McGorty makes short work of the mile at indoor track meet


Stanford's Sean McGorty made his first collegiate track race count by running a sub-4 mile at the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday.

McGorty, a redshirt freshman, ran 3:59.34 on the 307-meter Dempsey Indoor oval to place third behind two Nike Oregon Project Olympians, American Matthew Centrowitz (3:58.60) and Canadian Cam Levins (3:58.75).

Sean McGorty ran under four minutes in his first collegiate track meet.
McGorty, an All-America in cross country, became the 14th runner in Stanford history to break four minutes. The list includes Olympians Jeff Atkinson, Gabe Jennings, Duncan MacDonald, and Michael Stember.

The season-opening meet provided the opportunities for Stanford's highly-decorated freshmen to make their debuts. They did not disappoint.

Olivia Baker, the 400 bronze medalist at July's IAAF World Junior Championships, set a school record in the 600 of 1:29.42. Baker went wire to wire to hold off professional middle-distance star Mary Cain, who tried to move to the front with a lap to go but ultimately finished fourth. Baker broke the year-old Stanford mark of 1:30.82 set by Claudia Saunders.

"She didn't back down," said Jody Stewart, Stanford's associate head coach for sprints and hurdles. "As a freshman, that says a lot. You rarely see that, especially at that level of competition."

Elise Cranny, the Pac-12 Cross Country Freshman of the Year last fall, made her collegiate track debut in impressive fashion. Racing a trio of Oregon Nike Project runners, Cranny hung close with Shannon Rowbury, Jordan Hasay, and Treniere Moser to finish fourth in the 1,000. Cranny's time of 2:42.39 was the second-fastest in Stanford history and a school freshman record.

Another big story came from pole vaulter Garrett Starkey. After missing last season with an injury, the junior set a personal record of 17-2 ¾ to place third. It is the No. 5 indoor jump ever at Stanford.

Other Stanford victories came from 2014 Pac-12 champion Darian Brooks in the triple jump (50-2), and in the men's 4x800 relay, won by the team of Marco Bertolotti, Tom Coyle, Tai Dinger, and Will Drinkwater in 7:40.17.

Another freshman, 2014 U.S. junior national decathlon champ Harrison Williams, ran his 60 hurdles semifinal in 8.33 for the No. 7 time in school history.

Women's water polo

Kiley Neushul recorded her 29th career hat trick, Maggie Steffens and Anna Yelizarova each scored twice and Stanford opened its season with a 14-3 victory over Pacific on Saturday morning.

Menlo-Atherton grad Emily Dorst had eight saves and helped the Cardinal beat Cal State Monterey Bay, 20-0, on Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Grossman opened the scoring 18 seconds after the ball was dropped. The Tigers tied it but Stanford reeled off the game's next five goals to take control.

Gabby Stone made nine saves in the goal. Stanford was 2-of-3 on the power play, while Pacific was 1-of-7.

Dani Jackovich notched her third career hat trick and Yelizarova her 11th to guide Stanford past Cal State Monterey Bay.

Katie Dudley, Grossman, Kiley Neushul, Gurpreet Sohi and Steffens each contributed a pair of scores as the Cardinal reached the 20-goal plateau for the sixth time in the past three seasons.

Stanford (2-0) returns to competition in two weeks, hosting the Stanford Invitational.

— Stanford Athletics

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