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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 12, 2011

Sports Shorts

MARATHON RUNNER . . . Stanford grad Lauren Fleshman is one of several runners who will make their marathon debuts at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Fleshman, a two-time 5,000 meter USA champion, five-time NCAA champion, and 15-time All-American, hopes to parlay the marathon training into an Olympic berth in the 5,000. The 29-year-old Eugene, OR resident won the 5,000 meters at the Aviva London Grand Prix last weekend. "My dream for the past 11 years has been to do something special with the 5,000 meters in the 2012 Olympics," Fleshman said. "I know I need to get a lot stronger, so it became obvious that I need to throw some new wood on the fire. I've seen the marathon work its magic on many women I admire, and I'm convinced: Nothing will change my physiology, stretch my mind and freshen my perspective more than running the ING New York City Marathon." Fleshman will also represent Team USA in the 5,000 at the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Fields Championships, which begin Aug. 27 in Daegu, Korea. Stanford grad Jillian Camarena-Williams is also on the team in the shot put.

BARBEQUE AND VOLLEYBALL . . . Stanford will host a barbeque for its fans, along with a meet and greet on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. The barbeque will be held at Jimmy V's Sports Café, as will the get-together with the team. The squad will hold an open practice prior to the barbeque from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance registration for the event is required. Please e-mail aebrown@stanford.edu to register. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Cash and checks (payable to Stanford Women's Volleyball) are accepted. Please mail to Women's Volleyball BBQ, 641 E. Campus Dr., Stanford, CA 94305. Stanford begins the season at the Rice Nike Invitational in Houston, Texas, Aug. 27-28 . . . Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo and the U.S. national women's volleyball team return to action this weekend in the FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans, who swept their first three matches last weekend in China, play the Dominican Republic on Friday; host Japan on Saturday and Serbia on Sunday. Akinradewo recorded 13 points in Team USA's 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 victory over the Chinese on Sunday . . . The United States men's junior national volleyball team lost to Serbia, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, in the match for the bronze medal Wednesday at the FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. Stanford sophomore Brian Cook had nine kills. Cardinal sophomore Eric Mochalski contributed three kills . . . Kawika Shoji, Erik Shoji and Brad Lawson were members of the Stanford men's volleyball national championship team of 2010. Now they are hoping to help the United States win a gold medal at the World University Games, which begin Friday in Shenzhen, China.

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or mike@in2change.com. . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or 473.4031.

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