Riley leads Stanford men's cross country team to title

Follmar wins women's race but Cardinal run fourth with a young group

Compete in a meet, and then start a two-week training program. That's how Stanford's men's and women's cross country teams opened the season on Saturday.

The men used a full lineup and finished first at the USF Invitational in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The women's team fielded the minimum needed to score, led by senior Alicia Follmar, and was fourth behind Cal, USF and Santa Clara.

Freshman Jacob Riley completed the 8,000 meter course in 25:31.20 to finish second in the race, one of five Stanford runners among the top seven.

Follmar won the women's 6,000 meter race in 17:57.90, the lone runner under 18 minutes.

Sophomore Justin Marpole-Bird ran fourth, followed by seniors Garrett Heath, Jacob Evans and Hakon DeVries. They finished within five seconds of each other.

Stanford trains in Mammoth Lakes for the next two weeks, returning to host the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 27.

Field hockey

Freshman Beth Ridley made nine saves in the goal and stopped a penalty stroke in relief of starter Alessandra Moss, but the damage had been done as visiting Drexel beat Stanford, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams.

Katherine Donner scored in the second half for the Cardinal, with an assist from Camille Gandhi.

The Dragons scored all their goals in the first half and outshot Stanford, 18-9, including an 11-4 edge in the first half.

Stanford played without returning top scorer Xanthe Travlos.

The Cardinal plays at Michigan State on Wednesday.

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