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Stanford track assistant takes over top job at Texas State

 

Jody Stewart, Stanford's associate head coach for track and field, has been named Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Texas State, the Sun Belt Conference school announced Monday.

Stewart coached the Cardinal hurdlers and sprinters the past three seasons after arriving from Georgetown University, where he coached under Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's director of track and field.

"Jody has been an incredible asset to our program and the driver in our sprints group making the incredible progress it has in the past three years," Miltenberg said. "While we are very sad to see Jody leave, I am excited for him to have this opportunity to run his own program entirely. I know he will be extremely successful."

One might say Stewart had two Stanford highlights that stood above the rest: Kori Carter's 400-meter hurdles victory at the 2013 NCAA Championships, and Stanford's sprints dominance against Cal last spring in the 121st Big Meet dual between the Bay Area rivals.

Carter won in a collegiate record and world-leading time of 53.21. Carter's title and NCAA runner-up in the 100 hurdles helped lift her among the three finalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor.

In one year under Stewart, Carter improved upon her personal and school records by an astonishing 3.49 seconds in the 400 hurdles and 0.23 in the 100 hurdles. She had never reached an NCAA final, but in 2013, she ran the 400 hurdles more than 10 seconds faster than she had in her NCAA preliminary heat a year earlier.

Stewart coached Stanford athletes to seven current school records: Carter in both women's hurdles events, Steven Solomon in the men's outdoor 400 (45.36) and indoor 500 (1:01.44), and Kristyn Williams in the indoor 400 (53.35) and 500 (1:10.82), and Olivia Baker in the indoor 600 (1:29.42).

Solomon captured the 2014 Australian national championship and a berth on his country's Commonwealth Games team. Solomon was key to Stanford's 2014 NCAA indoor title in the distance medley relay, putting the Cardinal into the lead it would not relinquish, by running the fastest split of the race.

Stewart also has brought women's 4x400 relay teams to the two of the past three NCAA outdoor championships.

Also, a huge achievement for Stanford's emerging sprints corps: Stanford won every individual sprinting event from 100 to 400 meters, captured both women's hurdle races and swept the 4x400 relays to close out the meet.

The Stanford sprints and hurdles have become a strength of the Cardinal team will continue to be so, with an influx of young talent, for years to come.

Sailing

The Stanford sailing team showed early season depth this past weekend, sending six teams to five competitions in three states.

The Cardinal dominated at the PCCSC Women's Singlehanded Championship, earning first and second place. Sophomore Haley Fox took the crown with five wins in seven races, and freshman Olivia Gugliemini was runner-up.

At the PCCSC Men's Singlehanded Championship, sophomore Luke Muller won his second title in as many years. Muller announced his arrival to college sailing last season when he won the PCCSC Singlehanded and finished second at singlehanded nationals. Freshman William Marshall finished fourth.

At the Stedman Hood Trophy in Boston, Stanford finished seventh in a highly competitive field. Sophomore skipper Will La Dow and senior crew Yuki Yoshiyasu claimed seventh place in the A-division, while the all-freshman duo of Russell Clarida and Grace Booker claimed ninth in the B-division.

The Cardinal had two teams competing at the Trojan Women's Invite, hosted by USC. With Fox, freshman skipper Cassie Obel took second place, finishing in the top-3 eight times in 14 races. Sophomore skipper Elena Vandenberg and Gugliemini took fourth.

Stanford also sent a team to St. Mary's City, Maryland, to compete in the St. Mary's Fall Interconference. Sophomore Julia Lambert skippered the Cardinal A-squad to 12th place in the division with freshman crew Maggie Schult. In the B-division, junior skipper Maeve White and freshman crew Meg Gerli finished 15th. Stanford finished 15th in the event.

Soccer

The No. 3 Stanford men's soccer team and the No. 8-ranked Cardinal women were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last week with the College Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 academic year.

A total of 859 soccer teams (305 men, 554 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher to earn recognition. Stanford was one of 208 schools to have both its men's and women's soccer programs recognized.

The men posted a cumulative 3.29 GPA during 2014-15 and is the only Pac-12 men's soccer program on the list.

Last fall, Stanford boasted four NSCAA Scholar All-West Region honorees, two Capital One Academic All-District selections and 12 Pac-12 All-Academic picks.

The women posted a team cumulative GPA of 3.47 during 2014-15 to lead all Pac-12 teams.

The Cardinal had 11 players earn Pac-12 All-Academic honors, three Academic All-District selections and one Capital One Academic All-American last season.

— Stanford Athletics

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