Stephanie Marcy gave the Stanford women's track and field team its first points of the NCAA championships Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Marcy, who stayed with the leaders for all but the final two laps, finished in a time of 34:35.18 to earn All-American honors in the event for the second straight season. The Cardinal senior competes in the 5,000 on Friday. Duke's Juliet Bottorff won the 10,000 in 34:25.86
Benjamin Johnson and JT Sullivan in the 3,000 steeplechase, and Amaechi Morton in the 400 intermediate hurdles, will give the Cardinal men's team a chance to score big on Friday as each advanced to the finals of their respective events in convincing fashion.
Johnson and Sullivan qualified with the second- and third-fastest times of the day, each racing a personal best. Johnson went 8:40.32, fourth all-time in school history, and Sullivan finished in 8:41.46, sixth best on the all-time list.
Morton went a season-best 49.31 to win his heat of the hurdles. He will enter Friday's final as the No. 2 seed behind two-time defending champion Jeshua Anderson of Washington State.
Geoffrey Tabor went 173-10 with his first toss of the discus, but then fouled on his next two attempts, finishing 19th overall and earning All-American honorable mention.
Brittni Dixon-Smith earned second team All-American honors after finishing 12th overall in the women's long jump with a best of 20-5 3/4 on her third attempt.
Freshman Kori Carter ran eighth in her heat of the 400 hurdles in 59.14 and failed to advance. She owns the school record in the event with a best of 57.10. Carter comes back in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles on Thursday and is favored to advance. She also holds the school record in this event.