Stanford's Korolev named West Regional Male Athlete of the Year


Stanford's Maksim Korolev was named USTFCCCA West Regional Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday by a vote of coaches.

Korolev, a graduate transfer, is making the most of his only season at Stanford. On Friday, Korolev outkicked Oregon's Pac-12 and defending NCAA champion Edward Cheserek, to win the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course.

Korolev snapped Cheserek's seven-race win streak dating back to last season.

Next, Korolev and his Stanford teammates compete Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

Korolev won the Ivy League,and NCAA Northeast Regional in 2013 before finishing third at the NCAA's while running for Harvard. He left Cambridge in the spring with a degree in human developmental and regenerative biology, but had a fifth season of eligibility remaining.

Ivy League schools do not allow for a fifth season, so Korolev came to Stanford where he is earning his master's in management science and engineering.

After being limited by shin splints last spring, Korolev worked his way into top shape as the season went along, winning the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 17 against a field that included six top-10 teams.

Though he struggled to ninth at the Pac-12 Championships, Korolev covered the West Region 10K in 29:33.5 to become Stanford's first regional champion since Chris Derrick in 2009.

Men's soccer

Stanford forward Jordan Morris earned his first cap for the U.S. Men's National Team in Tuesday's friendly against Ireland in Dublin, a 4-1 win for the hosts.

When Morris came on in the 76th minute, he became the first current collegian to receive a cap for the U.S. since Ante Razov in 1995 against Uruguay before his senior season at UCLA.

He is the third Stanford men's soccer player to appear for the U.S. National Team, joining Chad Marshall and Todd Dunivant. Marshall capped 11 times and scored one goal from 2005-10 and Dunivant appeared twice in 2006.

Morris received an earlier call up to the national team for its early-September friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague, but didn't see the field.

When he was called into that camp, Morris not only became the first active college player to be included on a roster under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but the first to join the USMNT in 15 years.

Bruce Arena called Chris Albright, then a sophomore at the University of Virginia, for a camp preceding a friendly with Argentina in 1999, but Albright didn't play in that game.

Morris was with the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team at its five-day camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas. That trip featured a match against the Bahamas Senior National Team on Aug. 6, a 5-1 U.S. win in which Morris' header in the 58th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock and propelled his country to victory.

Morris, who was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy, also earned three caps with the U-20 side at the Toulon Tournament in France in early June 2013 that summer.

In October, Morris missed Stanford's matches against San Diego State (Oct. 9) and UCLA (Oct. 12), as he was part of the 21-player roster for the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's October camp in Brasilia.

The group, which began its early preparations for qualification toward the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, trained from Oct. 10-12 and then lost to Brazil's U-23 national team, 3-0, on Monday, Oct. 13, at Estádio Nacional in Brasilia.

Morris has started all 14 games in which he's played this season for Stanford tallying four goals, 14 points and a team-high six assists.

He will return to The Farm as No. 6 seed Stanford begins its NCAA Tournament at home on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. against the winner of UC Irvine and UNLV.

Stanford finished its regular season 13-2-3 overall and 6-1-3 in league action, winning the Pac-12 title.


Wesley Annan received dozens of scholarship offers, but until this week he hadn't heard from his top choice.

Lake Forest Academy football coach Robin Bowkett told the Chicago Tribune that Annan had his heart set on one place.

"We knew if Stanford offered that there would be a great chance he would say yes to them," Bowkett said. "It was his dream school. It's a great place for him."

The Tribune reported that Annan got the offer Monday morning and gave his verbal commitment to Stanford on Monday night.

Annan (6-4, 289) told the Tribune that when he visited, it had everything he was looking for in a college.

"Academically, it's a great school, Annan told the newspaper. "Athletically, they have everything, and socially you can't get anything better than that. It's also such a beautiful place."

Annan, a defensive lineman, is a three-star recruit according to several recruiting services.

Men's golf

Stanford will add three extraordinary student-athletes to its 2015-16 roster, as Cardinal coach Conrad Ray announced Tuesday.

Isaiah Salinda (South San Francisco/Serra High), Brandon Wu (Danville/Deerfield Academy [Mass.) and Chris Myers (Oro Valley, Ariz./Canyon del Oro) each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal family.

Salinda, Wu and Myers will begin their academic and athletic careers at Stanford beginning in the fall of 2015.

"We are extremely excited about our 2015 recruiting class," said Ray. "All three student-athletes are tremendous golfers based on achievements to date, but also have many of those intangibles that we look for in our prospects including strong character, work ethic, and team first attitude. All have enjoyed local, state, and national success, and we believe those level achievements will translate and continue well into their time at Stanford."

The class offers a wealth of national and international experience, competing with the game's best at every level.


Stanford's varsity won the Big Sail over California on the San Francisco Bay Tuesday.

The team consisted of Hans Henken, Kieran Chung, Haley Kirk, and Max Kohrman.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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