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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Stanford Invitational Accepted Entries

http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/invite2016/accepted_hs.htm

2015 Stanford Invitational Results LINK

What will be the most competitive event at this year's Stanford Track and Field Invitational?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm probably most interested in watching the girls' mile. Christina Aragon from Montana versus some of the NorCal stars: Cate Ratliff, Kristen Leung, Gillian Meeks, Marea Zlantunich, etc. I expect we'll see multiple runners under 4:50.

Albert Caruana said...

Christina Aragon will clearly be the class of the field. She has the best kick and will more than likely just run hard enough to win. She is entered in the mile, 800 and 400 but I am not sure if she will race all three events since they are all on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

A little irritating when coaches enter kids and then don't show. Both Stanford and Arcadia run heats with low numbers because of the scratches. At these big meets should limit athletes to 1 individual running event.

Coach Tim said...

Stanford explicitly states that schools who are accepted and do not show will not be allowed back in the future.

Anonymous said...

"Stanford explicitly states that schools who are accepted and do not show will not be allowed back in the future."

But that's for the entire team no-showing. Not an athlete entered in several events scratching a few (or even a single event and being a DNS). Say an athlete gets injured the week before, it certainly wouldn't be a good idea to "force" them to compete in order to be eligible for competing in future meets.

Anonymous said...

Kids should run even if they are hurt. Stanford and Arcadia are too important to allow kids to skip out even if they damage themselves. What is this sport coming to? Allowing kids to skip a race is the worst of the worst.

Anonymous said...

@6:03
I think you're missing the point. No one ever said make a kid run who is hurt (though you might question why are you entering them?). The point is that it is irresponsible for a coach to enter an athlete in multiple events with no intention of running them all. Why enter the 400, 800, 1600 and have no intention of running all those events? I understand coaches enter athletes in multiple events (like Arcadia) to see "what hits." That is not the case here.

DW said...

Anonymous at 6:03, I really hope you're being sarcastic. As an athlete, I can't sit by and watch things like that be said. Stanford and Arcadia are elite meets, yes, but they do not count toward league meets, section meets, or qualifying to the state championships. In fact, many athletes will peak in order to qualifying for or compete in these races, especially Arcadia, and then never improve or run those times again. The real important meets are in May. If you are injured, let yourself heal. Listen to your body, and do your best to prepare for things that count - league finals and sections. Don't damage yourself further for a meet that doesn't count toward those. Allowing kids to skip a race ISN'T the worst of the worst. Forcing kids to compete when they need to heal IS. That is what causes kids to burn out and lose their love for the sport.

Albert Caruana said...

I agree that athletes that are hurt should not compete just because it's a certain meet. More than likely, their performance will be below standard if they do end up competing injured.

My contention with Stanford is the pumped up times that end up getting accepted and with the multiple heats in each event, we miss out on the best athletes racing and/or competing against each other in the same heat.

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