Jan. 28, 2011
Day 1 Results
Fayetteville, Ark. - Stanford got underway at the Razorback Invitational from the Randall Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The Cardinal showed off its depth in the distances with both DMR's coming from behind to get the win.
The Stanford men put on an impressive display in the distance medley relay, winning in come-from-behind fashion thanks to a blazing final leg from Elliott Heath. The Cardinal senior ran a split of 3:55.77 for 1,600 meters to bring Stanford back.
JT Sullivan led off by running 2:57.01 in the 1,200, followed by Amaechi Morton's 45.98 for 400 meters and Dylan Ferris running 1:50.47 for 800 meters, but the Cardinal trailed Arkansas by just under three seconds. The deficit would be no problem for Heath as his tremendous final leg gave Stanford the victory and a time of 9:29.22, good for the second-fastest time in school history.
Stanford also performed well in the field, as Jules Sharpe cleared a career-best height of 7-1 ¾ to place second in the high jump. In the shot put, Geoffrey Tabor tossed a season best of 57-7 ½ on his final throw to finish fourth. Also, Kevin Cardey came through with a season-best mark of 22-7 ¾ in the long jump.
In the women's distance medley, the Cardinal had to come from behind, but got the win thanks for a big last leg from Jessica Tonn. Stanford finished with a time of 11:21.93 as it defeated Iowa in exciting fashion. Madeline Duhon led off, before handing the baton to Kellie Schueler, who was followed by Justine Fedronic, but Stanford trailed slightly to the Hawkeyes. However, Tonn was up to the task, finishing the final 1,600-meter leg in 4:44.65 to give Stanford the win.
The Cardinal freshmen duo in the 60-meter hurdles was impressive again as Katie Nelms ran a collegiate best of 8.44 to finish fifth in the heats and move onto Saturday's semifinals. The time moved Nelms into second on the all-time 60-meter hurdles list. Kori Carter also ran well, tying her collegiate best of 8.46 to advance to the semifinals.
A pair of Cardinal sprinters advanced through the opening heats to tomorrow's semifinals in the 60 meters. Carissa Levingston will be the eighth seed tomorrow after running a season-best time of 7.55. In addition, Brittni Dixon-Smith advanced after running a career best of 7.60.
In the 200 meters, Levingston won her heat on the way to finishing 11th with a season-best time of 24.09. Nelms also won her heat with a season best, finishing 13th with a time of 24.17.
In the field, Stanford was led by Karynn Dunn who placed eighth in the long jump. Dunn finished with a season-best mark of 19-7.
The Cardinal will be back in action on Saturday for the completion of the Razorback Invitational.