April 4, 2012
Final Meet Schedule | Heat Sheets & Live Results | Meet Coverage from Flotrack
Stanford Men's Top-10 List | Stanford Women's Top-10 List
STANFORD, Calif. - It is that time of year again as Cobb Track and Angell Field become the center of the track and field universe. Stanford is set to host the 38th running of the Stanford Invitational, which will take place all day on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7.
The event continues to grow in quality and notoriety each year as top high school, college and professional athletes come to Stanford for an extravaganza of track and field.
The year, the event will also be broadcast live by flotrack.org. The website will be covering all college races and doing post-race interviews throughout the weekend. Their coverage can be found HERE.
The meet will get underway on Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the men's collegiate javelin. Running event begin Friday at 10:00 a.m. with the third heat of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. High School and college events will rotate throughout the meet, but the highlight of the meet is often Friday's distance carnival that begins at 5:15 p.m. The distance races will feature some of the top college and pro athletes in the country and will go deep into the night, with the last race scheduled for 10:44 p.m.
Saturday, things again will get underway at 9: 00 a.m., this time with both the track and the field events. The final event is set for 4:52 p.m. as the high school 4x400-meter relay concludes the meet.
Each year, Stanford hosts thousands of athletes looking for qualifying marks for postseason. This season will be no different, as hundreds of athletes will earn times that eventually get them to the posteason.
Stanford athletes will be at the forefront of the competition, including several All-Americans and top hopes for the outdoor season. On the men's side, Chris Derrick will run the 1,500 meters as he tunes up his speed for longer events later in the season. Amaechi Morton is entered in several events as he shows his versatility for a season that he hopes ends with an NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles. In the field, Jules Sharpe is entered in both the high jump and triple jump, while Geoffrey Tabor is entered in both the shot put and discus.
On the women's side, the Cardinal is stacked in the field events with Katerina Stefanidi in the pole vault and Karynn Dunn in the long jump. Kathy Kroeger leads the Cardinal women on the track as she is entered in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, although will only run one. Kori Carter is also entered in several events, including both hurdles.
In addition the top Cardinal athletes, fans will get a chance to see the nearly every healthy Stanford athlete, including some freshmen making their collegiate debuts.
On the pro side, many former Cardinal training for the Olympic Year will also be on display. Among the group is Erica McLain who is all the way back from a devastating injury that put the 2008 Olympian's career in jeopardy. She is coming off a second-place finish in the triple jump at the U.S. Indoor National Championships and is looking in fine form as the Olympic Trials approach. Other former Cardinal greats that will be competing include Garrett Heath (1,500 meters), J.T. Sullivan (5,000 meters), Brittni Dixon-Smith (long jump), Whitney Liehr (triple jump) and Griffin Matthew (long jump).
Tickets to this weekend's meet with be $10 for one day and $15 for both. Kids under 3 and Stanford students will receive free admission.