March 12, 2011
Stanford Men's Indoor Records
Stanford Women's Indoor Records
College Station, Texas - The NCAA Indoor Championships wrapped up in Texas as the Cardinal men placed eighth, while the women were 15th. Elliott Heath paced Stanford, winning the national title in the 3,000 meters.
The Stanford men scored 20 points to tie for eighth, trailing Florida who won the national title with 52 points. The Cardinal women also fared well, finishing with 14 points, tying for 15th. Oregon won the national title with 67 points.
Heath led Stanford for the second-straight day, this time winning the NCAA title in the 3,000 meters. Heath used his blazing kick to demolish the field over the final lap to earn his first NCAA title by winning in 8:03.71. The Winona, Minn., native ran in the pack for the entire race before stepping outside to blow away the field with his sensational kick. Heath becomes the first Stanford male to win an individual NCAA title since 2007, when the DMR took the title in a team that included his brother, Garrett Heath.
Also faring well for the Cardinal men was Amaechi Morton in the 400 meters. Morton placed fifth with a time of 46.57. Morton will earn two All-America honors for the meet after also being a part of the distance medley relay.
The lone Stanford competitor in the field was Jules Sharpe in the long jump. Sharpe leaped 6-10 ¾ to place 15th. Just a sophomore, Sharpe was competing in his first NCAA meet.
The Cardinal women were led by Katerina Stefanidi who finished as the national runner-up in the pole vault. Stefanidi vaulted 14-5 ¼, but fell just short of her first national title. Stefanidi scored eight team points for Stanford.
Stefanidi was not the only Cardinal woman to earn what will eventually be an All-America honor in field. Whitney Liehr also came through with a big meet, leaping 43-6 in the triple jump to finish fifth overall.
Also with an outstanding performance for the Stanford women was Stephanie Marcy in the 3,000 meters. Marcy placed seventh with a time of 9:21.20 to score two points for the Cardinal.
The NCAA meet marks the end of the indoor season. Stanford will now turn its full attention to the outdoor season, which will begin right away.