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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Nicholas sets two borough records

Papapa Nicholas, an eighth-grader at Kenai Middle School, smashed two meet records to highlight performances at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday at Skyview High School.

The two records came in the shot put and the discus. In the discus, Nicholas uncorked a throw of 164 feet, 5 inches, to beat the old borough record of 151-9 1/4. The old record was set in 1988. In the shot put, Nicholas let fly with a toss of 50 feet, 3 3/4 inches. In doing so, he put the borough record he set last year further out of reach. Last year's record was 44 feet, 8 inches. For good measure, Nicholas also came out on top of the 100-meter hurdles.

Soldotna Middle School took the team titles on both the boys and girls sides of the meet. The Soldotna girls scored 145 points to top runner-up Homer by 32 points. The Soldotna boys scored 202 points to top runner-up Kenai by 74 points.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Track and Field Meet

Friday, Saturday at Skyview High School

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Team scores: 1. Soldotna Middle School, 145; 2. Homer Middle School, 113; 3. Kenai Middle School, 106; 4. Nikiski Middle School, 60; 5. Seldovia, 8; 6. Ninilchik, 2.

Discus -- 1. Sinclair, SMS, 79 feet, 6 1/2 inches; 2. Sanchez, SMS, 74-7; 3. Willams, HMS, 73-4 1/2; 4. McClure, NMS, 73-1 1/2; 5. Minogue, SMS, 70-3; 6. Galvin, SMS, 69-1.

Shot put -- 1. Sanchez, SMS, 23-3; 2. Lorenzo, NMS, 22-4 1/2; 3. Sinclair, SMS, 22-3; 4. Walsh, SMS, 22-3/4; 5. Caswell, SMS, 21-10 1/2; 6. Thompson, NMS, 21-7 1/4.

High jump -- 1. McGlasson, KMS, 4-8; 2. Wilbanks, HMS, 4-8; 3. Bell, SMS, 4-6; 4. Creamer, HMS, 4-4; 5. Leman, Nin, 4-4; 6. Cain, SMS, 4-2.

Long jump -- 1. Arno, HMS, 13-3 1/2; 2. Sennette, SMS, 13-1; 3. Richardson, HMS, 12-5; 4. Marey, SMS, 12-2; 5. Foley, KMS, 12-1 1/2; 6. Purugganan, SMS, 11-5 1/2.

Triple jump -- 1. Foley, KMS, 28-0; 2. Marey, SMS, 27-0; 3. Doty, NMS, 26-5; 4. Purugganan, SMS, 26-3 1/2; 5. Glich, SMS, 26-0; 6. Burford, SMS, 25-5 1/2.

100 hurdles -- 1. Creamer, HMS, 17.2 seconds; 2. McGlasson, KMS, 17.3; 3. Kim, SMS, 18.0; 4. Wood, SMS, 18.1; 5. Richardson, HMS, 18.4; 6. Harro, SMS, 18.7.

100 -- 1. Doty, NMS, 13.8; 2. Brewer, KMS, 14.1; 3. Heaverly, NMS, 14.14; 4. Creamer, Hom, 14.53; 5. Arno, HMS, 14.59; 6. Walker, KMS, 14.6.

1,600 -- 1. Faulkner, HMS, 5:42.2; 2. Osland, SMS, 6:05.2; 3. Jensen, SMS, 6:13.8; 4. Barker, SMS, 6:22.3; 5. Merkes, SMS, 6:27.7; 6. Rooper, NMS, 6:42.1.

800 relay -- 1. Kenai, 1:58.3; 2. Nikiski A, 2:01.1; 3. Homer A, 2:05.1; 4. Soldotna A, 2:07.8; 5. Nikiski B, 2:11.0; 6. Homer B, 2:18.6.

400 relay -- 1. Kenai, 56.2; 2. Homer A, 56.4; 3. Nikiski A, 57.4; 4. Soldotna A, 59.5; 5. Homer B, 59.7; 6. Soldotna B, 1:00.7.

400 -- 1. McGlasson, KMS, 1:04.7; 2. Ischi, KMS, 1:06.1; 3. Gruber, Sel, 1:08.2; 4. Faulkner, HMS, 1:08.5; 5. Pritchard, NMS, 1:10.0; 6. Bell, SMS, 1:10.2.

800 -- 1. Faulkner, HMS, 2:43.0; 2. Osland, SMS, 2:47.3; 3. Jensen, SMS, 2:52.5; 4. Merkes, SMS, 2:55.1; 5. Franklin, HMS, 2:55.1; 6. Gavenus, HMS, 2:55.1.

200 -- 1. Walker, KMS, 29.2; 2. Brewer, KMS, 29.4; 3. Heaverly, NMS, 29.5; 4. McKinstry, HMS, 30.0; 5. Gruber, Sel, 30.2; 6. Mishler, KMS, 30.3.

1,600 relay -- 1. Kenai, 4:36.4; 2. Homer A, 4:53; 3. Soldotna A, 5:01; 4. Nikiski, 5:18.8; 5. Soldotna B, 5:26.9; 6. Homer B, 5:30.0.

Team scores: 1. Soldotna Middle School, 202; 2. Kenai Middle School, 128; 3. Homer Middle School, 66; 4. Nikiski Middle School, 20; 5. Ninilchik, 16; Seward, 2.

Discus -- 1.Nicholas, KMS, 164-5 (New borough record: Old record -- Sutton, KMS, 1988, 151-9 1/4); 2. Howarth, SMS, 132-1/2; 3. Keener, KMS, 122-1 1/2; 4. McCaughey, NMS, 112-4; 5. Stretch, KMS, 99-10; 6. Rasmussen, HMS, 98-10.

Shot put -- 1. Nicholas, KMS, 50-3 3/4 (New borough record: Old record -- Nicholas, KMS, 2001, 44-8); 2. Howarth, SMS, 37-9 1/2; 3. Chase, Nin, 33-1 1/2; 4. Rasmussen, HMS, 32-8; 5. Keener, KMS, 31-8; 6. Stretch, KMS, 31-1/2.

High jump -- 1. Coleman, KMS, 5-2; 2. Boyle, KMS, 5-2; 3. Bilby, SMS, 5-2; 4. Martin, HMS, 4-10; 5. Payment, SMS, 4-10; 6. Ward, KMS, 4-8.

Long jump -- 1. Lybrand, SMS, 16-9 1/2; 2. Gilbert, HMS, 15-5 3/4; 3. Tumbaga, KMS, 15-5 1/2; 4. Asimakopoulos, SMS, 15-5; 5. Latz, KMS, 15-0; 6. Jackson, SMS, 14-3.

Triple jump -- 1. Coleman, KMS, 33-7; 2. Evanoff, SMS, 33-1/2; 3. Goracke, SMS, 32-3/4; 4. Ward, KMS, 31-5 1/2; 5. Jackson, SMS, 30-6; 6. Gilbert, HMS, 29-1/4.

100 hurdles -- 1. Nicholas, KMS, 16.2; 2. Hartman, SMS, 16.8; 3. Pfaffe, SMS, 17.1; 4. Chappel, KMS, 17.3; 5. Smith, HMS, 17.5; 6. Tachik, SMS, 17.8.

100 -- 1. Bellinger, SMS, 12.2; 2. Peterson, HMS, 13.2; 3. Lybrand, SMS, 13.24; 4. Jackson, SMS, 13.3; 5. Brackert, HMS, 13.5; 6. McKinstry, HMS, 13.7.

1,600 -- 1. Bilby, SMS, 5:19.0; 2. Chase, Nin, 5:19.4; 3. Navarro, SMS, 5:19.7; 4. Bannock, KMS, 5:24.7; 5. Carlon, SMS, 5:25.7; 6. Blatchford, NMS, 5:29.4.

800 relay -- 1. Soldotna A, 1:45.8; 2. Homer A, 1:55.1; 3. Kenai, 1:52.3; 4. Soldotna B, 1:54.5; 5. Seward, 2:06.4.

400 relay -- 1. Soldotna A, 51.1; 2. Nikiski A, 52.1; 3. Homer A, 52.6; 4. Kenai, 52.7; 5. Homer B, 54.5; 6. Soldotna B, 54.6.

400 -- 1. Bellinger, SMS, 55.3; 2. Boyle, KMS, 58.3; 3. Navarro, SMS, 1:00.6; 4. Wythe, HMS, 1:00.7; 5. Carlon, SMS, 1:02.1; 6. Hemphill, NMS, 1:02.1.

800 -- 1. Gauthier, SMS, 2:23.5; 2. Coleman, KMS, 2:26.2; 3. Navarro, SMS, 2:27.9; 4. Birchfield, SMS, 2:28.1; 5. Chase, Nin, 2:28.4; 6. Bilby, SMS, 2:32.1.

200 -- 1. Jackson, SMS, 27.6; 2. Peterson, HMS, 28.0; 3. Water, SMS, 28.4; 4. Brackett, HMS, 28.7; 5. Krusen, KMS, 28.8; 6. McKinstry, HMS, 29.0.

1,600 relay -- 1. Soldotna A, 4:10.3; 2. Kenai, 4:19.7; 3. Nikiski A, 4:30.1; 4. Soldotna B, 4:37.4; 5. Homer A, 5:03.0.

Muller's car takes best in show

Gary Muller and his Cobra replica took best in show at the second annual McDonald's Show and Shine Saturday in Kenai. Muller's car was judged the best out of 50 entries.

Trophies were awarded in categories for circle track cars, drag racers and street cars.

In the circle track category, Don Akers took first in his "A" stock, Jackie McGahan was second in his sprint car and Mark Fell was third in his sprint car.

In the drag racing category, Muller won with his Cobra replica, Jeff Willson was second in his 1969 Nova and Gordon Goode was third in his 1971 Chevelle.

In the street car category, Mike and Patsy Bailey were first in their 1939 Buick, Rick Main was second in his 1969 Camaro RS/SS and Dave Henon Sr. was third in his 1961 Corvette.

Canseco announces retirement

CHICAGO -- Former AL MVP Jose Canseco announced his retirement Monday, 38 home runs shy of the 500 mark he hoped to reach to bolster his Hall of Fame chances.

Canseco, 37, was cut by Montreal in spring training and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on April 18. He was hitting .172 with five homers and nine RBIs in 18 games at Triple-A Charlotte.

''Jose felt that because of personal reasons and a strong desire on his part to spend more quality time with his young daughter, it was time to announce his retirement,'' Alan Nero, Canseco's agent, said in a statement released by the White Sox.

Ferrari chairman defends team decision

MARANELLO, Italy -- Ferrari defended its final-lap order to Rubens Barrichello to let Michael Schumacher win the Austrian Grand Prix, while outrage spread Monday among racing officials, fans and the media.

''Team interests prevailed over reasons of the heart and the drivers. I can understand Barrichello's regret and the fans' disappointment, but Jean Todt and other team officials made the right choice,'' Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo said at the company's headquarters.

The day after Ferrari's 1-2 finish at the Spielberg circuit, the chairman tried to cool criticism that it forced its Brazilian driver to sacrifice victory to his teammate, allowing Schumacher to overtake 100 yards from the finish line.

Barrichello gave up what would have been his second career victory after leading from start to finish, obeying orders from Todt, the team manager.

Schumacher, a four-time world champion from Germany, registered his 58th career victory to stretch his lead in the driver standings to 54 points and boost his chances to equal Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world titles.

Some Italian commentators wrote Monday that Ferrari's traditional red colors were a blush of shame, while officials of some rival teams criticized the Ferrari strategy as unfair.

Outraged Brazilian fans and media were bitterly critical, accusing Ferrari of stealing Barrichello's second career win.

''Shame on Ferrari'' and ''Fix'' read the headlines of Brazilian dailies.

Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil's two-time world F1 champ and twice winner of the Indy 500, said Barrichello should have refused to follow Ferrari's orders.

''I wouldn't have let Michael Schumacher past. It's a disgrace, it's absurd,'' he said.

Montezemolo said the Italian team will explain to the Formula One governing body, FIA, at a scheduled meeting on June 26, the untraditional behavior of Ferrari drivers at the awards ceremony.

Barrichello was lifted by the winner to the highest step of the podium and was handed the winner's cup by his teammate.

FIA could take action against Ferrari for manipulating the finish, including the possibility of changing the result or stripping Ferrari of points.

About the team tactics in the last lap, Montezemolo said ''loyal and clean teamwork is allowed'' by FIA rules.

''Barrichello virtually won the race, while placing second, and Schumacher pocketed 10 points (from first place),'' Montezemolo said.

The Ferrari chairman, who watched Sunday's Austrian race on television at his home, said he hoped Barrichello would win until the final lap.

''Then, in the last few seconds, I shared Todt's decision, as the team interests prevail on the drivers' interests,'' he said. ''We want to win the drivers' and manufacturers' titles again this year.''

Montezemolo stressed that situations can change quickly in Formula One, and Ferrari officials were afraid that the four points possibly lost by Schumacher in Austria could be decisive at the end of the season.

''After losing three world titles (from 1997 to 1999) in the last race, I can understand Todt's fears,'' Montezemolo said.

He recalled that during the 2000 championship, Schumacher jumped to a 24-point lead over Mika Hakkinen, but after a string of poor results, the Finnish driver for McLaren overtook Schumacher after the Hungarian GP.

''The final count must be made at the end of the season, and you can lose by three or four points,'' he said.

Ferrari's new F2202 car has been virtually unbeatable so far this season, with Schumacher winning five of six races and Barrichello finishing second twice.

McLaren driver David Coulthard, who moved over to let teammate Mika Hakkinen win the 1999 Australian Grand Prix, said he didn't initially object to the Ferrari actions, but had concerns over fan outrage.

''The fundamental question is if this good for the sport, and clearly by the crowd reaction they made their opinion on that quite strong,'' he said.

''What the public have to understand is that F1 is a bit like the Tour de France, where there is a team leader and all the other guys are there to help him.''

About the protests of those who bet on Barrichello in a national pool, Montezemolo said, ''It's something that I'm not prepared to consider.''

Sweden's state-run gambling agency, Svenska Spel, decided Monday to stop organizing bets on Formula One races after Sunday's controversial finish.

Svenska Spel also said that it would pay winning wagers on both Schumacher and Barrichello.



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