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Stanford men run second at NCAA Regional XC

Cardinal field hockey drops 3-1 decision to North Carolina in NCAA match

The Stanford men's cross country team finished second at the NCAA West Regional on the Springfield Golf Course in Oregon Saturday.

The Cardinal ran competitively, finishing with 65 points, just behind Oregon's 63, but with bigger things in mind.

The Stanford women finished third in another close race with Pac-10 rivals Washington and Oregon. The Huskies won with 73 points and the Ducks accumulated 77, just ahead of the Cardinal's 86.

Stanford travels to Terre Haute, Indiana and the NCAA championships on Monday, Nov. 22 on the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country course.

Chris Derrick, Elliott Heath and Jake Riley finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, all within .02 seconds of each other to lead the Cardinal. Derrick went 30:14.57 over the 10,000 meter course, while Heath was at 30:14.71 and Riley at 30:14.75.

Sophomore Kathy Kroeger finished fifth as the top Stanford runner, completing the 6,000 meter course in 20:13.47.

Redshirt junior Stephanie Marcy was 11th in 20:26.10 as all seven Stanford runners finished among the top 55 (out of 221 competitors).

Oregon's Jordan Hasay won the race in 20:01.90.

The men's and women's cross county teams have the first chance to bring home Stanford's 100th NCAA title, which would make it only the second school to achieve as many titles, with UCLA leading the pack with 105.

Women's volleyball

Alix Klineman had 24 kills and 10 digs in leading second-ranked Stanford past host Washington, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 26-24, in a Pac-10 contest Saturday night.

Cassidy Lichtman had a triple-double with 30 assists, 13 digs and 12 kills for the Cardinal (13-2, 22-2). Hayley Spelman added 11 kills.

Karissa Cook had a double-double with 24 assists and 20 digs while Gabi Ailes recorded 27 digs.

Field hockey

NCAA defending national champion North Carolina scored three goals in the first 24 minutes and 19th-ranked Stanford never recovered, dropping a 3-1 decision to the host Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Junior goalkeeper Alessandra Moss recorded 17 saves in the contest, nine in the second half as the Cardinal (15-5) fought to regain control.

Stanford managed nine shots, with senior forward Katherine Swank connecting on her lone attempt for the Cardinal's lone score.

Swank scored on a tip-in from the right side of the cage, getting an assist from senior midfielder and NorPac West Division Player of the Year Xanthe Travlos.

The senior class leaves a legacy of success: four NorPac Conference titles, three NCAA appearances, four NCAA play-in games and an overall mark of 54-29.

Wrestling

Stanford junior All-American Nick Amuchastegui, ranked sixth nationally, had four takedowns in a 10-3 win at 174 pounds, sophomore Spence Patrick followed with a 6-3 decision at 184 pounds and 11th-ranked senior Zack Giesen squeezed a 6-4 decision at 197 pounds to put the Cardinal ahead to stay in Saturday's 23-10 Pac-10 victory over host Cal State Bakersfield.

Stanford (1-0, 1-1) travels to Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and will participate in the Fullerton Open next Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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