Stanford sweeps Pac-10 championships

Heath, Riley, Derrick finish 1-2-3 to give Cardinal men a solid victory

Elliott Heath, Jake Riley and Chris Derrick finished 1-2-3 and the top-ranked Stanford men's cross country team ran away from the field to capture the Pac-10 Championship on the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle Saturday morning.

Stanford's top seven runners finished among the top 15 over the 8,000-meter course, and the Cardinal scored 25 points to third-ranked Oregon's 56. No. 22 California was third with 86 points.

No less impressive were the ninth-ranked Stanford women, who had three runners among the top eight to race to a surprising conference title with 62 points in a hotly-contested competition over the 6,000-meter course.

"This is a great day for our program," Stanford coach Jason Dunn said. "It is something we talked about at the beginning of the season, so I am certainly pleased with the results."

Sixth-ranked Arizona finished second with 65 points and both second-ranked Oregon and No. 20 Washington had 68 points to tie for third place.

Several Stanford runners will compete at the Doc Adams Invitational in Davis next Saturday while others will prepare for the NCAA West Regional in Eugene on Nov. 13.

Heath set the pace from the outset, running comfortably with his two teammates among the leading pack.

The top eight runners were within a second of each other through the first half of the course, and the top seven were within a second of each other heading into the final 2,000 meters.

Heath (23:00.46), Riley (23:00.57) and Derrick (23:00.59) crossed the finish line nearly simultaneously, five second ahead of Oregon's Luke Puskedra.

Derrick was the defending champion, though Heath finished third last year. heath became the sixth individual runner from Stanford to win the race.

Oregon had three runners among top eight, but Stanford countered with Miles Unterreiner, who finished ninth in 23:48.07, J.T. Sullivan, who finished 10th in 23:48.64, and Erik Olson, who was 11th in 23:49.65, all of whom finished ahead of Oregon's No. 4 runner.

"Our strategy for that second group was to hang back and work their way through the field," Dunn said. "They executed the plan perfectly."

Riley Sullivan also helped with the final score, running 23:55.37 to finish 15th, well ahead of the Ducks' fifth scoring runner.

With a wealth of talent evenly distributed among the women's teams, Stanford received solid performances from everywhere in the lineup.

Sophomore All-American Kathy Kroeger ran second with a time of 19:49.43 to Oregon's Jordan Hasay's wining mark of 19:44.95. They were the only runners to complete the course in under 20 minutes.

"I thought it would be really close," Dunn said. "I told the girls that the top four teams would be separated by less than 10 points and that turned out to be right."

Kroeger, who won the Stanford Invitational and placed third at the Pre-National meet, did not compete at the Pac-10s last year.

Stephanie Marcy, Stanford's top runner at last year's NCAA meet, was fifth in 20:12.52 and freshman Jessica Tonn ran eighth in 20:16.14.

"Jessica really stepped up," Dunn said. "She has been a great addition to our team."

Georgia Griffin (20:38.01) was 21st and Alexandra Gits (20:43.57) placed 26th as the women won their first conference title in three years, and their 15th overall.

Alex Dunne finished 27th in 20:45.35, a crucial placing in such a competitive race. Madeline Duhon, who finished 52nd in 21:35.05, also contributed to the final score by finishing ahead of other scoring runners.

Women's soccer

Christen Press followed a Lindsay Taylor goal with two of her own to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 3-0 victory over California in Pac-10 women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.

Stanford (7-0, 16-0-2) hosts visiting Oregon State (14-1-1, 6-0) for the conference title Friday at 8 p.m.

"It was a dominating performance," said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, whose team outshot Cal, 23-5. "The entire team played well. We had good marking on the ball, great goals. It was a top-class performance."

Though Press did not figure in the scoring of Stanford's first goal, she created it by beating a defender to the end line to create a corner kick that resulted in her own curving shot that forced a fingertip deflection.

The subsequent corner resulted in the goal, when the ball bounced out of the goal mouth and was played by Teresa Noyola to Taylor, who scored for the ninth time this season, 18:54.

At 24:02, Press took a deep throw-in from Annie Case, turned and fired a laser of a shot that Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger had no chance on.

The shutout was the third in succession for Stanford, which has allowed only one goal in its past six matches. It was Stanford's ninth shutout of the season and ended with redshirt freshman Aly Gleason playing the final four minutes in goal for her first collegiate appearance.

Starting goalkeeper Emily Oliver was tested by several hard shots, and swiftly intercepted a crossing pass that appeared to be headed for a wide-open Cal player in the box in the 77th minute.

"Emily's a very good goalkeeper," Ratcliffe said. "Whenever she's asked, she makes big plays."

Cal (5-5-5, 2-4) was without star senior forward Alex Morgan, who is with the United States national team at the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico.

Stanford central defender Alina Garciamendez left immediately after Saturday's match to join the Mexican team at the same tournament. She will be available for Mexico's final two Group B matches, against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday and Canada on Tuesday. She will then return to Stanford and is scheduled to play against Oregon State.

The Cardinal extended its winning streak to 15 and its Pac-10 winning streak to 18.


Stanford grabbed the first day lead of the Pacific Coast Conference Fall Women's Championships at Redwood Shores, while at Connecticut College, Stanford is sixth at the Victorian Coffee Urn.

On its home course, Stanford and Hawaii were within a couple of points of each other after the first eight races. Two wins by Sally Mace's team and another win by Molly McKinney's team put the Cardinal ahead.

Both divisions finished first or second seven times in 10 races, finishing with 24 and 19 points respectively for 43 points.

In Connecticut, the Cardinal is sixth with 95 points after six races.

The A Division team skippered by Eliza Richartz at the New England Women's Championships tallied the fifth-best score (50), finishing in the top-10 in four of six races.

The B Division team skippered by Hannah Burroughs finished sixth or better in four of six races.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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