Stanford grad honored for her American record in shot put


Stanford graduate Jill Camarena-Williams had a big day for herself at the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., and has been rewarded for her effort.

Camarena-Williams has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the week after winning her seventh consecutive indoor U.S. women's shot put title on Sunday afternoon with a record-breaking performance.

Camarena-Williams' toss of 65-2 1/4 broke the 24-year-old American record set by Ramona Pagel in 1987. That mark also was good enough to move her to the top of the current world-standings lists and gave her a personal record, bettering her outdoor best of 63-11 3/4.

"I'm shocked! I've been training well, but you never expect that," Camarena-Williams said. "Once they pulled the steel tape to verify the mark, it was a whirlwind. It was so fun!"

Reflecting on achievement, Camarena-Williams said, "I was excited to be named athlete of the week, with all of the amazing performances from last weekend with Jenny Simpson (mile, 3,00 winner) and Jenn Suhr (American record in pole vault of 15-11 1/4). It is exciting for others to recognize my record. It was a shock."


Stanford grad and Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro has been diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear of the right knee, manager Brad Mills said Thursday morning. Castro will undergo surgery Friday at 7:30 a.m. CT in Houston, performed by team medical director Dr. David Lintner.

Castro underwent an MRI early Thursday morning to determine the extent of the injury, which he suffered running to first base in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Tigers. It was originally diagnosed as a sprained knee.

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Men's swimming

Former Stanford All-American Ben Wildman-Tobriner is one of nine athletes scheduled for induction into the San Francisco High School Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony will be held May 21.

Wildman-Tobriner was an Academic All-American, Rhodes Scholar finalist, 12-time Pac-10 Champion and three-time World Champion, after beginning his prep career at Lick Wilmerding High in 2000.

At Stanford, Wildman-Tobriner set the school-record in the 50 free (18.87) and 100 free (41.90).

He was named the Pac-10's Swimmer of the Year after three individual titles and four relay wins at the 2007 Championships.

Wildman-Tobriner was also part of seven conference relay championships.

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the 400 free relay team. He was a three-time gold medalist at the world championships at the 2005 games in Montreal and in 2007 in Melbourne.

Youth baseball

Menlo-Atherton Little League coaches Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman have won Positive Coaching Alliance's coveted Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance for their positive impact on youth athletes.

Crowe and Kaufman will accept the award at PCA's 10th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction Sponsored by Deloitte, Thursday, April 7 at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, in a ceremony that also honors San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy with PCA's Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Double-Goal Coach Award – named for coaches whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports – carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance ( ) and the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program (

"Bob and Doug are creating a positive, character-building sports experience for youth athletes," said Jim Thompson, PCA's founder and executive director and author of several books on youth and high school sport coaching and sports parenting. "Ultimately, the youth athletes Bob and Doug coach are the real winners, and as those athletes grow, our society as a whole wins."

Crowe and Kaufman launched Menlo-Atherton Little League's Challenger team for youth with physical, mental and emotional challenges, such as autism.

"Doug and Bob are two of the most compassionate people you could possibly encounter," wrote one of their nominators. "Their continued selfless acts have had a profound impact on our baseball community. Through their countless hours of planning and organization they have created a gem we can all be proud of."

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