LIGHTHOUSE POINT, FLA.
Nickells, 20, a groom, won the Billings Amateur Trotting Final at Lexington's Red Mile in her first year as a driver by steering Miss Judy Comfort to a three-length victory in 1:58.4. The race was the finale of a 10-leg, four-month series, in which Nickells won at the Meadowlands and then in Delaware, Ohio, during Little Brown Jug week.
Scott, a senior kicker-quarterback at Overland High, kicked a 49-yard field goal in a 24-3 win over Smokey Hill High to set a state career field goal record of 1,030 total yards. Six of his state-record 27 field goals have been from 50 yards or more. As of Nov. 2 he was 31 for 31 on PATs this season and 115 for 117 as a varsity player.
Zientek, 40, an elementary school teacher and the track and field coach at Northern Senior High, has guided the Polar Bears' boys' and girls' teams to a 10-year combined record of 227-27, with the girls running up a 121-6 record. Zientek's teams have gone undefeated 11 times and collected 18 conference and two individual state titles.
Kristine, 17, won the 100- and 200-meter breast-stroke and the 200 and 400 individual medley to become the fifth swimmer, male or female, to win four or more individual golds at a long-course nationals. Her 4:43.32 in the 400 IM broke Tracy Caulkins's 10-year-old Mission Viejo pool record by 1.46 seconds.
ST. JOSEPH, MO.
Words, a sophomore at Platte County (Mo.) Vocational College, and Garza, a senior at the University of Texas, won titles at the national collegiate weightlifting championships. Words, who grew up across the street from Garza in Houston, set three collegiate records in the 114.6-pound division when he snatched 165.4 pounds and clean-and-jerked 220.5, for a total of 385.9. Garza, the reigning U.S. national champion at 123.4 pounds, earned her third collegiate title with a body-weight win over Lea Rentmeester of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in the women's 132.2 pound class. She snatched 154.3 pounds and clean-and-jerked 203.9, for a total of 358.2. Garza also placed seventh at the women's world championships in the 123.4-pound division.