Track & Field Preview: Sprinters and Hurdlers

Jamal-Rashad Patterson, wide receiver/hurdler

The indoor track and field season has started. Action will take place on most weekends, with MPSF Championships February 22 and 23 in Seattle, and the NCAAs in Fayetteville, Arkansas March 8 and 9.

Indoor T&F at Stanford has been more about getting ready for outdoor with a few exceptions. The Stanford men will have strong high jumpers and distance runners, including in the distance medley relay. The 400 could be great with Spencer Chase and Steve Solomon. Other than that we are pretty young and developing. The women will be redshirting some distance runners as it's a long season and we have several who could do very well outdoors this year. So it'll be interesting indoors, especially with Kori Carter and Katie Nelms in the short hurdles and sprints, but maybe not top-five caliber.

Outdoors, it'll be all hands on deck with strong teams for both the men and women. While the men are young and lose superb athletes in Amaechi Morton and Chris Derrick, they have a number of exciting, younger athletes. Meanwhile, the women will be very good, maybe podium good. Our distance runners and jumpers will be tough, as will javelinist Brianna Bain.

Key outdoor meets include:

  • The Stanford Invitational, March 29-30
  • Big Meet (at Stanford), April 20
  • Penn Relays, April 26
  • Payton Jordan Invitational, April 28
  • Pac-12 Meet (at USC), May 11-12
  • NCAA Championships (at Oregon), June 5-8

Rookie head coach Chris Miltenberg will have plenty of talent to work with, with the current freshmen class ranked No. 2 on the women's side and No. 8 on the men's side. Chris arrived from Georgetown, where he was associate head coach for track and field and the head women's cross country coach, at the end of August, just in time for our cross-country season. His staff is now completely in place as follows:

  • Michelle Eisenreich - Associate Head Coach, Throws
  • Michael Eskind - Jumps, Multis and Pole Vault
  • John Oliver - Men's Distance
  • Mary Jo Pruitt - Women's Distance
  • Jody Stewart - Sprints and Hurdles
  • Joe Wagstaff - Director of Operations

We'll have a series of articles starting with sprints and hurdles today, then field and finally distance events in the days and weeks to come. Of course, we'll also be doping/predicting the Big Meet and the Pac-12 meets for our fans, as we have in years past.

SPRINTS/HURDLES:

WOMEN:

100: (School Record: Chauntae Bayne-Hackett, 2006, 11.15)
Three of the top 10 ever return for Stanford, making this a very strong event.

Katie Nelms, Jr, 11.45, No. 5 (tie) all time
Carissa Levingston, Sr, 11.51, No. 8
Kori Carter, Jr, 11.57, No. 10
Angela Gradiska, Jr, 11.67
This is a very strong group and will combine for an excellent 4 x 100 Relay team. The school record of 44.07 was set last year with three of these four athletes.

Nelms and Carter are even better hurdlers and Levingston's best event could be the 400. Gradiska has had a hard first two years at Stanford with injuries, but is healthy now.

200 (Bayne-Hackett, 2006, 22.78)
Nelms, 23.36, No. 4
Levingston, 23.43 No. 6
Gradiska, 23.64
Carter, 23.87

400 (Bayne-Hackett, 2006, 52.35)
Levingston, 54.29 indoor and a 53.2 outdoor relay leg
Kristyn Williams, Fr, 53.87
Kaitlyn Willaims, Fr, 54.54
Hannah Farley, Sr 54.31

Only six runners at Stanford have ever been below 54.17 and the Williams twins have a great chance of being in the 53's in their Frosh season. The School record for the 4 x 400 relay is 3:29.39, which seems out of reach. But 800 runners Joy O'Hare and Amy Weissenbach have low 55 times and could get much faster.

100 Hurdles (Cater, 2012, 12.99)
Carter, 12.99, No. 1
Nelms 13.00, No. 2
Kaya Stepter, Sr 14.64

And we have several others in the mid 14's. Carter and Nelms were No. 25 and 26 in the US last season. That's all women, not just college. Among college athletes, only six faster return.

400 Hurdles (Carter, 57.01)
Carter, 57.01, No. 1
Nelms 58.91, No. 5
Stepter, 60.74, No. 10
Claudia Saunders, Fr, 60.32,
Haley Brogan, Fr, 61.86 at altitude

May be Carter's best event, Nelms will probably run the 100/200 and not this event. Saunders was state cross country champ and will also run the 800.

MEN:

100 (Wopamo Osaisai, 2005, 10.39)*
*Larry Questad, 1963, 9.3 at 100 yards
Darian Brooks, So, 10.71
Loren Philorin, Fr, 10.91
Seems we always struggle here and this year is no exception.

200 (Questad, 1963, 20.74)
Spencer Chase, Sr, 21.23, HS, 21.35 at Stanford
Steve Solomon, Fr, 21.25
Chase is ready to have some great times in the 400 and Solomon is the prize recruit, an Olympic finalist in the 400. Both should break into the top 10 in this event, if they run it much. No one else under 22 seconds.

4 x 100 Relay (2004, 39.71)
*This was with three football players. Second place includes three football players, including James Lofton and Darrin Nelson. Third place includes three football players. Oh, we so need some hybrid footballers/sprinters.
The four above would be our best team, but they will also be on a very good 4 x 400 team. They can do only so many events.

400 (Rene Rodriquez, 1994, 45.85)
Solomon, 44.97
Chase, 46.47, 46.95 at Stanford
Nick Bayley, Fr, 48.44
Solomon is almost a full second better than the School Record and Chase is primed to be in the low 46's.

4 x 400 Relay (3:06.6, 1978, with James Lofton)
We could run 3:07.

High Hurdles (Myles Bradley, 2009, 13.61)
Adrian Austin, Fr, 13.99 HS
Jackson Shumway, Fr, 14.48 HS
Jamal–Rashad Patterson, Sr, 14.73
Potential in Austin. Usually going from the shorter HS hurdles adds about .7 seconds but then improve to .4 or .5.

Intermediate Hurdles (Amaechi Morton, 48.94)
Austin, Fr, 38.39, HS, 300M
Shumway, Fr, 38.68, HS, 300M
Cale Strong, Fr, 38.22, HS 300M
Charlie Kerr, Fr, 56.63
Hoping for the frosh to get into the 53's. Kerr is a future decathlon performer.


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