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March 16, 1992

White is first, second in national indoor meet

Dulaney junior Amanda White was one of the premier performers at the National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., yesterday, as she won the 3,200 meters and was second in the mile.

In the 3,200, White's time of 10 minutes, 24.74 seconds was a Maryland record and the 10th fastest by an American schoolgirl, supplanting Suzy Favor on the all-time list. In the mile, she chopped nearly eight seconds off her area record with a clocking of 4:56.85.

A two-time state Class 4A champion and The Baltimore Sun Runner of the Year in cross country, White set state indoor meet records in the 1,600 and 3,200 last month.

Yachting

The only thing at stake was pride yesterday as the top four boats defeated the bottom four to conclude round-robin No. 3 in the America's Cup challenger trials on the Pacific Ocean course off Point Loma, Calif. The last of the four semifinal berths -- filled by Italy, Japan, New Zealand and France -- was decided Saturday when France's fourth-place Ville de Paris beat sixth-place Spirit and Spain's fifth-place Espana '92 lost to third-place Il Moro. The other three yachts clinched their spots earlier in the week. The semifinals are scheduled to begin on March 29.

This will be the first time since 1964 -- aside from the 1988 "Catamaran Cup" between Dennis Conner and New Zealand's Michael Fay -- that the Australians have not been in the America's Cup final. The Australians suffered a 1-minute, 15-second loss yesterday to Il Moro di Venezia of Italy, but afterward vowed they'd be back.

Round-robin No. 3 of the defender trials also concluded with Bill Koch's America3 winning a best-two-of-three intramural scrimmage with its America3 Foundation stablemate Defiant. Series leader America3 finished the round with 44 points. Defiant finished third with 12 points. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, after defeating Defiant on Saturday, finished in second place with 19 points.

* Prince Felipe of Spain won the Soling class of the Spanish Cup Olympic sailing trials and become the third member of his family to qualify for an Olympic Games.

Felipe's father, King Juan Carlos I, sailed in the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, West Germany, and his sister, Princess Cristina, took part in the sailing competition in 1988 at Seoul, South Korea.

Tennis

Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker rallied for victories at the International Players Championships at Key Biscayne, Fla., and John McEnroe won his first singles match in South Florida since 1981.

Connors, 39, outlasted Tomas Carbonell of Spain, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). Becker beat Arnaud Boetsch of France, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. McEnroe had an easier time in his second-round match, sweeping Sandon Stolle of Australia, 6-3, 6-4. Second-ranked Stefan Edberg advanced when leg cramps forced qualifier Grant Stafford to retire leading, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0. Fifth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic eliminated Bernd Karbacher, 6-4, 6-1.

In women's play, top-ranked Monica Seles won the first five games and beat Camille Benjamin, 6-1, 6-3. Fifth-seeded Jennifer Capriati eliminated Kristin Godridge, 6-3, 7-5.

Track and field

Arkansas' track and field team won a record ninth consecutive NCAA indoor title.

"Depth is what it takes to win a national championship," said John McDonnell, whose Razorbacks continued their domination of the NCAA indoor championships Saturday night at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

The Razorbacks got only two victories in the two-day, 16-event competition -- both by jumper Erick Walder -- but scored in seven events and finished with 53 points, seven more than surprising runner-up Clemson.

Olympics

International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch will run a leg of the torch relay in Spain before this summer's Olympics.

Samaranch, 72, said he would run an unspecified portion of the 2,980-miles relay together with a group of veteran Spanish sports journalists.

"I am looking forward to taking part in a leg along with my old friends from the sporting press," Samaranch said. "Until now, it was only a minor possibility. But today I'm proud to say I will carry the torch and run some kilometers through the streets of my city."

College baseball

Maryland scored four runs in the third inning and defeated host Clemson, 10-9, handing the Tigers their first defeat of the season.

Skiing

Carole Merle of France tied a World Cup record by winning a super giant slalom ski race in Panorma, British Columbia.

Merle's triumph was the 10th of her career in the super-G, a hybrid event mixing the speed of downhill with the precise turns of giant slalom. That's four more victories than any woman and tied the career total of Pirmin Zurbriggen, Switzerland's four-time men's overall champion who retired after the 1990 season.

Gymnastics

Towson State's women's team defeated North Carolina and Centenary in a meet in Chapel Hill, N.C. Towson's Wendy Weaver won three events and the all-around, setting school records in the bars and all-around. Towson (17-2) won its 16th consecutive meet.

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