January 11

APU men win indoor track title

first_imgThe Cougars, who won their fifth title in the program’s history, totaled 83 points to easily out-distance second-place Oklahoma Baptist, with 62 points, and Dickinson State (N.D.) at 59. Rono, a sophomore from Kenya, was named the meet’s outstanding male performer after winning the mile and 5,000 meters within less than three hours of each event. Sparks ran the 60-meter hurdles in an NAIA-record 8.08 to beat his Oklahoma Baptist counterpart, who established the previous standard in winning last year’s race in 8.09. Azusa Pacific men’s coach Kevin Reid was named the NAIA coach of the year. APU’s women’s team finished ninth in the women’s indoor meet. Two records set SPORTS BRIEFS APU men win in speedskating KEARNS, Utah – Germany’s Jenny Wolf broke a world record that stood for almost six years and Sven Kramer of the Netherlands shattered a mark that didn’t even last a month. Wolf broke the record for the women’s 500 meters and Kramer broke the men’s 10,000 mark at the World Single Distances Speedskating Championships. Kramer had set the world record with a time of 12:49.88, set Feb. 11 in his home country. He won Saturday in 12:41.69. Wolf’s 500 time of 37.04 seconds was 0.18 better than the record Canadian Catriona LeMay Doane had held since December 2001. It also cut more than a half second off Wolf’s personal best. Circular Quay wins Louisiana Derby NEW ORLEANS – Circular Quay finally found room to run on the race track and rolled to a convincing victory Saturday in the Louisiana Derby. The win was a long time coming for one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s many Kentucky Derby prospects. Circular Quay last won six months ago, but ran well in his next three starts despite troubled trips each time. It was clear sailing on a warm, sunny day at the Fair Grounds. The chestnut colt came from well back in the field of eight 3-year-olds for his fourth victory in seven starts for owner Michael Tabor. Winning jockey John Velazquez took Circular Quay wide around the turn for home, and the colt easily dispatched of Ketchikan and Liquidity in the stretch. Circular Quay, the 8-5 favorite, beat local favorite Ketchikan by 2 lengths, covering the 1 1-16 miles in 1:43.01. Zanjero finished third. Notable BASKETBALL: The Detroit Pistons’ Rasheed Wallace was suspended one game for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. He will miss today’s game against the Clippers. FOOTBALL: Donnie Edwards, the free-agent linebacker who spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, agreed to a three-year deal with his former team after the San Diego Chargers chose not to re-sign him … Eight players, all from Southern California, gave non-binding oral commitments to play football at UCLA. The group is led by defensive back Rahim Moore of Dorsey High School, Compton defensive end Datone Jones, Colton defensive end Damien Holmes and Crespi safety E.J. Woods. Also committing were Dorsey running back Jonathan Franklin, Culver City safety/receiver Antwon Moutra, Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kavienga and Crenshaw receiver Kemonte Bateman. From staff, wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img indoor track title JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Aron Rono and the record-setting performance of Matt Sparks helped Azusa Pacific University capture the NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field championship on Saturday. last_img read more