Stanford runner reaches podium at NCAA track and field


Stanford's Sean McGorty and Grant Fisher placed second and sixth, respectively, in the men's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at Hayward Field.

McGorty, a sophomore in eligibility, ran 13:26.10 to finish within a half-second of Oregon's 15-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek in a much closer race than many anticipated. Fisher, a freshman, ran 13:30.13 and closed fast throughout the final laps.

Sean McGorty
Combined with Harrison Williams' fifth-place finish in the decathlon Thursday, the Stanford men placed 13th with 15 points. The place was Stanford's highest since 2011 and the point total is the most since 2012. Also, McGorty's finish was Stanford's highest in the 5,000 since Ryan Hall and Ian Dobson went 1-2 in 2005.

Fisher's time was the third-fastest ever by an American junior (19 and under), passing the likes of Galen Rupp, Gerry Lindgren, and even McGorty to jump from No. 8 on the all-time list.

McGorty ties his best-ever NCAA finish. He also was second to Cheserek in the NCAA Indoor 3,000 final.

Most of the women's finals will take place Saturday.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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