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By DAVE THEALL, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 17, 2001


8 Wyoming runners killed in head-on crash

Eight University of Wyoming track and cross-country runners were killed early Sunday in a head-on accident with a pickup truck driven by a fellow student, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Stephen Townsend said a sports utility vehicle carrying the athletes struck a 1-ton pickup truck that apparently swerved into the northbound lane.

The crash occurred at 1:30 a.m., about 17 miles south of Laramie. All seven passengers of the SUV were ejected and along with the driver died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup truck, Clinton Haskins, 21, of Maybel, Colo., was in serious condition at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Townsend said.

Those killed were: Nicholas J. Schabron, 20, Laramie, (driver); Justin Lambert-Belanger, 20, Timmins, Ontario; Kyle N. Johnson, 20, Riverton; Kevin L. Salverson, 19, Cheyenne; Shane E. Shatto, 19, Douglas; Joshua D. Jones, 22, Laramie; Morgan McLeland, 21, Gillette; and Cody B. Brown, 21, Hudson, Colo.

FOOTBALL: A Delaware Buckeye Valley High player died Saturday of head injuries sustained in a game eight days earlier in Columbus, Ohio. Brandon Wade, 18, was injured Sept. 7 after the 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior outside linebacker hit the crown of his head on the knee of a Sparta Highland ball carrier. ... Shorecrest High will play Indian Rocks Christian at 3:30 today in Largo in a game that was postponed Friday night.

TENNIS: Marat Safin won the first all-Russian final in an ATP event, beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-2 at the $550,000 President's Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After the match, a moment of silence was held to honor victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States. ... Jan Vacek rallied to win the Brazil Open in Salvador, defeating Fernando Meligeni 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. ... Younes El Aynaoui defeated Albert Montanes 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) in the final of the Gelsor Open clay-court tournament in Bucharest, Romania.

COLLEGE SOCCER: The West Florida women rolled to a 5-0 victory against host Saint Leo (1-3). The West Florida men also scored a shutout, 2-0 against Saint Leo (2-3). ... The Tampa men improved to 6-0-1 with a 4-1 victory over visiting Montevallo (Ala.). ... Defending champion AS Roma lost 2-0 to host Piacenza for its second defeat of the week in the Italian League, where players and fans honored the victims of terrorist attacks in the United States. All league games began 15 minutes late in memory of the victims, and before each kickoff, players held hands around midfield during a minute of silence that was followed in each stadium by a long round of applause. ... Danny Mills scored against his old club to lift Leeds to a 2-0 win over Charlton and to the top of the English Premier League.

FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S. national women's team will skip World Cup qualifying starting today in France because of fears stemming from terrorist attacks, but will get a chance to advance. Rules require the elimination of a team that misses one match, but the sport's governing body said because of the "extraordinary circumstances," the U.S. squad will be allowed to qualify by winning a best-of-three series against the tournament's seventh-place team.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The top-seeded Brazilian team of Tande Ramos and Emanuel Rego beat Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina in Mallorca, Spain, for its fourth FIVB World Tour title this season.

GOLF: The U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier, scheduled to be played today at River Wilderness in Manatee County, has been relocated to St. Petersburg Country Club, starting at 10 a.m today.

RUNNING: Paul Tergat of Kenya captured the Great North Run in Newcastle, England, pulling away halfway through the 13.1-mile road race. World-record holder Susan Chepkemei edged Kenyan countrywoman Joyce Chepchumba to win the women's division. ... Kenya's Catherine Ndereba won the Philadelphia Distance Run for the fifth time, with thousands of runners wearing or carrying U.S. flags. Ronald Mogaka, a Kenyan living in Royersford, Pa., won the men's division of the 13.1-mile event.

BASKETBALL: Host France overcame injuries to two key players to defeat Ukraine 84-71 in pool play at the European women's championship in Orleans.

HORSES: Point Given, winner of the Preakness and Belmont, arrived at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., where he will stand stud. He was retired Aug. 30 after injuring his leg. He will begin his breeding season in 2002, according to the farm. ... Bergerac won the American Gold Cup for show jumpers in a World Cup qualifying event in Devon, Pa.

ET CETERA: Igor Gonzalez Galdeano won the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain cycling race in Zaragoza. ... An athlete at the Southeast Asian Games failed a drug test, the first positive test for a banned substance at the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizers would not identify the athlete or say whether a medal was at stake.

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