Stanford will have 20 athletes in 14 events at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento June 6-9. The final day is made for TV, everything in two hours, and will be televised from 10am - noon (PDT) on CBS.
Stanford has four potential champions: Michael Robertson in the discus, Russell Brown in the 1500m, Erica McLain in the triple jump and Arianna Lambie in the 1500m. So Stanford will be scoring points, although not a potential team winner.
Stanford will have nine athletes in seven events. Erica McLain is entered in both the long jump and the triple jump.
- Jakki Bailey. 11.45, #20. Added to the field after finishing sixth in the West Regional. It's going to be tough for the senior to make the final.
- Janice Davis. 11.56, #29. Another senior, but she was a finalist last season and after early season problems, she might make the finals again. However she's nearly .3 seconds behind #9, that being former Stanford star, Chauntae Bayne at 11.28. Bayne, by the way, is #13 in the 200m. She is the Stanford record holder in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
- Ashley Freeman. 2:06.12, #21. She didn't qualify but was added based upon her time. Each event has 26-27 athletes, so some who didn't qualify were added to reach a full field. Freeman is a senior with loads of experience at this level, but she will have to run her best to make the finals.
- Arianna Lambie. 4:14.05, #2. Lambie won the West Regional by seven seconds. She's strong; she can kick; and she is really peaking. This event on Saturday will be the final for a Stanford athlete at these NCAAs, and she could win.
- Lauren Centrowitz. 4:19.76, #18. She placed third in the West Regional and for two years has been on the edge of greatness.
- Alicia Follmar. 4:20.19, #19. Ran her best last week in the heats, then faded away to 12th in the final. Is this high school star ready to bloom?
- Lindsay Allen. 10:14.46, #17. Allen is third all-time at Stanford. She was hurt early this season but is peaking now. There are nine women at 10:03 or better, so she has to run a PR just to qualify for the finals.
- Teresa McWalters. 16:04.92, #9. A potentially very high finisher. She beat the number two 10K runner in the Pac10, running away the final few laps to win by nearly half a lap. Two women are far ahead, Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech and Molly Huddle of Notre Dame, but I believe McWalters is going to shine in the heat of Sac Town.
- Erica McLain. 20-10, 21-3 1/2w, #14. She's been jumping hurt until recently and is a tremendous competitor. She probably needs a 22-footer to reach the top four.
- Erica McLain. 46-5 ¼, #1. McLain is the strong favorite and the collegiate record holder.
I'm going to predict 29 points and Top 10 finish.
Stanford will have 12 athletes in eight events.
- Michael Garcia. 1:49.22, #25. 11 sub-1:48 guys to pass makes this a tough road.
- Russell Brown. 3:41.51, #9. Number one is only 1.4 seconds better, although Leonel Manzano of Texas is the defending champion. Brown has a big kick, and he'll be up there fighting for first.
- Garrett Heath. 3:43.01, #22. Another big kicker and like Brown an indoor placer. I think he'll be in the finals.
- Jacob Gomez. 13:55.09, #18. The top three are 13:30 or better, but he has the speed for this event.
- Hari Mix. 14:03.20, #22. This is great experience for the sophomore, but it'll be tough for him to make the finals.
- Brett Gotcher. 28:51.65, #15. He ran a surprisingly fast 1500m converted to a 4:02 mile recently. He could place if he doesn't get carried away running with Galen Rupp.
- Graeme Hoste. 17-6 ½, #12. Hoste has a PR of 18-1 set last year, which would be number three in this field. He's far behind number one, Tommy Skipper of Oregon who at 19 feet also graduated with a degree in engineering. But Hoste could definitely place in the top two or three.
- Feranmi Okanlami. 50-7 ¼, #26. His PR of 51-7 a year ago might place him, but he's a longshot to make the finals.
- Michael Robertson. 205-9, #3. Robertson redshirted last year after winning this event in 2005. He has a strong chance to win. And flauntskc, if you are reading this, Wes Stockbarger of Florida is seeded fifth.
- Daniel Schaerer. 196-6, #11. He was added to the field after a poor West Regional. Certainly a potential finalist.
- Josh Hustedt. 7286, #14. Keep in mind that Hustedt couldn't score a fair shot put at the Pac-10's, or he would have scored in the high 75's. That would have seeded him fourth.
Bob Kinder is a fan first, so out on a limb: 31 points, Top 10.
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