Stanford's McGorty earns Scholar Athlete of the Year honors


Stanford junior Sean McGorty was named NCAA Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday.

McGorty, a four-time All-America in cross country and track, placed seventh at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville in November and carries a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average. He is majoring in management science and engineering.

Sean McGorty
McGorty joins women's NCAA champ Molly Seidel as the individual winners. McGorty is the third Stanford men's winner, following Chris Derrick in 2010 and 2011, and Neftalem Araia in 2006, which was the first year of the award. No other school has had more than two.

McGorty was joined by teammates Grant Fisher and Garrett Sweatt on the men's All-Academic team. Sophie Chase, Danielle Katz, and Vanessa Fraser represent Stanford as women's All-Academic honorees.

The criteria for All-Academic selection was a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, plus an All-America finish at NCAA's (top 40) or a top-25 placing at any of the nine NCAA regional meets.

With three runners, Stanford's men tied for the most individual honorees.

In addition, Stanford's men and women each were recognized as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. The Cardinal women had a 3.5 team GPA, and the men had a 3.38.

The Stanford men finished third at NCAA's and the women were 14th.

Last year, the Stanford was the men's Scholar Team of the Year, and the Card women won in 2006 and 2007.


Friday night's scheduled season opener got bogged down in wet weather and was postponed.

Stanford and Cal State Fullerton will makeup the game as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Cardinal's probable starters are freshman Tristan Beck and Chris Castellanos.

Original opening night starter Brett Hanewich will make his season's debut on Monday night at UC Davis.

Women's tennis

No. 13 Stanford collected its third shutout of the season, blanking visiting Fresno State, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (4-2), which will play all four of its February matches at home, quickly secured the doubles point following a 6-4 victory at the top spot of the lineup from Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle.

Krista Hardebeck cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot, extending Stanford's lead to 2-0. The Cardinal, which improved to 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (5-4), moved one step closer to clinching when Doyle breezed to a 6-3, 6-3 triumph on court two.

Melissa Lord made it official with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position, signaling the third time she has clinched a match this season.

Davidson beat Mayar Sherif Ahmed 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot in a rematch of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships final, which ended in a three-set victory for Davidson.

Caroline Lampl then won her seventh straight match and 10th overall with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6) victory at the No. 4 spot.

Kimberly Yee rounded out the scoring with a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) win on court six.

Stanford next hosts Florida on Sunday, Feb. 28 at noon.


North Dakota State exploded for six runs in the fifth inning, pinning host Stanford with a 9-1 loss in its home opener on a wet Friday evening as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational.

With a steady mist its companion throughout the game, the Cardinal (3-3) managed just one run on four hits. Kaitlin Schaberg and Jessica Plaza provided the highlights, each doubling off the fence.

"We didn't play to the level we're capable of playing," Stanford coach Rachel Hanson said. "We need to come out with more competitive fire and intensity."

Carolyn Lee (1-2) made her third start of the season and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with a strikeout in four innings.

"Carolyn did really well to come out and battle on a day when she didn't necessarily have her A-game," said Hanson.

Stanford found itself in an early hole when North Dakota State scored a run in three of the first four innings. The Cardinal produced a run in the first inning when Kylie Sorenson scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinal looks to rebound with a pair of games Saturday, 10 a.m. against Saint Mary's and 12:30 p.m. against Long Beach State.

— Stanford Athletics

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