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LDS Woman Leads Jump Over Track's Last Gender Hurdle
Both women and men compete in every NCAA Track and Field event, from the 100-meter dash to the marathon, except one: the steeplechase. That is, until now. In the NCAA championships, starting today in Eugene, Oregon, BYU's Elizabeth Jackson is favored to lead the field and hurdle this last gender barrier. The event is gaining popularity, and may be added to the Athens Olympics in 2004, breaking the last Track gender barrier there also.

Guthrie Leading Stanford towards the College World Series
In his first year at Stanford University, Sophomore Jeremey Guthrie has surprised everyone and become a starter in Stanford's rotation, helping to put the team two of three games away from the College World Series. Just one year ago Guthrie didn't know what would happen as he expected to return to BYU after completing an LDS mission to Spain.

No Mormons Playing in WNBA?
In our continuing effort to track every Mormon professional athlete, Mormon News took a look at the rosters for the WNBA teams, and has so far been unable to identify any women basketball players in the league. In the league's first seasons, one LDS player, Raegan Scott, played for the Cleveland Rockers, however, she is now an assistant coach at Colorado State University. However, Mormon News was able to identify 16 possible Mormon players among those on the Canadian Football League rosters. If you know of any Mormon athlete that we don't know about, please send us a note!

Jackson Claims First-Ever NCAA Steeplechase Title; Sets American Record
Entering Friday's competition, favored to win the first-ever women's 3,000-meter steeplechase competition in NCAA history, senior Elizabeth Jackson lived up to the billing by winning her first national championship in a new American record, 9:49.73. Teamates Courtney Meldrum and Nan Evans finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to pick up a total 17 team points in the event. Jackson's performance ranks as the third fastest time ever recorded in the world.

Fernley Signs With Cleveland
Nate Fernley signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night. "I took advantage of a fifth-year senior rule that says I can sign up until a week before the draft," said Fernley, who did not disclose the terms of his contract. "I felt it was right, it was a good fit. The plus side was I got to pick the organization and I'm excited to continue playing."

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Bradley May Play in Germany in Next Olympics
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Dallas Mavericks center Shawn Bradley may play for Germany in the next Summer Olympic games. Bradley, currently a US Citizen, has long spoken about his passion for the Olympics, and had hoped to play his way onto the Dream Team to represent the US in Australia, where he served an LDS mission.

Recently, Germany's national basketball federation started the paperwork necessary to get Bradley a German passport. Bradley is eligible for German citizenship because he was born in Landstuhl, Germany, where his father, Reiner Bradley, was stationed in the military. If the move is successful, and if Bradley chooses to complete the process, he could help Germany become a power in European basketball. The country's national team narrowly missed qualifying for the Sydney Olympics.

Is Germany ready for Mavs' Bradley?
Dallas TX Morning News 31May01 S2
By Marc Stein: The Dallas Morning News
Blackman assisting Nowitzki's team


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