Heritage High senior track star Frank Kurtz has orally committed to Stanford.

"That was my No. 1 choice by far," said Kurtz, who also said that he seriously considered Cal before choosing the Cardinal. He took official visits to both universities last fall.

Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 meters in the state track and field championships last year with a time of 47.14 seconds. He led the state in the 400 for much of the season and broke a 16-year-old record in the event at the Sacramento Meet of Champions invitational with a time of 47.03.

  • The Stanford softball team is No. 22 and Cal ranked at No. 24 in the preseason USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25 poll.

    Last season's Women's College World Series runner-up Tennessee tops the poll, followed by WCWS champion Oklahoma and Washington at No. 3.

    There are six Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 25, with the Huskies leading the way. Arizona State (No. 7), Oregon (No. 8) and UCLA (No. 16) are also ranked. Arizona and Oregon State also received votes toward the rankings.

    Aside from the Pac-12 schools, Cal will face two more opponents ranked in the preseason poll. The Bears are scheduled for meetings with No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 18 Baylor, both at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs on Feb. 21-23.


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    The Bears opened last season ranked No. 3 behind Oklahoma and Alabama and finished 2013 with a 38-19 (10-14 Pac-12) record, tying for fifth in the conference and advancing to NCAA Regional competition before falling to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I coaches, one representing each conference.

  • Andre Goransson's singles win against USF gave the No. 16-ranked Cal men's tennis team a 4-0 victory in the Bears' opening dual match of the spring season at the Channing Tennis Courts in Berkeley. A freshman, Goransson posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Dons' Rich Van Hout.

    Cal senior Ben McLachlan opened singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Bernard Saraiva, and freshman Filip Bergevi gave the Bears a 6-1, 6-2 win over Christian Brockstedt.

  • Jamie Pawid of Castro Valley was named Saint Mary's Student-Athlete of the Week. The sophomore tennis player beat Cal No. 1 Zsofi Susanyi 6-0, 6-4 at the Cal Winter Invitational on Sunday.

    Wire services contributed to this report.