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The Weekend in Track March 31 & April 1

Stanford Invitational – March 31 & April 1

Stanford University – Palo Alto, CA

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High School Distance Races


800


Some of the 800-meter female athletes to watch include Georgia Jeanneret of JSerra who has already won the University of Washington High School Indoor Meet, Sound Running and APU Meet of Champions in the 800. Can she add Stanford to the list? Teammate Anastasia Snodgrass of JSerra will try to challenge Jeanneret and has run 2:11.55 this season. Local athlete Hillary Studdert of Palo Alto has a time of 2:13.22 from this season. Sabrina Zanetto of St Francis (Mountain View) is another one to watch with a season best of 2:14.72.


Justin Pretre of Menlo

Lamarr Kirk Jr of Long Beach Poly ran 1:53.15 in the invitational heat at the APU Meet of Champions last Saturday. Parker Long of Piedmont has the seed time of 1:53.25. Long ran that time two weeks ago at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Joe Lighthall of Hughson ran in the 2022 800-meter final at the state meet and is entered. Justin Pretre of Menlo ran 1:53.68 at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Keeran Murray of South Pasadena travels north to mix it up in the 800. Mateo Malko-Allen of St. Mary’s College is another pre-meet favorite with a 1:54.40 season best time.


1600


Hanne Thomsen of Montgomery of Santa Rosa

Many of the top girl’s 1600-meter times were run at the APU Meet of Champions last week and Stanford is a chance for Bay Area athletes to crack the top 25 list. Ashlynn Boothby of Scotts Valley has the top time at 4:49.29. Brynn Garcia from Southern Section’s JSerra 2023 season best time is 4:54.69. Hanne Thomsen of Montgomery (Santa Rosa) ran the 1600 in early March with at time of 4:54.32. Ranae Searls of Alhambra has run 4:58.72 this season. Look for plenty of girls to break the five-minute barrier on Saturday. Stanford bound Hillary Studdert of Palo Alto and Lauren Soobrian of Los Altos, who helped her team qualify for NXN are also entered.


Mateo Malko-Allen of St. Mary’s College has the fastest season time in the 1600-meter race in 4:13.47. Grant Morgenfeld of Palo Alto could win both the 3200 and 1600 and has run 4:14..12 in the mile. Carson Hedlund of Pioneer has run 4:15.73 this season. Jude Devries of Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 4:16.75 at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Ethan Miller of Monte Vista ran 4:18.02 earlier in March. Asher Patel of Miramonte has a personal best time of 4:18.18 and Christian Taylor of Piedmont has a personal best of 4:18.67. Sophomore Aydon Stefanopoulos of Los Gatos has run a 4:16.36 mile this season. Ryan Mitchell of Davis qualified for the state meet last spring in the 1600.


3200


On Friday the 3200 will be contested in between college races. Some of the top girl 3200-meter entries include Adeline Johnson of Branson who has a 10:39.76 personal best from two weeks ago at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Eleanor Raker of Galena in Nevada ran 10:34.65 at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Avery Peck of Long Beach Poly had run 10:50.74 this season and fellow Southern Section athlete Abigail Errington of South Pasadena has a 10:51.25 personal best.


Grant Morgenfeld of Palo Alto

In the boy’s 3200, Grant Morgenfeld of Palo Alto ran 8:56.31 at the fast APU Meet of Champions last Saturday. Owen Powell of Mercer Island (WA) has run 9:11.09 and Washington just started their season a few weeks ago. Powell’s parents ran for Stanford and are the head coaches at the University of Washington. Evan Markelz of Mountain View has run 9:14 this season going into Stanford. Aiden Boothby of Scotts Valley has a season best of 9:18.38. Sac-Joaquin section athletes Nathan Short of Folsom (9:10.53) and Caleb Cavanaugh of Oakdale (9:10.86) hope to make some noise in the 3200.


Look for the photo gallery of distances races after the meet is completed!


College/Open Distance Races


800


The distance races will be competed on Friday, but the 800-meter race will be on Saturday. Host school athlete Ellie Deligianni of Stanford qualified for the 2023 NCAA Outdoor 800-meter race and so did Claire Seymour of BYU and both are entered in section 1 of the 800 Friday. MaLeigha Menegatti of Boise State ran 2:03.14 at the Mountain West Indoor Championship. Anna Tovkach of Washington ran 2:04.67 indoors in 2023.


In section 1 of the 800, Abdullahi Hassan of Wisconsin and Lorenz Herrmann of Idaho qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring. Elliott Cook of Oregon is the defending 800 -meter Pac 12 champion. Sam Ellis and Nathan Green broke were one of the eight Washington athletes to break the four-minute mile mark during the indoor season.


1500


Mia Barnett of UCLA ran 4:34.58 in the mile during the recent indoor season. Carley Thomas of Washington, an 800-meter specialist, ran 4:36.24 in the mile during the indoor season. Elise Thorner of New Mexico ran 4:37.27 in the mile indoors. Abbe Goldstein of New Mexico qualified for the NCAA Outdoor 1500 in 2022.


Isaiah Givens of Colorado

Section 1 of the 1500 includes 2022 1500 NCAA Outdoor qualifier Sam Ellis of Washington and Isaiah Givens of Colorado who qualified for the mile in the NCAA Indoor Championship. Aaron Ahl of Washington was one of the eight Washington athletes under four during indoors and local athlete Garett MacQuiddy of California broke four in the mile indoors this winter.


3000 Steeplechase


Section 1 of the steeplechase includes several athletes who ran at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the steeplechase including Kayley Delay of Washington, Gabrielle Orie of Colorado, Malia Pivec of Oregon and Laura Taborda of Arkansas.


Nike Union Athletics pro David Ribich is the big name in the steeplechase. Peter Herold of UCLA and Joel Mendez of Utah Valley ran 8:42 last spring in the event. Max Werhli of Utah State ran 8:43.11 last spring. Sam Affolder of Washington ran 8:43.95 last spring.


5000


Kaylee Mitchell of Oregon State

The women’s 5000 is loaded with athletes who have either competed at the indoor or outdoor NCAA Track Championships including Kayley Delay of Washington, Zofia Dudek of Stanford, Grace Fetherstonhaugh of Oregon State, Aubry Frentheway of BYU, Ceili McCabe of West Virginia, Kaylee Mitchell of Oregon State, Simone Plourde of Utah, Taylor Roe of Oklahoma State, and Emily Venters of Utah.


Brandon Garnica of BYU ran 13:33.65 during the indoor season and is entered for Friday’s section one of the 5000-meters. Home town athlete Evan Burke of Stanford ran 13:38.45 in the indoor season. Matt Strangio of Portland ran 13:39.59 in the indoor season. Colin Sahlman of NAU makes his collegiate debut in the 5000 after a stellar high school career.


10,000


Athletes who qualified from last year’s 10,000 NCAA Final are hoping to punch their ticket to regionals. Emma Heckel of New Mexico made it to Eugene last year and is in the 10,000. India Johnson of Colorado hopes for a repeat in the 10,000 from last season. Aubrey Frentheway of BYU is also entered in the 10,000. Evelyn Kemboy of Utah Valley is a returner from last spring’s 10,000.


Ky Robinson of Stanford

Several 2022 NCAA Outdoor 10,000-meter athletes hope to punch their ticket to regionals on Friday night including Alex Maier of Oklahoma State, Charles Hicks of Stanford, Patrick Kiprop of Arkansas and Victor Kiprop of Alabama. Other elite NCAA athletes include Drew Bosley. of Northern Arizona, Brian Fay of Washington and Ky Robinson of Stanford.


Photo gallery of the college distance events will be ready after the meet!

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