Jan. 20, 2012
Stanford, Calif. - The Cardinal track and field teams will be back in action on Saturday, January 21, when it travels to Boise for the Bronco Invitational. Stanford will be sending a nearly full team to the same track that will host the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
The Cardinal has a large contingent of athletes entered in the field events as well as the sprinting events and up through 800 meters. The distance runners continue to build and will not compete this weekend.
Some of the featured events for Stanford include Kori Carter and Katie Nelms in the 60-meter hurdles. Carter finished second last weekend at the UW Indoor Preview with a time of 8.35, while Nelms was right behind in a personal best 8.38. Carter currently holds the school record of 8.33, but either is capable of lowering that mark this week.
In the field, Arantxa King is expected to make her season debut after missing all of 2011 with an injury. King was the 2010 NCAA runner-up outdoors in the long jump and is back at full strength this season. She leads a deep and talented group of jumpers that will also include Karynn Dunn in the long jump and Jordan Merback in the triple jump.
On the men's side, Stanford has a solid group entered in the 800 meters. After redshirting his freshmen season, Thomas Mallon will make his debut in the open 800 along with veterans Ryan Valdes, Marco Bertolotti and Bronson Duran, as well as freshman Luke Lefebure.
In the field, Geoffrey Tabor
and Jeremy Hines
will lead the Cardinal throwers in the shot put. Both Tabor and Hines are among the top-10 all-time in the indoor shot put and are threats to score postseason points for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal me are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, while the women are No. 23. Rankings are based on last season at this point. New ranking based on this season's results will not come out until after this weekend.