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FACES IN THE CROWD

Oct. 05, 2015
Oct. 05, 2015

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Don Pellmann | Santa Clara, Calif. | Track and Field

This is an article from the Oct. 5, 2015 issue

Pellmann, 100, set five world age-group records at the San Diego Senior Olympics. He smashed the age 100-and-over marks in the 100 meters (26.99), shot put (21'6¼") and discus (48'9"). Pellmann also set world records by becoming the first centenarian to make successful attempts in the high jump (2'11½") and the long jump (5'10").

Michelle Xiao | Omaha | Soccer

Xiao, a freshman midfielder at Stanford, scored to lead the Cardinal to a second straight overtime win, 1--0 over UC Davis. Nebraska's Gatorade player of the year, she had 26 goals and 11 assists for Westside High as a senior and led her club team to the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer title. Xiao, a member of the U.S. U-19 team, leads Stanford with three goals.

Leonard Snell | Nashville, Ark. | Football

Leonard, a senior quarterback at Nashville High, completed 8 of 20 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown and ran for 362 yards and six scores on 32 carries to lead the Scrappers to a 69--48 win over Watson Chapel High. His 571 yards of total offense broke an 80-year-old school record. Leonard was averaging 195.5 yards rushing through Sunday.

Marina Ramos | Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Volleyball

Ramos, a sophomore outside hitter at Division III Clark University (Worcester, Mass.), had double figures in kills and digs in 3--0 wins over Smith and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, helping to extend the Cougars' start to 10--0. The reigning NEWMAC rookie of the year, Ramos was second in the league in kills per set (4.18) at week's end.

David Cooper | Alexandria, Va. | Football

David, a senior kicker at Bishop Ireton High, hit a school-record 53-yard field goal in a 62--29 win over St. Albans to top his previous record; a week earlier he buried a 51-yarder with 54 seconds left to lift the Cardinals to a 23--21 win over Bishop O'Connell. Through Sunday he had made 7 of 8 field goals and all 13 extra points.

Lexi York | Milwaukie, Ore. | Racquetball

York, a freshman at Oregon State, won the Junior Olympic national 18-and-under girls' title in Stockton, Calif., beating Brittany Click of Huffman, Texas, 15--10, 15--7. Last February, as a senior at La Salle Catholic College Prep, York won the national high school girls' singles title in St. Louis, defeating Erika Manilla of Centennial, Colo., 15--9, 15--10.

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