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Stanford's track, cross-country programs earn elite status

Stanford has been rated among the elite overall programs in the nation as determined by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Taking into account NCAA team finishes in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field, the Stanford women ranked second in the Program of the Year Award standings and the men seventh.

Stanford was one of four schools to rank among the top 10 for men and women. With the men's and women's places averaged together, Stanford ranked No. 3 among combined programs.

The Stanford women placed seventh in indoor track, and 11th in both cross country and outdoor track. Aisling Cuffe was second in the 5,000 both indoors and outdoors, and fourth in cross country. Half-milers Claudia Saunders and Amy Weissenbach were first-team All-Americans in outdoor track and teamed to help Stanford to second in the indoor distance medley relay.

The Stanford men were 12th in indoor track, 19th in cross country, and 32nd in men's track. The distance medley relay team of Marco Bertolotti, Steven Solomon, Luke Lefebure, and Michael Atchoo won the NCAA indoor title. Also, twins Jim and Joe Rosa combined for four All-America honors over the year.

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The collegiate track and field season is over, but the season is not over for many Stanford athletes, and the summer will provide some supreme tests for current and former Cardinal alike.

At the Portland (Ore.) Track Festival on Sunday night, Stanford freshmen Jack Keelan and Tom Coyle finished one-two in the third section of the 1,500. Keelan's 3:47.70 was a personal record, nearly two seconds faster than his previous best of 3:49.51 from the Stanford Invitational.

Coyle ran 3:48.89 and each already has met IAAF qualifying standards for the World Junior Championship in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27. However, they still must negotiate a top-two finish at the USATF Junior Championships on July 5-6, also in Eugene.

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Sophomore quartermiler Steven Solomon, who sat out the NCAA West Prelims with a strained hamstring, is back training and on pace to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games July 23-Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Solomon, a 2012 Olympic 400 finalist, officially was named to the Australian team on June 5.

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Half-miler Justine Fedronic, who graduated Sunday with a degree in earth systems and completed her eligibility during the indoor season, will have a busy summer in Europe.

Fedronic runs internationally for France and will be hoping for inclusion in the European Championships, which take place in Zurich, Switzerland on Aug. 12-17. Fedronic has a season 800 best of 2:01.50 set in winning the 'B' race of the Prefontaine Classic, and therefore has met the European qualifying standard of 2:03.00.

She plans to compete in the European Team Championships June 21-22, in Braunschweig, Germany, and the French national championships June 28-29, in Albi. Fedronic also is expected to run in IAAF Diamond League meets in Paris on July 5, and Monaco on July 18.

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Another new graduate, Kori Carter, got a chance to return to her first love, the 100 hurdles, at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships at UCLA on June 7 and won with a time of 13.32. She was second in her primary event, the 400 hurdles, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, running 55.22 on May 31.

Carter will run the Diamond League meet in Monaco and, of course, the U.S. Championships, but the rest of her schedule is undecided. This will be the first full season on the European circuit for the 2013 NCAA 400 hurdles champion and collegiate record holder.

Her 54.94 run in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 3 is No. 6 in the world this year.

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Several incoming freshmen shined at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The top finishers among them were Olivia Baker (2nd, women's 800, 2:06.01), Claire Howlett (third, women's 5,000, 16:46.74), Lena Giger (fourth, women's hammer, 175-0), and Karina Shepard (fourth, women's 800, 2:07.16).

In addition, these incoming Stanford freshmen are ranked on the national high school top 10 lists for their events:

No. 1: Harrison Williams, men's decathlon, 7,525 points

No. 2: Elise Cranny, women's 800, 2:04.81

No. 2: Elise Cranny, women's 1,500, 4:10.95

No. 2: Claire Howlett, women's 5,000, 16:28.71

No. 5: Lena Giger, women's hammer 175-0

No. 5: Sarah Robinson, women's 1,500, 4:25.6

No. 6: Lena Giger, women's shot put, 50-0

No. 6: Sarah Robinson, women's mile, 4:45.72c

No. 6: Olivia Baker, women's 400, 53.49

No. 6: Oliva Baker, women's 800, 2:06.01

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These Stanford athletes have achieved the qualifying standards for the USATF Championships in Sacramento on June 26-29:

Men

Joe Rosa, 5,000

Women

Valarie Allman, discus

Brianna Bain, javelin

Aisling Cuffe, 5,000

Megan Glasmann, javelin

Claudia Saunders, 800

Amy Weissenbach, 800

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These Stanford athletes have achieved the qualifying standards for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27 (athletes still must finish first or second in their national championship meets):

Men

Scott Buttinger (Canada), 800

Thomas Coyle (U.S.), 1,500

Dylan Duvio (U.S.), pole vault

Jack Keelan (U.S.), 1,500, 5,000

Sean McGorty (U.S.), 1,500, 5,000

Sam Wharton (U.S.), 5,000

Women

Valarie Allman (U.S.), discus

Sophie Chase (U.S.), 1,500

Vanessa Fraser (U.S.), 3,000, 5,000

Megan Glasmann (U.S.), javelin

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Championship schedule in meets involving current Stanford athletes or recent graduates:

June 26-29: USATF senior national championships in Sacramento

June 28-29: French national championships in Albi, France

July 4-6: Canadian junior national championships in Sainte-Therese, Quebec

July 5-6: USATF junior national championships in Eugene, Ore.

July 22-27: IAAF world junior championships in Eugene, Ore.

July 23-Aug. 3: Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Aug. 12-17: European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.

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