Track and field season far from over for Stanford athletes


The NCAA Championships are over, but the track and field season continues for 16 Stanford athletes with the upcoming U.S. and Canadian national championships on tap.

Fourteen current Cardinal will compete at the U.S. nationals Thursday-Sunday in Eugene (Ore.) and two at the Canadian Championships next week in Edmonton. At stake are berths in the IAAF World Championships Aug. 22-30 in Beijing. For the juniors, the top two advance to the Pan Am Junior Championships July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton.

At Hayward Field, Stanford will send six athletes to the senior championships and eight to the juniors -- including Harrison Williams, who will attempt to repeat as national decathlon champion. Including alums and incoming freshmen, 26 Cardinal will be in action in Eugene.

Two current Stanford runners have achieved the IAAF qualifying standards for the World Championships in Beijing, meaning that a top-three finish would ensure a trip to China. Claudia Saunders (2:00.63) has broken the 2:01.00 standard in the 800 meters and Jessica Tonn (15:18.85) has bettered the 15:20.00 standard for the 5,000.

Saunders is a two-time NCAA runner-up and Tonn was third in the NCAA's this month and ninth at the U.S. Championships a year ago.

Other current Cardinal men in Oregon will be Dylan Duvio (pole vault), Sean McGorty (1,500) and Erik Olson (5,000) while Stanford alums include Michael Atchoo (1,500), Chris Derrick (5,000, 10,000), Brendan Gregg (10,000), Garrett Heath (5,000) and Jacob Riley (10,000).

Current Stanford women will be Valarie Allman ( discus), Saunders (800), Tonn (5,000) plus alums Sara Bei Hall (10,000), Jillian Camarena-Williams (shot put), Kori Carter (400 hurdles), and Summer Pierson (discus).

At the U.S. Junior Championships, the Stanford men will be represented by Steven Fahy (1,500, 3,000 steeplechase), Blair Hurlock (1,500), Tristen Newman (shot put), Patrick Perrier (1,500), Harrison Williams (decathlon) and incoming freshman Grant Fisher (1,500).

The Stanford women will have Olivia Baker (400), Lena Giger (shot put, hammer), Marisa Kwiatkowski (triple jump) plus incoming freshmen Kaitlyn Merritt (pole vault) and Nicole Summersett (pole vault).

At the Canadian Championships (junior and senior), Stanford has Victoria Smith (javelin) and Daniel Brady (junior 400 hurdles).

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Several Stanford incoming freshmen have had big performances in postseason high school meets.

At the New York Grand Prix on Randalls Island in New York City, Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, Mich.) repeated as Dream Mile champion, capturing the race in 4:01.73. A week later, Fisher was second at the Brooks PR meet in Shoreline, Washington, running the two mile in 8:43.57. Fisher also won the Michigan 1A 1,600 title in 4:00.28, breaking the state interscholastic record by more than seven seconds.

At the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., Will Lauer (Sioux Falls, S.D.) won the 5,000 by nearly five seconds in 14:35.71. This was after the Lincoln High star won the South Dakota 2A 3,200 title in a state-meet record 8:58.49,

Defending champion Brittany McGee (Brandon, Fla.) was third in the heptathlon, with 4,947 points. Among her marks were 18-6 1/2 in the long jump, 5-7 in the high jump and 14.18 in the 100 hurdles. The Admiral Farr High standout won four individual championships at the Florida 1A meet -- in both hurdles, and the long and triple jumps.

Among state championship winners was Kaitlyn Merritt (Santa Margarita Catholic HS), who captured her second California pole vault title, clearing 13-3. Lucas Ege of Burlington Central swept to a pair of hurdles victories at the Illinois 2A championships, setting a 2A record of 37.10 in the 300 lows.

Hannah Long (Eureka HS) set a Missouri all-class state record in the 1,600, running 4:40.15 to shatter the mark by four seconds. Long also captured Class 5 state titles in the 800 (2:08.87), and in the 4x800 relay. Including her four Class 4 titles last year, Long won seven state track championships in two years.

Jackie McNulty (Oakdale HS) was a four-time state winner this year, in Maryland 2A -- in the 4x400, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. She also has seven titles in two years.

Trevor Rex (Highlands Ranch HS) won the Colorado state 5A high jump championship at 6-9, and Isaac Westlund (Archbishop Murphy HS) won the Washington 2A 400 title in 47.84.

— Dave Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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