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Top-10 finishes for Stanford distance runners at NCAA meet

 

Redshirt freshman Sean McGorty and fifth-year senior Erik Olson finished eighth and ninth in the men's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

McGorty ran 13:53.63 and earned first-team All-America honors for the first time by finishing among the top eight.

Olson, a Novato High grad, ran 13:55.74 in his final collegiate race. He earns second-team status and leaves Stanford with five All-America honors.

Stanford brought four men to Eugene and each was a top-10 finisher, including true freshman Harrison Williams, who was fourth in the decathlon Thursday, and sophomore Dylan Duvio, who was third in the pole vault Wednesday.

The Cardinal scored 12 points to finish 16th overall – its highest men's finish since 2011 -- and third among Pac-12 teams.

In a new format, the meet is holding its men's and women's finals on separate days. Friday's action concluded the men's competition, and the women get center stage Saturday.

Stanford will have five women in action: sophomore Pac-12 champion Valarie Allman in the discus, junior 2014 NCAA outdoor runner-up Claudia Saunders in the 800, freshman indoor track 3,000 runner-up Elise Cranny in the 1,500, and sophomore Scotts Valley native Vanessa Fraser and national leader Jessica Tonn in the 5,000.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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