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Publication Date: Friday, July 12, 2002

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (July 12, 2002)

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK . . . United States indoor and outdoor 800-meter champion Nicole Teter of the Stanford-based Nike Farm Team has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after turning in impressive performances in the 800 and 1500 meters last week in Europe. Teter ran a U.S.-leading and personal-best time of 1:57.97 in the 800 meters on July 2 at the Athletissima track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland. On July 5, she won the first major European title of her career, winning the 1500-meter at Meeting Gaz de France in Paris, in a time of 4:05.52. Also at the meet in Lausanne, three-time World 100m hurdles champion Gail Devers continued her winning form as she ran a world-leading time of 12.40 seconds in the 100 hurdles. Marion Jones ran 10.89 in the 100 in Paris, which was the best in the world this year until Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine ran 10.84 on July 7 in Rethymno, Greece. Seneca Lassiter also ran a U.S.-leading men's 1500 time of 3:36.73 in Paris. Teter, Jones, Devers and Lassiter all competed at Stanford last month at the USA Outdoor Championships.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High graduate Lizzie Carlson has verbally committed to join the women's volleyball team at Northwestern University this fall. Carlson was a four-year starter at Paly, where she earned first-team All-SCVAL De Anza Division honors three times. She led the Vikings in both kills and digs her senior season, earning team MVP honors. On the club level, Carlson enjoyed both team and individual success. Her Vision Volleyball Club (of Los Gatos) won the 2000 U.S. Junior National Championship, and earned top-five finishes in both 2001 and 2002. Carlson was named an All-American at the 2002 event, which concluded recently in Salt Lake City . . . Gunn High senior Ruth Graham was one of 15 athletes statewide who received the 2002 CIF Pursuing Victory With Honor Award, given to those athletes exhibiting the best sportsmanship during last month's CIF State Track & Field Championships in at Cerritos College in Norwalk . . . Menlo Park resident Brian Hendrickson is one of six cyclists who will compete for the West Coast Region of the United States Cycling Federation at the Tour de L'Abitibi stage race in Val-d'Or, Quebec, Canada beginning Monday. The junior team was selected during a development camp at Chico State last month.

TENNIS TICKETS . . . Tickets for the 2002 Bank of the West Classic, set for July 22-28 at Stanford, are on sale. Individual tickets can be purchased through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or through locally at 478-2277. The Sanex WTA Tour Tier II event this summer will feature defending champion Kim Clijsters in addition to former tournament champions Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles.

Menlo-Atherton is looking for coaches for the following sports: head track and field, boys varsity lacrosse, boys JV lacrosse, girls varsity lacrosse, girls JV lacrosse, frosh-soph softball, frosh-soph baseball, and frosh-soph girls water polo. Interested coaches should contact M-A athletic director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 5706) . . . Sacred Heart Prep is looking for a boys JV soccer coach. Contact SHP athletic director Mike Ciardella at 473-4031 . . . Castilleja is looking for tennis and volleyball coaches for varsity and JV teams next fall. Interested coaches can contact athletic director Jez McIntosh at 328-3160 (ext. 411) . . . Gunn High is looking for a girls' water polo coach, a JV boys' water polo coach and assistant coaches for JV football next fall. Interested coaches should contact Gunn athletic director Tom Jacoubowsky at 354-8290 . . . Woodside Priory is looking for a girls JV volleyball coach, a boys JV soccer coach and a varsity girls soccer coach for the 2002-02 school year. Interested coaches should contact Woodside Priory athletic director Mark Stogner at 851-6107.


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