COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BARD John Thomas, Tampa Autocross Thomas, 34, a building-products manufacturer, drove his 1986 Honda Civic to a 2.376-second victory over Bart Merriam of Anna, Ohio, to earn a record seventh straight E prepared title at the Solo Two Championships. He was the overall winner at the Pro Solo Championships in 1993.
COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL T. MYERS Liz Johnson, Charlotte Track and Field Johnson, 43, a radio talk-show host, took home five gold medals in the 40-44 age group at the U.S. masters women's championships. Her victories came in the pentathlon, the 80-meter high hurdles, the steeplechase, the 400 intermediate hurdles and the high jump.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN CORBETT Pat Connerney, Middletown, R.I. Sailing Connerney, 38, captained her crew of six to four victories in six races to win the three-day Rolex International Keelboat Championship. The team sailed in 24-foot six-keel J24s, beating the boat skippered by Elaine Parshall of Charleston, Mass., eight points to 11.
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID G. SHELLY/UNIVERSITY PHOTO Ricardo Villar, Sao Paulo, Brazil Soccer Villar, a junior midfielder at Penn State, through Sunday had scored a Big Ten-best 27 points in leading the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record and a No. 5 national ranking. He had six game-winning goals and had scored at least a point in 10 of Penn State's last 11 matches.
COLOR PHOTO: TOM MITCHELL Peggy Martin, Warrensburg, Mo. Volleyball Martin, 49, the women's coach at Central Missouri State, became the first coach in Division II women's volleyball to get 800 wins. In 24 seasons Martin's teams have won 17 straight Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference titles while amassing a record of 806-199-8 through Sunday.
COLOR PHOTO: CLAY MCLACHLAN D.J. Williams, Pittsburg, Calif. FootballD.J., a senior at De La Salle High, ran for 214 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Spartans won their national high school-record 92nd straight game with a 35-7 defeat of St. Francis High of Mountain View. His scores came on runs of 15, 13 and 2 yards, and a 45-yard punt return.