Norman wins Canadian ParaTriathlon
MAGOG, Canada — Xenia Christian High School student Grace Norman won her division of the International Triathlon Union Canadian ParaTriathlon, on July 19. Norman led the 750-meter swim, then had a solid three laps on the 6.6-kilometer bike stage. She missed one turn and added a minute to her overall time as she made the correction. The Canadian champion said she was surprised when Grace passed her a second time on the bike.
Thanks to Optimus Prosthetics, Norman’s new bike liner (for her prosthetic leg) came off much faster in transition, so she was out on the run at the same time as the Canadian girl. Twenty minutes later, Norman broke the finish-line tape in first place with a time on one hour and 15 minutes. Right behind her was Chantel Denholm from Canada, who is currently ranked seventh in the world for the PT4 Women’s category. Norman is ranked 11.
Norman received her gold medal as the National Anthem was played. Team USA did very well in Magog, winning all the women’s races and half of the men’s events.
Norman and Team USA Track have been invited to a meet in Toronto, Canada on Aug. 9. She will be able to race the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter events.
Griffin Honored by NABC
FAIRBORN — Wright State senior men’s basketball player Kendall Griffin has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2013-14 Honors Court.
“Kendall is the first player I offered a scholarship to when I became head coach four years ago,” WSU head coach Billy Donlon said. “Wright State University, our community and our basketball family have been extremely fortunate to have this special young man be a part of our lives. His maturity, work ethic, commitment to family and selfless persona is second to none. He comes from an amazing family, and we are all so happy to celebrate this achievement together.”
Griffin, a 6-foot-4 guard from Avon, Ind., is majoring in biomedical engineering. He missed the second half of the season with an injury, but played in 23 games averaging 5.1 points per game. Griffin tied his career-high 15 points at Georgetown and has played in 84 games over the last three seasons for the Raiders. WSU will return four seniors from its 21-win team that advanced to the Horizon League Championship game.
A record number 894 student-athletes from 338 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria: Academic standing as a junior or senior; a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-‘14 academic year; must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; member of an NCAA Division I-IV, or NAIA Division I-II institution with an NABC-member coach.
FAIRBORN SOFTBALL STANDINGS
REC Men’s D League — 1. Toxic Brew (7-0); 2.(tie) Mr. P’s, Relentless Cycle & Speed (4-3); 4.(tie) The Funk/Liberty Tax Service, Anonymous Joe’s (3-4); 6. The Crew (0-7).
REC Men’s E League — 1. Mr. P’s (6-0); 2.Fairborn Funk (5-1); 3. Red Wing Shoes (3-3); 4.(tie) Anonymous Joe’s, Top Dog (2-4); 6. Dirty Ball Bags (0-6).
Social Division Church League — 1. Abiding Christ Lutheran (10-1); 2. One Love Church “A”(9-2); 3. Vandalia Nazarene (6-5); 4.(tie) Central Ave. Church of Christ, One Love Church “B” (5-6); 6. Maple Ave. Church of God “A” (3-7); 7. Mary Help of Christians (0-11).
Rec Division Church League — 1. Maple Ave. Church of God “B” (8-1); 2. Tickets (8-2); 3. St. Mark’s Episcopal (5-4); 4. Arrowbrook Baptist (4-6); 5. Huber Mennonite (2-7); 6. Medway United Methodist (1-8).