Northridge, Calif.- It was a very successful day for the Stanford track and field teams at the 2008 West Regional on Saturday as the Cardinal got a total of 12 national qualifying performances. The Stanford women finished in fourth place with 74 points with five more athletes earning a trip to the NCAA Championships and two qualifying in a second event. The men finished ninth with 39 points and had five athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The women now have a total of ten athletes in 12 events for the NCAA Championships in two weeks after a big West Regional meet.
Erica McLain once again led the charge for the Cardinal by capturing her second West Regional Championship in as many days. The Stanford senior easily won the triple jump as she leaped 43-2 ½ in her fist attempt and then passed the rest of the competition. Sabrina Nettey also competed in the triple jump, finishing 13th with a mark of 39-8 ¾.
The Cardinal distance runners also had a big day with three more joining the national team that already included Teresa McWalters in the 5,000 meters and Alexandra Gits in the 10,000 meters.
Alicia Follmar finished fourth in the 1,500 meters in a personal best time of 4:17.24 and will be joined at nationals in the event by Lauren Centrowitz who finished fifth with a time of 4:19.15.
The final Stanford distance runner to qualify was Lindsay Allen in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Allen finished fourth with a time of 10:06.92.
The Stanford throwers had an outstanding showing at the West Regionals as well as Melissa Yunghans and Michaela Wallerstedt both qualified for the national team with personal best throws in the shot put. Yunghans finished second with a throw of 53-10 ¼, while Walerstedt finished fifth with a toss of 51-10. Jaynie Goodbody qualified in the hammer throw yesterday for the Cardinal.
Griffin Matthew joined McLain as a double qualifier for the NCAA Championships when she placed fifth in the 100 meters in a personal best time of 11.55 seconds. Matthew qualified yesterday in the long jump and will compete in both events at the NCAA's.
In the javelin, Danielle Maier finished eighth with a throw of 152-0. She scored one point for Stanford.
The Stanford men entered the day with no points in the team standings and no athletes having qualified for the NCAA Championships. However, this would quickly change after the completion of the 1,500 meters.
Garrett Heath added a West Regional title to his Pac-10 title by winning the event in a time of 3:42.17. He will be joined at the National Championships by his teammate Russell Brown who finished fifth with a time of 3:44.29. Also running well in the event was Justin Marpole-Bird who finished seventh with a time of 3:45.82. Overall Stanford scored 16 points in the event. Hakon DeVries finished just out of the points in 11th with a time of 3:50.20.
Finishing as the West Regional runner-up and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters was Wopamo Osaisai. Osaisai ran a season best time of 10.44 seconds and will return to nationals for the first time since 2005.
Also qualifying for the NCAA's was Myles Bradley in the 110 meter high hurdles. In the process Bradley established a new school record of 13.78 seconds in the event. Bradley had already run 13.78 seconds at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational earlier this season, but it could not count towards the record because it was wind-aided.
The final male qualifier for the NCAA Championships was Andrew Dargie in the 400 meters. The Stanford freshman placed fifth in a time of 47.21 seconds.
Narrowly missing the NCAA's was the Stanford 4x100 meter relay team that finished fourth. Needing to finish in the top-three, the team of Zach Chandy, Dargie, Daniel Belch, and Osaisai will not advance.
In the throws, Mike Macellari finished 13th in the discus with a person best throw of 175-9. Kyle Davis-Hammerquist had a tough day as he fouled in all three of his attempts in the hammer throw.
Other Stanford finishers in the field events included Benjamin Dickens and Casey Roche in the pole vault who both cleared a height of 16-1 ¼. Dickens placed 17th while Roche was 19th based on number of misses. Returning All-American Graeme Hoste no heighted in the event and will not return to nationals.
The final event of the day for the Stanford men was the 3,000 meter steeplechase where JT Sullivan finished 13th with a personal best time of 9:01.40 and Chris Mocko finished 22nd with a time of 9:10.86.
Saturday concluded the NCAA West Regional. The Cardinal will now set their sights on the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from Wed.-Sat., June 11-14.