Sport Shorts
Publication Date: Friday May 17, 1996

Sport Shorts

OLYMPIC PREVIEW . . . More than 30 athletes who'll compete for berths on the U.S. men's gymnastics team will be on hand this weekend at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion for the 1966 Coca Cola USA Championship Qualifying Meet. The event begins Saturday at 7 p.m. with the compulsory competitions on the pommel horse, vault, parallel bars, rings, high bar and floor exercise. Optional maneuvers in all six events will begin Sunday at 2 p.m. Competitors from California, Nevada, Washington, Colorado and Arizona will compete. Among the group will be 1992 Olympic gold medalist Trent Dimas and '92 Olympian Jair Lynch from Stanford. Other former Cardinal standouts entered are Mark Booth and Josh Stein. This is one of four qualifying events taking place across the country. Winners will advance to the USA Championships next month in Knoxville, Tenn. The top finishers from that meet will compete at the final U.S. Olympic trials set for Boston in late June. Tickets this weekend, which benefit the non-profit Stanford Gymnastics Club, are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

INCOMING GOLF TALENT . . . Valley Christian-San Jose senior Jae Jean Ro , who will be a freshman at Stanford this fall, shot a 5-over-par 77 to win the Central Coast Section girls championships at Rancho Canada East in Carmel Valley on Tuesday. She sank a 12-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole to finish one stroke ahead of Harbor's Marcia Wallis.

SOCCER HIRE . . . Former Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer coach Len Renery has been named men's head coach at Menlo College by Athletic Director Doug Cosbie. Renery coached the Gators from 1985-95 and led the team to a Central Coast Section championship in 1991. Renery is a 1971 graduate of Columbia University, where he was a first team All-America and three-time All-Ivy League selection. He later played six years in the North American Soccer League, including two seasons with the New York Cosmos. He competed for three seasons with the indoor club San Francisco Fog before retiring in 1981.

SEASON OPENER . . . The new Palo Alto-based Peninsula Angels Palomino League baseball team will open its 1996 season Tuesday against the San Leandro Rangers at Baylands Athletic Center. Game time is 8 p.m. Members of the team are: Chris Cupak, Doyle Rundell, Andrew Goldman, Bryan Sapena and Brandon Springer of Palo Alto High; E.J. Campbell, Matt Griffiths, Mark Grimsrud, Randy Jackson, Felix Lo, and David Parke from Gunn; Alex Szabo, Mike Wideman and Jason Amanatullah from Pinewood School; Daniel Reese from Los Altos; Justin Sharp from Menlo-Atherton; Marty Cattaneo from Bellarmine; Mountain View High's Ian Rutherford and A.J. Santana; plus Gunn grad Beren Tomooka, a Stanford freshman. The team's manager is Mike Smith. His assistants are Rick Farr, Curtis Chan, Tony Scott and Ron Fried.

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