This week's live Stanford TV, radio and webcast schedule listed below
Oct. 27, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Chris Derrick has accomplished just about everything at Stanford and now begins the championship run in his final season of cross country. The senior from Naperville, Ill., will look to win the Pac-12 title and lead Stanford to its third consecutive conference crown on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Derrick won the 2009 Pac-10 individual title and finished runner-up to Elliott Heath last season. Arizona freshman Lawi Lelang has taken the nation by storm so far this year, but don't count out Derrick this weekend or at the NCAA's as he seeks to become Stanford first NCAA individual champion. Men's Cross Country Ranking: No. 4 (USTFCCCA).
Stanford held its annual Cardinal-White scrimmage on Sunday at Maples Pavilion, with the Cardinal squad posting a 35-25 victory over the White team. The scrimmage was followed by Midday Madness, which included Fan Fest, a dunk competition, skills contests, season preview from head coach Johnny Dawkins and the Cardinal Karaoke Challenge. Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell thrilled the crowd with a couple impressive slams during the dunk contest, with Huestis taking home the title. Click here for video highlights. Ranking: Unranked (ESPN/USA Today).
Women's Cross Country
Claire Durkin, a state high school record holder in cross country and state 3,200-meter track champion as a senior at Kilbourne High School in Worthington, Ohio, will be part of Stanford's lineup at the Pac-12 Championships in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday. Durkin had not run competitively since graduating from high school in 2008, until making her Stanford debut at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale on Oct. 15, placing 16th. Durkin chose not to compete in college to concentrate on her studies. She is a senior academically, but has another season of eligibility remaining. Ranking: No. 8 (USTFCCCA).
Freshman Kasey Quon found the cage for her first career goal last Friday in a 5-0 rout of UC Davis, becoming the 13th player to score at least one goal for Stanford this year. Heading into the regular-season's final weekend, only four position players have yet to score a goal. In 2010, Stanford received at least one goal from 15 different players. Ranking: No. 4 (NFHCA). Records: 13-2 overall, 5-0 NorPac.
Tight end Coby Fleener and right guard David DeCastro earned first-team spots on Sports Illustrated's Midseason All-America team, which was released earlier this week. Fleener, a top contender for the Mackey Award, leads the Cardinal with seven touchdown receptions and is averaging 22.6 yards per catch. He is making a serious run at Stanford's single-season record for reception yards per catch, set by Miles Moore, who caught 38 passes for 816 yards (21.5) in 1971. The NCAA single-season record for receiving yards average among tight ends is held by Jay Novacek, who averaged 22.6 yards for Wyoming in 1984. DeCastro has led a stout offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the nation while paving the way for a Cardinal ground game to average 219.4 yards. Quarterback Andrew Luck was named to the second team.
Stanford has won a school-record 15 straight games dating back to last season, which is the longest winning streak in the nation. During the streak, the Cardinal has outscored its opposition 641-207 (plus-434) and has scored 40 or more points in 10 of the 15 games. The Cardinal's current stretch of success also matches the longest unbeaten streak in school history (15 games), which was set over three seasons from 1925-27. Under the direction of the legendary Pop Warner, Stanford won its last two games of the 1925 season, posted a 10-0-1 record in 1926 and won its first two games of 1927 before losing to Saint Mary's. Rankings: No. 4 (AP), No. 3 (USA Today), No. 6 (BCS). Records: 7-0 overall, 5-0 Pac-12.
The Cardinal will close out its fall season when it plays at the Gifford Collegiate Championship at CordeValle in San Martin. It also marks the only time in the entire academic year that the men's team is competing on back-to-back weekends, following its seventh-place finish at the Islesworth Collegiate Invitational in Windemere, Fla. Freshman Patrick Rodgers finished fourth and has finished among the top 10 at each of his first three collegiate events. Ranking: No. 2 (Golfweek).
Stanford concludes its fall season at the Kent Youell Invitational in Kapolei, Hawaii, beginning Tuesday. The Cardinal finished 18th at the Mercedes Benz SEC-Pac-12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. Freshman Mariko Tumangan led the Cardinal after shooting a 5-over 221 and finished 10 strokes behind winner Stephanie Meadow of Alabama. Ranking: No. 43 (Golfweek).
Despite little wind, the Cardinal women won the Pacific Coast Collegiate Fall Championships on its home course at Redwood Shores. At the Hoyt Trophy event in Rhode Island, Stanford finished seventh. Coed ranking: No. 15 (Sailing World). Women's ranking: No. 3 (Sailing World).
The Cardinal has a rare week off in the middle of the season and will not play again until November 4 and 6, when No. 30 San Diego State and No. 12 UCLA come to Cagan Stadium. Stanford has defeated the Bruins the past four seasons at home and this year the match will take on extra significance as it will be Senior Day. Ranking: 121 (NCAA). Records: 4-9-1 overall, 1-5-1 Pac-12.
Stanford's regular-season finale against Cal on Nov. 5 has been sold out. The match also will be the Senior Day tribute to Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen. If Stanford sweeps its matches at Oregon State and Oregon this weekend, the Cardinal will be aiming to complete its third consecutive unbeaten regular-season. Ranking: No. 1 (NSCAA, Soccer America). Records: 16-0-1 overall, 8-0 Pac-12).
Stanford competed against Pac-12 newcomer Utah in their first conference meeting and both squads came away with victories. For the men, Matt Thompson (backstroke), Curtis Lovelace (breaststroke) and freshman Kristian Ipsen (diving) each swept their event groups. For the women, Sam Woodward won the 50-yard free and 100 butterfly, while Stephanie Phipps remained undefeated in diving with two victories.
Chad La Tourette enters the week with the nation's fastest 1,000 free time (9:07.77), while freshmen David Nolan leads in the 200 back (1:46.57) and Erich Peske in the 100 fly (48.24). Four of the nation's top-five times in the 200 back belong to the Cardinal, with Nolan, freshman Jon Edwards at No. 3, and juniors Matthew Swanston and Matt Thompson at Nos. 4-5.
The meet was Ipsen's final tuneup for the Pan American Games. Ipsen, who has won all four of his collegiate events so far this season, joins Stanford graduate Cassidy Krug in Guadalajara, Mexico. Last week, former Stanford swimmers Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden and Eugene Godsoe combined for eight medals during the first week of the Games. Godsoe won four silvers, Smit two golds and Breeden a gold and a bronze.
Alex Kim, who compiled a 133-25 overall singles record during his Stanford career from 1997-2001, will be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. A two-time All-American (2000, 2001), Kim was a member of two NCAA championship teams, as the Cardinal defeated Georgia 4-0 in 1998 and blanked Virginia Commonwealth 4-0 in 2000. Kim became Stanford's 13th NCAA singles champion in 2000, defeating Kentucky's Carlos Drada 6-1, 6-1 in the title match. Recently, Kim passed along his Stanford memories in this gostanford.com interview.
For the second consecutive season, head coach Lele Forood employed a "hands-off" approach as two of her players battled it out in the singles final of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Tuesday. Nicole Gibbs captured the first singles title of her career by defeating teammate Mallory Burdette 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Gibbs was a runner-up in last year's event, falling to teammate Kristie Ahn when the match was not played and ended in a walkover. The singles finalists and doubles champion from each regional earn berths to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Nov. 4-7 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Stanford will hold a Cardinal & White Scrimmage before the Cardinal women's volleyball match against UCLA on Saturday. The men's scrimmage will be held at 5 p.m. at the practice gym adjacent to Maples Pavilion, and is open to the public. The women's match begins at 7 p.m.
Stanford plays host to a pair of top-10 teams this weekend at Maples Pavilion: No. 4 USC and No. 6 UCLA. The Cardinal, which fell to both the Women of Troy and Bruins in Los Angeles in September, is on an eight-match win streak. Stanford also is undefeated at home (10-0). Ranking: No. 5 (AVCA). Records: 16-3 overall, 10-3 Pac-12.
Men's Water Polo
Stanford resumes Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with a showdown against first-place USC (4-0). Stanford is tied for second with Cal at 3-1. It will be their third meeting of the season after splitting the first two games. The MPSF contest will be played Saturday in Los Angeles and begins the homestretch of the season with teams vying for favorable seeds in the MPSF Tournament on Nov. 25-27. The MPSF Tournament determines the conference's entrants into NCAA Tournament. Ranking: No. 3 (CWPA). Records: 14-3 overall, 3-1 MPSF.
Stanford will hold its annual wrestle-offs this Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. The team will square-off against one another to fight for a starting spot in the lineup. The team enters the season ranked No. 14 by InterMat Wrestling. Senior Nick Amuchastegui is the top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds and junior Ryan Mango is listed at No. 7 at 133 pounds. Ranking: No. 14 (InterMat).
This week's media listings for live Cardinal sports:
||USC at Stanford
||Stanford at USC
||KNBR-AM 1050; KZSU-FM 90.1
||UCLA at Stanford