Distances Take Center Stage at Cardinal Invitational

March 26, 2005

The Gauchos traveled to Palo Alto, CA for their final weekend of spring break. A major distance events meet, the Stanford Invitational is a first glimpse into the national picture for NCAA Division I, II, III and professionals. With teams from all over the country, it also produces big marks in all events as an early chance to gain recognition and set the bar high for the 2005 USA Outdoor Track & Field Season.

Taking center stage on Friday night of day one were the distances where world-leading marks were set and qualifying marks were met. For the Gauchos, a trio of women ran well under the Regional qualifying mark of 16:52.00 in the 5000m to post the three fastest times in the Big West conference for 2005.

In the first of two heats under the lights, Lauren Christman (Jr.) and Lindsay Christman (Jr.) ran the 2nd and 6th fastest Gaucho All-Time marks with a 16:26.37 and 16:44.14 respectively. Lauren kept charging through the large field to finish in 2nd place after a strong last two laps while sister Lindsay came in 12th.

In the fastest section of the night, Cosette Smith (Sr.) ran a personal best and regional qualifying time of 16:30.68 to finish 14th in the heat, the #3 All-Time mark for the Gauchos. Although still early, Lauren's time is unofficially the 12th fastest time in the United States for 5000m this year, while Smith's is 18th and Lindsay's mark is 34th.

Friday morning also saw some distance action beginning with Seanna Martin (Jr.) out of Murphy's, CA entering the 10,000m with a good early season 5000m under her belt. Although her time was short of her goal, the 36:38.84 she posted is the 6th fastest 10K on the Gaucho Top 10 list.

The next event of the morning saw Micah Tyhurst (So.) come away with his second 5000m win of the season. Three weeks prior in Fullerton, Tyhurst led virtually wire-to-wire, running away from the field and setting a twenty second personal best. Today he again led much of the race setting the pace for the field. After relinquishing the lead with 800m to go he came back in the last lap to achieve victory by three seconds, running 14:36.1, taking off another 8 seconds off his personal best.

Moving into the afternoon, Megan Lewis (So.) and Stephanie Rothstein just missed personal bests in the 1500m during a crowded physical race. In the women's 400m hurdles, Laurie Schakett (So.) won her heat in a personal record 64.02, one second faster than her previous, equaling the #10 Gaucho All-Time mark along with Debbie Arthur (1984).

On the field, Heather Quinn (So.) came out and won her section in the shot put by over a foot with a toss of 45'05.00". Tamasailau Hunkin (Fr.) grabbed a personal best in the discus on Friday night by over seven feet, throwing the disc 135'09, a Big West qualifying mark and 9th on the Gaucho Top Ten list. Matt Barkley (Fr.) remained consistent around 52-53 feet, finishing 2nd in the shot with a heave of 52'09". Preston Biller (Sr.) finished 2nd in the "B" section of the Long Jump with a leap of 22'10.00". Becky Richie (Jr.), a regional qualifier last year in the javelin went for 130'03 today, a seasonal best.

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