Morton clears the hurdles; Stanford distance runners dominate at UW Indoor meet


Junior track and field All-American Amaechi Morton won the 60-meter hurdles at the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday in Seattle, Wash.

Morton raced 7.94, the second-fastest time, behind Myles Bradley, in school history. He also placed fifth in the 60, in 6.99.

Junior Katerina Stefanidi set a school indoor record in the women's pole vault when she cleared 14-5 1/2.

Stanford entered four teams in the distance medley relay, all of which placed in the top five. The winning team was conmprised of Dylan Ferris, Bronson Duran, Kenny Krotzer and Michael Atchoo and raced 9:46.80.

Freshmen Kori Carter and Katie Nelms reached the finals in the 60 hurdles, finishing fourth and sixth respectively. Carter was timed in 8.55 while Nelms went 8.68. Nelms ran 8.59 in the preliminaries.

Shataya Hendricks reached the finals in the 60 meters, going 7.67 in the prelims and 7.77 in the final to place sixth.

The three Cardinal teams in the distance medley relay finished 1-2-3, with Kristin Reese, Nelms, Victoria Pennings and Jessica Tonn winning with a time of 11:45.19. Alex Dunne, Joy O'Hare, Justine Fedronic and Stephanie Marcy was right behind in 11:45.63. Finally, Sarah McCurdy, Taylor Dewberry, Madeline Duhon and Emilie Amaro placed third with a time of 11:56.88.

The Cardinal returns next weekend at both the Blue and Gold Invitational in Boise, Idaho and the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque.

Men's volleyball

Brad Lawson had 19 kills and Spencer McLachlin added 15 as Stanford swept the two-match series from visiting BYU, beating the Cougars, 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, Saturday night in Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal (2-0, 3-0) needed five sets to win Friday night but was more efficient in the second meeting. Lawson had a hitting percentage of .467 while McLachlin hit .344.

Freshman Brian Cook added 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .435 as Stanford got a jump on last season, when it split two matches against BYU.

The Cardinal travels to Hawaii for a pair of matches Friday and Sunday. Stanford boasts seven players from Hawaii.


Seniors Justin Paulsen (133 pounds) and Zack Giesen (197) each won their matches as Stanford opened the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas Saturday with a 23-12 win over The Citadel.

Paulsen earned a 16-2 victory while Giesen squeezed out a 9-5 decision.

Freshmen Kyle Meyer, at 157, and Alan Yen, at 285, also recorded wins for the Cardinal.

Stanford went 3-1 on the day, also beating Brown and Harvard and losing to Nebraska.

In Stanford's 35-10 win over Harvard, Giesen pinned junior Bryan Panzano in 27 seconds. Amuchastegui and Timmy Boone also recorded pins.

Giesen recorded his 100th career win, the sixth Stanford wrestler to reach the milestone, when he achieved his 10th career pin against the Crimson.

Stanford travels to Oregon State next Friday for a Pac-10 match.


Stanford's Hilary Barte reached the finals of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, winning twice Saturday in La Quinta.

The fifth-ranked Barte meets Baylor's Diana Nakic in Sunday's final.

At the Sherwood Cup in Westlake Village, Bradley Klahn reached Sunday's semifinals in both singles and doubles (with Ryan Thacher) competition.


New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hired away three coaches from his former Stanford staff Friday to join him in the NFL.

The 49ers hired Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach.

"I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff," Harbaugh said in a statement. "They bring a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I am certain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL seasons under his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what it takes to win at this level."

San Francisco (6-10) missed the playoffs for the eighth straight year this season after the Niners were the popular pick to win the NFC West. Instead, they began 0-5 and couldn't recover, though they were still in playoff contention in the weak West until a 25-17 loss at St. Louis on Dec. 26.

Roman replaces Mike Johnson, who took over as offensive coordinator after Jimmy Raye was fired following a Week 3 loss at Kansas City. Roman will be the Niners' ninth different offensive coordinator in as many years.

The 38-year-old Roman, who was Stanford's associate head coach and now begins his 14th NFL season, most recently tutored the past two Heisman Trophy runners-up: current Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart in 2009 and Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck this past season.

Fangio, 52, takes over for Greg Manusky, who was hired as defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. This will be Fangio's 25th season as an NFL coach, and he has four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis as the anchor of his experienced and talented defense. Fangio spent 11 years as a defensive coordinator with Carolina, Indianapolis and Houston.

The 41-year-old Drevno takes on a unit that was plagued by injury the past two seasons and featured a pair of rookie first-round offensive linemen in starting roles in 2010, with Anthony Davis at right tackle and Mike Iupati playing left guard.

San Francisco hasn't had a winning season since its last trip to the playoffs in 2002.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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