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Whitewater takes WIAC award
The award recognizes all-around sports excellence, with points based off the final conference standings in each league-sponsored sport. Whitewater won women’s conference titles in basketball, soccer, softball and tennis, and men’s championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
This is the Warhawks’ third straight and fifth in the past seven seasons. Whitewater finished with 92.5 points, followed by La Crosse (90), Oshkosh (75), Eau Claire (74.5), Stevens Point (72.5), Stout (58), Platteville (53.5), River Falls (37.5) and Superior (27.5).
Grandma’s registration to close May 31
Registration for the 38th running of Grandma’s Marathon will remain open through next Saturday.
The country’s 16th-largest marathon currently has more than 7,400 in the field for the annual Two Harbors-to-Duluth race June 21. Sign up by visiting GrandmasMarathon.com. The entry fee is $110.
About 500 volunteer positions remain to be filled for Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Volunteer positions include areas such as traffic and spectator control, water station assistance, medical services, racecourse entertainment, race packet pick-up and finish area activities. Service organizations, large groups and individuals are welcome and encouraged to participate. Each volunteer receives an official 2014 T-shirt, refreshment ticket and an invitation to the Grandma’s Marathon volunteer party June 29 at Grandma’s Sports Garden. To volunteer, complete and submit an online form at Grandma’sMarathon.com.
Registration for the 24th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is closed while registration for the 21st annual William A. Irvin 5K will close when 2,000 are registered or after May 31, whichever comes first.
‘Iron Will’ star to throw out first pitch
Actor Mackenzie Astin, star of the 1994 film “Iron Will,” is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on May 31 when the Duluth Huskies host the Rochester Honkers at Wade Stadium in a Northwoods League baseball game starting at 7:35 p.m.
Astin is expected to be in Duluth from May 28 to June 2 as part of the Duluth-Superior Film Festival. Much of Iron Will was filmed in Duluth and the surrounding area.
After the first pitch, Astin will sign autographs in the main concourse.
The Huskies begin their 12th season at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Stadium against the visiting Willmar Stingers.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
Saints’ Huberty earns All-America status
St. Scholastica senior Becky Huberty placed a program-best third in the hammer throw Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
Huberty broke her own school record with a throw of 188 feet, 9 inches to finish behind Williams College senior Amina Avril (192-0) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior Lydia Fragos (189-11). Huberty entered the meet with the second-best toss in the nation.
Huberty becomes the second St. Scholastica athlete to be named All-American three times (hockey player Nina Waidacher is the other). She will compete in the shot put today.
-- On the Division III men’s side, Kevin Wagner sits in 10th place in the decathlon with 3,446 points through half of the 10 events. The remaining five events are today. His best event was the shot put, in which he finished sixth. Jeremy Peterson of Hermantown was 19th in the hammer throw, marking on only one throw (168-9).
-- At the Division II meet in Allendale, Mich., Minnesota Duluth freshman Sam Rivard finished 10th in the 10,000-meter final in a time of 35 minutes, 42.16 seconds, just missing out on All-America honors awarded to the top eight. She will race in Saturday night’s 5,000. Junior Chanel Miller is tied for 10th in the heptathlon with 2,960 points through the first four events. Her best finish (seventh) came in the 100-meter hurdles. Junior Allie Rudin placed 19th overall (11:20.99) and failed to qualify for today’s 3,000 steeplechase finals.
-- UMD junior Dan Nielsen‘s quest to reach the 3,000 steeplechase finals in his first NCAA appearance fell by the wayside as he placed 17th in the men’s preliminaries. Nielsen, who entered the weekend with the 17th-best qualifying time in the country (9:09.26), clocked in at 9:33.69. The top 12 finishers advanced to today’s finals.