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Stanford's Solomon earns Pac-12 honor for track

Stanford sophomore Steven Solomon was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week, the Pac-12 announced Wednesday.

Solomon dominated the 400 meters at the Australian national championships on Saturday, winning by 0.87 while recording a time of 45.36 to break a Stanford school record that had stood since 1994.

It was the fastest 400 for Solomon since his run to the final at the 2012 Olympic Games, and is the second-fastest among collegians outdoors this season. Solomon also secured a spot on Australia's Commonwealth Games team with the victory.

Solomon will run in the 400 meters and in the 4x400 relay at the Big Meet against California on Saturday at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium. The men's 400 is at 1:15 p.m. and the men's 4x400 at 2:50 p.m.

The meet begins at 9:30 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. The first running event is noon, with the women's 3,000 steeplechase.

Men's gymnastics

Nationally No. 4 Stanford will pursue its sixth national title at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cardinal claimed NCAA titles in 1992, 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2011.

Stanford (8-4) begins the competition Thursday at 10 a.m. (PT) in Session I and will compete against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Illinois, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 William and Mary. The teams with the top three scores in Session I and II will advance to the NCAA Finals on Friday at 4 p.m.

Stanford is coming off its third consecutive second-place finish at the MPSF Championships. The Cardinal had a slow start on pommel horse but finished strong to earn a team score of 436.700.

Softball

Stanford returns home after three weeks on the road to play host to No. 10 Washington. The series begins Thursday at 8 p.m. (ESPNU), continues Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

The Cardinal dropped three games last week at then-No. 10 Arizona. The Cardinal fell 18-12 in a thrilling game Friday to open the series, lost 12-3 on Saturday and dropped a difficult 5-3 decision in eight innings on Sunday.

Erin Ashby paced Stanford offensively, hitting .600 (3-for-5) with two home runs, three RBI, five walks and a 1.800 slugging percentage. Kylie Sorenson also had a good weekend at the plate, going 4-for-9 (.444) with a team-best six RBI, three walks and a home run.

Madi Schreyer saw a majority of the innings in the circle, going 12.2 during two games, while Kylie Sorenson and Tylyn Wells also saw time at pitcher.

Washington enters the weekend 22-10 overall and 2-6 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies went 1-0 last week, defeating Seattle 11-0.

— Stanford Athletics

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