Track overview, sprinters and hurdlers

Bob Kinder has the most detailed breakdown of track and field this side of dyestat.com. Three Stanford alums are No. 1 in the nation in their respective events, looking to build on a Stanford track pedigree that stretches from Bob Mathias to Regina Jacobs. Here, Kinder delves into what the 2011 season might have in store.

Schedule

The Stanford track and field indoor season started in mid-January and is in full bloom with the league meet and NCAAs on the horizon. The indoor league meet, the MPSFs, is in Seattle, Feb. 25 and 26. The Indoor NCAAs is at Texas A&M, March 11 and 12.

The first outdoor meet is March 5 at Cal, with several other schools participating. March 25th and 26th are the dates for the famed Stanford Invitational Meet, which features many of the top high school athletes in the West, in addition to top-flight college and international competition.

The Big Meet is at Stanford on April 16, one week later than last year, and has always been an exciting and close competition between the two schools. April 30 is the Payton Jordan Invitational with its world-class field.

The Pac10 Championships are at Arizona this year, with the Multi Events the weekend of May 7, and all other events the subsequent weekend. There are three big relay and invitational meets on the schedule: the Texas Relays, Penn Relays, and the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene.

The NCAA Regional is May 27 and 28 in Eugene and the NCAA Championships are in Des Moines, June 8-11.

Alums

Before giving thoughts on the current athletes, I'd like to highlight those alums who are highly-ranked US performers, led by three No. 1 Americans.

Russell Brown was the No. 7 American in the mile/1500 last year at 3:55 and 3:36. Garrett Heath was No. 8 at 3:57/3:37. Heath was No. 13 in the 5K, 13:29, while Ian Dobson was No. 15, 13:31. Ryan Hall is America's No. 1 marathoner, 2:08. Nick Welihozkiy threw the hammer 224 feet, good for No. 22 in the US. Of course, Brown and Heath just became the top two American indoor milers.

Lindsay Allen was ranked No. 8 in the steeplechase, 9:57, and Sara Hall (Bei) ran 10:00 to rank No. 12. Hall was No. 12 in the 1500 with a 4:10 time. In the 5K, Lauren Fleshman was No. 6 in 15:13 and Allen, 15:57, 35th. Erica McLain was America's No.1 triple jumper with a 47-0 jump. Jill Camarena-Williams was the No.1 shot putter in the U.S., and her 63-11 placed her No. 8 worldwide. Summer Pierson was No. 6 in the discus, throwing 199-2.

Three Stanford grads ranked No. 1 in their events for 2010. That's a tremendous accomplishment.

Season outlook

The Stanford Men and Women both have very strong teams and will be in the hunt for the Pac-10 Championships. Oregon's men and women are certainly the teams to beat, while strong competition will also come from the Arizona and L.A. schools.

Sprinters & Hurdlers

100 Women

School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 11.15

11.66 Shataya Hendricks, Sr. (11.30 HS)
11.96 Brittany Dixon-Smith, Sr.
11.51 Carissa Livingston, So.
11.91 Karynn Dunn, So.
11.76 Kori Carter, Fr.
11.67 Angela Gradiska, Fr.
11.85 Katie Nelms, Fr.
11.68 Kellie Schueler, Fr.

Stanford has had some very good sprinters over the past 5-6 years and this year may be the best ever, depth wise. Levingston is No. 6 in SH (school history), and Hendricks is No. 8 SH. Indoor Hendricks has moved up this year already to No. 5 SH, Levingston is No. 3 SH, while Dixon-Smith has moved to No. 8 and Nelms to No. 9 SH. The bests for freshman Gradriska would put her already at No. 9 SH and for Schueler No. 10 SH, both outdoors. So. five of our sprinters are in the top-10 indoor or outdoor. What we need now is for one or two of them, Hendricks and Levingston most likely, to run sub-11.50s.

Schueler may run the 400 more, and not the 100. She is the winner, many times, of the Oregon State meet in the 100, 200 and 400. Gradiska placed high in the California state meet two years ago in the 200. She was hurt much of her final high school season, however.

Carter and Nelms are two the best hurdles ever to enter Stanford. 400R Women

School Record: 44.18

We should have a very strong team, capable of running a sub-44.5, and maybe challenging the school record. With Livingston and Hendricks and two of the sprinters listed above, we'll form one of the best 400R teams in Stanford history. Last year, those two plus Dixon-Smith and the graduated Sarah Matthew ran 44.50, close to the school record.

100 Men

School Record: Wopamo Osaisai, 10.39, Larry Questad, 9.3, 100 yards

10.67, 6.80i Tyrone McGraw, Sr. (i = 60-yard indoor dash) 10.92, 10.76w, 6.96i Mark Mueller, Sr. (w = wind-aided) 10.78, 6.97i Amaechi Morton, Jr. 10.86 Spencer Chase, So. 10.50, 7.05i Colin Hepburn, Fr.

McGraw will be our top sprinter and is the indoor 60 school record holder. Hepburn ran more in the 10.70s in high school, but with his 10.50 time, he will be the one to watch. As usual with the Stanford Men, this is an average group, though we do have solid potential with the same group in the 200.

400R Men

School Record: 39.71, 39.7 400 yards

Last year, Stanford ran 40.36, and we could do as well this season with good passing. Since no one sprinter stands out, it'll take great passing to hit 40 flat. Spencer Chase, Morton and Mueller all have very fine 200 times, and with two of the four runners running the curve, that 200 experience will help.

200 Women

School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 22.78

24.12i Shataya Hendricks, Sr. (23.77 HS)
24.64i Brittni Dixon-Smith, Sr.
23.43 Carissa Levingston, So.
24.52 Karynn Dunn, So.
24.70i Kori Carter, Fr.
23.64 Angela Gradiska, Fr.
24.17i Katie Nelms, Fr.
23.69 Kelli Schueler, Fr.

Just a tremendous group. Now, this isn't to be confused with the sub-23.2 sprinters in the NCAA Finals, but Levingston certainly has a chance to be there, and Hendricks is sprinting very well indoors. Gradiska and Schueler are top recruits in this event. This group will be a joy to watch.

200 Men

School Record: Larry Questad, and James Lofton, 20.74

21.85 Tyrone McGraw, Sr.
21.47 Mark Mueller, Sr.
21.28 Amaechi Morton, Jr.
21.23 Spencer Chase, So.
21.71 Colin Hepburn, Fr.
21.79 Ryan Brown, Fr.

Morton and Chase are very fast but won't run this race often as they concentrate on other events and relays. Great to have Mueller back, as he really improved this past season. A very solid group.

400 Women

School Record: Chauantae Bayne, 52.35

55.44i Shataya Hendricks, Sr.
55.89, 54.24i, r Brittany Dixon-Smith, Sr. (r = relay leg)
54.31 Hannah Farley, So.
54.29i, r Carissa Levingston, So.
55.47 Taylor Dewberry, Fr.
54.25 Kelli Schueler, Fr.

Schueler is already nearing her PR indoors and Farley should improve after a rough freshman season. Levingston will be a great relay contributor. Dewberry is a fine recruit. Dixon-Smith has three PRs already this indoor season.

4X400 Relay Women

School Record: 3:29.39

Stanford has run 3:38 already indoors, No. 3 SH. This would be about 12th SH outdoors, but from a group who will be very competitive.

400 Men

School Record: Rene Rodriquez, 45.85

48.3r Tyrone McGraw, Sr. 46.46, 46.23i, 45.98i, r Amaechi Morton, Jr. 46.47 Spencer Chase, So. 48.55 Alfredo Corral, Fr.

Chase is our No. 1 guy as Morton will be running the hurdles. We are thin here with only Corral and Chase. Morton is our indoor record holder and No. 8 SH outdoors. Chase's best is from high school.

4X400 Relay Men

School Record: 3:06.6 (anchored by James Lofton)

The four 400 runners listed above have a combined time of 3:09. 800 runner Dylan Ferris could also run here.

High Hurdles-Women

School Record: Lindsey Johnson, 13.48

13.73 Whitney Liehr, Sr.
14.07 Jordan Merback, RS So.
13.86 Karynn Dunn, So.
14.71 Kala Stepter, So.
13.54, 13.33w Kori Carter, Fr.
13.95, 13.93w Katie Nelms, Fr.

Nelms and Carter are already No. 2 and No. 3 indoors SH, while Liehr is No. 4 indoors SH. Outdoors Liehr is No. 2 SH and Carter's high school best would place her No. 2 and her 13.33 windy would easily be the school record. Dunn's best is from high school, but that time would be No. 6 SH and Nelms' high school best would be No. 8 SH. Four outstanding hurdlers.

Liehr will concentrate on the long jump and triple jump, but Stanford is loaded in this event. Look for Carter to challenge the school record and Nelms and Dunn won't be far behind.

High Hurdles-Men

School Record: Myles Bradley, 13.61

Amaechi Morton, Jr. 14.22

Morton is our only hurdler under 15 seconds. He is No. 10 SH and No. 2 SH in the indoor 60 hurdles.

Immediate Hurdles Women

School Record: Pam Board, 58.31

61.34 Kala Stepter, So.
40.44 (300) Kori Carter, Fr.
42.81 (300) Katie Nelms, Fr.

Just a rough estimate on converting from the high school 300 to the 400 is to add about 17 seconds. That means Carter could and should challenge the school record and Nelms will be right there. Don't overlook Stepher, whose mother was an Olympic hurdler. We will be scoring some points in the Pac-10, for sure. A super event for Stanford.

Immediate Hurdles Men

School Record: Amaechi Morton, 48.94

Amaechi Morton, Jr. 48.94

Morton is the school record holder and a prime national team candidate. There are two other great college American hurdlers who, along with Morton, could be 2012 Olympians. It's a tremendous challenge for Amaechi, but he is a tremendous talent. Also, Morton could run for Nigeria, as he did this past summer. Track overview, sprinters and hurdlers

Schedule

The Stanford track and field indoor season started in mid-January and is in full bloom with the league meet and NCAAs on the horizon. The indoor league meet, the MPSFs, is in Seattle, Feb. 25 and 26. The Indoor NCAAs is at Texas A&M, March 11 and 12.

The first outdoor meet is March 5 at Cal, with several other schools participating. March 25th and 26th are the dates for the famed Stanford Invitational Meet, which features many of the top high school athletes in the West, in addition to top-flight college and international competition.

The Big Meet is at Stanford on April 16, one week later than last year, and has always been an exciting and close competition between the two schools. April 30 is the Payton Jordan Invitational with its world-class field.

The Pac10 Championships are at Arizona this year, with the Multi Events the weekend of May 7, and all other events the subsequent weekend. There are three big relay and invitational meets on the schedule: the Texas Relays, Penn Relays, and the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene.

The NCAA Regional is May 27 and 28 in Eugene and the NCAA Championships are in Des Moines, June 8-11.


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