Uploaded: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 1:52 AM
Wisdom, Tabor gives Stanford a sweep of the shot put at Cherry and Silver Invitational
|Alyssa Wisdom and Geoffrey Tabor provided Stanford with a sweep of the shot put events at the Cherry and Silver Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday.
Wisdom shattered her personal best twice in competition, and her winning put of 54-1¼ was more than two feet farther than her best of 51-9¾ coming into the meet. It also moves her up to No. 4 on Stanford's all-time indoor list.
On her first attempt, the senior from Coral Springs, Fla., reached 52-9¾ for her best by a foot. That would have won the competition if not her sixth and final toss of the afternoon, which resulted in an additional improvement of 15½ inches.
Tabor, a senior from Ardmore, Okla., earned his second victory in as many meets this season, with a put of 56-7½ on his first attempt. It was a huge improvement over his winning mark of 55-0¼ at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle last week.
In all, Stanford had five competitors in action Saturday on the second day of the meet, including Katie Zingheim and Ellie McCardwell, who placed fifth and eighth, respectively, at the same height of 12-5½ in the women's pole vault.
The Cardinal returns to action on Friday and Saturday at the UW Invitational in Seattle.
The Stanford men's gymnastics team opened its home schedule at the Stanford Open with a quad meet victory in front of a packed Burnham Pavilion.
No. 3 Stanford finished with a score of 437.550 to finish ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma (433.450), No. 6 Cal (425.900) and No. 5 Nebraska (421.900).
The Cardinal recorded the highest team score on all six events in the meet.
Senior All-American Eddie Penev recorded his second consecutive all-around individual title of the season with a score of 87.200. The defending NCAA floor and vault champion earned second-place finishes on floor and parallel bars.
Stanford began its competition on vault with a sequence of consistent performances. The first four routines all scored between 14.250-14.700, with sophomore All-American Sean Senters anchoring the group with a meet-high score of 15.350.
A week after a second-place finish on parallel bars, Brian Knott continued to impress, earning the highest score of the meet on the event with a 14.750. Eddie Penev and Chris Turner tied for the second-highest score, both earning a 14.700.
Head coach Thom Glielmi was happy with Turner's overall performance.
"Chris Turner did a good job tonight," Glielmi said. "His parallel bars, vault and rings were very solid."
Stanford executed well and with consistency on high bar, capped by Paul Hichwa's team-high and second-place score of 14.800. It was a team effort with five gymnasts scoring at least a 14.200.
Stanford delivered a series of strong routines on floor exercise with three gymnasts scoring in the 15.000's. The Cardinal was led by Penev who posted a team-high score of 15.600. Penev was followed by Michael Levy and Sean Senters who scored 15.250 and 15.000, respectively.
Freshman David Frankl made his collegiate debut on pommel horse and made his presence known, earning a 14.800 - good for second-place overall and the highest score for Stanford. Senior Gabe Alvarado finished just behind Frankl in third-place with a score of 14.750.
Senior Jordan Nolff led the way for Stanford on rings with a second-place finish, scoring 15.200. Fellow senior James Fosco finished just behind Nolff with a score of 15.150, good for third-place in the meet.
Despite the first-place finishes, Glielmi believes there is room for improvement and that the team can continue to eliminate minor errors.
"We definitely need to clean up," Glielmi said. "The guys still have room to add difficulty and improve their execution."
However, Glielmi notes he was happy with the team's performance and is excited about the team's increasing potential.
Stanford will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. next Saturday for its next competition when it takes on Michigan.
Stanford's Bret Baumbach and Evan Silver each won matches but the Cardinal fell, 32-6, to ninth-ranked Oregon State on Saturday in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
The Cardinal drops to 4-12 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers move to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Top singles player Pamela Chua took care of business at the top of the ladder as No. 7 Stanford beat Bowdoin, 8-1, as part of the Yale Duals on Saturday.
Chua swept her match with Torey Lee, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2. Sophomore Ariel Posner, at No. 6 singles, recorded an 11-4, 11-0, 11-4 win over Bobbie Cao.
The Cardinal beat Dartmouth, 6-3, earlier in the day as seniors Kerrie Sample, at No. 2 singles, and Julia Koenig, at No. 3 singles, each won their matches.
Stanford (5-2) plays at Trinity College on Sunday.
— Stanford Athletics
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