Faces in the Crowd

March 04, 2013

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN

EAGLE-VAIL, COLO. > ALPINE SKIING

Mikaela, a 17-year-old senior at Burke Mountain Academy (East Burke, Vt.), finished first in the slalom by .22 of a second at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, in February to become the youngest American female to win a world title since 1985. A month earlier she had a pair of World Cup slalom victories—in Zagreb, Croatia, and in Flachau, Austria—to become the first American under 18 to win twice on the circuit in a single season.

CHAD PYKE

MCDONOUGH, GA. > WRESTLING

Chad, a senior at Woodward Academy (in Atlanta), set a national record for wins with his 325th victory, pinning Jarrett Derryberry (Sonoraville High) in the 160-pound semifinals at the Class 3A sectional. A week later he and his brother Chandler, a 132-pound junior, each repeated as state champs to lead the War Eagles to their first team title in 41 years. Chad, who took the 138-pound state championship last year, finished his career with a 329--18 record. He will wrestle at N.C. State.

KEAGAN GARRIGAN

PORTAGE, WIS. > CURLING

Keagan, a senior skip at Portage High, led her rink (a four-woman team) to an 8--4 victory over another Portage High squad to earn her second state title. She finished her four-year career with a 79--2 record as a lead and a skip for the Warriors, including a 48--0 Southern Curling Conference mark and four conference titles. In January, Keagan led the Warriors to victory in the Tietge Bonspiel, the nation's oldest high school tournament, becoming the first four-time champion in its history.

DENZEL TOMASZEWSKI

WELLS, MAINE > TRACK AND FIELD

Denzel, a senior at Wells High, ran a 6.46 in the 55-meter dash at the Western Maine Conference championships to break his own indoor state record of 6.53, which he had set in his season debut at the USM New Year's Relay in December. A week after the conference meet he won his second straight 55-meter title at the Class B state championships, with a 6.53 finish, surpassing the meet record he set last year (6.58). Last June, Denzel won the 100 meters at the outdoor state meet (11.12).

HAYLEY SCHULTZ

LOS ANGELES > SOFTBALL

Schultz, a sophomore righthander at Claremont McKenna College, threw a complete-game five-hitter to defeat preseason NAIA No. 1 Cal State--San Marcos 6--0. The second pitcher to shut out the Cougars in 67 games, she walked none and struck out one. She also threw a complete-game shutout in the Athenas' season opener (1--0 over Azusa Pacific). Schultz, last season's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference newcomer of the year, was 4--1 through Sunday with a 1.44 ERA.

CHRIS O'HARE

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND > TRACK AND FIELD

O'Hare, a senior at Tulsa, set a collegiate indoor record with a time of 3:52.98 in the Wanamaker Mile at the 106th Millrose Games at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. He broke the previous mark, set a year ago by BYU's Miles Batty (3:54.54), and finished fourth in the open race. The Division I indoor mile champion last year, O'Hare has earned All-America honors for three straight seasons: cross-country last fall and indoor and outdoor track last winter and spring, respectively.

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RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

Mike Miller, from Moore Township, Pa., returned five sleds to USA Luge after he found them on the side of the road. The sleds had fallen out of a U-Haul that was in the area for a U.S. luge team recruiting event.

GO FIGURE

$657,250

Price paid at auction for the jersey worn by Mike Eruzione when he scored the winning goal in the U.S.'s 4--3 Olympic hockey victory over the U.S.S.R. in 1980; the jersey had been in a bag in Eruzione's attic since the Miracle on Ice.

115

Weight, in pounds, of Christmas Abbott, 31, the first female member of a NASCAR pit crew. The 5'3" front-tire changer debuted in Friday's truck race at Daytona, in the pit of Jennifer Jo Cobb.

42

Penalty kicks needed for Temecula Great Oak High to defeat Redondo Union High in a girls' California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division II playoff match, after the teams drew 0--0 in regulation and overtime.

$36 million

Amount remaining on the 15-year, $67.5 million contract of goalie Rick DiPietro—signed in 2006—who was waived by the Islanders.

50

Games that the oft-injured DiPietro, 31, has played in the last five seasons.

PHOTOCOURTESY USA LUGE (SLED)
PHOTOJOHANNES KERNMAYER (SHIFFRIN) PHOTOWARREN BOND PHOTOGRAPHY (PYKE) PHOTOFRED GALLEY (GARRIGAN) PHOTOJENNIFER LEWIA (TOMASZEWSKI) PHOTOGABRIELLE DEWEY/CMS ATHLETICS (SCHULTZ) PHOTOUNIVERSITY OF TULSA (O'HARE)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)