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Derrick leads Stanford men to cross country title

Murez, Smith are double winners on final day of swim invitational

Chris Derrick led a 1-2-3 finish for the Stanford men's cross country team, which won the 8,000-meter Blue Race of the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday.

The Cardinal women, led by Kathy Kroeger's third-place finish, raced third in the 6,000-meter White Race.

The top-ranked men's team scored 43 points to easily top second place Iona, which finished with 127.

The Stanford team time of 23:35.3 was also significantly faster than the winner of the men's White Race, No. 16 Oklahoma. Overall, Stanford defeated eight ranked teams in its race alone.

"The men certainly did a great job," Stanford coach Jason Dunn said. "I was really pleased with how they worked as a team most of the race."

The Stanford trio of Derrick, Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley paced the field, with Derrick winning the title with a time of 23:16.9. All three runners were together at the finish.

The Stanford group ran up front from the start, but did not stretch out the field until after 5,000 meters. That's when Derrick, Heath and Riley slowly put time on the rest of the field, running as a group the whole way.

The other scoring runners for Stanford could not hold the lead pace, but still ran close. Benjamin Johnson placed 18th, while Miles Unterreiner was 19th with identical times of 24:02.8.

"Ben and Miles ran a good, solid race," said Dunn.

Also running well was J.T. Sullivan in 28th with a time of 24:14.0 and freshmen Erik Olson who placed 53rd with a time of 24:28.5.

The No. 17 women were led by Kathy Kroeger who placed third overall to lead Stanford to 125 points.

"The women's race was really close," said Dunn. "We needed a couple better finishes, but overall it was a good result."

Kroeger finished third with a time of 20:12.0, which was just under four seconds off the lead. The sophomore won the Stanford Invitational last month.

Freshman Jessica Tonn ran well, placing 19th in 20:53.7. She was just three second in front of veteran Stephanie Marcy who placed 23rd in 20:56.7. The duo gave the Cardinal three runners in the top-25.

The teams will now have a week off before heading to Seattle for the Pac-10 Championships on October 30.

"We'll have two more weeks of good training to prepare for Pac-10's," said Dunn.

Women's volleyball

Alix Klineman collected 15 kills and recorded a .522 hitting percentage as second-ranked Stanford beat visiting Washington State, 25-13, 25-15, 25-10, in a Pac-10 Conferencre contest Saturday night.

Senior Cassidy Lichtman recorded 32 assists, seven digs, three blocks and three aces.

Women's swimming

Stanford's Andi Murez and Liz Smith each won twice on Saturday's final day of the George Haines Invitational, while freshmen Andie Taylor and Maya DiRado took home wins for the second time over the weekend.

Murez started by swimming the anchor leg of the 200 medley team, which swam a time of 1:44.80. She won the 200 free, beating a pair of teammates over the final 50 yards, with a time of 1:49.38. She was also second in the 100 back.

Smith swept the 100 and 200 breast, winning the 100 on Saturday with a 1:03.75 after Friday's win in the 200. Smith also won the 200 IM in 2:02.17, edging freshman Felicia Lee by five-tenths of a second.

Taylor was a winner in the 200 fly and DiRado won the 100 back.

Men's swimming

David Mosko won the 200 fly and 500 free and Stanford won seven of 10 events on the second day of the Pacific Invitational.

Bobby Bollier won the 100 fly (49.77), Matt Thompson took the 200 back (1:49.05) and Curtis Lovelace (2:08.28) and John Criste (2:05.26) finished 1-2 in the 200 breast.

International swimming

Former Stanford swimmers Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden and Peter Marshall are all in the top-10 following the second of seven international world cup events this fall.

Following the Beijing event on October 12 and 13, Marshall is third overall with 904 points on the men's side, while Smit is fifth (915) and Breeden is ninth (895). The Singapore event begins on Saturday.

At the latest event on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Smit won four medals in Beijing, winning gold in the 200 backstroke, and silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400-meter individual medleys. Smit along with the Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder each had four medals, the most of any competitor.

Breeden won a gold in the 200 butterfly and a silver in the 100 fly. Marshall also had two medals, winning the 50 backstroke and winning silver in the 100 backstroke.

Both women are competing in their first world cup after finishing up their eligibility, Marshall last swam at Stanford in 2004. Marshall was third last year, earning $30,000, setting the world record in the 50 back three times.

Men's tennis

Stanford's Alex Clayton beat Pacific's Ivan Castro, 6-3, 6-2, Saturday to advance to the Round of 16 of the ITA Northwest Regional at Taube Tennis Center.

Top-seeded Ryan Thacher was upset by Santa Clara's John Lamble, 6-1, 6-2, in the Round of 32. Cardinal players Denis Lin and Matt Kandath also fell in the round.

Cardinal junior Greg Hirshman, the No. 8 seed, was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an injury.

The top-seeded Stanford doubles team of Thacher and Bradley Klahn reached the Round of 16 with an 8-4 victory over UC Davis' Alec Haley and Connor Coates.

The Stanford duo of Daniel Ho and Jamin Ball also advanced, beating a team from Fresno State, 8-5.

Clayton and partner Ted Kelly reached the Round of 16 with an 8-3 victory over a team from USF, while Fawaz Hourani and Sam Ecker lost to a team from Santa Clara and Lin and Kandath lost to a team from Sacramento State.


Stanford is in third place at Dartmouth's Captain Hurst Trophy, while on the West Coast at the Stoney Burke Regatta, the Cardinal are in third on the first of two days of sailing.

Freshman Mateo Vargas and his crew of Rebecca King have the top divisional score at Dartmouth to lead the Cardinal. On the East Coast for the third-straight week, the Cardinal are within seven points of second place Yale after eight races with 103 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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