Stanford doesn't have much of a history of sprinters. Eastman, Questad and Jeffries were world record holders or Olympians, but that's few and far between. James Lofton was an outstanding 200/400 runner, now in the NFL Hall of Fame. Now and then comes along a Wopamo Osaisai or a Nick Sebes, to name two recent outstanding sprinters. Osaisai is not running Track, but Stanford does have some good incoming frosh who could hold their own during this Track season.
On the Women's side, Stanford has had outstanding sprinters in recent years. Janice Davis returns; Chryste Gaines was an Olympian; and last year's surprise was Chauntae Bayne. Sadly for Stanford, Bayne transferred back home to Texas, a rival at the national level. She moved there with her family to be closer to her parents. Bayne set school records in the 100, 200 and 400 last season and is a tremendous loss.
School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 11.15
Janice Davis SR 11.24
Jackie Bailey SR 11.47
Griffin Matthew FR 11.49w, 11.56
Alana Waller SO 12.41
Davis was ranked at a tie for 16th place in the U.S. last year, a potential NCAA placer. Bailey was about #45 in the U.S. Matthew was one of the top prep sprinters in the country the past several years.
School Record Holder Chauntae Bayne was #13 in the U.S. but is now at the University of Texas.
School Record: 44.18
Jumper Erica McLain or 400 runner Keisha Gaines will join Davis, Bailey and Matthew on a team that could run sub-45 seconds.
School Record: Wopamo Osaisai, 10.39, Larry Questad, 9.3, 100 yards
An all freshman lineup. No one will threaten Osaisai's school record, but Stanford does have some depth. Getting someone into the 10.50 range would be a goal.
Osaisai is sticking with Football for now, as is freshman Tyrone McGraw.
School Record: 39.71
200/400 freshman Zach Chandy will join three of the frosh.
Interesting to note, the top four times in Stanford history had three footballers on the team. Four of the next five had two, with one team composed of four sprinters who also played football.
School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 22.87
Janice Davis SR 23.09
Griffin Matthew FR 24.00
Jackie Bailey SR 24.01
Alana Walker SO 24.75
Keisha Gaines RS JR 24.79
Davis was #28 in the U.S. last season, with Bailey and Matthew solid runners. Davis placed in the NCAA's last year and could well do so again.
School Record: Larry Questad and James Lofton, 20.74
Zach Chandy FR 21.19
Mark Mueller FR 21.42
Danny Belch FR 21.93
Chandy's PR would place him seventh on Stanford's all-time list. He is one of the best long sprinters ever to enter Stanford. Mueller's best is from his junior year of high school.
School Record: Chauantae Bayne, 52.35
Janice Davis SR 52.93
Keisha Gaines RS JR 53.83
Idara Otu SO 55.29
Davis is third all-time but will concentrate on the shorter sprints. Gaines is sixth on the all-time list, but her best was several years ago.
School Record: 3:29.39
Ashley Freeman, an 800 runner, has a best of 53.71 and will drop down to run the relay. Another 800 runner, Laura Mottaz, will also be a solid relay runner.
School Record: Rene Rodriquez, 45.85
Zach Chandy FR 47.29
Elliot Luscombe SO 48.96
Durell Coleman FR 49.08i (2007)
Chris Hadley FR 49.74
Chandy is a tremendous talent and doesn't have far to go to crack Stanford's top 10 list.
School Record: 3:06.6 (anchored by James Lofton)
800 runners Michael Garcia (46.0 on a relay leg) and Justin Reed (47.9 relay) will help quite a bit here. There is a strong potential for sub-3:10.
School Record: Malindi Elmore, 2:04.35
Ashley Freeman JR 2:04.82
Alicia Follmar SO 2:07.59
Arianna Lambie RS JR 2:08.06
Katy Trotter SR 2:08.74
Anne St. Geme FR 2:10.06
Laura Mottaz RS SO 2:10.21
Claire Cormier RS SO 2:10.73
Lauren Centrowitz JR 2:10.83
Mary Liz McCurdy SO 2:10.86
Freeman ranked #28 in the U.S. last season, and several runners here are capable of running close to 2:05. Lots of depth in this event, although some here will concentrate on longer distances. Freeman and maybe others, who concentrate on this event, could be NCAA finalists.
School Record: Michael Stember, 1:46.20
Michael Garcia RS JR 1:48.90
Joaquin Chapa RS JR 1:49.83
Russell Brown RS JR 1:50.16
Lauren Jesperson RS JR 1:51.73
Justin Reed FR 1:52.40
Garrett Heath RS SO 1:52.41
In addition to the above six runners, Stanford has five more in the 1:52 range. Garcia could be an NCAA finalist this year. He has a 46.0 relay leg, so he has the speed. Brown and Heath just ran 3:59 miles, so either could run into the 1:48 range if they drop down. Should make for an excellent 4x800 relay team.
School Record: Lindsey Johnson, 13.48
Lauren Stewart SO 14.28
Deborah Akinniyi JR 14.30
Nora Miller FR 14.37, 14.10w
This is a very solid group of hurdlers. Stewart and Akinniyi rank ninth and 10th on the all-time Stanford list. Frosh Miller is right there with them. It'll be a solid event, maybe a Pac-10 scorer, but not yet on the national level.
School Record: John Foster, 13.94, Rick Tipton, 13.7 yards
Myles Bradley SO 14.36
Josh Hustedt JR 14.70, 14.57w
Richard Sherman FR 13.99 (39" HS) c14.60
J.J. Jackson FR 14.57 (39" HS) c15.10
We haven't seen Bradley indoor yet, but last year indoors he tied the school 60m hurdle record. Hustedt is one of America's rising decathlon performers. Sherman was in the California State Meet last year in this event, and two others.
School Record: Pam Board, 58.31
Idara Otu So 62.83
Lauren Stewart So 43.01 (HS, 300m)
Getting in the sub-60 second range is the goal, which could make either a Pac-10 qualifier.
School Record: Randy White, 50.4
J.J. Johnson FR 38.39 (HS 300m)
Stanford is very thin here with the promising Pickett not returning. Johnson's high school mark indicates he could get into the 54's.
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