Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2003

Gladish, Young star at Twin Cities Raceway

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division held a city race Friday.

Jim Gladish, a rookie this year, was the top racer in the B-Stock Division after the Trophy Dash, Heat I and Heat II. Second in the B-Stock Division was Richard McGahan, while Debbie Yancy was third.

In the Late Model Division, Mike Young came out on top. John English, in his first time out this year, was second, while Frank Soares was third.

White steals show at U.S. championships

STANFORD, Calif. Marion Jones stayed home waiting to have a baby and Maurice Greene pulled out with a sore knee, so Kelli White stole the show at the U.S. track and field championships.

White became the meet's only double winner Sunday with a personal-best 22.21 seconds in the 200. Two days earlier, she won the 100 in a personal-best 10.93, the fastest time in the world this year.

With Jones, the five-time defending champion in the 200, out of the competition, White welcomed the chance to prove there is more than one world-class female sprinter in America.

''The rest of us in the race are finally getting seen,'' she said. ''She's great, yes, but we're finally getting seen. You guys finally know our names.''

Allison Felix, the 17-year-old sprint sensation, overcame a sore hamstring and slow start to take third in the 200 and earn a spot on the U.S. team at the world championships in Paris Aug. 23-31.

''This whole season has been a blessing to me,'' Felix said.

Gail Devers, at 36 more than twice the age of Felix, won her ninth U.S. 100-meter hurdle title, edging Miesha McKelvy-Jones by one-hundredth of a second. Now, Devers goes after her fourth world title in the event.

She also made the U.S. team in the 100, where she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

''At this age, I'm still having fun and that's remarkable,'' Devers said. ''I think God keeps dangling that carrot in front of me and says, 'I'm not through with you yet.'''

Long after most of the fans had left Stanford's Cobb Track, Tom Pappas became the second-best decathlete in U.S. history with 9,784 points. Among Americans, only Dan O'Brien has scored more. Pappas is just 23 points behind world record holder Roman Sebrle top score this season.

''I definitely think I have the ability to beat him,'' Pappas said. ''It's just a matter of putting it together on those two days.''

Maurice Greene barely qualified for the finals in the 200, then pulled out of the race. He said his coach John Smith insisted he not race.

''John wouldn't let me run,'' Greene said. ''You'll have to ask him why. We had to fight a little while. I don't come here and not want to finish.''

While Greene denied he was injured, Smith said the sprinter has tendinitis behind in his right knee, and the soreness bothers him when he runs the turn in the 200. The fact that Greene drew lane one, which has the widest turn, made Smith's decision easier.

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