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Lane teams second in NWAACC meet.

Byline: The Register-Guard

GRESHAM - Sophomore sprinter Phil Alexander had a hand in four victories to lift the Lane Community College men's team to a tie for second place at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges track and field meet Friday.

The Lane women took more of a team approach but achieved the same result.

Community Colleges of Spokane swept both titles, beating the Titans by 76 points in the men's standings and by 25 points in the women's standings.

On a day when the temperature on the track reached 93 degrees, Alexander barely had time to take a deep breath.


He started the day by anchoring Lane to a victory in the 4x100 relay in 41.71 seconds, followed by a victory in the 400 (48.79).

Alexander, who was named the meet's outstanding track performer after scoring 26 points for his team, stumbled and finished eighth in the 100, then recovered for a victory in the 200 (22.11).

He topped it all off by anchoring the Titans to a victory in the 4x400 (3:16.81).

"It was pretty special the way he took his team on his back and tried to carry them all the way," said Lane track coach Grady O'Connor, who was named women's coach of the year.

Alexander wasn't the only one earning points for the Titans.

Jeff Drouet and Matt Barnhart finished second and third, respectively, in the 5,000. Lane also got second-place finishes from Jason McGhee (400), Nick Shannon (shot put), Alexander Casteel (1,500) and Tyler Richardson (javelin).

While the men's team shared runner-up honors with Highline, the women finished all alone in second.

The Titans didn't have a single individual winner Friday but got second-place finishes from Emily Brown in the discus (132 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and the hammer throw (164-0). Katie Gilbert (5,000) and Kristina Ely (400) also had runner-up finishes for Lane.

El Guerrouj withdraws

from Pre Classic

Middle-distance star Hicham El Guerrouj has withdrawn from the Prefontaine Classic's two-mile field.

In an e-mail to the event organizers, the Moroccan's agent said he will take a week off to recover from a minor illness and will not have enough time to prepare for the June 4 meet at Hayward Field.

Meanwhile, Britain's Paula Radcliffe, the world record-holder in the marathon, has indicated on her Web site that she will run in the Pre Classic's 1,500 meters. The field for the event is expected to be announced Monday.

Oregon club baseball

falls to Colorado State

BRADENTON, Fla. - Caleb Bond hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Colorado State maintained the lead throughout the game as the Rams beat Oregon 6-1 in a semifinal game of the National Club Baseball Association World Series on Friday.

Oregon plays Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 9:30 a.m. today, the winner advancing to play Colorado State at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in the double-elimination tournament. Wisconsin-Eau Claire eliminated North Carolina State 7-4 in 10 innings on Friday.

Against Colorado State, Oregon cut the lead to 2-1 with a third-inning run on Travis Chock's single and two Rams errors, but the defending national champions came right back in the bottom of the third with four runs on two walks, a wild pitch, a single and a double.

OSU baseball players

earn national honors

CORVALLIS - Three Oregon State baseball players have been named to the USA Today Sports Weekly All-America team.

The No. 4-ranked Beavers (41-9, 19-5), who have clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 Conference title, put pitcher Dallas Buck on the first team. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and pitcher Jonah Nickerson made the second team.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Phil Alexander leads the Titan men to a runner-up finish with a monster day in the sprint events
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 28, 2005
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