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Carrie Messner of Carbondale is among the favorites to earn a medal in the womens 3,000-meter steeplechase race at U.S. Track & Field National Outdoor track championships. Messner, who recorded a 9 minute, 39.68 time earlier this season, has the fastest qualifying time, according to US Track & Field Associations Web site. The first round is Thursday. Top runners from the first round advance to Saturdays finals.

Bobby Julich was chosen as one of Team CSCs nine-person squad to compete at the 2006 Tour de France. Joining the former Glenwood resident on the team are Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Frank Schleck, Jens Voigt, Giovanni Lombardi, Stuart OGrady, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde.

Former Glenwood Springs High School track/cross country star Chas Salmen ran the fastest overall time of Sundays annual Strawberry Shortcut 10K run. Due to an error which appeared in Mondays edition, Chas accomplishment was incorrectly credited to his brother Marco.The Post Independent regrets the error.



On June 14, Sherry Lyke scored a hole-in-one on Hole No. 7 with an eight-iron at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Course. Linda Malaby and Rhonda and Jessica Williams witnessed the shot.

Rifle Highs summer baseball team is playing old-school ball this weekend. So are seven other prep teams who are coming to Cooper Field at the Deerfield Park Complex for the second Rifle Wood Bat Tournament.First-round games start Thursday, June 22. Rifle opens with the Aurora Merchants at 7 p.m. Admission to all tournament games is free.Pool play continues through Saturday. The teams with the best overall record in pool play square off for the tournament championship Sunday at 3 p.m.


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