Alumni make Team USA – Stanford University Athletics

EUGENE, Oré. – Four Stanford alumni have qualified for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Outdoor Athletics Championships and Cardinal rising as a sophomore Udodi Onwuzurike will be there too.

Onwuzurike anchored the Nigerian 4×100 meters relay team in a time of 38.34 in Benin City, Nigeria on Friday to earn a spot at Worlds in Eugene from July 15-24. Onwuzurike is also a candidate for the Nigerian team in the 100 and 200, having already achieved world entry standards in both events.

In the four-day U.S. Championships that ended Sunday at Hayward Field, three Stanford alumni won titles. Reigning Olympic Women’s Discus Champion Valarie Allman ’17 won her fourth straight U.S. Championship. Her Stanford roommate, Elise Cranny ’18, repeated as the women’s 5000m champion, and Grant Fisher ’19 won her first U.S. title, in the men’s 5000m.

Sean McGorty ’17 earned a spot by placing third, behind Fisher’s second, in the 10,000, which took place on May 27. That means six Stanford athletes have clinched Worlds berths, including Greek women’s pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi ’12, the 2016 Olympian and 2017 World Champion.


Udodi Onwuzurike at the Stanford Invitational. Photo by John P. Lozano/ISIphotos.com.

At the U.S. Under-20 Championships, also at Hayward Field, Stanford rookie Juliette Whittaker broke the national high school record in the women’s 800m, running 1:59.04 to beat Mary Cain’s mark of 1:59 ,51 of 2013.

Whittaker and Roisin Willis, another future Cardinal, finished first and second in the 800m to earn spots on the U.S. team for the U20 world championships. Stanford was also part of the team in Cali, Colombia from August 1-6. Garrett Brownwho placed second in the men’s pole vault.

Five members of the Stanford 2022 team have competed in the U.S. Championships, four recent graduates and up-and-coming juniors Cabbage sproutwho finished 12th in the 5,000m in 13:26.61.

king of keysfinalist at last year’s Olympic trials, had his best national result, placing 10th in the triple jump at 52-7 ½ (16.04m).

Virginia Miller

Virginia Miller. Photo by Chuck Aragon.

Virginia Miller finished 15th in the women’s javelin at 159-1 (48.50m), and Julia Heymach and Christine Aragon finished 12th and 19th respectively in the women’s 1500m, although neither could make it out of the first round.

Onwuzurike grew up in Michigan and broke longtime Stanford records in the 100 and 200, and finished third in the NCAA championships in the 200. His Nigerian relay team included Favor Ashe of the University of Tennessee for start, followed by Godson Brume and Alaba of Middle Tennessee. Akintola.

Whittaker and Willis cleared the top 400 in 59.04 and 59.11, with Whittaker closing in 1:00.00 and Willis in 1:01.21. Whittaker is now No. 3 on the U.S. U20 list and has the No. 8 performance. Six of the times ahead of her are by Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu, and the other by two-time bronze medalist Ajee Wilson. at the World Championships.

Whittaker

Juliette Whittaker at the PR Invitational. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

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American Championships
Stanford and Alumni Results
(June 23-26)
At Hayward Field

Men

5,000 – Final: 1, Grant Fisher (Nike/Bowerman TC) 13:03.86; 6, Sean McGorty (Nike/Bowerman TC) 13:14.97; 7, Thomas Ratcliffe (Nike/Bowerman TC) 13:17.48 (PB); 12, Cabbage sprout (Stanford) 13:26.61.
Triple jump – Final: 10, king of keys (Stanford) 52-7 ½ (16.04m).

Women
800 – Final: 5, Olivia Baker (Atlanta TC) 1:58.63. Semi-finals: 3, Olivia Baker (Atlanta TC) 1:58.46 (PB). First round: 6, Olivia Baker (Atlanta TC) 2:01.34.
1,500 – First round: 12, Julia Heymach (Brooks Beasts) 4:11.68; 19, Christine Aragon (Stanford) 4:16.57; 21, Rebecca Mehra (Oiselle/Littlewing Athletics) 4:17.85; 22, Maddy Berkson (Tracksmith/Rhode Island TC) 4:19.10.
5,000 – Final: 1, Elise Cranny (Nike/Bowerman TC) 15:49.15; 6, Fiona O’Keeffe (Puma) 15:58.86; 11, Ella Donagu (Nike Union AC) 16:05.67; 21, Vanessa Fraser (Nike/Bowerman TC) 16:17.18.
Disc – Final: 1, Valarie Allman (ASICS/NYAC) 219-7 (66.92m).
Javelin – 15, Virginia Miller (Stanford) 159-1 (48.50m).

Global Qualifiers:
Valarie Allman ’17 (women’s disc), Elise Cranny ’18 (women’s 5,000), Grant Fisher ’19 (5,000, men’s 10,000), Sean McGorty ’17 (10,000).

 

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U.S. Under-20 Championships
Stanford Results
(June 23-25)
At Hayward Field

Men

Pole vault – Final: 2, Garrett Brown (Stanford) 16-10 ¾ (5.15m).

Women
800 – Final: 1, Juliette Whittaker (unat.) 1: 59.04 (record record); 2, Roisin Willis (Region Stevens Point RC) 2:00.32.
Triple jump – Final: 5, Elise Miller (Stanford) 40-4 (12.29m).

 

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History links

australian javelin thrower Little Mackenzie

Udodi Onwuzurike

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