Jennings, Skah win world cross country
Lynn Jennings of Newmarket, N.H., and Moroccan Khalid Skah retained their world cross-country championship titles at Antwerp, Belgium, by producing devastating finishing kicks yesterday.
Skah, 24, sprinted into the lead with 150 meters to go and held off Kenyans Moses Tanui and Simon Karori in winning the men's title for the second straight year. Skah was timed in 33 minutes, 53 seconds for the near 7 1/2 -mile race, just one second ahead of Tanui and Karori.
Jennings, 30, used a similar tactic in beating Ethiopia's Tulu Derartu and Britain's Liz McColgan in earning her second women's title in a row. Jennings finished the 4-mile race in 20:24, beating Derartu by three seconds.
Kenya won both the men's and women's team championships.
The Kenyan men finished with 38 points, while the U.S. team was sixth with 489. The leading American was Dan Nelson, 28th, in 35:01.
The Kenyan women had 36 points, with the Americans fourth with 77.
* Navy's men's track and field team defeated Maine an #F Delaware in the Midshipmen's first tri-meet of the year. Navy scored 155.5 points by winning 17 of the 18 events. Delaware scored 23 and Maine totaled 15.5.
* Two members of Navy's women's team earned first places at the non-scoring Wake Forest Invitational at Winston-Salem, N.C., last weekend. Senior Maureen Magnan was first in the hammer throw with a toss of 136 feet. Sophomore Kerry O'Neill was first in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:33.39.
Mike Stefanik held off Doug Heveron and George Kent for a 10-foot victory in the 200-lap modified portion of the Winston Twin 200s NASCAR doubleheader at Richmond International Raceway. Stefanik averaged 104.247 mph in a Pontiac and won $18,825.
In the 200-lap Sportsman event, Dennis Setzer took the lead on the first lap and kept his Ford up front the rest of the way for his second consecutive victory at Richmond. Setzer averaged 75.821 mph and won $4,000.
* Joe Amato established an NHRA record for elapsed-time en route to his first victory of the season at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla. Mark Oswald and Warren Johnson won division titles. Oswald used a patched-together racer to win in Funny Car and Johnson won the Pro Stock event.
Julie Zeilstra's 17 points led a second-half comeback as Stanford defeated Georgia, 75-67, Saturday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association women's West Regional in Las Vegas to earn a shot at defending its championship.
Stanford (26-5) will play Tennessee (28-5) Saturday in New Orleans. The Volunteers denied Auburn a fourth straight Final Four appearance, winning, 69-65, in the Mideast Regional.
In the other bracket, Connecticut (29-4) faces Virginia (30-2). The Huskies beat Clemson, 60-57, to win the East Regional, and Virginia romped past Lamar, 85-70, in the Midwest.
San Antonio Spurs forward Terry Cummings said yesterday he is not in a feud with coach Larry Brown, contrary to a report on NBC's National Basketball Association pre-game show.
"I don't remember commenting on anything like that. I don't thinthat's the thing we need to focus any attention on," Cummings said. "Coach is Coach. I don't want it taken out of context with a negative comment."
Cummings was quoted as saying Brown was the most negativcoach he had ever seen and suggested the Spurs were winning in spite of Brown.
Brown downplayed Cummings' comments, attributing the outburst to frustration from injuries.
Navy senior Stephen Parker was first in the individual competition on the parallel bars with a 9.5 at the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League Championships at Rutgers during the weekend. Navy's men's team finished seventh in the team competition.
Tom Gramigna, a Loyola College junior, won the medal in the Navy Invitation tournament by six strokes, overcoming cold, windy conditions to shoot a one-day total of 69-74--143 over the ++ Academy's golf course. John Dierks of Western Maryland tied for fourth, 72-80152. William and Mary won the team title with 615. Loyola, second after the morning round, wound up sixth, 634. Navy Blue had 647, Western Maryland, 652, and Navy Gold, 670.
Urs Kaelin won an all-Swiss duel and Anita Wachter was fastest in an Austrian showdown to win the men's and women's parallel slalom races at Waterville Valley, N.H., that ended the World Cup season.
Kaelin beat Paul Accola by a combined 0.559 of a second after their two match races. Wachter defeated Ingrid Salvenmoser by 0.429 in the women's race.
Austria finished the season with 2,405 points to finish first in the overall Nations Cup standings by a commanding 1,075 points over Switzerland.
* Defending champion Klaus Sulzenbacher of Austria edge Japan's Masashi Abe in the final event of the season's Nordic Combination World Cup at St. Moritz, Switzerland, but overall victory went to Fred Boerre Lundberg.
Sulzbacher won the finale because of his performance in Saturday's jumping contest with two marks of 89 meters on the (( Olympic hill for 227.30 points.
* Nathalie Lambert beat Canadian teammate Sylvie Daigle in th3,000-meter final at the world short-track speed-skating championships at Sydney, Australia, and clinched the women's overall title. Lambert was timed in 6:24.66 in the final individual race of the championships.
Wilf O'Reilly of Britain won the men's overall title after victories in the 500 and 1,000 meters. He had 11 points to nine for South Korean Kim Ki-hoon and five for defending champion Lee Joon-ho, also of South Korea.
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