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LDS Track Star Inducted in Track Hall of Fame
Olympic track star and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Henry Marsh was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame last week. Marsh, 47, is a four-time Olympian who still holds the American record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He was inducted along with star sprinter/long jumper Carl Lewis, long jumper Larry Myricks and marthoner Alberto Salazar on November 30th at the USA Track and Field's Annual Meeting in Mobile.

RM Seeks Repeat World Bull Riding Title
Cody Hancock, winner of last year's Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association World Bull Riding title, will compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, currently running through Dec. 16. Hancock realized at the age of 5 that "all I ever wanted to be was a world champion bull rider."

Sports: Back, Madsen is Hot But Not Playing Much
Since returning from an injury, the Los Angeles Lakers' Mark Madsen has played 24 minutes over four different games, and has been hot on the court. In what totals to less than half a game, Madsen has scored 12 points and earned three rebounds and is playing at a rate that would give him 30 points if he played a full game. Other Mormons in professional sports aren't playing as strongly, but the basketball player who plays the most, Scot Pollard, played better last week, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Marcus Bell had a strong game and St. Louis Rams tight end Brandon Manumaleuna caught his first pass of the season.

Staley Wins Doak Walker Award
While his teammates and coaches were watching in their hotel rooms from Hawaii, over 6,000 miles away, BYU running back Luke Staley was today named the winner of the 2001 Doak Walker Award. The annual award, which was presented on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla., is presented to college football's top running back.

BYU 'Released' From BCS Bowl Consideration
BYU coaches and players today learned a 12-0 season means very little in the eyes of the Bowl Championship Series committee. According to Mountain West Conference commissioner, Craig Thompson, the BCS officially released BYU from bowl consideration.

Staley,Crowton Highlight Cougars Earning Conference Honors
Following a dominant conference performance that saw BYU become the first team to go undefeated in conference play, 21 Cougars, including head coach Gary Crowton, received postseason conference honors.

Cougars sign three outstanding golfers for 2002-2003
BYU head golf coach Bruce Brockbank announced the signing of Two-time Utah Amateur Champion Daniel Summerhays of Farmington, Southern Nevada Golf Association Junior Player of the Year Mitch Carlson of Las Vegas, and Colombian Oscar Alvarez of Bogota who will all enroll at BYU in the fall of 2002.

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