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March 03, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (March 03, 2004)

ON TRACK FOR WORLDS . . . Three Stanford graduates and two Cal grads, both now living locally, earned trips to the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships that begin Friday in Budapest, Hungary. Former Cardinal standouts Jonathan Riley, Toby Stevenson and Michael Stember earned tickets to Europe along with Menlo Park's Grace Upshaw and Palo Alto's Kristin Heaston following their performances last weekend at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. For Riley, a graduate of Brookline High, the meet was a homecoming. He made the most of it by defending his U.S. title in the 3,000 meters in 7:56.79. He'll be joined by fellow national champs Stember in the 800 (1:48.08) and Stevenson in the pole vault (a career-best 19-0 1/4). For Stember and Stevenson, it was their first national titles. Upshaw was second in the women's long jump and 21-1 1/4) while Heaston was second in the women's shot put (58-5 1/4). With the U.S. Olympic Trials coming up in July, all five will use the Indoor World Championship as a further tuneup for a busy outdoor season. "I haven't made an outdoor world or Olympic team yet, and I think that's how all of us measure ourselves," said Riley, the 2001 NCAA outdoor champ at 5,000 meters. Said Stember: "I'm very happy. This is my first national championship. Even in college I didn't get one. All I wanted out of this indoor season was a little bit of momentum. I've lost that momentum in the past couple of years, but it was a learning process for me."

PREP ROUNDUP . . . Menlo School is off to a 2-0 start in baseball following two impressive wins in the third annual Peninsula Classic last weekend. On Friday, junior Andy Suiter tossed a two-hitter over seven innings in a 3-0 win over Hillsdale. Suiter mixed up his fastball, curve and change-up to strike out 12. Ryan Cavan led the Knights with two hits and two RBI. On Saturday, the Knights handed Gunn an 11-3 loss in six innings. Chuck Huggins and Arif Virani combined n a five-hitter. Tommy Whitfield and Chris Francis provided key two-run singles for Menlo. Gunn (1-1) bounced back with a 10-0 romp over Hillsdale as junior Colin Felch picked up the pitching win in addition to spanking four hits and driving in four runs for the Titans. In other tournament games, Palo Alto (1-1) fell to Carlmont, 7-2. In nonleague action Saturday, Menlo-Atherton (1-2) dropped a 3-0 decision to host Mountain View.

SOCCER NEWS . . . The Union Football Club is a recently formed CYSA club located in Palo Alto and will be holding tryouts. For information, visit the website at or call 387-4128 . . . The Stanford Vortex Under-14 boys' team is holding tryouts for the spring and fall seasons. Information: 321-5944 or . . . The MVLA CyberRays, a CYSA Under-12 girls' Class 3 (born after 7/31/91) is looking for several fast, skilled and dedicated players to help the team move up to the next level. Players can be from Saratoga, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. Information: 996-0505 or by email at . . . The Stanford Wildfire, an Under-12 girls' Class 3 team moving to Class 1, is holding tryouts for the upcoming spring season. Contact Barbara Zimmer at 424-0736 or

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