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Sports - March 16, 2012

Sports Shorts

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford senior Chris Derrick has been added to The Bowerman Watch List for the first time, the award's watch list committee announced on Wednesday. Derrick is among a select group of 10 athletes for collegiate track & field's top award as a result of a successful indoor track & field season that culminated last weekend at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Derrick had a pair of gutsy runner-up performances in the distance events that had the track world buzzing. In the 5,000 meters, Derrick took the race's lead with four laps to go (800 meters) from Arizona duo of Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu. Sambu would drop off by the next lap and it became a one-on-one battle with Lalang.

At the bell, the two were just seven-hundredths-of-a-second from each other side-by-side. Although Lalang would close with a 28.09 final lap to take victory, Derrick's 29.79 and final 400 meters of 60.32 gained great acclaim. The following evening in the 3,000 meters, the two squared off again. Derrick took the lead with two laps to go and the duo again was side-by-side through the tape where Lalang was declared the victor by just 17-hundreths-of-a second. In the final lap of the 3,000, Derrick split 27.39 and finished the final 400 in 56.22. Derrick also anchored the Cardinal to a second-place showing at the MPSF Championships in the distance medley relay and was second in the mile at 3:59.13 . . . Ten days after landing one of the top rated quarterbacks in the country, Stanford landed one of the top rated linebackers when Punahou High's Isaac Savaiinaea gave his verbal commitment to the Cardinal on Wednesday. Quarterback Ryan Burns, from Virginia, gave his verbal on March 4. Savaiinaea was a hot commodity, drawing at least 11 official offers, including nine Pac-12 schools and Notre Dame. The Irish offered him before his junior year. According to, the five-star recruit from Honolulu had trimmed his list to Stanford, Oregon and Texas A&M. Savaiinaea, who intends to take his visit to Texas A&M, had Stanford ranked high on his list after attending Junior Day. Burns, meanwhile, is ranked as the No. 4 quarterback and No. 47 player in the nation by rivals, its highest rating of a Stanford quarterback since Trent Edwards. Rivals ranked Andrew Luck as the No. 68 quarterback in the country.

ON THE LINKS . . . Gunn High sophomore golfer Jayshree Sarathy was the runner-up in the San Francisco Women's Championships on Sunday at Harding Park, dropping a 36-hold match-play final to Alexandra Wong of St. Ignatius. The tournament, which is open to all amateurs, came down to a pair of high school students after Sarathy eliminated three-time California Amateur champion Lynne Cowan in the quarterfinals and Clovis East High senior Hannah Sodersten in the semifinals. Gunn freshman Anna Zhou also competed and was the medalist in qualifying, shooting a 73. She was eliminated by Cowan in the Round of 16, preventing a matchup of teammates in the quarterfinals. Both Sarathy and Zhou play on the Gunn boys' golf team, which is off to a 2-0 start.


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