Stanford Track & Field in 2010
The 2010 Stanford
Track & Field Indoor season started in mid-January and is wrapping
up with the MPSF completed and the NCAAs on the immediate horizon. The Stanford Men finished second to UCLA in the
MPSF meet and the Women were runners-up to Oregon.
Eight qualifying Cardinal athletes, six men and two women, will represent Stanford at the NCAA Indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark. this coming weekend.
The first outdoor meet of the year, the aptly-named "Stanford Opener", took place this past Saturday, March 6th, a non-scoring meet with Cal Poly, USF, UC Davis and a number of Cal athletes.
March 26th and 27th are the dates for the famed "Stanford Invitational" meet which features many of the top high school athletes in Northern California and other areas in the west in additional to top-flight college and international competition.
The "Big Meet" will take place at Cal on April 10th and it has always been a very exciting and close competition between the two cross-Bay rivals. May 1st is the "Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational" with its world-class field.
The Pac-10 Championships are at Cal this year, with the Multis events the weekend of May 8th and 9th, and all other events the weekend of May 15th and 16th. There are four big relay meets on the schedule, Texas, Penn, Drake and Mt. Sac. It is still to be determined if Stanford will participate in all four.
The NCAA Regional is May 28th and 29th and the NCAA Championships are in Eugene, June 9-12th.
Stanford Men's and Women's Track & Field each represent very strong teams and will be in the hunt for the Pac-10 Championships. Oregon is certainly the team to beat for both the Men and Women, while strong competition will also come from Arizona State with both their teams along with the USC and UCLA Men.
Before giving thoughts on the current athletes, I'd like to highlight those alums who are highly-ranked U.S. performers.
Russell Brown was the 10th-ranked American Miler last year at 3:57. Gabe Jennings made a big comeback, once again, at 3:58 and Jonathan Riley was America's 7th-best in the 5K, 13:21, and also ran a 4:00.27 mile. Jon Pierce married Olympian Anna Willard, and ran 13:41 in the 5K (apparently unrelated events). Ryan Hall is America's # 2 Marathoner. New Assistant Track Coach on the Farm, Toby Stevenson vaulted 18-10 1/4. Nick Welihozkiy threw the Hammer, 229-11 and was ranked # 7 in the United States.
Lindsay Allen was
ranked 8th in the Steeplechase with a great 9:40 mark, and Sara Hall
(Bei) ran 10:10 in her first try.
Hall was ranked 11th in the 1500 with a 4:09 time. In the 5K, Hall, 15:34 was ranked
11th again and Allen, 15:48, 24th. Erica McLain was America's #2
Triple Jumper with a 45-10 jump.
Jill Camarena-Williams (recently married) was the #2 Shot Putter in the
US, 61-0. Summer Pierson threw the
Now for a preview of our 2010 team, starting with the Sprinters & Hurdlers.
Sprinters & Hurdlers
School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 11.15
Griffin Matthew, Sr 11.45
Shataya Hendricks, Jr 11.66 at Stanford, 11.30 HS
Brittany Dixon-Smith, Jr 11.96
Carissa Livingston, Fr 11.57
Alyssa Wisdom, Fr 11.94
Karynn Dunn, Fr 11.91
Matthew is # 4 and Hendricks # 7 all-time at Stanford. They along with frosh Livingston form an excellent threesome in the 100. They are coming off an excellent indoor season. Livingston now ranks rd all-time in the indoor 60 at Stanford with Matthew 5th and Hendricks 6th. Matthew was 40th in the nation and about # 14 among last year's collegians. We'll be strong in the Pac 10 with all three potential scorers.
School Record: 44.18
We should have a very
strong 400 relay team, capable of running a sub-45, and maybe challenge the
school record. Matthew, Livingston
and Hendricks will join one of the three other sprinters listed above to form
one of the best 400R teams in Stanford history.
School Record: Wopamo Osaisai, 10.39, Larry Questad, 9.3 [100 yards]
Ryan Fisicaro, Sr 10.67, 10.56w
Danny Belch, Sr 10.74, 10.56w
Tyrone McGraw, RS Sr 10.67
Zach Chandy, Sr 10.72w
Spencer Chase, Fr 10.86
No one stands out despite Fisicaro and former running back McGraw sharing the school record in the indoor 60, until broken by McGraw last week by .02 seconds. The wind-aided times for Fisicaro, Belch and Chandy were all in the same race and barely over the allowable. For comparison, 10.54 are the bests for James Lofton and Darrin Nelson. One can see the potential for the Stanford sprinters although hard to predict points at the Pac-10 Meet at this time.
School Record: 39.71, 39.7 (yards)
Last year Stanford ran 40.27 and we could do as well this season, with good passing, as all the runners return. Since no one sprinter stands out it'll take great passing to hit 40-flat. Chase is a frosh with great 400 speed.
School Record: Chauntae Bayne, 22.78
Griffin Matthew, Sr 23.59
Shataya Hendricks, Jr 24.26 at Stanford, 23.77 HS
Carissa Livingston, Fr, 23.67, 23.59w
Alyssa Wisdom, Fr 24.55
Matthew, Livingston had great indoor times, and both could run in the low 23's. Hendricks is a good 400 runner so she will do well in this race also. Wisdom adds depth. There are no shortage of excellent College sprinters, but Matthew and Livingston are potential Pac-10 point-scorers and Matthew is a potential NCAA runner in the event.
School Record: Larry Questad, and James Lofton, 20.74
Zack Chandy, Sr 21.34
Dan Belch, Sr 21.61w
Tyrone McGraw, RS Sr 21.86
Spencer Chase, Fr 21.23
Chandy and Chase, both also fine 400 runners, lead the way in the 200. Chandy is 10th all-time at Stanford and Chase's best puts him just ahead of Chandy. Both will concentrate on the 400 at the Pac-10 level, but will provide stiff competition at quad and dual meets. We're looking to McGraw to improve on his personal best, as he has indoors this season.
School Record: Chauantae Bayne, 52.35
Shataya Hendricks, Jr 55.44i
Brittany Dixon-Smith, Jr 55.89
Hannah Farley, Fr 54.31
Frosh Farley should be our # 1 in an event that is not our strongest. Hendricks may run the 100 with the 200 and not the 400, and Dixon-Smith is also a Long Jumper. Several others might run here but would tend to concentrate on other events.
School Record: 3:29.39
Stanford ran 3:42 indoors, and Livingston ran a 54.31 leg indoors. 3:40 would be a goal.
School Record: Rene Rodriquez, 45.85
Zack Chandy, Sr 47.29
Durell Coleman, Sr 48.32
Amaechi Morton, So 46.71i
Spencer Chase, Fr 46.47
Chase was one of the top high school 400-runners last year, and Morton just broke the 400 indoor record. Coleman and Morton will likely run the High Hurdles more than the open 400, and then their specialty, the 400 Intermediate Hurdles. A strong group here.
4 X 400 Relay-Men
School Record: 3:06.6 (anchored by All-American James Lofton)
The four 400-runners listed above have a combined time, less .5 seconds each for the running start for the last three in the relay, of 3:07.3. That's getting so close to the LSJU school record that has been in place over 30 years. 800 runner Dylan Ferris could also run here.
School Record: Lindsey Johnson, 13.48
Whitney Liehr, Jr 13.86
Jordan Merback, So 14.07
Karynn Dunn, Fr 13.86
Kala Stepter, Fr 14.71
Liehr will concentrate on the High Hurdles and Triple Jump this year, building those events in which she excels as she prepares for maybe her long term event, the Heptathlon. In the Hept, she is rd all-time at Stanford. In the HH Liehr is 2nd all-time in the 60 HH indoors and 4th all-time outdoors. Dunn was one of the nation's best high school athletes in several events last year. She is already 6th best all-time indoors in the 60 HH. Merback has been more in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Stepter has great genes, her mom, LaTanya Sheffield, was the American Record-holder in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles.
School Record: Myles Bradley, 13.61
Amaechi Morton, So
Durell Coleman, Sr
Darien Bailey, Fr
Kevin Cardey, Fr
No times for any one. Morton and Coleman are running the Highs because we have no returnees. Bailey and Cardey are decathletes in training.
School Record: Pam Board, 58.31
Josefine Kvist, So 61.49
Kala Stepter, Fr 43.64 (300m)
Erin Duffy, Fr 44.7 (300m)
We're hoping that someone emerges from this group. It's a young group, with potential.
School Record: Amaechi Morton, 50.11
Chris Hadley, Sr 56.03
Durell Coleman 52.45
Amaechi Morton 50.11
Morton is the school
record-holder and Coleman is the 10th all-time. Hadley just missed becoming "The
Tree". Really. Morton was the 19th
ranked American last season, a star in the making. We are very strong in this event
and looking for both Pac 10 and NCAA points.
Editor's Note: The Bootleg sends its congratulations to the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field Edrick Floreal , who was just named the men's "West Region Coach of the Year" by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The awards were announced on Tuesday, March 9th for the 72 athletes, assistant coaches and head coaches that received regional awards for their efforts during the 2010 indoor track & field season in NCAA's Division I as voted by the nation's coaches [Courtesy of Stanford Athletics Media Relations].
Do you have a "premium" subscription to The Bootleg? If not, then you are seriously missing out on all the top Cardinal coverage we provide daily on our award-winning website. Sign up today for the biggest, baddest and best in Stanford sports coverage with TheBootleg.com (sign-up)! At The Bootleg, "WE WRITE!"