Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2001

Bosick takes three sprint events

Ninilchik junior Molly Bosick was named the outstanding track athlete on the girls side of the Region II track and field meet held Thursday and Friday at Susitna Valley High School.

Bosick won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.45 seconds, the 200 with a time of 27.06 seconds and the 400 with a time of 59.50 seconds to lead the Wolverines to a third-place finish.

"In the 400, which was probably her best effort of the weekend, she didn't have anybody pushing her," Ninilchik coach Bernie Clark said. "The next person was more than four seconds back. Plus, it was an asphalt surface. When she gets to wear spikes, it will show."

Bosick also helped Ninilchik to second in the 1,600 relay. Freshman Amanda Matson also picked up a third for Ninilchik in the 300 hurdles, while junior Brieanna Leman was third in the discus.

The top finisher in each event at the meet earned an automatic berth at next week's state meet in Palmer.

On the boys side of the meet, the Wolverines finished fourth, the best finish for the boys at regions in the school's history. Senior Josh Smith paced Ninilchik by placing second in the 100, second in the 400 and third in the 200. Ninilchik's 400 relay team also was second.

Seldovia also did a good job representing the Kenai Peninsula Borough, with Jeremiah Dillon being named the outstanding field athlete at the meet. Dillon took first in the triple jump and third in the discus. Teammate Jason Jones won the discus.

Also for the Sea Otters, Bryan Chartier was third in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200. Seldovia finished in third place on the boys side.

Dokic beats Mauresmo to win Italian Open

ROME -- With only her tennis commanding attention, Jelena Dokic won her first title by beating Amelie Mauresmo at the Italian Open and defeating the most formidable player on tour this year.

The 18-year-old Yugoslav kept her composure and delivered punishing shots in winning 7-6 (3), 6-1 Sunday and establishing herself as a threat for the French Open crown.

''It's really nice to win that first title,'' said Dokic, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year. ''This isn't a small one, either. And, hopefully, it won't be the last.''

Dokic's tennis has been overshadowed for much of her young career by her father's conduct.

Damir Dokic recently returned to coach his daughter after being banned from the tour following confrontations at last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

In accepting the winner's silver trophy, Dokic thanked her family, which followed her throughout the week.

Mauresmo has won four titles this year. But the fourth-seeded Frenchwoman crumbled in the second set, repeatedly netting shots as a light drizzle fell on the red clay at Foro Italico.

The loss ends a nine-match winning streak for Mauresmo, whose record this year remains a tour-best 31-3. A week ago, she won the German Open.

''Beating Amelie, who is playing so well, is very satisfying,'' Dokic said.

Mauresmo said a tough two-set semifinal win over Martina Hingis on Saturday may have drained her. Dokic topped doubles partner Conchita Martinez, a four-time champion in Rome, in the semis.

''I was tired,'' Mauresmo said. ''Losing that first set was really tough. ... I just didn't feel I could come back from that.''

Both players held serve through the first 10 games. Dokic then broke Mauresmo at love to go up 6-5. The Frenchwoman broke right back, only to have Dokic prevail in the tiebreaker.

Dokic, seeded 14th, earned $178,000 and moved into the top 20 in the WTA rankings for the first time. Still, she shrugs off suggestions she is a leading challenger at this year's Grand Slams.

Mauresmo had won the only other meeting with Dokic, beating her in Moscow last year.

In Paris, Mauresmo will try to follow the path of Mary Pierce. Last year, Pierce became the first Frenchwoman since 1967 to win the French Open.

Dokic said earlier in the week that clay was her least favorite surface, but she is growing more comfortable as the May 28 start to the French Open nears.

She is to play a small tournament in Strasbourg, France, this week before heading to Roland Garros.

''I just needed to get more patient,'' she said. ''I felt more and more confident all week.''

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