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Top Stanford freshmen Willis, Whittaker, set for 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships

Standout freshmen 800m runners Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker lead Stanford's track and field team to 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Symone Goss

Stanford freshman Roisin Willis ahead of teammate and rookie Juliette Whittaker in the 800m
Stanford freshman Roisin Willis ahead of teammate and rookie Juliette Whittaker in the 800m

The Stanford women’s track and field team is headed to the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships with a pair of standout freshmen, Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker. The championships will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico from March 10-11. Follow Results and Live Stats Here

For the fans who are unable to travel to watch the two-day championship live, you can access the online broadcast as each day of the meet will have a dedicated live video stream feed that is available on ESPN+. You need to subscribe to watch the coverage.

Willis and Whittaker are both ranked in the top three of the women’s 800m event, with Willis holding the top spot. They will also be competing in the 4x400m and Distance Medley (DMR) events as part of the Stanford relay teams.

The championships will feature 16 athletes in each individual event and 12 teams in each relay. Selections were made based on the best marks of the season, and both Whittaker and Willis easily made the cut.

They have both delivered impressive performances this season and are currently ranked at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the women’s 800m event with Willis sit top of the ranking with a time of 1:59.95 and Whittaker coming in at 2:00.32.

The two athletes are among only three college rookies selected for the event.

The two freshmen are also part of the Cardinal’s 4x400m and Distance Medley Relay (DMR) teams, and If they make it to the 800m finals, the pair will compete in two races per day.

The championships schedule has allowed an hour between the 800m semifinals and the DMR championship race on Friday, while there is a 50-minute gap between the 800m finals and the 4x400m race on Saturday.

Willis and Whittaker were part of the Cardinal quartet that set a new school record in the women’s 4×400 relay at the Ken Shannon Last Chance Invitational last month. The team, which also included Alexa Rossum and Maya Valmon, finished third overall in the event with a time of 3:31.71.

The women’s 800m will also feature LSU sophomore Michaela Rose (2:00.18), Florida senior Imogen Barrett (2:01.23), junior Carley Thomas of Washington (2:02.15), Texas senior Valery Tobias (2:02.25), and Isabella Giesing of UMass Lowell (2:02.35).

The 2023 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will feature 16 participants in each individual event and 12 teams in each of the relays.

About The Author

Symone Goss

Simone Goss has been with World-Track since 2003 and has done outstanding work at the back end to help out with traveling and other meeting related activities. Goss has also done work for SportingEagles, Blaze News and other media outlets. She obtains a bachelor degree in Communication.

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