Nine individual titles for track and field at Oregon Relays

April 25, 2021, 9:16 p.m.

In its penultimate competition of the regular season, Stanford track and field tallied nine individual victories at the Oregon Relays on Friday and Saturday. Redshirt freshman sprinter Alexa Rossum paced the Cardinal with two event titles — her first collegiate outdoor victories. 

Rossum’s first win came Friday night in the women’s 200 meters, in which Stanford claimed three of the four top spots. Her 23.92 mark was nearly half a second off of her personal best (23.43) and just seven-tenths quicker than the finishing time of Oregon’s Iman Brown, who claimed second place in the event. Junior Allie Jones cruised to third place and a personal best in 24.39, and junior Kennedy Gamble finished fourth in 24.76. 

Junior Gabriel Navarro earned the men’s 200 meters title with a time of 21.14 to sweep the event for the Cardinal. Just behind Navarro, junior Andrew Franco crossed the line in 21.59, good enough for third.

Stanford also swept the pole vault on Friday evening as sophomore J.T. Herrscher and graduate student Erika Malaspina claimed the men’s and women’s titles, respectively. With a mark of 17-1¾ , Herrscher also set a new personal best and jumped to No. 7 on Stanford’s all-time list in the event.

Senior Virginia Miller rounded out the Cardinal’s Friday victories with a personal-record launch of 171-9 in the women’s javelin. The throw — No. 6 on Stanford’s all-time list — earned Miller a nearly nine-foot victory over runner-up Lauri Paredes of Oregon.

In an impressively close women’s invitational 1500 meters, fifth year Christina Aragon crossed the line fifth in 4:16.75, less than a second behind first place Addy Townsend’s 4:15.78.

On Saturday, Rossum continued her success with an 11.71 first place mark in the women’s 100 meters, narrowly edging out Gamble to help the Cardinal log a 1-2 finish. Freshman Ellie Deligianni raced to a personal best in the women’s invitational 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:06.97 for fourth place. It was the first time Deligianni has broken 2:07 in the event in college, and the mark may put the freshman in contention for one of the 32 spots at the NCAA West Prelims.

Stanford swept the triple jump as junior Keyshawn King captured the men’s title with a jump of 51-5, and senior Aria Small did the same on the women’s side with a mark of 40-11. King has jumped at least 51 feet in all four of the Cardinal’s outdoor competitions this year and has yet to finish below first place. 

Graduate student Miles Smith secured Stanford’s final individual title in the weekend’s track events with a 1:51.6 showing in the men’s 800 meters.

With four outdoor competitions in the books, the Cardinal has just one remaining before Pac-12 Championships commence on May 14. Stanford will travel to Berkeley for Big Meet on Saturday to close the regular season.

Savanna Stewart is a managing editor in the Sports section. She is a junior from Twin Bridges, Montana studying Political Science and Communication and enjoys running and playing basketball. Contact her at sstewart 'at'

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