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Caitlin Collier is the nation's No. 1 overall female track and field recruit by MileSplit and the No. 2 distance runner in her class. Photo by David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics.

Stanford landed three of the top cross country/track and field prospects in the country, including Caitlin Collier and Rebecca Story, rated as the nation's top female running recruits by MileSplit and Flotrack, respectively.

In addition, the Cardinal signed Joshua Schumacher, the nation's top high school returner in the 1,500. In all, Stanford signed 16, eight females and eight men, to national letters of intent.

Bellarmine senior Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau, who recently defended his Central Coast Section Division I cross country title, also signed with the Cardinal.

"We are really excited about this incoming freshmen class on both the men's and women's sides," said Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field. "In addition to being some of the very best athletes in the country, they are all, most importantly, a great fit with Stanford and our program. This class covers all of the event areas extremely well and will certainly be key drivers in our mission to be one of the very teams in the country across the board."

Men's signees are Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau (San Jose/Bellarmine College Prep), Keyshawn King (Liberty, S.C./Liberty HS), Clayton Mendez (Chicago/Whitney Young HS), Andy Monroe (Central Point, Ore./Crater HS), Charlie Perry (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS), Joshua Schumacher (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS), Sal Spina (Alhambra/St. John Bosco HS), and Miles Zoltak (Camarillo/Thousand Oaks HS).

Women's signees are Caitlin Collier (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), Jordan Fong (Kent, Wash./Kentlake HS), Kennedy Gamble (Houston/The Kinkaid School), Mary Gillett (Longmont, Colo./Niwot HS), Allie Jones (Santa Barbara/San Marcos HS), Lindsey Payne (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West HS), Rebecca Story (Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy of Knoxville), and Alex Stout (Santa Cruz/Pacific Collegiate School).

Men's gymnastics

The Cardinal signed four impressive prospects with Ian Gunther, Brody Malone, Matthew Szot and Blake Wilson set to join the program in the 2018-19 year, as announced by coach Thom Glielmi.

On the class, Glielmi stated, "This is a very solid class and one that will strengthen the program. What is most impressive about this class is their respect for the sport and their willingness to work".

"Ian Gunther is a big signing," said Glielmi, "He is one of the top juniors and his pommel horse is already competitive with the senior men. Ian is also a solid all-arounder and I anticipate he will break into our parallel bar and horizontal bar line-up. He is still developing physically and all indications are he will be a solid ringman."

The Cardinal will host its first home meet on January 27, 2018 with the Stanford Open

Men's golf

Stanford coach Conrad Ray announced that Fred Lee, Ethan Ng and Daulet Tuleubayev each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Stanford.

Lee (Churchlands, Australia) and Ng (New York, N.Y.) and Tuleubayev (Cupertino) will join the Cardinal roster in the fall of 2018.

"We are excited to welcome Fred, Ethan and Daulet to the Stanford family," said Ray. "All three student-athletes have competed at a very high level throughout their careers, and epitomize what being a Stanford student-athlete is all about. We look forward to seeing them make an impact on our program both on and off the course."

Sailing

Stanford wrapped up the Fall season with its 13th consecutive victory over rival Cal in the Big Sail. The Cardinal won 2-1 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon.

It was a sunny day in the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge, though the wind did not last long and the regatta was shortened to just one race per division.

Football

Fifth-year senior offensive lineman David Bright was named one of six finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award on Wednesday.

The award was established in 2010 to recognize a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, involvement that Pop Warner emphasizes with its own student athletes. The award is presented on Dec. 7 during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

Men's water polo

Stanford swept Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly honors as senior Drew Holland was named the MPSF Player of the Week and freshman Sawyer Rhodes was voted the MPSF Newcomer of the Week.

The honors come after Stanford won both of its matches for the week to extend its winning streak to 11 games.

The Cardinal earned a share of the MPSF regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this weekend's MPSF Championships with a dramatic 11-10 victory over the Golden Bears last Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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