On the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the Stanford women’s team finished 10th overall behind behind top-eight finishes from a pair of juniors. Ella Donaghu finished sixth in the 1,500 meters, while Fiona O’Keeffe placed seventh in the 5,000 meters to earn Stanford its only points of the day.
To ‘little’ surprise, senior Mackenzie Little claimed her second consecutive javelin title in the third day of the outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships. A few hours later, fifth-year senior Steven Fahy concluded his college career with a national title of his own, winning the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in dramatic fashion after falling over the final barrier.
Track and field will be represented by 14 athletes at the NCAA Championships June 5-8. Thirteen of those individuals solidified their trip to Austin, Texas at the three-day NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento Thursday to Saturday.
The 2019 indoor track and field season saw one of Stanford’s strongest performances in recent years, with seven new school records and numerous top-three NCAA finishes. Fifth-year senior Harrison Williams claimed his first NCAA heptathlon title, becoming the first male athlete to win an NCAA multi-event title in program history.
In her final season of collegiate eligibility, fifth-year senior Elise Cranny led the women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships last fall. The 2018 campaign was marked by growth, particularly within the underclassmen ranks, and displayed the strength and depth of a relative young team.
In the presence of Olympians and world-record holders, Stanford excelled at the 24th Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday night. Sophomore Connor Lane and junior Alex Ostberg each broke their personal bests in the men’s 5,000 meters by 17 seconds in one of their strongest showings of the year. Stanford now has six athletes under 13:50 at the distance.
Harrison Williams claimed the NCAA heptathlon title, becoming the first Cardinal male to win an NCAA multi-event title in program history, while Fiona O’Keeffe, Grant Fisher and Lena Giger all finished in the top three in their respective events.
Eight Stanford track athletes will represent the Cardinal this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Hosted at the Birmingham CrossPlex, the two-day national championship welcomes only the top 16 individuals and 12 fastest relay teams in each event.