The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 19
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SATURDAY MAY 3, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL NBA PLAYOFFS / C3 HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL / C4 KENTUCKY DERBY / C5 c T HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: BELOIT RELAYS T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Photos by TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Logan's Nathan Jones won the 2-1A boys discus at Friday's 57th annual Beloit Relays with a meet record throw of 169-7. SJ-Beloit's Brown enjoys big day Blujay senior captures long jump, triple jump and 200-meter dash By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal BELOIT — One day removed from a bout with the flu, Matt Brown of St. John's Beloit still had plenty of spring in his step Friday at the Beloit Relays. Brown captured the Class 2-lA boys long jump, triple jump and • -TAV^B 200-meter dash as ••k^JEifl the meet's only in- 2 "4 Jt dividual three• ** event winner. He did run out of gas in the 400 with a fourth-place finish. "I felt pretty good," said Brown, who missed his own meet records in the long and triple jump by a total of two inches. "I would have liked to have gone a little farther, but under the conditions, I'm real .happy. "I had the flu yesterday, so I was just happy to be competing. It's chilly, and being sick yesterday, I was real stiff and had a hard time stretching out." Still, Brown almost had the meet record on his last triple jump attempt, sailing 45 feet, 1 inch, but scratching by less than a half-inch. He settled for a 44-8, just three-quarters of an inch short of last year's mark. He won the long jump with a leap of 22-3, IVi inch off his meet record. "I hope now I'm ready to start improving," said Brown, who will run track and play football next year at Pittsburg State. "We're getting to the heart of the season and the coaches have got some good workouts for me." Brown also won the 200 in 23.63 seconds. Last year he finished second at the Class 1A state meet in the high jump, plus third in the long and triple jump. "Hopefully I'll start improving now," said Brown, who has season bests of 23-4% in the long jump and 45-10 in the triple. "I'll have to if I want to win state." • A discus showdown between defending Class 1A state champion Nathan Jones of Logan and runner-up Jeff Hake of St. John's Beloit never took off. Jones had three throws over 155 feet, including a meet-record 169-7 on his last attempt, while Hake never found a groove. "I had a nice wind today and it helped out," said Jones, whose previous best was last year's meet-record 166-5, which he duplicated last Tuesday. "I started out kind of slow this year, but I finally got rolling. It's just all coming together.now." Sacred Heart's Mikey Schmitz finished second at 141-3 to go with a fourth-place 45-9 in the shot put. Hake was third with a 140-6. But the disappointing finish in the discus — he has thrown 168 feet this year — only served to inspire Hake for the shot put. On his first attempt he uncorked a personal-best toss of 55-4, easily beat- ing runner-up Josh Stevens' 47-5. "I took out my aggression from the discus," Hake said. "My discus was pathetic. If I have any problems, anger or anything, I go and practice the shot put." Despite regularly exceeding 50 feet in the shot, Hake has toiled in the shadow of Beloit High School's Casey Seyfert and Tony Thompson, who both have gone over 60 this season. "I hope to hit 60," Hake said. "It pushes me and gives me something to look forward to. It's kind of my drive to beat them, but I like to think of us as a team still, since everywhere we go we're still Beloit guys." • The only other boys 2-lA meet record to fall Friday came in the javelin, where White Rock's Zach Kindler threw 212-2, the best mark in the area this year. • Ell-Saline's Nathan Martin had the only victory by a Saline County boy in 2-lA, capturing the 1,600-meter run in 4:44.13 and finishing second in the 800 (2:06.96). Focus on technique pays off for Triplett Standout Logan thrower establishes Beloit meet record in shot put, 41-11 By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal GIRLS BELOIT — Christina Triplett doesn't completely discount the role strength has played in her success in the shot put. But in the year following her state title performance, the Logan junior has proven power isn't everything. Triplett has de-emphasized weight training this season and still managed to keep on winning. Friday at the Beloit Relays, she was first in two field events and finished third in another. "Last year I had a weight class in school and lifted a lot more," Triplett said. "This year I don't have a class and I haven't been able to lift as much, because I haven't really done it on my own. "Last year I felt stronger so I thought this year I wouldn't be able to throw as far. But I think this proves technique has a lot to do with it." That technique helped Triplett establish a Beloit meet record with her winning throw of 41-11% in the shot put, breaking a mark that had stood for 14 years. She also threw a season-best 1164 to win the discus. "I was a little disappointed in the way I threw (in the shot put)," Triplett said. "My best this year is 43-3 and I've been trying to hit 44 feet. "Right now, I'm going out there thinking about personal records instead of what the competition is doing. After winning state I have high expectations, because I want to go back and defend my title." • The Washington girls squad successfully defended its team title, winning the Class 2-lA division for the third time in four years. The Tigers won four events and totaled 106 team See CLASS 2-1 A, Page C4 Trlece Baker of Washington leaped 16-9% to place first in the Class 2-1A long jump competition during Friday's 57th annual Beloit Relays. Baker, a senior, also finished first in the triple jump in helping lead Washington to the girls team title. For further coverage of the meet, see Page C4. 'Cats' spring game today Depth will help K-State offset losses from last year's 9-3 bowl team By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press MANHATTAN — During any other era in Kansas State history, this would be a perfect time to run to the panic button and begin pounding it. Gone are most of the players who led the Wildcats to their first- ever Jan. 1 bowl appearance, including their all-time leading sacker, all-time leading wide receiver and two-time Ail-American cor- nerback. But this is no ordinary era for Kansas State. The Wildcats went into spring training confident that enough remains in the cupboard to prevent a severe dip in next year's record. The Wildcats went 9-3 last season. The Wildcats conclude their spring workouts with today's annual Spring Game. Kickoff is 1:10 p.m. at KSU Stadium. "We have the capability to enter the fall with greater depth on both sides of the ball than at any time in our tenure here," said coach Bill Snyder, who has overseen the miracle turnaround of the once-woeful Wildcats since 1989. "We will, however, have to make marked improvement across the board this spring in order to reach the expectation level for this team." One reason for optimism is 85. That's the NCAA scholarship limit for Division I football programs, and Kansas State is there for the first time since anyone can remember. But Snyder will probably need every one of them if the Wildcats are going to make a serious run at a nine-win season for the fifth year in a row. Gone are all-time receptions leader Kevin Lockett, all- time sack leader Nyle Wiren, the best secondary in the Big 12 and possibly the nation, three-year starting center Jason Johnson and quarterback Brian Kavanagh. Altogether, 17 seniors and junior all-American Chris Canty were missing when the Wildcats began spring practice. But Snyder doesn't even like the word "rebuilding." "We won't make any reference V MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL K-StatB spring ganw • Kickoff: Today, 1:10 p.m. • Where: KSU Stadium, Manhattan. • Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for KSU students and high school-age students 18-under. AH seating will be general admission. to it," he said. "We certainly have some strengths. One of them is our depth. It's better not just in numbers, but quality as well. It's true we'll be somewhat young and inexperienced, but I don't perceive it as trying to rebuild. We just try to step from where we are." Offensively, the Wildcats' biggest goal is to become tougher and more physical. After January's loss to Brigham Young in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl, it seemed obvious that more muscle was needed in that area. "We need to be a more physical offense than what we demonstrated this past year," Snyder said. "We stand a good chance to be a more physical offensive team. Size-wise, we're going to be a bigger offense than at any time since I've been here, and not just with our offensive linemen." One place not depleted of experience will be the offensive line, where starters return at all but center. That ought to be helpful in another goal, to balance running and passing. "We all understand we haven't been balanced," said Snyder. "We've had to rely on throwing the ball more than we'd like to. Without being bashed about it, we lost the ball game in Dallas basically because we couldn't run the ball effectively when we needed it." Tickets for today's game are $3 for adults, $2 for KSU students and high school-age students 18-under. All seating will be general admission. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., at the KSU Stadium ticket windows. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Parking is free with no reserved spots, except for handicapped persons. The Manhattan Catbackers and KMAN radio will sponsor a pregame tailgate party for all fans on the north side of Brandenberry Complex. V HORSE RACING: KENTUCKY DERBY Contender Pulpit on Apollo mission Martinez, Williams lead Yankees past KG Home runs pave New York's 9-1 victory over Royals By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tino Martinez, fresh from setting the major-league record for RBIs in April, homered in his second at-bat in May and Bernie Williams added a two- run shot as the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 9-1 Friday night. Martinez, who drove in 34 runs in April, made it £0 with his 10th home run in the fourth. Williams had led off the inning with a double, the first hit given up by Jim Pittsley (0-2). Williams gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead and chased Pittsley in the eighth with his third homer of the season. The Yankees added five runs in the ninth, four of them unearned because of errors by shortstop Jay Bell and reliever Randy Veres. Yankees starter David Cone (3-2) pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run on five hits. The Royals scored their only run in the fifth on Johnny Damon's RBI double. Mariano Rivera got the last four outs for his ninth save. Pittsley gave up four runs on four hits in 7% innings. The game featured several defensive gems. Tom Goodwin climbed the wall in left-center to rob New York's Cecil Fielder of a home run in the fourth and then took a probable double away from Fielder with a running catch in the sixth. Right-fielder David Howard threw out Williams at the plate in the sixth. Catcher Mike Sweeney took the throw and held on as Williams crashed into him and bowled him over. Williams returned the favor in the bottom of the inning, throwing out Jeff King from center field as King tried to score on Sweeney's fly ball into medium center. Howard replaced Bip Roberts after Roberts was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning. Roberts flipped his bat high in the air and threw his helmet toward home while leaving the field. Last horse to win after not racing as 2-year-old was Apollo in 1882 By EO SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pulpit is on an Apollo mission. Wayne Hutt, born and raised in Louisville, is chasing a dream. D. Wayne Lukas, critics say, is on an ego trip. Today, before a roaring throng at Churchill Downs and a national television audience, Pulpit will try and land in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle and become the second winner of the race not to have started as a 2-year-old. Apollo did it in 1882. "Everybody says we're trying to make history, we plan to make history," said Del Hancock of Claiborne Farm, the owner-breeder of the winner of four of five starts, including the Blue Grass Stakes April 12. The 123rd Kentucky Derby will be telecast on ABC Sports from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with post-time at 4:32 p.m. The forecast calls for a cloudy day with showers early and a high in the 60s. Pulpit is given a good chance of completing his mission. He could be the post-time favorite, although that role could go to Captain Bodg- it, conqueror of Pulpit in the Florida Derby and winner of the Wood Memorial April 12. Hutt and Lukas appear to be shooting at the stars with pop guns. Hutt, a 48-year-old trainer who lives in Louisville, will saddle his first Derby starter in Celtic Warrior, a non-stakes winner and winless in four starts this year. He finished fourth in the Blue Grass. Kentucky Derby vfosr HORSE I Crypto Star Day g PhantomOnTour Bailey v 3 Concerto MarquezJr. 4 Captain Bodglt Soils 5 Silver Charm Stevens 6 Celtic Warrior Torres 7 Pulpit Sellers 8 Hello Smith .: 9 a-Jack Flash Ferret 10 a-Shammy Davis Martinez II Deeds Not Words Nakatani 12 Crimson Classic Albaradp 13 Free House Flores a-Nick Zito trained entry 7-2 \1^ 9-1 7-2 8-1 •$h 11-1 'i$J 20-1 «£ 12-1 "I'd rather win one Kentucky Derby than all the other stakes races going," said Hutt, who has attended more than 30 Derbys. It appeared Lukas would not have a Derby horse after having had 31 starters in 16 consecutive Derbys and having won the race with Winning Colors in 1988, Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Grindstone last year. On Tuesday, however, the trainer decided to start Deeds Not Words. Derby fever is easy to catch and hard to get rid of even for Lukas. "It's truth, justice and the American way," said trainer Nick Zito, who will try for his third Derby victory with the longshot entry of Jack Flash and Shammy Davis. * Picking the Derby / Page C5 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@8aliournal.com

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