Heath wins 3,000 NCAA indoor title; Stefanidi second in pole vault


Stanford junior Elliot Heath won the men's 3,000 meters title Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station. Cardinal junior Katerina Stefanidi recorded a second place in the women's pole vault.

Heath completed the race in 8:03.71, just about a second ahead of Minnesota's Ben Blankenship and Indiana's Andrew Bayer.

The 11th-ranked Stanford men finished eighth as a team.

Amaechi Morton's fifth-place in the 400 meters (46.57) also contributed to the final standing.

Stefanidi went 14-5 1/4 to finish behind collegiate record holder Tina Sutej of Arkansas, who made it over two inches higher.

Senior Whitney Liehr finished fifth in the triple jump with a best of 43-6, which she accomplished on her final attempt.

Senior Stephanie Marcy raced 9:21.20 in the 3,000 meters to finish seventh. Oregon sophomore Jordan Hasay won the race in 9:13.71.

The women finished in a tie for 15th place.


Stanford Brent Eichenseer earned a spot at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships and Meg Hostage recorded her second third-place finish at the NCAA Zone E championships in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Eichenseer and Hostage each placed third on the platform event. Eichenseer scored a mark of 745.60 on the men's side while Hostage finished third with a score of 539.10.

They will compete, along with freshman Stephanie Phipps, at the NCAA championships, which open March 17 for the women and March 24 for the men.


Stanford grad Greg Reynolds became the first Colorado Rockies' pitcher to throw five innings in a game when he did so Saturday night in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I am pleased to see the way he is competing," Rockies' manager Jim Tracy said. "He's shown up this spring."

Reynolds allowed two runs on two hits in his latest outing. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

"Just keeping the ball down is the biggest thing for me," he said.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by John
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on Mar 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thanks for the story. The Chronicle is so focused on the Giants spring training they seem to have room for nothing else.

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