Hawai'i's Sheppard seventh in high jump
University of Hawai'i freshman Emily Sheppard finished in a four-way tie for seventh in the high jump yesterday at the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships in Provo, Utah.
Sheppard cleared 5 feet 7 1/4 inches on her third and final attempt. Nine athletes failed to clear the next height of 5-9 1/4, except UCLA's Rhonda Watkins.
Ties were broken based on the amount of attempts it took each athlete to clear 5-7 1/4, then a jump-off was held among the three athletes who cleared the mark on their second attempt to determine the five NCAA Championship qualifiers.
UH sophomore Meghan Weaver placed 11th in the shot put with a throw of 46-10 1/4. Arizona State's Sarah Stevens won with 57-3 1/2.
Also, Washington senior Lauran Dignam, an Iolani School graduate, failed to qualify for the 400-meter finals after clocking 55.69 in the preliminaries. Washington State's Brandi Probasco-Canda edged Dignam for the eighth spot after running 55.30.
Weaver, the first UH athlete to qualify for the regionals in three field events, will compete in the hammer and discus today. UH junior Patricia Gauthier will compete in the pole vault.
NO. 6 UH PLACES 12TH
The sixth-ranked University of Hawai'i women's team finished 12th yesterday at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's Dinghy Championship in Charleston, S.C.
The Rainbow Wahine finished the three-day, 36-race, 18-team event with 353 points.
Host College of Charleston won the title on its home course of the Cooper River with a low-best 207 points. Georgetown placed second with 249, followed by St. Mary's College (Md.) with 258 and Stanford with 259.
UH's Tinja Anderson-Mitterling and Cassie Harris totaled 186 points, good for 13th in the A division. Teammates Shandy Buckley and Crystal Bronte placed 11th in the B division with 167 points.
MISO FINALS SET
The Men's Island Soccer Organization Division I and II Championships will be held tomorrow at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium, in conjunction with the Hawai'i Youth Soccer Association State Championships.
Focus and Kamikaze play for the Division II title at 2:30 p.m., followed by Vaiete Premier and Dawgs in the Division I final at 4:30 p.m.
Kamikaze defeated Vaiete Open, 1-0, on a goal by Whitney Shimatsu in the semifinals. Focus defeated previously unbeaten Bulls Juniors, 2-0, behind goals by Brenden Lum and Roland Takishita.
Vaiete Premier defeated Lanikai Tuesday, 1-0, after a 6-5 advantage in the penalty-kicks portion of the game. The Dawgs also beat HPU White in the penalty-kicks phase.
UH OPENS AUG. 25
The University of Hawai'i women's soccer team will play in five tournaments before beginning defense of its Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in October.
The Rainbow Wahine return four all-WAC players in midfielder Jessica Domingo, defenders Koren Takeyama and Krisha Kai, and goalkeeper Kori Lu.
All home matches will be played at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium, including the season-opening Ohana Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament on Aug. 25 to 27.
See season schedule in For the Record.