On Tuesday, the Stanford track and field teams had nine athletes announced as qualifiers for this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho. The Cardinal men will have five athletes competing in six individual events and a relay, and the women have four athletes participating in five individual events plus a relay.
On the men’s side, the Cardinal will boast a lineup of distance specialists, with three qualifiers in the 5000 meters and two in the 3000 meters. Senior Chris Derrick leads the way for the team as the fourth seed in the 5000 and the ninth seed in the 3000, but redshirt senior Elliot Heath, who has not run since January, will be the one defending his crown in the 3000. Fellow redshirt seniors Jake Riley and Brendan Gregg will also compete in the 5000.
The No. 13 Cardinal men will also compete in the distance medley relay on Friday with a crew of runners that includes senior Amaechi Morton, who will also run in the men’s 400 meters on Saturday.
The Stanford women also have a strong contingent of distance runners competing this weekend, with junior Kathy Kroeger competing in the 5000 and 3000. Freshman Aisling Cuffe will join Kroeger in the 3000 on Saturday. The No. 16 women’s squad will also compete in the distance medley relay on Friday.
Additionally, the Cardinal will also have two competitors for championships in the field, as senior Katerina Stefanidi will compete in the pole vault on Saturday and redshirt senior Arantxa King takes on the women’s long jump on Friday.