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Updated: Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:23 AM
Weissenbach wins her indoor mile debut at preview event
|Stanford freshman Amy Weissenbach won her much-anticipated collegiate debut, capturing the women's mile in the final steps at the UW Indoor Preview track and field meet on Saturday in Seattle, Wash.
Weissenbach, the National Federation high school record-holder in the 800 meters and a two-time California state champion, ran 4:52.01 to edge Erin Koch of New Balance, by 0.04. Early leader Jessica Tonn was fourth in 4:53.80 as Stanford placed four among the top seven.
Weissenbach, a Los Angeles native out of Harvard-Westlake School, was among six Stanford winners in the season-opening meet, on the flat 307-meter track at University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility.
Hurdles specialist Kori Carter won the women's 400 meters in convincing fashion, clocking 55.92, with teammate Carissa Levingston second in 57.33, in the last and fastest of nine heats.
Another Stanford duel took place in the women's 600, with senior Joy O'Hare outpointing freshman Kaitlyn Williams, 1:31.73 to 1:32.04, for the victory. Freshman Claudia Saunders was third in 1:33.30.
Stanford won both 4x400 relays. The women, anchored by Kaitlyn's twin, Kristyn Williams, won in 3:48.81. The order was Levingston, Carter, O'Hare, and Williams.
For the men, the relay of Spencer Chase, Luke Lefebure, Loren Pilorin, and Marco Bertolotti clocked 3:20.00 to beat Western Washington in 3:20.26.
The mile won't go down as a Stanford victory, though Andrew Berberick led a pack of Cardinal runners to a top-five sweep in the fastest collegiate heat, with all finishing within 1.15 seconds of each other.
Berberick ran 4:09.41 to edge Kenny Krotzer (4:09.91) and Bertolotti (4:09.93), with Jim Rosa (4:10.55) and Erik Olson (4:10.56) just behind. However, the official winner, from the final heat contested among professionals, was Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Galen Rupp in 3:57.15.
Geoffrey Tabor won the shot with a put of 55-0¼. Tabor had his best throw on the second of his six attempts and won by nearly three feet.
Michael Atchoo earned a pair of runner-up finishes. In the 800, he trailed only Matt Centrowitz, the fourth-place finisher in the 1,500 at the London Olympics. Centrowitz ran 1:51.60 to Atchoo's 1:52.98. Stanford's Justin Brinkley was third in the heat and fourth overall, in 1:54.94.
Atchoo followed with the 3,000, running 8:12.36 to edge teammate Rosa in 8:13.55. Michael Nicks, an unattached runner, won the race in 8:05.62.
Stanford took 39 athletes to the meet -- 20 men and 19 women - and next competes at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver meet in the altitude of Albuquerque on Friday.
Stanford overcame six match points to rally past Pacific, 25-23, 17-25, 25-27, 25-17, 19-17, in a wild Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener at Burnham Pavilion on Saturday night.
Stanford (4-0, 1-0) trailed 14-11, 16-15, and 17-16 in the fifth set. But an emphatic kill into the ground by Eric Mochalski off a high one-handed set at the net by freshman setter James Shaw tied the score at 17-17 and sparked a three-point surge to close the match.
Brian Cook had 24 kills and hit .304, and Shaw had 54 assists and 12 digs for the No. 3 Cardinal.
Stanford travels to USC for a match on Friday night.
Redshirt freshman Evan Silver upset a ranked opponent, but Stanford fell to Brown (16-15), No. 21 Maryland (27-12) and Harvard (28-9), Saturday, at Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md. The Cardinal drops to 4-9 overall this season.
Stanford suffered a heartbreaking loss to Brown in its closest dual of the season. The Cardinal won five of the 10 bouts but came up short in the end. Silver, a native of Chevy Chase, Md., put Stanford on the board first with a 3-2 decision over Brown junior Billy Watterson.
The Cardinal dropped the next two bouts before winning three in a row. At 149 pounds, junior Donovan Halpin secured his second dual win of the year with a 5-3 decision over Grant Overcashier. Wrestling at 157 pounds for the first time in his career, senior Timmy Boone posted his 16th win of the season with an 8-2 decision over CJ Howard. Junior 165-pounder Bret Baumbach also tallied an 8-2 decision for the Cardinal over Brown's Philip Marano. Junior heavyweight Dan Scherer capped off the scoring for the Cardinal with a 7-5 decision against Marcos Aranda.
Former Stanford head coach Kerry McCoy and the 21st-ranked Terrapins were a tougher challenge for the Cardinal. Silver led the team, which picked up four individual wins, with a 4-2 sudden victory over No. 17 Shane Gentry. It marked the ninth dual win for the rookie and the first career win over a ranked opponent.
Also picking up wins for Stanford were junior Kyle Meyer, Baumbach and Scherer. Back in the line-up for the Cardinal, Meyer registered a 7-0 decision over TJ Guidice at 157 pounds. At 165 pounds, Baumbach earned his eighth dual win of the year with an 8-3 decision against Josh Snook. Scherer improved to 7-4 in duals with a 7-3 decision over Carl Buchholz at heavyweight.
The Cardinal dropped its final dual of the day to Harvard, 28-9. Silver, Baumbach and Scherer finished the day 3-0. Silver, who leads Stanford with 18 overall wins, edged Jeff Ott, 3-2, at 125 pounds. Baumbach pushed his season record to 14-8 overall with a 6-2 decision against Devon Gobbo at 165 pounds. Scherer completed a solid outing with a 6-0 decision over Nick Gajdzik at heavyweight. The junior is now 15-6 overall this season.
Stanford wraps-up the weekend at American in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Jan. 13. The Eagles posted a one-point win over the Cardinal (18-17) last season in Burnham Pavilion.
— Stanford Athletics
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