Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

Jackpot Halibut Derby announces June winners

David Gapp of Andover, Minn., was at the top of the list in June in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Gapp's 322.2-pound halibut, caught June 25, easily defeated the rest of the field.

Others in the top five were Don Uribe of Carmel Valley, Calif., who caught a 250.5-pound halibut on June 6; Tom Sharbono of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, who caught a 231.2-pound halibut on June 10; Jerry Knight of Riverton, Wyo., who caught a 229.6-pound halibut on June 20; and Donna Shunko of Algoa, Texas, who caught a 229.0-pound halibut on June 9.

Rubberlegs Duathlon set for Saturday

The Tsalteshi Rubberlegs Duathlon will be Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails, which is behind Skyview High School. The registration is at 9 a.m., while the race begins at 10 a.m. The event is a 3-kilometer run, followed by a 7.5-kilometer bike, followed by a 5-kilometer run. Participants will need a mountain bike and a helmet.

For more information, contact Mindee Morning at 283-3954 or

Menendez sets world record in women's javelin

ATHENS, Greece -- Osleidys Menendez of Cuba set a world record in the women's javelin Sunday with a throw of 234 feet, 8 inches, breaking the old mark by almost seven feet.

Menendez's throw, at a track meet on the Greek island of Crete, bettered the record of 227-11 set last July 28 by Norway's Trine Solberg-Hallestad, an Olympic and two-time world champion.

Professional motorcycle racer dies in accident

PERRIS, Calif. -- Professional motorcycle racer Robert Damron died Saturday in a collision while racing at the Perris Auto Speedway. He was 36.

The accident happened during the first lap of the West Coast Flat Track Series when he collided with two other riders, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Damron was thrown from his motorcycle and hit by oncoming bikes racing at speeds of more than 100 mph, according to Riverside County sheriff's officials.

Calls placed to the speedway Sunday night were not immediately returned.

Damron, a native of the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, started riding in amateur motorcycle competitions when he was 16, said Ralph Lee of Lodi, a longtime friend and dirt track steward for the American Motorcycle Association's District 36.

Damron later turned professional but continued to compete in open races in District 36, which covers the area from Stanislaus County to the Oregon border and northwestern Nevada. He was the only competitor to earn the district's championship title 10 times in 12 years, Lee said.

He was also named Dirt Motorcyclist of the Year in 2000 by the Oakland-based Motor Sports Press Association.

Damron is survived by his wife, two children, his mother, father, brother and sister. The family lived on the same property in Morgan Hill.

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