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Marathoner Clark to run in NYCFormer Billings West athlete Christine (Hoth) Clark is scheduled to compete in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.

Race organizers announced earlier this week that Clark, who placed 19th in the marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, will be a part of the NYC field. That marathon will double as the United States Men’s and Women’s National Marathon Championships.

The 38-year-old Clark was scheduled to run in the marathon at the World Outdoor Championships next month in Edmonton, Alberta, but had to withdraw due to a minor injury.

Clark, who was the surprise winner at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000, went on to run a personal best clocking of two hours, 31 minutes and 35 seconds at the Olympics. She was the lone American in the women’s marathon in Sydney.

Clark, who is now a pathologist in Anchorage, Alaska, graduated from Billings West in 1980 and Montana State University in 1984.

NYC Marathon director Allan Steinfeld said the Nov. 4 race will feature “one of the strongest fields of American women runners ever.”

Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo beginsCHEYENNE, Wyo. – The rain held off and Kelly Yates poured it on.

The barrel racer from Pueblo, Colo., dashed to No. 1 toward the end of the first round of slack competition at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Calf roping and steer roping slack competition also began Friday.

While rain deluged downtown Cheyenne, there was none at Frontier Park less than a mile to the north, although Yates said a little moisture can sometimes improve the course.

“I’m just so pleased with my mare and so thankful,” said Yates, who was on Firewater Fiesta – “Fiesta” for short.

“I never set out to win the world or anything like that and I just want her to stay sound and keep me happy and whatever happens, happens.”

Yates’ time was 17.59 seconds. No. 2 was Gloria Freeman, of Calhoun, Ga. (17.6). Angie Meadors, of Wetumka, Okla., was third (17.61).

As of Tuesday, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association ranked Yates second in barrel racing with earnings of $55,906 this season. Charmayne James, of Athens, Texas, was first with $64,168 to her name.

In calf roping, Richard Ohl, of Stephenville, Texas, won the first go in 10.3 seconds. Christopher Bradford, of Orange, Texas, was second (12.2) and Clayton Parker, of Weatherford, Okla., third (13.8).

Guy Allen, of Santa Anna, Texas, won the first go of steer roping (13.2) and won $5,549.80. He was followed by Marty Jones, of Hobbs, N.M., (13.7, $4,825.91) and Ohl (14.2, $4,102.03).

Competition continues through July 29.

Team Montana 3-0 in HawaiiHONOLULU, Hawaii – Tawnya Vernon and Cortney Funderburk combined on a four-hit shutout Friday as Team Montana improved to 3-0 in the World Class Sports International fastpitch softball tournament with a 4-0 win over Mississippi.

With the win, Montana advances to a semifinal game today against Texas.

Vernon, a Florence native, pitched four innings and Funderburk, of Great Falls, pitched the final two as the game was called after six innings because of time limit. Both pitchers struck out three Mississippi batters.

Sarah Barnes of Shepherd led Team Montana at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Vernon, Rachel Quarnburg of Billings and Abby Kochel of Billings each had one hit and Sarah Buening of Billings had an RBI and three stolen bases.

Team Montana is coached by Dawson Community College coach Bill LaFond.

Renzi Lee tied for 26th in FloridaPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Renzi Lee of Billings is tied for 26th place Friday after two rounds of play at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships being played at the PGA National Resort and Spa.

Lee has a 36-hole total of 147 (76-71) and is tied with 17 other golfers for 26th place. Jeffrey Overton of Evansville, Ind., has a five-shot lead at 135 (70-65).

Scott Kreitzberg of Billings is tied for 54th at 149 (74-75). Jared Atkins, another Billings golfer, is sitting in 224th place at 169 (81-88).

In the girls competition, Kylie Anderson of Great Falls is in 16th place at 161 (77-84). Nicole Melton of San Antonio, Texas, is leading at 142 (70-72).

On Thursday, Lee placed third in the long drive contest.

Lee, who will be a senior this fall at Billings Senior, recorded a 268-yard drive.

Overton blasted a 307-yard drive to top the boys 16-18 division. Eric Anderson of Dickson, Tenn., was second at 305 yards.

NAU gets nod in volleyballOGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona is tapped again to win the Big Sky Conference women’s volleyball title in 2001, but if coaches’ opinions are an indication, it could be close again.

NAU received five first-place votes and 47 points total in a coaches’ poll. Sacramento State, which tied the Lady Jacks last regular season and won the conference tournament, was first on three ballots and had 45 points total.

Montana State was third with 35 points, followed by Eastern Washington with 33. Montana, gearing up for its second season under coach Nikki Best, was pegged for sixth place. That’s where the Lady Griz finished last year before losing their first match at the league tournament.

NAU returns all 12 players, including senior middle blocker/outside hitter Maggie Barrera, the reigning conference MVP.

Coaches poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Northern Arizona 47 (5); Sacramento State 45 (3); Montana State 35; Eastern Washington 33; Weber State 23; Montana 21; Idaho State 15; Portland State 9.

Boomer suffers ankle injuryMISSOULA – Former University of Montana linebacker Adam Boomer injured his ankle last week, leaving him sidelined Friday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ take on Montreal.

Boomer, who had two forced fumbles and three sacks in Winnipeg’s opening-season win over Calgary, injured his ankle in the first half of the Bombers’ 30-16 win over Toronto. Boomer was placed on the injured list.

Braaten makes match-play in RenoRENO, Nev. – Billings bowler Ryan Braaten advanced to the match-play competition at the 2001 Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships, which concluded earlier this week at the National Bowling Stadium.

Braaten finished sixth after two rounds of play in the Division III (handicap) category. He was one of 16 boys in the division to move on to match-play competition.

In the match-play bracket, Braaten lost his first match to Jonathan Sherlin of Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Sherlin advanced to the finals before losing, while Braaten posted a 1-1 record in consolation matches.

There were three divisions for both boys and girls, with 272 young bowlers participating.

In the Division III girls, Annmarie Foote of Gillette, Wyo., won the championship by beating Kara Jensen of New York 210-193 with handicap added in. Foote won $2,000 in college scholarship money.

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