Heath leads Cardinal's weekend
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Cardinal indoor season began to shape up as a large contingent of athletes competed at the Razorback Invitational over the weekend. Both teams had some outstanding results led by Elliott Heath earning the NCAA auto standard in the 3,000 meters.
Heath became the second Stanford athlete to guarantee a spot at the NCAA Indoor meet in March after earning the auto standard in the 3,000. He ran a personal-best time of 7:52.27 to win the meet title over a talented field that included NCAA cross-country runner-up Stephen Sambu of Arizona. Heath appears to be in fine form, running the fourth-fastest 3,000 in Stanford history a day after splitting 3:55.77 in his 1,600-meter leg of the distance medley relay.
Also faring well in the 3,000 was Miles Unterreiner who was sixth, running 8:05.59, which was just off his personal best. Placing eighth was Benjamin Johnson in 8:07.84, while Tyler Stutzman ran a time of 8:27.35.
Amaechi Morton continued his outstanding beginning to the 2011 season by breaking his own school record in winning the 400 meters in 46.23. The time would have been the fastest in the nation entering this weekend's meets.
In the middle distances, Stanford was led by Dylan Ferris who placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.11. Freshmen Thomas Mallon and Bronson Duran also made their debuts at the distance, running 1:54.16 and 1:56.60, respectively. In the mile, freshman Michael Atchoo placed eighth in a time of 4:08.27, while fellow freshmen Adam Thorne and Kenny Krotzer ran 4:15.25 and 4:15.84.
On the field, the Cardinal throwers performed well in the weight throw as Carter Wells placed third with a toss of 60-5. In addition, Quinn Dawson posted a season-best of 59-9 ½, while Jeremy Hines tossed 43-7 ¾.
The women showed off its depth in the sprints. Carissa Levingston advance to the final of the 60 meters by running 7.56. In the final, Levingston improved to 7.54 to place fifth. Brittni Dixon-Smith was also a semifinalist, running 7.68.
Stanford's freshmen duo in the hurdles both advanced to the final after Kori Carter ran 8.49 and Katie Nelms ran 8.50 in the semifinals. In the final, Nelms improved to season-best tying 8.44 to place fifth, while Carter repeated her same time to finish sixth.
Continuing the freshman impact was Kellie Schueler in the 400 meters. Schueler ran 54.90 to place 13th and move into sixth on Stanford's all-time 400-meter list. Hannah Farley also performed well, finishing with a time of 55.88. Schuler also anchored the 4x400-meter relay with a split of 54.02 to lead Stanford to a seventh-place finish in 3:38.22.
Jessica Tonn led Stanford in the distances, running 9:27.24 for 3,000 meters to finish third. Stephanie Marcy also ran well, pacing seventh with a time of 9:33.45. Madeline Duhon and Emilie Amaro also competed, running 10:10.64 and 10:12.67, respectively.
The Cardinal also had some solid results in the middle distances. In the 800 meters, Justine Fedronic ran 2:10.56 to finish ninth, while Sarah McCurdy was 10th in 2:11.06. In the mile, Victoria Pennings ran 4:51.26 to place ninth.
Whitney Liehr led the Cardinal in the field, placing fourth in the triple jump with her indoor-best mark of 42-11 ¾. The mark was good for second place on the Stanford indoor triple jump list. Katerina Stefanidi also fared well in the pole vault, placing second with a clearance of 14-1 ¼.
In the throws, Molly Kinsella tossed 49-7 in the weight throw to place 11th, while Alyssa Wisdom posted a mark of 34-10 ¼.