Opening the door to the postseason, Stanford Cardinal sophomore Grant Fisher picked up right where he left off from the fall, where he finished 5th in the nation at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Fisher took the 1500m gold at the Pac-12 Championships at the historic Hayward Field last Sunday, battling out a strategic race to win in 3:54.67s and become the 9th Cardinal to ever do it.
The race started off slowly, making it clear that it would come down to tactics and not ability. Fisher tucked into the front pack and held, saving up for what evolved into a kicker’s race. At the bell lap, he stood in third until he found a second gear and left everything he had out on that track. Fisher closed 51.81s on the final 400m, taking out second place finisher Blake Haney from Oregon by almost a second.
Tai Dinger, who is redshirting this season, took third in the men’s 800m with a personal best of 1:49.71s on a 56.70s final lap split. Daniel Brady took 7th in the men’s 400m hurdles in 52.49s and Alex Ostberg finished 7th in the men’s 5000m in 14:06.46s.
On the women’s side, freshman Christina Aragon took second in the 800m with the No. 5 fastest time ever run by a Stanford freshman, 2:05.67s. Running nearly consistent, she split 1:02.98s on her first lap, and then came back in 1:02.70s. She stuck in a pack of three and finished in the middle, each athlete separated by 0.06s.
Malika Waschmann went 4th in the women’s 1500m in 4:24.19s, surging up from 6th on the final lap. Lena Giger placed 7th in the hammer throw (184’ 8”), Danielle Katz took 5th in the Steeplechase and 7th in the 5000m, and Olivia Baker, last year’s Pac-12 400m champ, slid down to 7th with a time of 53.71s in a blazing fast heat where the winner broke the standing meet record.
As a team, the women finished in 7th with 47 points and the men came in 10th with 49.
Up next for the Cardinal in its postseason crusade will be the West Regional Championships beginning on Thursday, May 25th.