Stanford's Baker, Williams among the competitors at preview meet


The athlete who capped Stanford's 2016 season will be among those opening the 2017 track and field campaign.

Harrison Williams was the last on the track in 2016, finishing second in the Thorpe Cup, a decathlon dual between the United States and Germany that finished on July 30 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Williams completed a stellar year in which he became the first Stanford decathlete to reach 8,000 points, earned two first-team All-America honors, and wore a U.S. senior national team singlet for the first time.

Williams, who will compete in the pole vault and 60-meter hurdles, will be among 35 Stanford athletes competing Saturday at the UW Indoor Preview at Washington's 307-meter Dempsey Indoor track.

The Cardinal contingent includes NCAA outdoor 800 runner-up Olivia Baker and NCAA discus bronze medalist Valarie Allman – both U.S. Olympic Trials competitors – and nine All-Americans altogether.

Baker is scheduled to run the 600 and 4x400 relay. She is Stanford's indoor record-holder in both events.

The 600 should provide a rematch with Oregon's Raevyn Rogers, a three-time NCAA 800 champ after the two finished 1-2 outdoors at nationals last spring.

In this meet last year, Rogers ran the fastest collegiate indoor 600 in history (1:26.34) on any-sized track and Baker was third in a school-record 1:29.08.

Allman will compete in the 20-pound weight throw, an event in which she holds the Stanford school record.

A discus thrower by trade, Allman took up the weight throw for the first time during last year's indoor season and carried the momentum outdoors when she placed 11th and earned second-team All-America honors in its sister event, the hammer.

Two freshmen will make their collegiate debuts, Julian Body and Isaac Cortes. Body, out of Portland, was a double hurdles winner in the Oregon 6A championships as both a junior and senior. He had the nation's 6th best high school 300 hurdles time (36.68) last year. Body will run the 400 and 4x400.

Cortes, out of Temecula, became the second male since 1923 to sweep the middle-distance races at the California state meet. Cortes, the Millrose Games high school mile winner, is on the entry list for the 1,000, 4x400, and 4x800.

— Stanford Athletics


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