Jag runners are fifth in region
In Charlotte, N.C., Augusta State’s Jaiden Brandt finished fourth in the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Southeast Region Championship at McAlpine Creek Park on Saturday.
Brandt had a time of 31:57.7 on the 10K course. He and Dustin Ross (32:39.0), who finished 17th, helped the Jaguars come in fifth.
• USC Aiken’s Keely Gillespie finished 13th in the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Southeast Region Championship at the same site. The Lady Pacers finished 23rd.
Gillespie’s time of 23:24.2 in the 6K race broke the school record that she set Oct. 20 in the Peach Belt Conference championship. She had a 23:40.26 in that meet.
Augusta State qualified two runners for the meet, and both finished among the top quarter of the field. Jessica Carpenter finished 35th (23:54) and Alicia Connolly (24:12.2) was 43rd.
• A day after winning a five-set match, Augusta was on the losing end of a five-setter to Armstrong Atlantic State.
The Lady Pirates won 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-13.
Kristen Koch had 28 kills and Krystin Wahlig had 54 assists for Augusta State (17-13, 5-7 Peach Belt Conference).
• In Florence, S.C., 10th-ranked Francis Marion stopped No. 8 USC Aiken in a Peach Belt Conference volleyball match.
The Lady Patriots won 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18.
Shannon Byers and Ashley Diedrich had 11 kills each for USC Aiken.
Sheila Walsh and Alex Petock had 20 assists each for the Lady Pacers (17-10, 6-5 PBC).
• USC Aiken’s golf team moved up two spots to fifth in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll.
Vonn won’t race in men’s event
Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete in a men’s World Cup downhill race has been rejected by the International Ski Federation.
The FIS council met Saturday in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and “confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other,” adding in a statement that “exceptions will not be made to the FIS Rules.”
Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, wanted to enter the men’s downhill on Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alberta, six days before the women race on the same course.
“It’s very clear,” FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis said. “It’s called the men’s World Cup and the ladies’ World Cup.”
Improbable run goes on in Paris
In Paris, Jerzy Janowicz became the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final, extending his sensational run to meet David Ferrer.
Janowicz beat 20th-ranked Gilles Simon, of France, 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals.
Janowicz will bid for his first career title against Ferrer, who is tied with Roger Federer for the most tour titles this year.
Ferrer, the only seed in the semifinals at No. 4, outlasted Michael Llodra to beat the Frenchman 7-5, 6-3.
The 69th-ranked Janowicz, who was playing in Futures tournaments at the start of the year, has beaten five top-20 players on his improbable run.
• In Sofia, Bulgaria, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki reached the Tournament of Champions final after beating Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-1.
In the final today, Wozniacki will play either Nadia Petrova or Roberta Vinci.