Track and field preview: Field events

The field events at times become the forgotten excitement of a track meet, as the races dominate your attention. However, many venues do an outstanding job of announcing each jump and throw and have boards for viewing the participants. At the end of the day, I am always riveted to all events at a track and field meet, and hope you are also.

A couple of schedule items. The Payton Jordan is now Sun. May 1, moving from the previous day. Also, the NCAA Regional Meet will be held in Eugene, May 26-28.

SHOT PUT - WOMEN

School Record: Jill Camarena, 59-6 ¾

Molly Kinsella, Jr, 41-6
Alyssa Wisdom, Soph, 50-4 ½ indoor.

Wisdom was a sprinter coming into Stanford, but she switched to the shot put, amazing as that sounds, and is now No. 5 AT (all-time) indoors and that throw would be No. 7 AT outdoors.

DISCUS - WOMEN

School Record: Carol Cady, 207-8

Molly Kinsella, Jr 150-8

Molly is our only thrower unless Wisdom has developed here also.

HAMMER - WOMEN:

School Record: Sarah Hopping: 219-8

Molly Kinsella, Jr, 155-4

Same situation as the discus. We are pretty average in both the hammer and discus.

JAVELIN - WOMEN

School Record: Danielle Maier: 174-0

Eda Karesin, Sr, 157-7
Liz Minoofar, Sr, 147-10
Kara Bennett, Sr, 141-8

A very strong event for Stanford. Karesin is from Croatia and a graduate of Harvard, now in grad school at Stanford. Minoofar has been very consistent for Stanford over her career. Bennett has returned for a fifth year after missing last year with an injury. Only 18 collegians threw over 160 last year, so all three Stanford throwers could qualify for the NCAA with some improvement.

SHOT PUT - MEN

School Record: Terry Albritton, 70-7

Geoffrey Tabor, RS Soph, 58-5 1/2
Jeremy Hines, Fr, 57-3-3/4
Quinn Dawson, RS Fr, 51-6 ¼
Sean Wallace, RS Fr, 50—11 ½

Tabor is already No. 10 AT outdoor and No. 3 AT indoor. Hines is No. 5 AT indoor after less than two months. We could well have two 60 footers by the end of the year. Stanford has had a total of four 60 footers in our history. Another interesting history fact, five of our top eight throwers of all time were also football players.

DISCUS - MEN

School Record: Michael Robertson, 210-1

Geoffrey Tabor, RS Soph, 186-8
Carter Wells, Sr 160-6
Quinn Dawson, RS Fr, 187-7 High School weight
Sean Wallace, RS Fr, 167-0, HS weight
Jeremy Hines, Fr, 175-2 HS weight

Tabor redshirted last season but threw 186 as a freshman. That places Tabor No. 9 AT, at Stanford. He was highly recruited as a discus thrower. Dawson, Wallace and Hines will be throwing the heavier platter in competition for the first times this year.

HAMMER - MEN

School Record: David Popejoy, 240-10

Carter Wells, Sr, 203-1
Cody Cox, RS Jr, 179-9
Sean Wallace, RS Fr, 168-0

Wells is five feet short of the top-10 list for the Cardinal and we have a history of outstanding throwers.

JAVELIN - MEN

School Record: Chad Wassink, 234-0

Robert Hintz, So, 211-0
Aaron Kronigsberg, Rs Fr, 199-10
Corey Dysick, RS Jr, 183-9

It's been seven years since we have had a throw over 202 feet. Both Hintz and Kronigsberg's best were in high school. They changed the Javelin not long ago to carry less, but this is not a strong event. With the newer Javelin, Hintz with his 195-8 of last season is already sixth AT.

LONG JUMP - WOMEN

School Record: Jackie Edwards, 21-11 ¾

Arantxa King, Sr, 21-63/4w, 21-2 ¾
Whitney Liehr, Sr, 20-4 1/4i
Brittni Dixon-Smith, Sr, 20-5i. 20-9 1/4w
Jordan Merback, RS Soph, 18-7 1/4i
Karynn Dunn, So, 20-6 1/4w, 20-4 ¼

King was the NCAA runner up last season, redshirting indoors. She was a 2008 Olympian for Bermuda and surely will be again in 2012. King ranks 2nd AT, at Stanford. Dixon-Smith ranks sixth AT, Leihr eighth AT. Dunn's High School best, above, would rank her eighth AT. Merback returns from an injury. Tremendous talent here, maybe four Pac-10 scorers.

TRIPLE JUMP - WOMEN

School Record: Erica McLain 46-5 ¼

Whitney Liehr, Sr, 43-8 1/2
Arantxa King, Sr, 42-5 1/4
Jordan Merback, RS Soph, 41-1 1/4
Brittni Dixon-Smith, Sr, 39-1
Karynn Dunn, So, 40-1 ¾

Liehr is No. 2, King No. 4 and Merback No. 9 AT so again great performers and depth. We should score well here in the Pac-10's.

HIGH JUMP-WOMEN

School Record: Lisa Bernhagen, 6-2 (and 6-5 indoors)

Whitney Liehr, Sr 5-10i
Elaine Patten, Soph, 5-9
Adrienne Johnson, Fr, 5-9
Kara Bennett, Sr, 5-7 ¾

Liehr will concentrate on the LJ and TJ, Patten hasn't jumped indoors and Bennett was injured last year. Johnson has jumped 5-6 thus far indoors, so a wait and see event.

POLE VAULT - WOMEN

School Record: Katerina Stefanidi, 14-1 ¼ and this year Indoors 14-5 ½

Katerina Stefanidi, So, 14-5 ½
Claire Hawkins, Fr, 12-10
Ellie McCardwell, Fr 13-7

LONG JUMP - MEN

School Record: James Lofton, 26-11 ¾

Kevin Cardey, Soph, 23-1 ¼
Colin Hester, So, 22-8
Patton Jones, Fr, 23-0

Not a very good event for us. Cardey improved by over a foot last year to reach 23. Jones hasn't jumped indoors.

TRIPLE JUMP-MEN

School Record: Allen Meredith, 52-3

Patton Jones, Fr, 46-0
Jules Sharpe, So, 46-5 ¼

Jones hasn't jumped yet and HJer Sharpe would only jump in the Big Meet. ‘Nuff said.

HIGH JUMP - MEN

School Record: Brian Marshall, 7-5 ¾

Jules Sharpe, Soph, 7-3i, 7-1 outdoors
Colin Hester, Soph, 6-6
Zach O'Rourke, Fr, 6-4
David Newcomb, Fr, 6-4

Sharpe is already No. 2 AT indoors just behind Marshall with Jules' 7-3 jump recently. Of note: we have a 7-2 jumper for next season.

POLE VAULT - MEN

School Record, Toby Stevenson, 18-9 ¼

Roche, Sr, 17-5
Dysick, RS Jr, 16-11 ¼

Two strong vaulters. Dysick missed last year with an injury but recently jumped 16-11.

That summarizes the field events, next the distance events.


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