Feb. 11, 2012
Flotrack Husky Classic Results
Men's Top-10 Indoor List
Women's Top-10 Indoor List
NEW YORK - Chris Derrick continued his incredible season, smashing the Stanford record in the indoor 5,000 meters. Running with an elite field, the Cardinal senior ran 13:19.58 to place fifth against professionals and elite collegians. The time was also below the Olympic 'A' Standard of 13:20.00 for 5,000 meters.
In addition, to Derrick's record-breaking run, Stanford competed at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle. Michael Atchoo broke the four-minute barrier in the mile to lead the Cardinal.
The day belonged to Derrick, though, as he broke the Stanford record by 15 seconds. Derrick hung in the chase pack as former World Champion Bernard Lagat set the pace on his way to a U.S.-record time of 13:07.15. Lawi Lalang of Arizona provided the competition as he broke the collegiate record by running 13:08.28. Derrick closed hard, nearly catching Leonard Korir of Iona, but settled four fifth and was fourth among collegians. Derrick and Korir were just tenths off the old collegiate record of Galen Rupp, but it was no matter as Lalang was well under the old record. Derrick is now the second-fastest American collegian at the distance, trailing only Rupp.
In Seattle, Atchoo led the Cardinal, becoming the 10th Stanford athlete to run under four minutes in the mile, indoors. Atchoo ran 3:59.92 to win his heat of the Invitational mile. The time ranks 10th in Stanford history in the mile, meaning to make the all-time top-10 at Stanford, you'd have to run under four minutes.
also competed in the mile, finishing with a time of 4:06.75.
In the 800 meters, Luke Lefebure led the Cardinal, finishing seventh overall with a time of 1:51.71. Dylan Ferris (1:52.53), Thomas Mallon (1:52.74) and Ryan Valdes (1:54.36) also ran well.
On the women's side, Ailsling Cuffe made her Stanford debut in the mile. Cuffe placed seventh in her heat of the Invitational mile, running a time of 4:42.43. The time is good enough for 10th all-time at Stanford.
In the Invitational section of the 800 meters, Justine Fedronic took over the race after a slow start. She pushed over the final 400 meters, although she was edged at the line, finished with a time of 2:06.96. Joy O'Hare also finished strong with a time of 2:07.65. O'Hare now ranks sixth all-time in the event at Stanford. Alli Billmeyer made her debut at the distance with a time of 2:14.77.
In the open 800, Sarah McCurdy placed 17th overall with a time of 2:12.24.
In the field, Katerina Stefanidi placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 13-10. Ellie McCardwell and Katherine Zingheim also competed, clearing 12-10 1/4 each.
The Cardinal are off next weekend, but will be back in action on February 24-25, when it competes in the MPSF Championships.