Stanford qualifies 14 individuals to NCAA track and field finals


The Stanford men's track and field team is sending seven individuals and one relay to the NCAA outdoor championships in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning June 8. The Cardinal women are sending seven individuals.

The 14 athletes qualified at the West Regional in Eugene over the weekend.

Elliott Heath, Chris Derrick, Kori Carter and Stephanie Marcy each qualified in two events, while Amaechi Morton qualified in the 400 hurdles and will participate in the 1,600 relay.

Heath, Derrick and Marcy will each run the 5,000 and 10,000. Carter runs the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles.

Alfredo Corral, Spencer Chase and Mark Mueller join Morton in the relay, which qualified 10th in an 'A' standard time of 3:08.13.

Geoffrey Tabor (discus), Jake Riley (10,000), J.T. Sullivan (3,000 steeplechase), Ben Johnson (3,000 steeplechase), Miles Unterreiner (10,000), Kathy Kroeger (5,000), Katerina Stefanidi (pole vault), Whitney Liehr (triple jump), Brittini Dixon-Smith (long jump) and Eda Karesin (javelin).

Kroeger and Marcy ran 16:03.96 and 16:04.12, respectively, both season bests. It was also a career best for Marcy.

Carter placed second in her heat and sixth overall in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.23. She earned her spot in the 400 hurdles by running a school record of 57.87. That broke Pam Board's mark of 58.31 from 1987.

In the 5,000, Heath and Derrick ran with the lead pack that ran a tactical race. Heath ended up second in the heat in 13:47.38, while Derrick was fifth in 13:48.84. Tabor moved on in the discus after a heave of 187-4 to place fifth.

Stefanidi tied for the meet title, clearing 13-5 ¼ without a miss. She was one of nine to clear that height, but the competition ended with each having already clinched a spot.

Liehr placed fourth in the triple jump after earning a mark of 42-8 on her first jump. Liehr passed her last two attempts.

Sullivan and Johnson both placed third in their heats of their steeplechase races and eighth and ninth overall. Sullivan ran a time of 8:50.52, while Johnson clocked a time of 8:51.44.

Morton advanced in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.99, second in his heat and sixth overall. He placed third in the nation in the event last season.

Heath won the 10,000 in 29:11.44, while Derrick, Riley and Unterreiner finished 3-4-5, just seconds off the pace.

Marcy, the Pac-10 champion, easily advanced to the NCAA finals of the 10,000, running a time of 33:31.95.

Karesin advanced in the javelin after throwing 163-6 to place sixth. Dixon-Smith was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 20-6 ¼.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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