best 2:00.41 to place 10th in the women’s 800 at the Herculis meet in Monaco. Fedronic improved upon her previous best by 0.56. Fedronic grew up in the Bay Area but represents France. She already had achieved the qualifying standard of 2:03.00 for the European Championships, to be held on Aug. 12-17 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Fedronic is No. 16 in Europe and No. 2 in France.

* Garrett Heath ’09 placed second in the two mile at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on a street course that finished in front of Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday. Heath ran 8:29 as the runner-up to Bernard Lagat to conclude his European season.

* Reigning U.S. cross country champion Chris Derrick ’12 got some speed work with a personal best 3.59.42 mile, to place third at the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on July 10.

* Kori Carter '14 has the No. 2 time in the world in the women's 400 hurdles. Carter's 53.84 while winning the U.S. title on June 29 in Sacramento is second only to Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer (53.41).



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