Second place finishes for Stanford cross country teams | News | Palo Alto Online |

Sports

Second place finishes for Stanford cross country teams

 
In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, Palo Alto Online has lifted its pay meter and is providing unlimited access to its website. We need your support to continue our important work. Please join your neighbors and become a subscribing member today.

Stanford's men's and women's cross country teams each placed second at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday on the Pac-12 championship course at Springfield Golf Club.

The No. 5 Cardinal women were second to No. 2 Oregon, 33-66, but ahead of No. 19 BYU (78) and No. 11 Washington (95).


Alex Ostberg

Vanessa Fraser
The No. 2 Stanford men trailed No. 6 BYU, 17-73, and just ahead of No. 8 Oregon (75). No. 18 Portland was sixth (186).

This was essentially the season opener for Stanford. The teams had competed Sept. 16 in the low-key USD Invitational in San Diego, which was treated as a workout. But this was a better representation of the team.

What did Stanford learn? For one, that Alex Ostberg could be an impact runner this season. Ostberg is coming off his first sub-14 in the 5,000 meters in June and has continued his progression. Ostberg was Stanford's No. 1 on Friday, placing sixth in 23:48.8 over the 8-kilometer 4.97-mile) course.

Stanford's No. 2 was freshman Callum Bolger, in 14th (23:56.6). Bolger was among the six Stanford runners – three men and three women – to make their collegiate debuts. Connor Lane was 36th (24:18.6) and Michael Vernau was 37th (24:19.0). Among the women, Jessica Lawson was 23rd (19:50.5) as Stanford's No. 5 runner. Jordan Oakes was 25th (19:52.2) and Julia Heymach 26th (20:27.5).

Among the women, Abbie McNulty placed a strong 10th, running 19:12.5 over 6K (3.73 miles). She was No. 3 on the team behind All-Americans Vanessa Fraser (fifth, 19:12.5) and Fiona O'Keeffe (ninth in 19:16.3). But like Ostberg with the men, McNulty's performance may have been the most encouraging for the women.

Stanford figures to have great depth, but McNulty, a competitor in two NCAA championship meets, will undoubtedly make a bid to be included once again. Her time was 1 minute, 27.8 seconds faster than any 6K cross country race she's run for Stanford and a great indication of her fitness level.

Stanford did not race some of its top runners, but the squads that will toe the line at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 13 should look even more like the ones that will race in the postseason.

Occasionally, Palo Alto Online Sports publishes articles produced by Stanford Athletics in order to provide more comprehensive sports coverage than is possible by our sports staff.

— Stanford Athletics

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay up to date on local coronavirus coverage with our daily news digest email.

Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide
By Laura Stec | 11 comments | 30,384 views

These local restaurants are donating meals to Bay Area residents in need. Here's how to help.
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 11,060 views

Coronavirus: Plan ahead now for a big outbreak
By Diana Diamond | 18 comments | 4,077 views

Will the Coronavirus Save Lives?
By Sherry Listgarten | 29 comments | 3,850 views

How COVID-19 Affects Communities
By Jessica Zang | 14 comments | 1,211 views

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details