Cardinal wins a pair of cross-country titles at own invitational


Stanford junior Sean McGorty won the men's race and Stanford earned both team victories at the 42nd annual Stanford Invitational cross country race Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course.

McGorty ran 23:07.0, the fastest collegiate time ever in this meet over the 8-kilometer (4.97-mile) distance, which has been in place since 1989. The course was modified in 2010, making it flatter and faster.

Grant Fisher, the two-time Foot Locker national high school champion, ran his first race longer than 5K (3.11 miles) and made up much ground over the final mile to run down Chico State's William Reyes for second, in 23:33.9.

However, it did not count as Fisher's Stanford debut because he ran unattached to protect a possible redshirt year.

Stanford coach Chris Miltenberg is bringing Fisher along slowly and said the soonest the freshman would race next is the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 30 in Colfax, Washington. That would mark his Stanford debut.

McGorty was the only member of Stanford's 2014 NCAA runner-up lineup to compete Saturday. Most of the rest of the Cardinal 'A' team was held out in favor of the Washington Invitational on Friday. McGorty will not run in Seattle, but it will be the first true test for the No. 2-ranked Cardinal.

Even shorthanded, Stanford edged Chico State for the victory, 63-68. Steven Fahy was ninth (24:02.2), Ryan Silva 15th (24:15.6), Thomas Coyle 18th (24:21.1), and Patrick Perrier 26th (24:26.0) completed the Cardinal scoring. Coyle ran with long deep scratches on his right thigh after being spiked by a teammate near the start.

The No. 5 Stanford women's team beat runner-up Cal Poly by 44-65, giving the Cardinal its 12th consecutive Stanford Invitational victory.

Erin Teschuk of North Dakota State won individual honors, running the 6K (3.73 miles) in 20:06.8, the fastest at the meet in five years.

Molly McNamara led Stanford runners in fifth place (20:51.1). The Cardinal top five finished within 26 seconds of each other and all were among the top 18. Danielle Katz was eighth (21:03.4), Sophie Chase ninth (21:03.8), Julia Maxwell 11th (21:07.8), and Abbie McNulty 18th (21:17.4).

This Stanford top seven did not include All-Americas Elise Cranny or Vanessa Fraser, who were being held out for Washington, or any freshmen. However, it did include four -- McNamara, Chase, McNulty, and Claire Howlett (27th, 21:33.6) -- who were part of the Cardinal's 14th-place lineup at NCAA's last year.

Men's water polo

No. 2 Stanford opened play in the Aggie Roundup on Saturday with a pair of convincing wins over UC Davis and Concordia at Schaal Aquatics Center on the campus of UC Davis.

The Cardinal (10-1) began play against Concordia posting a 20-3 win over the Eagles. Stanford ended Saturday with an 18-6 victory over No. 10 UC Davis.

Senior Bret Bonanni and redshirt junior Adam Abdulhamid each netted a pair of goals and freshman Blake Parrish added a score to give Stanford a 5-1 lead over Concordia after one quarter of play.

The Cardinal added six goals in the second quarter to build an 11-2 halftime advantage.

Three more goals in the third gave Stanford a 14-2 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Stanford was not done, however, recording six goals in the fourth, highlighted by four-straight from redshirt sophomore Justin Roberto in a span of 3:28 of the final period.

Redshirt freshman Grady Williams capped the scoring with 56 seconds left, punching in his second goal of the contest to make it 20-3.

Roberto (4), Bonanni (2), Abdulhamid (2), Mitchell Mendoza (2), Reid Chase (2), Kyle Weikert (2) and Williams (2) each had multiple goals.

Sophomore Oliver Lewis got the start in the cage for Stanford against Concordia, recording eight saves in the win.

Later Saturday, goals from Bonanni, Abdulhamid and Adam Warmoth gave Stanford a 3-1 advantage after the first quarter in its game against UC Davis.

The Cardinal extended its lead to 7-3 by halftime with Bonanni scoring Stanford's final three goals of the period.

Bonanni finished with six goals in the contest to lead Stanford. Abdulhamid added three scores.

Junior Drew Holland posted nine saves in the cage for Stanford in the win.

Stanford finishes play in the Aggie Roundup on Sunday with a noon game against Santa Clara and a 4 p.m. contest against San Jose State at the Schaal Aquatics Center on the UC Davis campus.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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