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Kent misses mark, runs 47.77 at meet.

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Jordan Kent of Churchill, a four-event state champion at last month's Class 4A track and field championships, clocked 47.77 in the 400 meters on Saturday at the adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, N.C.

Kent's time was the eighth-best among 40 runners, spread over five heats with Kent running in the fastest heat. The winning time in the meet was 45.89.

The meet was the second of three on Kent's summer schedule as he attempts to better the all-time Oregon prep record of 46.78 by Gus Envela of McKay in 1986. He has a personal best of 47.22.

The recent Churchill graduate ran the 400 in 47.39 last week at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento and will compete in the U.S. Junior National championships in Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend, June 21-22.

Soccer

Colin McMillan has been named the boys soccer coach at South Eugene High School after serving as an assistant varsity coach for the past two seasons for the Axemen.

McMillan is a 1994 graduate of South Eugene, where he earned all-league recognition and a scholarship to Oregon State.

He replaces Steve Elliott, who left to take a position with a club team in Portland.

McMillan was the South Eugene junior varsity coach for two years before moving up to assistant varsity coach.

Tennis

Fifth-seeded Arron Spencer ousted top-seeded Eduardo Kohlberg in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, in the men's open singles semifinals of the Sonitrol Tennis Championships on Saturday at Willow Creek Racquet Club.

Spencer plays second-seeded Mark Quinney today at 12:30 p.m. for the title. Quinney defeated fourth-seeded Will Forsyth 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals.

Stacy McKenna, seeded first in the women's open singles, advanced to today's championship match at 11 a.m. by defeating Petrel Chapman 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.

McKenna plays No. 2-seeded Tami Botts, who beat fourth-seeded Emily Kirchem 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals, for the title.

Top-seeded Tom Greider defeated Charlie Tebbutt 6-1, 6-4 and Steve Bolstadt upended No. 2 seed Mark Freeman 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the men's 40 singles division, setting up today's Greider-Bolstadt final.

In the men's open doubles division, the top-seeded team of Quinney and Jason Thompson meets Forsyth and Spencer in today's title match.

Weightlifting

Five Springfield competitors came away with first-place trophys on Saturday during the 11th annual University of Oregon Weightlifting Classic at the Casanova Center.

Men's division winners were Eric Rice of Springfield (145 kilograms) in the 62-kilogram class, Brian Jones of Eugene (165) in the 69 class, Bill Barkelew of Springfield (187.5) in the 77 class, Tyler Joseph of Springfield (212.5) in the 85 class, Clint Larsen of Springfield (215) in the 94 class, Derrick Branford of Springfield (275) in the 105 class and Al Reed of Seattle (285) in the super heavyweight class.

Women's winners were Madeline Ross of Seattle (78.5) in the 48 class, Vanessa Wilhelm, hometown unavailable, (92.5) in the 58 class, Sarah Bertram of Eugene (145) in the 63 class and Cynthia Burnett of Seattle (132.5) in the 75 class.

Softball

The Eugene North Stars finished pool play with a 2-1 record on Saturday at the 16-team Summer Showdown 18-and-under softball tournament in Bend.

The North Stars opened with a 2-0 loss to the Keizer Xpress as pitcher Ashley Likens led the North Stars with two singles.

The Eugene team recovered to defeat the Boring Uproar 11-3 and the Cherry City Crush of The Dalles 4-3.

Kelly Dyer led a 14-hit attack against the Uproar with a three-run triple and Lauren Rascone paced the North Stars against the Cherry City Crush with a double, two singles and two RBIs.

The tournament continues today with bracket play.

The Oregon Reign won two of three games at the 18-and-under National Qualifying tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Reign opened with a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Breeze as Kelly Mannion led a five-hit offense with a double, single and three RBIs.

The Eugene-area team then downed the Kansas City Originals 4-0 behind the two-hit, seven-strikeout pitching of Brieanne Thurn.

The Reign's 12-hit attack was led by Stephanie Bour with three singles, Tess Bair with two doubles and Kira Enlow with two singles.

However, the Reign finished the day with a nine-inning 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Irish.

Baseball

The Pepsi Challengers and Springfield Woolley's remained in contention for the championship of the fourth annual Grant Wood Bat Invitational American Legion baseball tournament, which concludes today at Swede Johnson Stadium.

Springfield Woolley's won its first game on Saturday, defeating West Eugene 4-0 as Nathan Morelock led the way with a double, single and RBI. Matt Koontz and Ran Berger combined on the mound for the three-hit shutout.

Woolley's then edged the Walla Walla Bears 5-4, scoring four runs in the fifth inning.

The Pepsi Challengers lost their only game of day, falling 8-0 to the Walla Walla Bears.

In other games, the Vancouver (Wash.) Cardinals won over the Les Schwab Rockets of Albany 10-6, the Boise (Idaho) Capitals defeated the North Salem Vikings 8-1 and the Les Schwab Rockets downed North Salem 6-3.

Games today begin at 10 a.m. with West Eugene meeting Walla Walla for seventh place, followed by North Salem against Les Schwab at 12:15 p.m. for fifth.

In the championship semifinals, Vancouver meets Boise at 2:30 p.m. and the Pepsi Challengers take on the Springfield Woolley's at 4:45 p.m.

The championship game follows at 7 p.m.

The North defeated the South 11-2 in the first game of the two-day Class 3A all-star baseball series in Roseburg.

Jacoby Ellsbury of Madras led the North with a home run, two singles and three RBIs. Jason Stevenson of South Umpqua stroked a single for one of five South hits.

Wrestling

Five wrestlers who have combined to win eight high school championships have signed national letters of intent with Oregon State.

The athletes include Bryan Medelez of Hermiston, who was a 125-pound state champion as a junior; and Tony Hook of Sandpoint, Idaho, who won a state title as a senior at 152 pounds.

Others signing with the Beavers are Bobby Pfennings of Great Falls, Mont., a 125-pound state champion last season; Jamie Rakevich of Elma, Wash., a state champion at 275 pounds as a senior; and Ty Watterson of Enumclaw, Wash., who won the 215-pound state title last season.

Football

Ryan Fox scored four touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, 35 and 10 yards to lead the Oregon Outlaws to a 60-0 beating of the Creswell Steel in a National Nineman Football League game on Saturday at South Eugene High School.

In the second game, the Eugene Knights blanked the Cottage Grove Pride 22-0 as Jarred Reynolds scored on a punt return and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dave Heitken.

In the third game, the Northwest Timberwolves outscored the Springfield Wildcats 42-26 as Chris Smith scored on touchdown runs of 75 and 16 yards.

Smith also had a touchdown on a 45-yard interception return.

Auto racing

Mike Griffiths of Fall Creek and Danny Horner of Cottage Grove tied for the Twin-25 Pro Champions title at Cottage Grove Speedway.

Main event winners were Bruce Ray of Creswell in the Sportsman, Gene Powell of Cottage Grove in the Modifieds and Griffiths and Kelley McDonald of Cottage Grove in the Sportsman's Sprints.

Chris Pelham of Creswell was second in the Import Sportsman "A" class at the Woodburn Dragstrip on Saturday.

Pelham had a time of 16.33 seconds and a speed of 85.05 mph.

Robert Eipp of Eugene was fourth in the same class in 15.64 and 90.09 mph.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup: Churchill star will chase Envela's state prep 400 mark at junior nationals.; Sports
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Date:Jun 16, 2002
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