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Stanford places three runners on U.S. cross country team

 

Stanford's Maksim Korolev placed sixth at the U.S. Cross Country Championships Saturday and earned the American team's final qualifying spot for the upcoming World Championships.

Korolev, a graduate student, covered the 12-kilometer course (7.46 miles) in the men's open race at the Flatirons Golf Course in 37:03, earning the final U.S. spot by 10 seconds.

Korolev, winner Chris Derrick, and women's open fifth-place finisher Sara Bei Hall give Stanford three qualifiers for the IAAF World Championships on March 28 in Guiyang, China.

"I'm excited," said Korolev, who was born in Kazakhstan and moved to the U.S. at age 7. "Just wearing the USA uniform and representing this great country. It's just amazing."

Derrick, a 14-time All-America at Stanford, captured his third consecutive U.S. title, becoming the first to do so since the late Pat Porter's streak from 1982-89.

Derrick ran 36:18, earning a resounding 30-second victory over runner-up Robert Curtis. Derrick earned his second world berth, having placed 10th in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2013.

Hall ran the women's 8K (4.97-mile) course in 28:26. This is her second world championship berth, and first since 2006.

Korolev, who placed fourth at the NCAA Championships in December, becomes the first active Stanford runner to advance to worlds since Ian Dobson in 2005. Tony Sandoval and Roy Kissin also accomplished the feat, in 1976.

Stanford freshman Patrick Perrier was 28th in the junior men's race (8K) in 28:05.

Softball

Stanford scored 20 runs in two games Saturday, earning a pair of victories, 10-0 over Bradley and 10-9 over Texas, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

The Cardinal (3-2) plays on Sunday against UTEP at 12:30 p.m.

Lauren Bertoy and Tylyn Wells each drove in three runs in the first game and Jessica Plaza hit her second home run in as many days against Bradley.

Bertoy drove in four runs and Kayla Bonstrom and Bessie Noll each hit home runs to lead the Cardinal past the Longhorns.

Stanford scored three times in the fourth to snap a 7-7 tie. Cassandra Roulund's sacrifice fly plated a run just ahead of Bertoy's two-run double.

Madi Schreyer was the winning pitcher in both game, with Haley Snyder rewarded with a hard-earned save against the Longhorns.

Men's swimming

No. 12 Stanford dropped a 157-142 decision to visiting USC in a Pac-12 Conference meet Saturday on Senior Day

The setback move Stanford's dual meet record to 5-1 on the season. Stanford's regular season ends Feb. 21 with a dual meet against rival Cal in Berkeley. USC improved to 5-2 overall.

USC struck first by going 3:13.06 to win the 400-yard medley relay. Stanford was close behind at 3:13.47 and its B-unit took third in 3:14.56.

Liam Egan's 9:13.08 gave him a second-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle. He was second in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:27.50.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Stanford went 2-3-4 with strong racing from Tom Kremer (1:38.03), Drew Cosgarea (1:38.82) and Sean Duggan (1:39.21).

David Nolan bested the field with a 47.54 in the 100-yard backstroke.

"It was great going out with these guys," said Nolan. "Definitely the best group we've had in the last four years. We raced really hard, and got some great racing experience."

USC's Morten Klarskov went 54.76 to win the 100-yard breaststroke, less than a second off the pool record. Daniel Le (55.99), Max Williamson (56.19) and Christian Brown (56.28) were next in order.

Andrew Liang (1:46.99) won the 200-yard butterfly and Sam Perry (20.22) was second in the 50-yard freestyle. Liang (47.87) added another win in the 100-yard butterfly.

Bradley Christensen (402.30) and Kristian Ipsen (398.55) went 1-2 off the 3-meter board. Ipsen (416.55) won the 1-meter edition in his home finale.

"Senior Day was really cool," said Ipsen. "I was happy with the 1-meter, and felt like I dove solid. In the 3-meter, I tried some new dives to try to bump up my degree of difficulty heading into the Pac-12 (Championships), (NCAA) Zone (Championships) and NCAA (Championships."

Nolan (44.15) touched second in the 100-yard freestyle. One race later, Cosgarea (1:47.44) turned in a silver-worthy swim in the 200-yard backstroke. Patrick Conaton (1:48.33) and Gray Umbach (1:49.17) were close behind for third and fourth, respectively.

Williamson (2:01.21) was Stanford's highest finisher in the 200-yard breaststroke and placed third. Williamson closed the individual events with a 1:48.13 to win the 200-yard individual medley. Umbach (1:49.80) was second.

USC squeezed ahead of Stanford in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 2:55.50 compared to the Cardinal's 2:55.86.

Women's tennis

No. 8 Stanford completed a sweep of its first road trip of the season, downing Ohio State, 4-1, at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Stanford (4-0), which defeated host No. 19 Notre Dame 6-1 on Friday, cleared the first hurdle of a challenging nonconference road slate, which also includes contests against Duke and Florida in Gainesville, Fla., later this month.

Ohio State (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season and will face Notre Dame on Sunday.

Despite falling behind early, the Cardinal locked up the doubles point for a 1-0 lead with 6-4 victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.

Caroline Doyle and Taylor Davidson opened singles play with convincing straight-set wins, extending Stanford's lead to 3-0.

Miho Kowase then defeated Ellen Tsay 6-4, 6-0, accounting for Ohio State's only point of the match.

Carol Zhao followed with the clincher, a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Anna Sanford at the top spot of the lineup.

The sophomore trio of Davidson, Doyle and Zhao improved to 12-0 combined through the first four duals of the season.

Stanford returns home next weekend, welcoming Harvard on Saturday at noon and Vanderbilt on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Men's golf

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy carded a final-round 65 on Saturday to finish second at the Amer Ari Invitational while Stanford shared 10th place with UCLA as a team.

McNealy moved up five spots during the round for his fourth top-5 showing on the season. It was the third time he shot a 65 in a Cardinal uniform.

Stanford (278-285-278) was 10-under collectively on the day and 23-under for the tournament at the par-72 Waikoloa Kings' Course.

Arizona State (-38) won the event, which featured 18 teams, and Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan took medalist honors with a 17-under 199.

"The guys hung tough," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "We hit the ball well all week but left some good shots out there with our wedges and putting off of the Bermuda grass. There were positives to draw from and McNealy put in some great work. There is plenty to prep for at our next event."

McNealy (67-69-65) was 15-under overall and 7-under Saturday. His seven birdies went along with two bogeys while he managed an eagle on the par-4 fifth. McNealy hit driver from 296 yards away and brought it to 13 feet away.

David Boote's only bogey in the third round came on the par-5 14th, while his four birdies put him at 3-under on the day and 5-under overall to tie for 32nd. Boote posted scores of 72, 70 and 69.

Viraat Badhwar (69-72-74) was 2-over during his final stretch and 1-under for the tournament. He tied for 53rd.

Jeffrey Swegle (70-76-71) tied for 66th and Dominick Francks (80-74-73) tied for 93rd.

Competing as an individual, Patrick Grimes tied for 76th with scores of 75-72-73.

Stanford returns to action Feb. 16-18 during The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, California.

Men's voleyball

No. 14 Stanford fell,m 25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 25-18, to host Concordia (Irvine) on Saturday in a nonconference match.

Stanford was held to a .141 team hitting percentage as Concordia turned in a .200 clip.

Junior outside hitter Madison Hayden led all players with a career high 20 kills. He hit .349 and also collected six digs, four blocks and an ace. He is the first Stanford player to reach the 20-kill plateau this season.

Freshman setter Kyle Dagostino finished with 40 assists, five digs and two blocks, including one solo.

Freshman Evan Enriques and redshirt senior Grant Delgado split time at libero, finishing with eight and seven digs, respectively.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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