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MPSF titles, school records and personal milestones

 

Three Stanford athletes won titles at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championships on Saturday at University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor track.

Sophomore Steven Solomon (46.24) won the men's 400 meters, sophomores Amy Weissenbach (2:04.99) and Claudia Saunders (2:05.19) finished 1-2 in the women's 800, and junior Aisling Cuffe (9:04.57) and fifth-year senior Kathy Kroeger (9:07.23) went 1-2 in the women's 3,000.


Steven Solomon/Photo by Norbert Van Der Groeben/isiphotos.com

Amy Weissenbach/Photo by Norbert Van Der Groeben/isiphotos.com
Also, sophomore Kristyn Williams (53.36) set a school record in the women's 400, breaking her own mark from earlier this season by 0.03, while finishing fourth.

Stanford's women placed fifth among 17 teams with 63 1/2 points and the Cardinal men were sixth of 12 with 59.

In all, 25 Stanford athletes competed Saturday on the meet's second and final day. They combined for 10 additions to Stanford's all-time indoor top-10 lists, nine personal records, three conference championships, and one school record.

Saturday also marked the last chance to make the national top 16 in each event and earn passage to the NCAA Championships on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. The list of NCAA qualifiers will be released Sunday.

Weissenbach ran a personal indoor best and leapfrogged Saunders for No. 2 on Stanford's all-time indoor list. She became the first from Stanford, among men and women, to win an MPSF 800 title. Stanford began competing in the conference indoor championships in 2002.

Solomon, an Australian who made the 400 final at the 2012 London Olympics, ran a personal indoor record and improved upon his No. 2 school indoor mark.

Solomon is Stanford's second MPSF 400 champion, following Amaechi Morton who won in 2011 and 2012.

Cuffe improved upon her previous best of 9:09.79, which broke the American junior indoor record in 2012, and moved to No. 4 all-time indoors.

Kroeger also earned a personal record and moving to No. 6 on Stanford's all-time list. They are the past two Pac-12 Conference cross country champions, with Cuffe earning the title last fall. Cuffe is Stanford's first MPSF 3,000 champ since Laurynne Chetelat in 2009.

Among other notable Stanford performances, Darian Brooks moved into a tie with NFL star Richard Sherman for third on the school indoor triple jump list. Brooks, a junior, uncorked his first career 50-footer, reaching 50-4 3/4 to finish third.

"Darian did a great job of competing after a tough few weeks," said Michael Eskind, Stanford's jumps, pole vault, and multis coach. "He's been battling a minor foot issue so he's missed a few weeks of training. His performance today is a testament to his toughness and to our medical staff's terrific efforts to help him be ready to compete today. I'm incredibly excited for his outdoor season."

In the men's 3,000, Erik Olson knocked seven seconds off his personal record to finish third in 7:50.81, making him Stanford's fourth-fastest Stanford indoor performer ever. Michael Atchoo also PR'd, running 7:54.98 for seventh place and No. 10 on the list.

Both 1,600 relay teams ran season bests and climbed the top-10 lists. The men's quartet of Jackson Shumway, Solomon, Scott Buttinger, and Luke Lefebure was fourth in 3:12.20. It was Stanford's fastest indoors since 2005 and No. 3 all-time.

The women's 1,600 of Kristyn Williams, Weissenbach, Saunders, and Justine Fedronic was fourth in 3:37.58, for No. 4 all-time and the fastest since a 2012 team anchored by Fedronic.

Though Fedronic did not run her specialty of the 800 – she was a 2013 first-team outdoor All-America in the event, as was Weissenbach – she was third in the mile in a personal record of 4:39.81, good for sixth on the all-time list and Stanford's fastest since 2009.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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