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Missoula triathletes fare well

Professional and amateur triathletes from Missoula brought home some top finishes last weekend at the Wildflower Triathlon Festival in San Louis Obispo, Calif.

In its first year of existence the University of Montana Triathlon Club finished first out of 59 teams at the Seagate National Collegiate Triathlon Championships. The team was initially credited with taking fifth place, but was moved up to first after problems with the scoring were discovered.

Griz cross-country runner Brandon Fuller finished second overall to lead the men's team. Fuller completed the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike and 10k run in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 34 seconds.

Other placers for Montana included Michael Gordon, who finished 15th in a time of 2:16:56; and Isaac Bertschi, who finished in the top 30 with a time of 2:21:13. Tom Wagner came in 109th and Nate Olson finished 156th for the Griz.

On the women's side, Jill Walker led the way with a seventh overall finish and a time of 2:35:03. UM cross-country runner Stevie Roark finished in the top 10 at 2:38:49 and Maria Berger was 11th with a 2:39:20.

Three competitors from the professional circuit attempted the long course last week. Two females and a male from the Missoula Stampede triathlete team completed the 2k swim, 90k bike and 21k run.

Susanna Gaunt, a previous Wildflower amateur champ, took ninth in the professional race this year. In her pro debut Gaunt completed the course in 4:55:40. Becky Broeder was 20th with a time of 5:25:35.

Todd Struckman finished 25th in the men's race, finishing in 4:48:32.

UM soccer team wins academic award

The University of Montana soccer team was given the Athletic Director's Award at the annual Robert O. Lindsay scholar athlete honors banquet.

The award is given to the team that obtains the highest cumulative grade point average for the two previous semesters. The Grizzly soccer team accumulated a 3.31 team GPA throughout fall and spring 2000. This marks the fourth time in the last six years that the soccer team has won the award. The Griz won it three years in a row from 1996-98.

Missoula rowers compete for titles

Two Missoula Hellgate graduates, Lauren Cromwell and Megan Morris, competed on crew teams at the Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championships in April at Collingswood, N.J.

Cromwell, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was on the women's team that won the championship. Morris, a senior at George Washington University, was on the runner-up team.

UMass, which has won six straight Atlantic 10 titles, is coached by Jim Dietz, the coach of the 2000 Olympic team. George Washington is coached by Steve Peterson, who was named coach of the year by the Atlantic 10.

Cromwell lettered in basketball, volleyball, track and golf while at Hellgate. Morris played soccer for the Knights.

Bitterrooters sign with Dickinson St.

Dickinson State University has signed Hamilton's Brandon Sparks and Stevensville's Bryan Roberts to letters of intent to play football for the Blue Hawks next season.

Sparks was a wide receiver and an all-state selection at kicker for the Broncs. Sparks, who has run a state-best 14.3 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles this season will also participate in track and field for the Blue Hawks.

Roberts played linebacker for the Yellowjackets.

State coaches association to induct five

BUTTE (AP) - Five Montana coaches will be inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year.

The five are Chuck Harvey, Jack Raymond, Gordon Real Bird, Ed Rohloff and Laura Sundheim.

Harvey began his coaching and teaching career at St. Judes in Havre and has spent 28 years coaching in Montana. He was a head football coach for 26 years at Geraldine, Glasgow and Broadwater High School in Townsend, and currently is an assistant football coach at Carroll College.

Raymond served as head wrestling coach at Custer County High School in Miles City for 22 years and also served as an assistant football and track coach. He continues to teach in Miles City and is a wrestling official.

Real Bird coaches boys' basketball at Lame Deer High School and coached for 18 years at Lodge Grass High School. He has compiled a 437-136 record. His Lodge Grass basketball program qualified for the state tournament 13 times and won the state championship five times.

Rohloff has served as head football coach at Custer County High School for 23 years, with his Cowboys making the state Class A playoffs 15 times. He has compiled a 200-69 record in football and also helps coach track.

Sundheim has been at Hardin High School for 19 years, serving as coach or assistant coach for basketball, cross country and track for girls and boys, and volleyball.

As volleyball coach for 16 years, she amassed a 405-127 record, with four state Class A volleyball championships. Currently she is a guidance counselor, assistant track coach and the head volleyball coach at Hardin High School.

Troy's Winslow takes Billings Senior job

BILLINGS (AP) - Former Montana State-Billings basketball standout Amy Winslow has been hired as the new Billings Senior High School girls' basketball coach.

"I'm excited more than anything else," the 1999 MSU-B graduate and Troy native said.

She said her first order of business is meeting the players and planning a summer program.

"I want to build relationships with the kids. I'll meet with them this week and get the summer organized," she said.

Winslow replaces Larry Tocci, who resigned last month.

For the past two years, Winslow has been a math teacher at Senior and will continue in that capacity. She served as the sophomore girls' coach at Skyview and as freshman B coach for the boys at Senior last year.

Winslow, a 5-foot-3 guard, had her number retired by MSU-B in 2000 after a stellar four-year career. She started 117 straight games and finished as the school's career leader in 3-point field goals, steals and assists.

MSU volleyball team signs Canadian

BOZEMAN (AP) - A Canadian player has committed to the volleyball team at Montana State next fall.

Nicki Sadowski, of Victoria, British Columbia, signed a letter of intent to play on the Bobcat team. The 6-foot outside hitter was a first team all-star selection at Belmont Secondary School, and contributed to the team's 55-5 record last season.

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