Stanford grads Hall, Allen advance in steeplechase

Appel saves the night for the USA Collegiate National Team

Stanford grads Sara (Bei) Hall and Lindsay Allen each reached the finals of the women's 3,000 steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Friday in Eugene, OR.

Cardinal grad Whitney Liehr placed ninth in the triple jump. Liehr, who ranks eighth on the U.S. list with her career best 44-1 1/4, just missed reaching the finals with her 43-3.

In the steeplechase, Hall ran a 9:57.33, the fifth fastest qualifying time while Allen went 9:59.40, the seventh fastest time.

Hall finished ninth in the 1,500 last year.

Lauren Fleshman, the Stanford grad who won the title last year, finished eighth in the women's 5,000 with a time of 15:31.26.

Stanford senior Chris Derrick ran a respectable seventh in the men's 5,000 with a time of 13:47.28. Cardinal grad Jake Riley went 14:06.07 to finish 11th.

Future Cardinal Maddie Treasure finished 14th in the women's junior heptathlon with a score of 4,634 points. Her best showing was a fifth-place finish in the 200. She raced 25.21 for 858 points. Treasure went 15.20 in the 100 hurdles and an additional 815 points.

San Diego State's Allison Reaser won the heptathlon with 5,359 points.

Incoming Stanford freshman Molly McNamara qualified for the finals of the women's 1,500 junior race, finishing ninth in 4:31.87.

Stanford's Katie Nelms ran 11th in the first round of the junior 400 hurdles, running a 1:03.49.

On Thursday, Stanford grad Lauren Centrowitz ran 4:16.59 in the 1,500 semifinals and finished 18th out of 28. Nick Welihozkiy was 16th in the hammer throw with a mark of 208-6.

USA baseball

Stanford junior Mark Appel recorded the final four outs to record a save as the USA Collegiate National Team downed Mystic, 5-2, Friday at Fitch High School in Groton, Conn.

The Collegiate team started the day with a 7-0 victory over Keene in Rindge, N.H. Cardinal sophomore Brian Ragira started in right field and was 0-for-3.

Appel entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth against Mystic. He worked a scoreless ninth to seal the victory, striking out two of the four batters he faced.

Ragira moved to first base for the nightcap, scoring a run after drawing a walk to lead off the top of the ninth.

The CNT (2-0) play the host Holyoke Sox on Saturday night at MacKenzie Field in Massachusetts.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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