Stanford's Williams earns Pac-12 track and field honor


Stanford freshman Harrison Williams was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last week.

Williams, making his collegiate outdoor track debut, came within 74 points of matching the school's oldest and most legendary track and field record – that of Bob Mathias in his gold-medal winning effort (7,592 points according to revised scoring tables) at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.

Williams scored a Stanford freshman record 7,518 points, the No. 3 score in school history, to finish second overall and first among collegians. Among those he beat were three heptathlon competitors from the recent NCAA indoor championships, including two top-10 finishers.

Williams, the defending U.S. junior champ, moved to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. junior list and registered the top collegiate decathlon score in the nation and No. 3 score in the world this year.

Synchronized swimming

Stanford placed third at the 2015 U.S. Collegiate Championships over the weekend, earning 79.5 points at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

On the strength of season-best performances across the board, Ohio State able to top defending champion Lindenwood, 93.0 to 89.0, to win its 29th title.

Stanford came in second in the team swim (86.8667) behind OSU (87.7667). Swimming for the Cardinal was Katie Gu, Clare McGovern, Sandra Ortellado, Erica Slavin, Rina Horii, Isabella Park, Marisa Tashmina and Evelyna Wang.

Stanford placed third and fourth in the duet. McGovern and Ortellado scored an 85.5000, while Gu and Slavin totaled an 83.5000. Lindenwood's Mary Killman and Vasilisa Mironova won the title with an 88.4000.

In the trio, McGovern, Ortellado and Slavin came in fourth with an 84.7000, while Gu, Park and Tashima were fifth with an 84.4000. Lindenwood's Irene Beaus, Mary Killman and Dennise Ramirez captured first with an 87.1333.

Earning All-America honors for Stanford were Ortellado, Gu, Tashmina and Park. It's the second All-America nod for both Tashmina and Park and the first for Ortellado and Gu.

— Stanford Athletics

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