This is an article from the June 4, 2012 issue
FALLBROOK, CALIF. > RUGBY
Megan, a junior outside flanker at Fallbrook High, scored a try to help the Warriors defend their USA Rugby Girls High School National Invitational Tournament title with a 54--10 win over Lakewood (Ohio). She was named MVP and finished the season with 29 tries and one conversion kick (147 points). The 2011 Rugby Magazine high school player of the year, Megan is also a member of the national U-20 squad.
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS > TRACK AND FIELD
Allex, a senior at San Marcos High, cleared seven feet in the high jump to win his second straight 5A state title. He celebrated by waving a Baylor baseball cap at the meet to announce his college selection. The son of Olympic and American high jump record holder, Charles Austin, Allex had the highest leap in the nation this season (7'1"), at the Texas Southern Relays in March.
DALLAS > LACROSSE
Maggie, a senior attacker at the Hockaday School, had five goals and one assist to lead the Daisies to the program's third Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division 1 state title, in a 19--18 overtime win against defending champion St. John's. She scored 108 goals and added 21 assists this season to graduate with a career 306 goals and 55 assists. Maggie will play at Northwestern next year.
RUSTON, LA. > GOLF
Brandon, a senior at Cedar Creek High, won his fourth straight individual state title, shooting a five-under-par 139 over two rounds at Links on the Bayou, and led the Cougars to their fourth consecutive 5A team title. Brandon, who won the 2011 Louisiana Champions Invitational against the state's top golfers in each classification, was named all-state and will play next fall at Louisiana Tech.
NORTH CANTON, OHIO > SOFTBALL
Simpson, a senior righthander at Miami (Ohio), was named the Mid-American Conference tournament MVP after pitching the Redhawks out of the loser's bracket to the title with five wins in two days. Her tournament streak included her 1,000th career strikeout as she became the first MAC pitcher to reach 100 wins with a 2--0 shutout over Central Michigan in the first game of the championship doubleheader.
DIX HILLS, N.Y. > TRACK AND FIELD
Merber, a senior at Columbia, set an American collegiate record in the 1,500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet (3:35.59), with the second best time in the U.S. this year. His finish earned him an automatic invitation to the Olympic trials. Two years ago Merber became only the second Ivy Leaguer to break the indoor four-minute-mile mark as a sophomore. He was sidelined by a foot injury as a junior.
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FLIGHT OF FANCY
From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to Downton Abbey, British stuntman Gary Connery, 42, has taken his share of falls but nothing like the plunge he took on May 23. On a clear afternoon Connery leaped from a helicopter 2,400 feet above Henley-on-Thames, England, and made the first successful wingsuit landing without a parachute. Connery hit 75 mph during his 40-second descent, which ended with a crash onto a 350-foot runway built out of more than 18,500 cardboard boxes. The historic feat was made possible by his reinforced wingsuit, designed by Tony Uragallo, founder of the TonySuit company, who declared himself "high as a kite" over Connery's accomplishment. For his part Connery called the experience "bliss."