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Stanford sends 33 track and field athletes to West regional

 

The Stanford track and field team will advance 33 athletes -- 17 men and 16 women -- and one relay team to NCAA competition that begins with the West Prelims this week in Austin, Texas.

Stanford's 32 individuals will compete starting Thursday.

The NCAA also announced its field for the multi-events, and Stanford freshman Harrison Williams will be part of the decathlon field that will compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 10-13. Williams was the sixth qualifier and the first of Stanford's athletes to advance to nationals.

The West regional is one of two in the country, along with one in Jacksonville, Fla. Athletes qualified by achieving the top 48 marks from each half of the country. After scratches were determined, the fields were completed last Thursday. The top 12 in each preliminary meet advance to the NCAA Championships, creating a 24-participant field for each event.

Stanford has one No. 1 seed, women's collegiate 5,000-meter leader Jessica Tonn. Other top-five qualifiers are Elise Cranny (No. 3, women's 1,500), Claudia Saunders (No. 3, women's 800), Dylan Duvio (No. 4, men's pole vault), and Erik Olson (No. 4, men's 5,000).

The Cardinal will be represented in 11 men's events (six track, five field) and 10 women's (six track, four field) at the Prelims. Last year, Stanford had 29 individual qualifiers, in 10 men's events and seven women's.

If the seeds hold, Stanford would qualify eight men and eight women, plus its women's 4x400 relay, to nationals.

No Stanford athlete is competing in more than one individual event. Sean McGorty was the 10th qualifier in the 1,500, but bypassed that event for the 5,000, where he is No. 12 on the final list. Among those not competing is Brianna Bain, who won her fourth consecutive Pac-12 women's javelin title last week, but had been battling an injury and will shut down.

Including Williams, eight true freshmen have advanced -- three men: Williams, Isaiah Brandt-Sims in the 200 and Tristen Newman in the shot put -- and five women. The freshmen women are Cranny, Olivia Baker (800), Maddy Berkson (800), Marisa Kwiatkowski (triple jump), and Lena Giger (shot put).

By including redshirt freshmen, the number of Stanford qualifiers in their first seasons of eligibility is 13 -- seven men and six women.

The event with the most Stanford athletes is the women's 800 with Baker, Berkson, Saunders, and Malika Waschmann. Also, there are three Cardinal each in the men's 5,000 (McGorty, Olson, and Jack Keelan) and women's 1,500 (Cranny, Rebecca Mehra, and Molly McNamara).

There are 14 All-Americans still competing for Stanford: seven men and seven women. Of those, the highest individual national finishers were Saunders, who was second in the 2014 NCAA outdoor 800, and Cranny, the 2015 NCAA indoor 3,000 runner-up.

Stanford's entrants (with seeding):

Men (17 individuals)

200 -- 30, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, 20.93

800 -- 8, Luke Lefebure, 1:47.73

1,500 -- 17, Thomas Coyle, 3:42.80; 22, Justin Brinkley, 3:43.48

5,000 -- 4, Erik Olson, 13:36.77; 9, Jack Keelan, 13:45.82; 12, Sean McGorty, 13:48.13.

10,000 -- 9, Garrett Sweatt, 28:51.56.

400 hurdles -- 24, Jackson Shumway, 51.45.

High jump -- 39, Dartis Willis II, 6-11 1/2

Pole vault -- 4, Dylan Duvio, 18-1 3/4; 25, Garrett Starkey, 17-3

Triple jump -- 7, Darian Brooks, 52-5 1/2; 31, Jaak Uudmae, 50-3 1/2

Shot put -- 46, Tristen Newman, 56-11 1/2

Javelin -- 27, Andrew Rondema, 217-8

Decathlon -- 6, Harrison Williams, 7,679. Williams advances directly to NCAA Championships.

Women (16)

400 -- 16, Kristyn Williams, 52.76

800 -- 3, Claudia Saunders, 2:01.79; 8, Olivia Baker, 2:04.00; 24, Malika Waschmann, 2:07.50; 48, Maddy Berkson, 2:09.59

1,500 -- 3, Elise Cranny, 4:14.05; 6, Rebecca Mehra, 4:17.67; 22, Molly McNamara, 4:20.86.

3,000 steeplechase -- 23, Danielle Katz, 10:23.32

5,000 -- 1, Jessica Tonn, 15:18.85; 12, Vanessa Fraser, 15:54.12

4x400 relay -- 9, Stanford, 3:35.44.

Triple jump -- 21, Marisa Kwiatkowski, 41-7

Shot put -- 26, Lena Giger, 51-2 1/4

Discus -- 6, Valarie Allman, 188-7; 12, Rebecca Hammar, 182-7

Javelin -- 23, Victoria Smith, 155-4

— Stanford Athletics

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