Two days of action at the Stanford Invitational were completed Saturday at Cobb Track and Angel Field. Stanford was joined by high school and collegiate teams from around the nation for one of the biggest annual track meets of the season.
The action did not disappoint as two days of racing were filled with hundreds of regional qualifying times. Several more Cardinal athletes fulfilled there regional standards on Saturday to go with some event wins.
One of the more impressive races of the day came from Russell Brown in the 1500 meters. Brown, who was racing against a loaded field that included the Stanford record holder in the event and 2000 Olympian Michael Stember, managed to pull away in the last 200 meters for the event win. His time of 3:42.58 was easily a regional standard.
Also achieving a regional standard earlier in the day was Jacob Evans who ran a personal best time of 3:46.76.
Just missing the regional standard, but setting a personal best was Hakon DeVries with a time of 3:48.63. The personal best was impressive considering Devries ran the last part of the race with one shoe after he lost one when a competitor stepped on his foot in the pack.
The other personal best in the 1500 meters came from Justin Marpole-Bird who ran a time of 3:48.33 and also just missed the regional standard.
The 110 meter hurdles turned out to be one of the more exciting races of the afternoon when Myles Bradley was edged at the line by Timothy Bogdanof who was running unattached. The two were separated by just one thousandth of a second. Bradley's time of 13.99 seconds was run into a head wind, but was still just short of his personal best set in the prelims yesterday of 13.96 seconds.
Freshman Casey Roche added a Stanford Invitational title to his young career in the pole vault when his mark of 16-6 ¾ earned him first place.
Earning a big personal best and a regional qualifier in the hammer throw was Kyle Davis-Hammerquist with his throw of 197-11.
In the shot put, Mike Macellari earned a regional standard with a toss of 56-1.
The Stanford women also achieved two regional standards in the 1500 meters. Lauren Centrowitz placed third overall with a time of 4:19.49 to earn her standard. Just behind her in fifth was Alicia Follmar with a time of 4:20.17, also well ahead of the regional mark.
Also running well in the 1500 meters was freshman Madeline Duhon who earned a season best with a time of 4:31.94.
In the hammer throw, Jaynie Goodbody earned a regional standard with a big personal best mark of 193-6. The toss also moved Goodbody into third all-time on the Stanford hammer list.
Racing in the top section of the 400 meters were Idara Otu and Claire Cormier Thielke. Otu was less than a second off the regional mark, finishing fourth with a time of 55.57 seconds. Thielke finished eighth with a time of 57.29 seconds.
With a 34th Stanford Invitational in the books, the Cardinal will now turn their attention to the Big Meet on Saturday, April 12. The annual dual meet with California will once again decide Bay Area bragging rights.