Stanford's Solomon pulls up in semis at Commonwealth Games

Stanford's Steven Solomon advanced out of his first-round heat in the 400 while competing for Australia at the Commonwealth Games on Monday in Glascow, Scotland.

Solomon, a junior and the school recordholder, ran 46.26 to advance to Tuesday's semifinals, which he did not finish.

Solomon pulled up at the 200-meter mark with an apparent left hamstring injury according to Athletics Australia.

Racing in one of the deepest events in Glasgow, Solomon eased down to finish to secure one of three automatic qualifying spots in his heat on Monday.

"I did exactly what I needed to," said Solomon to Athletics Australia. "I set my race up well and it was my first hit out in a fair while so it was good to get rid of the rust and come back tomorrow firing."

It was Solomon's first race since finishing second at the Pac-12 Championships on May 18.

"I think I will have a whole new tank by tomorrow. When you haven't raced for a while that first one back can be a bit dusty, but I got through the round and that's what I had to do today."


Former Stanford rowers Elle Logan and Grace Luczak were announced as members of the women's eight for the United States heading into the 2014 World Championships.

Following the national team camps at Princeton, N.J., the USA picked its boat lineups based on previous results from training and regattas.

Logan will make her fifth World Championships appearance and seek out her fourth medal. She captured gold medals in the eight in both 2010 and 2011. She earned silver in Poland in 2009. Last year she competed in South Korea in the 1x and placed fifth.

Luczak will appear at the World Championships for the third time. She won gold with Logan last year in South Korea. In 2010, Luczak picked up a bronze medal in the 4- at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

USRowing also announced Monday that former Stanford rowers David Banks and Austin Hack have been named to the men's eight lineup following the national team selection camp.

Hack, who graduated in June with a political science degree, will make his second straight World Championship appearance. He also competed in the men's eight last year in South Korea, earning a bronze medal with Team USA.

Banks will be at the World Championships for the third time, but first since 2010 when he placed sixth in the men's eight in New Zealand. The previous year he competed in the 2- and placed fifth in Poland.

The 2014 World Championships will take place August 24-31 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Former Stanford head coach John Rittman has been named associate head coach at Kansas.

Rittman, who coached the Cardinal from 1997-2014 before resigning following a 30-25 season, will concentrate his efforts with the Jayhawks on hitting, according to the school's web site.

Women's basketball

Stanford grad Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and had eight rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks ended a five-game home losing streak with a 77-73 win over the Indiana Fever on Monday night.

"We want to be able to defend Staples and we want it to be our territory," Ogwumike told AP. "There's no reason why we should have more wins on the road than at home. Granted, it seems we can handle the road quite well, but we want to be able to get the advantage we can when we play on our home floor, especially coming into the playoffs."

Ogwumike scored the final four points for the Sparks.

For a full recap and video, visit the WNBA website here.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and had six rebounds but it was not enough as the Connecticut Sun lost its fourth straight, dropping an 89-80 decision to host Atlanta Dream on Tuesday morning.

Women's rugby

Stanford forward's Aly Gleason and Maxine Fonua were named Women's Collegiate All-Americans.


Jackson High (Ohio) senior defensive lineman Reagan Williams gave his verbal commitment to play football at Stanford on Tuesday.

Williams made his announcement from his twitter account, which now features a picture of Stanford Stadium.

— Stanford Athletics


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