Stanford fifth-year senior Sean McGorty won the 5,000 meters in 13:54.81 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and junior teammate Grant Fisher was third in 13:55.04.
The result gave Stanford 16 of its 28 points, which enabled the Cardinal to finish in a tie for eighth in the men’s team scoring. It was Stanford’s highest finish since 2011 and it comes with the Cardinal women going into their final day of competition with the lead after six of 21 events.
A graduate student in management science and engineering, McGorty was runner-up in this race on the same Hayward Field track in 2016. As in that race, McGorty had the lead on the bell lap, having made a move to the front with 700 to go.
With 200 to go, Campbell’s Amon Kemboi tried to pass McGorty on the turn, but the Stanford runner fought him off. Then it was defending champion Fisher and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight making a push at the top of the curve. But, all the while, McGorty maintained a gap and held it to the finish as Knight edged Fisher at the line.
“I couldn’t be any happier right now,” McGorty said. “I don’t think I could end it any better than this.”
McGorty finished his collegiate career as a 10-time All-American. He becomes Stanford’s fifth NCAA outdoor 5,000 champ, following Brad Hauser (2000), Jonathon Riley (2001), Ryan Hall (2003), and Fisher (2017).
Earlier Friday, redshirt junior Steven Fahy placed third in the 3,000 steeplechase. Fahy ran a lifetime best 8:34.52 – the second-fastest time in school history – to tie Ian Dobson (2003) for the highest NCAA placing in that event by a Stanford runner.
The meet concluded with the 4x400 relay. The Stanford quartet of Frank Kurtz, Julian Body, Gabriel Navarro, and Isaiah Brandt-Sims placed eighth in 3:05.50. It marked the first finals appearance in that event in program history.