Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2004

Pearson, Bird take Run for the River

Kate Pearson and Mario Bird won the women's and men's races Saturday at the Run for the River in Kenai. Pearson finished the 5-kilometer event in 21 minutes, 35 seconds, while Bird finished in 16:15.

Run for the River



12 and under 1. Patricia Reilly, 41 minutes, 56 seconds; 2. Courtney Stroh, 42:22.

13 to 17 1. Elena Bird, 21:44; 2. Alee Rowley, 22:34; 3. Jennifer Sassi, 42:44; 4. Jessi Skingz, 77:34.

18 to 30 1. Kate Pearson, 21:35; 2. Candace Cartwright, 29:06; 3. Candace Onofre, 48:48; 4. Masayo Mouldea, 77:34.

31 to 40 1. Kelly Esposito, 21:57; 2. Robin Fisk, 23:14; 3. Susan Craig, 23:22; 4. Jenni Mishler, 23:36; 5. Trish Kopp, 23:37; 6. Charlotte Harvey, 26:20; 7. Donna Lagerlet, 26:35; 8. Diane Duncan, 29:01; 9. Margo Reilly, 35:39; 10. Kelli Stroh, 42:40; 11. Sabrina Royster, 77:34.

41 to 50 1. Jennifer Andersen, 24:05; 2. Kenda Blanning, 24:06; 3. Connie Best, 24:12; 4. Pamela Russell, 26:03; 5. Mary Skingz, 27:50; 6. Vicki Jachowski, 34:34; 7. Doris Saks, 48:58; 8. Rose Marie Guilbeau, 59:44; 9. Crystal D. Choate, 60:36.

51 to 59 1. Christine Moun, 28:18; 2. Connie Wheat, 30:00; 3. Maria Sweppy, 33:08; 4. Sammie Cole, 40:32; 5. Paula Keohane, 51:33; 6. Gypsy Jolly, 51:34.

60 to 69 1. Delores Lindeman, 29:59; 2. Kathy Bush, 35:38; 3. Veetta Baldwin, 40:34; 4. Mary Jane Hanley, 40:47; 5. Betty Dean, 47:08.

12 and under 1. Boomer Blossom, 27:48; 2. Jared Duncan, 29:01; 3. Patrick McVee, 38:53.

13 to 17 1. Christopher Hall, 20:49; 2. Grant Blossom, 26:54.

18 to 30 1. Mario Bird, 16:15; 2. Zachary Hall, 19:11; 3. Kaleb Shields, 21:08; 4. Matt Mayer, 23:48; 5. George Onofre, 48:49; 6. Benjamin Mouldea, 77:34.

31 to 40 1. Pete Bowman, 18:32; 2. Andrew Josephson, 39:19.

41 to 50 1. Todd Boonstra, 16:19; 2. Mark Blanning, 17:34; 3. Max Best, 21:26; 4. Steve Stenga, 22:22; 5. M. Scott Moon, 25:44.

51 to 59 1. Eric Mohler, 19:35; 2. Bill Coghill, 20:41; 3. Malcolm Rooper, 23:23; 4. Alan Gnad, 24:16; 5. Arthur Saks, 48:59; 6. Loran D. Guiilbeau, 59:44.

60 to 69 1. John Boderick, 23:06; 2. George Andersen, 27:09.

Service sweeps Twins

Service swept the American Legion Twins Saturday by scores of 11-4 and 9-6. The Twins fell to 1-7 on the year.

The first game was stopped after eight innings due to the mercy rule. Alex Johansen pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Twins and gave up eight runs, while Jordan Waters pitched the final 2-3 of an inning and yielded three runs.

The Twins had just five hits in the game and struck out 17 times.

"Right now, we're not hitting the ball," Twins manager John Kennedy said. "We were struggling with an umpire that was calling a strike when it was 6 inches outside. We never adjusted, and had nine strikeouts looking."

In the second game, Erich Simpson gave up nine runs in five innings for the Twins, while Chase Townsend did not give up a run in one inning.

Scott Foster went 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs. The Twins had four hits in the game.

The Twins will play Chugiak in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader in Anchorage today.

Thorpe, Hall swim to victories at Evans meet

LONG BEACH, Calif. Ian Thorpe of Australia swam to a four-second victory in the 200-meter freestyle and Gary Hall Jr. easily won the 50 free at the Janet Evans Invitational on Saturday night.

Thorpe won in 1 minute, 45.63 seconds a meet record and under Michael Phelps' American record time of 1:45.99. Ryk Neethling of South Africa was second in 1:49.66.

''It was a good performance for me,'' said Thorpe, who won the 400 free in a meet record and was second in the 100 free Friday night. ''I swam well here, pretty quick in some of my races. It's a good foundation for Athens.''

Thorpe's coach, Tracey Menzies, said his only goal was to swim comfortably in the above-ground pool set up in a parking lot on the Long Beach shoreline.

''We weren't looking at times or great speed,'' she said. ''We swam faster than I expected.''

Neethling, who will be in Athens for his third Olympics, was impressed with Thorpe.

''He looks pretty good,'' he said. ''1:45 is a very good swim.''

UCLA women, Arkansas men win NCAA titles

AUSTIN, Texas The UCLA women ended their long string of near misses with their first NCAA outdoor track and field title since 1983 Saturday night, and Arkansas repeated as men's champions.

The Bruins edged defending champion LSU by one point in a controversial final night of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

''We thought we had a curse on us for a number of years,'' said UCLA's Monique Henderson, runner-up in the 400 meters and anchor in the 1,600 relay. ''Finally, this breaks the curse and we know there are many more good years to come.''

A disqualification of LSU's Stephanie Durst in the 200 meters ended up costing LSU the title. LSU won the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, with UCLA finishing fourth. That left the Bruins with 69 points to LSU's 68. Nebraska was third with 58 and Texas fourth with 42.

''We've had so many close meets and we've stubbed our toe so many times,'' UCLA coach Jeanette Bolden said. ''I was talking to Jackie-Joyner Kersee a few minutes ago, and she said, 'It's about time' and she said 'It's our time.'''

In an odd twist, UCLA can thank LSU for the title. The Tigers' protest led to the disqualification of Texas in the 400-meter relay preliminaries, which allowed UCLA to make it to the finals. The Bruins went on to finish second to LSU in Friday night's 400-relay finals.

''A rule is a rule, whether it costs you the championship or not,'' LSU coach Pat Henry said. ''It's kind of like your academic center would tell us right now: If you cheat a little bit, you're out of school period. There's no cheating. The rules are the rules.''

Roddick to meet Grosjean Queen's final

LONDON Andy Roddick reached the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament Saturday with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory over Lleyton Hewitt.

The top-seeded Roddick will play Sebastien Grosjean for the title in a repeat of last year's final. Earlier, Grosjean defeated South Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Roddick matched his own record for fastest serve with a 153 mph ace at 4-3 in the final set. He set the record with an ace Friday at the Wimbledon warmup event.

''It's not much to look at but it's still attached, so that's good,'' the right-handed American said of his serving arm.

''I think Lleyton played an overall better first set than I did,'' he added. ''I was able to serve pretty well in the tiebreaker.''

Grosjean, who like Roddick was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, looked as if he would make a quick exit after dropping the first set and falling behind 4-1 in the second. But he won the next four games and clinched the second tiebreaker when Hyung hit a forehand long.

Grosjean closed out the match when Hyung sent a forehand into the net.

''I was really in trouble at two breaks down in the second set,'' Grosjean said. ''I knew he was playing so well, but I tried not to have any fear and continue to attack the short balls. I didn't want to give him the match so I kept fighting.

''On grass it can turn around so fast.''

Federer, Fish to meet in Weber Open final

HALLE, Germany Mardy Fish advanced to the final of the Gerry Weber Open with a three-set victory over Rainer Schuettler on Saturday.

Fish, who won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4), will take on top-ranked Roger Federer in Sunday's title match of the tuneup tournament for Wimbledon. Federer reached the final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jiri Novak.

Fish, seeded sixth in the tournament, went ahead 5-4 in the tiebreak when Schuettler double faulted. Fish closed out the match with a serve that forced a forehand error; and another that the German was unable to return.

Wimbledon champion Federer will be looking to go 4-0 against Fish.

''He's the only guy who took a set from me at Wimbledon last year,'' Federer said. ''He has got a good serve and he likes to shorten up the points so he will be attacking every chance he gets.''

Fish is the first American to reach the title match in the 12-year history of the event. ''I'm here for the first time and I really like it,'' he said.

Tournament officials took advantage of the world's only roof over a grass court on the ATP circuit, closing the structure when it began raining.

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