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Korolev races to Pan American cross country title

 

Running for the first time in a United States national team singlet, Stanford's Maksim Korolev won the inaugural Pan American Cross Country Cup on Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Korolev kicked past the field with a late surge to win the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race in 28:21, earning a 10-second victory over runner-up Gilberto Silvestre Lopes of Brazil.

The U.S. won the team title in a meet organized by the Association of Panamerican Athletics. The meet doubled as the NACAC Championships, deciding the champions of the Western Hemisphere.

A graduate student in management science and engineering, Korolev placed fourth at the NCAA Championships in November and will compete in the outdoor track and field season for Stanford.

Korolev had qualified for the U.S. team through his sixth-place performance at the U.S. Championships on Feb. 7 in Boulder, Colorado. He also will run in the IAAF World Championships in Guiyang, China, on March 28.

In Colombia, Korolev paced the U.S. team to three top-five finishes and five among the top 10. The U.S. scored 15 points to earn a commanding victory over runner-up Ecuador, with 52.

Baseball

Jesse Kuet had four hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs as Stanford beat host Cal State Fullerton, 11-9, Sunday in the finale of a three-game nonconference series.

The Cardinal (3-4) returns home and will host Nevada in a nonconference game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Matt Winaker and Jonny Locher also hit home runs for Stanford, which won its first series of the year. Winaker drove in four runs and Locher had three hits.

Freshman Keith Weisenberg (1-1) got the final eight outs for the victory, though the Titans made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring twice and leaving a runner on base.

Starter John Hochstatter allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Quinn Brodey did double duty for the Cardinal, playing right field and collecting a pair of hits. He also pitched to a pair of batters in the seventh inning without giving up a run.

Women's tennis

In the latest chapter of the sport's best rivalry, No. 10 Stanford gave No. 2 Florida all it could handle before falling, 4-3, on Sunday.

Stanford (7-1) suffered its first loss of the season, an impressive feat considering the Cardinal has navigated through such a challenging nonconference schedule. All eight of Stanford's opponents have been ranked No. 54 or higher, including four among the top 20.

Florida (8-1), which extended its home winning streak to 138 consecutive matches, picked up only its third victory over the last eight meetings in the series. The Cardinal and Gators have combined to win four of the last five NCAA championships.

The rivalry has continued on an annual basis, with the powerhouses alternating home matches during the regular season. Stanford blanked Florida 7-0 last February on The Farm.

The Cardinal grabbed an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. With the first two matches split, Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao defeated Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan in a battle of duos ranked among the nation's top five.

The Gators turned the momentum with three singles wins, moving in front 3-1.

In a battle of top-10 players at the top spot of the lineup, the 10th-ranked Zhao outlasted the sixth-ranked Austin, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Davidson followed with yet another clutch victory, rallying past Josie Kuhlman 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (8) to knot the match at 3-3.

Brianna Morgan provided the clincher, pulling away late in the third set from Caroline Doyle in a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 triumph.

Stanford returns home next Sunday, hosting California in a match that will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The contest starts at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Softball

Stanford lost twice at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City on Sunday, 4-0 to Texas A&M and 11-5 to San Diego State.

The Cardinal (9-8) play Utah Valley and Wichita State in Friday's opening day of the Long Beach State/Cal State Fullerton Invitational.

Kaitlin Schaberg drove in three runs and Tylyn Wells and Leah White each had two hits in the loss to the Aztecs.

— Stanford Athletics

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