Camarena places 23rd in World Track & Field Championships

USA men's volleyball wins in World Championship Qualifier while women lose in FIVB Grand Prix

Stanford grad Jillian Camarena placed 23rd in the qualifying round of the women's shot put on Sunday at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin.

Olympic finalist Michelle Carter, the daughter of former 49er Michael Carter, qualified for the final on her last throw with an effort of 60 feet 6 inches.

Camarena had a best effort of 55-6 1/4 and, after two fouls, three-time USA Outdoor champion Kristin Heaston finished 28th with a mark of 49-1 3/4.

"It was definitely a rough one out there," Camarena said. "I didn't put it together. I'm happy one of us got through. I'll be out there cheering for Michelle."

Elsewhere, all three American women easily advanced to the next round of the women's 100 meters. World Outdoor bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter won Heat 3 in 11.22 after looking around and visibly easing up at the 80-meters mark. It was the fastest time of the first round. Former world champion Lauryn Williams won Heat 7 in 11.36 and two-time Olympian Muna Lee was second in heat 9 in 11.42.

Two-time NCAA champion Rachel Yurkovich, an Oregon grad, finished 11th in qualifying in the women's javelin with a best mark of 195-5 and has qualified for Tuesday's final.

Yurkovic is the first American woman to qualify for the women's javelin final at a World Championships since Karin Smith finished 10th in 1983 at the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki.

"I knew what I had to do," Yurkovic said. "I've been consistent all year and I knew that I could do it, and I know how to throw the javelin, so I went with my gut and went back to the basics, had some adrenaline, and got it out there."

Women's volleyball

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza combined for 30 points as the United States women's national team finished the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary rounds with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11 loss to host Thailand on Sunday in Bangkok.

Akinradewo had 22 points, including a match-high nine blocks and 13 kills, to lead Team USA. Team captain Nancy Metcalf added 14 points. Barboza contributed eight points, while Cardinal grad Kristin Richards recorded five points in a match that went just over two hours.

"We are a bit disappointed with the loss, but I think we blocked well," Metcalf said. "Our defense is not that good, but combination is quite excellent. Thailand played very well against us. They deserved the win."

Men's volleyball

The U.S. national team defeated Guatemala, 25-8, 25-10, 25-6, on Saturday at the 2010 World Championship Qualifier for NORCECA Pool F at the Bren Center on the campus of UC Irvine.

Stanford grad Kevin Hansen started the third set as setter for the Americans.

Both the Men's and Women's Teams will train in Anaheim through the 2016 Olympic Games.

Men's diving

Stanford senior Dwight Dumais finished sixth on the 3-meter event of the USA Senior Diving Championships, scoring 424.95 points, on Saturday.


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