In his Pac-12 Conference Championships debut, Viraat Badhwar posted respective rounds of 72 and 70 to help put No. 3 Stanford atop the leaderboard over the 12-team field.
At the women's conference championships in Corvallis, OR, Mariko Tumangan is the early leader at 5-under 67 and the Cardinal are second, one stroke behind UCLA and one stroke better than Arizona, after the first day on the Trysting Golf Course.
Badhwar was even through one round at the par-72 Gallery Golf Club and showed no signs of fatigue under the desert sun Friday. He closed with a 2-under that saw three birdies in his final back nine.
"It was fun playing some good golf with some good guys," Badhwar said. "I holed a few, missed a few, but overall my game was good today."
Badhwar is tied for second among individuals and trails only teammate Patrick Rodgers.
Rodgers opened with a 1-under 71 and was 5-under in his second round before play was suspended due to darkness. Rodgers eagled the par-5 second and seventh, leaving a pair of holes to finish Saturday morning before embarking upon round three.
Stanford teamed to card a 362 in the first round and holds a four-shot cushion over second-place Cal. Third-place Washington is next in line at 15-over.
Cameron Wilson, Stanford's third player in the top 10, is tied for seventh after an even-par 72 to start the day. Wilson is 1-under in his second round with one hole to complete when play resumes.
Tied for 18th is David Boote at 3-over, who was even through his first round and overcame a triple bogey on 15 to finish with a 75 in round two.
Maverick McNealy turned in consecutive rounds of 75. Jim Liu was disqualified in his first round and bounced back to contribute a 1-over 73.
Tumangan recorded her score under some unpleasant weather conditions.
"Mariko hit the ball really well and capitalized on every opportunity," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "From top to bottom, we were solid. We're looking forward to playing in the final pairing tomorrow with UCLA and hope to get some more putters hot."
Tumangan, who rolled in eight birdies to go 5-under on a day that featured rain and hail during a one hour and 27-minute delay, was one shot better than Arizona's Lindsey Weaver.
Mariah Stackhouse is in an eighth-place tie with her 1-under 71. Casey Danielson and Marissa Mar are among those tied for 20th, each at 2-over 74, and Lauren Kim is at 3-over 75.
Track and field
Two Stanford teams contended for titles at the 120th Penn Relays, but fell just short Friday at Franklin Field.
The Cardinal was second to Villanova in the women's 6,000 relay and third in the men's distance medley relay.
The women's race was a repeat of Friday's DMR, with Villanova anchor Emily Lipare outkicking Stanford's Aisling Cuffe down the stretch.
Cuffe, the reigning Pac-12 cross country champion and a 5,000 meter specialist, ran her fastest races at the 1,500/1,600 distances each day to keep the Cardinal in the hunt.
Cuffe has personal bests of 4:40.79 (converted from a mile) in the 1,600. On Thursday, her anchor split was 4:35.86. Her best 1,500 is 4:19.60. But on Friday, her split was 4:16.6.
Villanova clocked 17:16.52 to 17:16.74 for a Stanford team that consisted of, in order: Claudia Saunders (4:22.6), Amy Weissenbach (4:17.4), Jessica Tonn (4:20.1), and Cuffe, who had the fourth fastest split of all the runners in the competition.
In the men's DMR Championship of America, as it was so titled, Oregon won in 9:25.40, with Villanova second in 9:28.93 and Stanford third in 9:29.66.
The Stanford team consisted of Tyler Stutzman (2:54.30 for 1,200), Steven Solomon (44.96 for 400), Luke Lefebure (1:47.20 for 800), and Michael Atchoo (4:03.21 for 1,600).
As fast as Solomon's split was, it was the second-fastest in the field, to Oregon's Mike Berry, who ran 44.72. No one else was under 46.29. The Solomon and Berry will meet at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash., next month.
Lefebure's 1:47.20 split was the second-fastest in the field and rallied Stanford even closer to Oregon at the final exchange, with the Ducks holding a 0.02 edge. However, Edward Cheserek's 3:57.98 anchor led Oregon to victory.
Stanford concludes its portion of the meet on Saturday with the men's 4 mile relay and 3,200 relays.
Caroline Doyle advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Invitational singles draw while Stanford's top doubles team of Kristie Ahn and Carol Zhao notched two victories on Friday at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.
Doyle is also alive in doubles, pairing with Amelia Herring in the semifinals of the Invitational division.
Zhao's singles run in the Championship division came to an end, falling to California's Lynn Chi 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Play continues Saturday.
Cassandra Roulund and Kayla Bonstrom each doubled but Stanford hitters managed just four hits overall and fell, 7-0, to Pac-12 leader and top-ranked Oregon on Friday night.