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Top collegians, preps set to compete at annual Stanford Invitational

More than 3,300 athletes, including entrants from 114 four-year college programs, will converge on Cobb Track and Angell Field on Friday and Saturday for the 39th Stanford Track and Field Invitational.

The meet begins the outdoor season in earnest for Stanford, which will use its full squad for the first time after only selected field event athletes competed in two Northern California outdoor meets.

Fourteen of Stanford's 16 All-Americans will compete, including two-time first-team All-America Brianna Bain in the javelin. Bain, a junior who was No. 5 in the 2013 Track & Field News U.S. rankings, will make her season debut.

Amy Weissenbach, Stanford's other returning first-team outdoor All-American, will run the 1,500 meters rather than her specialty, the 800, and the 4x400 relay. Weissenbach, No. 10 in Track & Field News' U.S. rankings, advanced to the USATF 800 final and set a national freshman record of 2:00.98 last year.

Stanford men's All-Americans competing are Michael Atchoo (5,000), Marco Bertolotti (800, 1,500), Luke Lefebure (1,500), Erik Olson (1,500), Jim Rosa (1,500, 10,000), Joe Rosa (1,500), and Tyler Stutzman (800, 1,500).

Cardinal women's All-Americans competing are Bain, Weissenbach, Aisling Cuffe (1,500), Claudia Saunders (1,500, 4x400), Jessica Tonn (1,500), Alyssa Wisdom (shot put), and Kristyn Williams (400, 4x400).

Cardinal All-America Steven Solomon is running the 400 at the Australian national championships in Melbourne this weekend. Solomon is competing for a spot on his country's Commonwealth Games team.

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Home debuts: This meet marks the first home track and field appearance in a Stanford uniform for these freshmen or sophomores: Valarie Allman (women's discus), Kevin Bishop (men's 5,000), Jack Bordoni (men's 10,000), Hannah Brown (women's 800), Scott Buttinger (men's 1,500), Jackie Choucair (women's 1,500), Dylan Duvio (men's pole vault), Emma Fisher (women's 5,000), Megan Glasmann (women's javelin), Thomas Graham (men's 10,000), Danielle Katz (women's 1,500), Garrett Sweatt (1,500, 10,000), Adam Thorne (1,500, 3,000 steeplechase), and Malika Waschmann (400 hurdles).

Allman has the No. 2 collegiate discus throw in the country and holds the Stanford freshman record with a best of 187-7, from her collegiate debut on March 8 at the Cal Outdoor Opener in Berkeley.

Glasmann already stands No. 4 on Stanford's all-time javelin list after winning the Hornet Invitational in her collegiate debut on March 15, with a toss of 159-10. Only Bain has thrown farther among Stanford freshmen.

Duvio reached 17-5 3/4 during the indoor season and is No. 3 indoors and No. 4 outdoors in Stanford history.

Buttinger represented Canada at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Colombia in August. His 800 best of 1:49.38 is No. 5 on Stanford's indoor list. He was an alternate on Stanford's NCAA indoor champion distance medley relay team.

Buttinger is the only one of Stanford's vaunted men's freshmen distance class competing for Stanford this year. Sean McGorty, Jack Keelan, and Sam Wharton finished 1-2-3 at the U.S. junior cross country championships in February. All are redshirting, but will compete unattached this weekend: McGorty and Keelan in the 1,500 and Wharton in the 5,000.

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Top athletes in the field include Kori Carter, who set a collegiate record (53.21) in the women's 400 hurdles at the NCAA Championships last spring as a Stanford junior. Carter, who gave up her senior season to turn pro, makes her 2014 outdoor debut on Friday (2:46 p.m.), running in her specialty. She was ranked No. 7 in the world by Track & Field News in 2013.

Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek, the hottest collegiate distance runner in the nation, is scheduled to run the 10,000 on Friday at 9:36 p.m. Cheserek came from behind to win the NCAA cross country title in muddy conditions in frigid Terre Haute, Ind., last fall, and swept the 3,000 and 5,000 at the recent NCAA Indoor Championships.

Texas A&M brings the full force of its sprints and hurdles brigade. That group includes defending NCAA men's outdoor 110 high hurdles champion Wayne Davis II, who will run his specialty. The prelims are Friday at 12:10 p.m. and the final is Saturday at 4:35 p.m.

Also expected to compete for the Aggies are Deon Lendore, the 2013 NCAA runner-up in the 400. Lendore, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x400 from Trinidad & Tobago, is scheduled to run both the 200 (Saturday, 3:28 p.m.) and 400 (Friday, 4:39 p.m.). Two members of Texas A&M's women's 2013 NCAA champion 4x100 team -– Bay Area native Ashton Purvis and NCAA outdoor 200 runner-up Kamaria Brown -- will run as well. Both will run the 100 (final, Friday, 4:54 p.m.).

Other top athletes include Air Force's Zach Perkins, the 2013 NCAA 1,500 runner-up, who will run that event (Friday, 6:58 p.m.). And Boise State's Emma Bates, the 2013 NCAA cross country runner-up. She will run the 10,000 (Friday, 8:58 p.m.).

The meet also marks the professional debut of Stanford women's 800 recordholder Justine Fedronic, who anchored the Cardinal to second at the recent NCAA Indoor Championships in the distance medley relay. Fedronic will run the invitational 1,500 (Friday, 6:39 p.m.). She recently signed with a French club, EFCVO, and will represent France in international competition.

Maggie Vessey, a former World Championships qualifier, will run the 800 (Saturday, 2:34 p.m.). She is coached by former Stanford All-America Greg Brock.

Hundreds of high school athletes also will be competing this weekend.

One of the top races Friday will be the girls' 3,000 (1:43 p.m.). The race features Gunn's Sarah Robinson and Gillian Meeks plus Julia Bounds of St. Francis, plus Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley -- she ranks No. 3 in the state in the 3,200.

That same group, joined by Menlo-Atherton's Annalisa Crowe, will go head to head in the mile on Saturday (10:50 a.m.). Maxwell is the state leader in the 1,600 at 4:48.32 and Robinson ranks No. 5 at 4:54.82. Maxwell and Robinson went one-two in the event last year, clocking times that ranked among the nation's best.

The Gunn girls, meanwhile, have the state's fastest distance medley relay squad. The Titans will run Friday at 3:25 p.m.

The majority of the high school events will be held Saturday.

2014 STANFORD INVITATIONAL TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE

at Cobb Track & Angell Field

FRIDAY

RUNNING EVENTS

11 a.m. -- Men's 5,000 (section 4)

10:40 a.m. -- Women's 5,000 (section 5)

11:00 a.m. -- Men's 5,000 (section 4)

11:18 a.m. -- Women's 5,000 (section 3)

11:45 a.m. -- Women's 100 hurdles (trials)

12:10 p.m. -- Men's 110 HH (trials)

12:30 p.m. -- Women's 100 (trials)

12:45 p.m. -- Men's 100 (trials)

1 p.m. -- Women's 1500 (open)

1:22 p.m. -- Men's 1500 (open)

1:43 p.m. -- HS girls 3,000

2:09 p.m. -- HS boys 3,000

2:33 p.m. -- HS girls 400 hurdles

2:46 p.m. -- Women's 400 hurdles

2:59 p.m. -- HS boys 400 IH

3:12 p.m. -- Men's 400 IH

3:25 p.m. -- HS girls distance medley relay

3:57 p.m. -- HS boys distance medley relay

4:24 p.m. -- Women's 400

4:39 p.m. -- Men's 400

4:54 p.m. -- Women's 100

4:57 p.m. -- Men's 100

5 p.m. -- Women's 3,000 steeple (top 3 sections)

5:59 p.m. -- Men's 3,000 steeple (top 3 sections)

6:25 p.m. -- Women's 1500 (top 3 sections)

6:46 p.m. -- Men's 1500 (top 3 sections)

7:07 p.m. -- Women's 5,000 (section 3)

7:27 p.m. -- Women's 5,000 (section 2)

7:47 p.m. -- Men's 5,000 (section 3)

8:05 p.m. -- Men's 5,000 (section 2)

8:23 p.m. -- Women's 5,000 (section 1)

8:42 p.m. -- Men's 5,000 (section 1

8:58 p.m. -- Women's 10,000 (section 1)

9:36 p.m. -- Men's 10,000 (section 1)

10 p.m. -- Women's 10,000 (section 2)

10:38 p.m. -- Men's 10,000 (section 2)

FIELD EVENTS

9 a.m. -- Men's college javelin

10 a.m. -- Men's college hammer

11 a.m. -- Women's invitational javelin; women's invitational shot put; women's college shot put

11:30 a.m. -- Men's college long jump; women's college long jump

1 p.m. -- Men's high jump

1:30 p.m. -- Men's invitational javelin

2:30 p.m. -- Men's invitational pole vault

2:45 p.m. -- Women's invitational long jump; men's invitational long jump

3 p.m. -- Women's invitational hammer

3:30 p.m. -- Women's high jump

4 p.m. -- Men's invitational discus

5:30 p.m. -- HS boys long jump; HS girls long jump

5:30 p.m. -- HS boys pole vault

6:15 p.m. -- Men's college discus

SATURDAY

RUNNING EVENTS

10 a.m. -- HS girls 400 relay

10:25 a.m. -- HS boys 400 relay

10:50 a.m. -- HS girls mile

11:10 a.m. -- HS boys mile

11:30 a.m. -- HS girls 100 hurdles (prelims)

11:45 a.m. -- HS boys 110 HH (prelims)

12:20 p.m. -- HS girls 100 (prelims)

12:35 p.m. -- HS boys 100 (prelims)

12:50 p.m. -- Lori Maynard Kids Half-Lapper

1:10 p.m. -- Women's 400 relay

1:18 p.m. -- Men's 400 relay

1:26 p.m. -- HS girls 400 relay

1:30 p.m. -- HS boys 400 relay

1:34 p.m. -- HS girls 4x800 relay

2:04 p.m. -- HS boys 4x800 relay

2:34 p.m. -- Women's 800

2:57 p.m. -- Men's 800

3:13 p.m. -- Women's 200

3:28 p.m. -- Men's 200

3:43 p.m. -- HS girls 400

3:58 p.m. -- HS boys 400

4:18 p.m. -- HS girls 100 hurdles

4:24 p.m. -- Women's 100 hurdles

4:28 p.m. -- HS boys 110 HH

4:35 p.m. -- Men's 110 HH

4:51 p.m. -- HS girls 100

4:55 p.m. -- HS boys 100

4:59 p.m. -- Women's 1,600 relay

5:15 p.m. -- Men's 1,600 relay

5:25 p.m. -- HS girls 1,600 relay

5:55 p.m. -- HS boys 1,600 relay

FIELD EVENTS

9 a.m. -- HS boys discus; HS girls shot put

10 a.m. -- HS girls pole vault invitational; HS boys triple jump; HS girls triple jump; HS girls high jump invitational; women's college hammer

11 a.m. -- HS girls discus

1 p.m. -- HS boys high jump invitational; men's triple jump invitational; women's college triple jump; HS boys shot put; women's college javelin; men's hammer invitational

1:30 p.m. -- Men's college pole vault

3 p.m. -- Women's discus invitational; men's shot put invitational; men's college shot put

4 p.m. -- Men's triple jump invitational; women's triple jump invitational; HS girls hammer

4:30 p.m. -- Women's college pole vault

5 p.m. -- Women's college discus

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