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Stanford's Barte, Burdette earn national doubles honor

 

The 2011 college tennis season has ended, but the honors are still arriving for the nation's best players and teams that competed at the NCAA Championships at Stanford last month.

The 2011 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year have been announced and Stanford's duo of senior Hilary Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette are the national Women's Doubles Team of the Year.

Stanford has now produced the past two NCAA champion doubles teams while recently capturing Stanford's 14th overall collegiate doubles title in school history, and seventh since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1982.

Barte, a four-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, concludes her star-studded college career with back-to-back doubles titles while Burdette collects her first career trophy to join older sisters, Lindsay (2010 champion) and Erin (2005 champion) as national champions.

Ranked third nationally and seeded fourth in the postseason draw, Barte and Burdette were simply dominant down the stretch, having won 15 consecutive matches since their last loss almost two months ago to close out the season with a 30-6 overall record.

Cal's Jana Juricova, the 2011 NCAA singles champ, is the women's player of the year while Steve Johnson of USC is the men's winner. John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic of Tennessee won the men's doubles honor.

Track and Field

Eda Karesin holds the Harvard women's javelin school record and as well as a degree. She's also the Croatian national Under-23 champion in the event.

Karesin can add NCAA national runnerup to her list of accomplishments. Using her final year of eligibility as she pursues a master's degree at Stanford, she threw 171-8, just off her lifetime best, to finish second at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa before thunderstorms postponed the NCAA Track and Field championships Thursday.

Karesin was the 2007 Ivy League Heptagonal Champion in the javelin with a then career-best throw of 157-6.

Oklahoma's Brittany Borman won the event with a toss of 172-7.

Kori Carter, meanwhile, raced sixth in her heat of the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.50 and did not qualify for the finals. The freshman competed in both hurdles' events for the Cardinal.

Carter, who was the silver medalist at the World Youth championships two years ago in Italy, was the top-ranked national high school runner in both events last year. She's a three-time state prep champion in the 300 hurdles and a two-time prep state champion in the 100 hurdles.

Stanford men's 1,600 relay team and the four runners (Miles Unterreiner, Chris Derrick, Elliott Heath, Jake Riley) competing in the 10,000 had their events postponed until Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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