Originally created 01/26/03

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Running

High school junior sets national mark

Natasha Hasting set the national high school 500-meter record with a time of 1:11.24 at the 8th Annual New Balance Games on Saturday.

That broke the old mark of 1:12.05 set by Tasha Downing in 1987.

Hasting, a junior at New York's A. Philip Randolph High School, placed fourth in the race behind Olympic gold medalist Jearl Miles-Clark, Aliann Pompey and Tiffany Barnes.

"I am exhausted," Hasting said. "I just finished taking my SATs this morning and rushed to The Armory to compete. This was my first 500-meter race and to finish with a national record is very satisfying to me."

Football

Bearcats' kicker delivers in clutch

Cincinnati's Jonathan Ruffin kicked a Gridiron Classic-record 49-yard field goal with 13 seconds left Saturday to give Team USA a 20-17 win over Team Florida.

Ruffin, who was chosen the game's most valuable player, beat the old mark of 39 yards was set by West Virginia's Jay Taylor in 2000. Ruffin also had a 34-yard field goal late in the third quarter that put Team USA ahead 17-3.

The winning kick was set up by Curt Anes' 28-yard pass to Buffalo tight end Chad Bartoszek down to the Team Florida 40. Anes, from Grand Valley State, then scrambled for 7 yards before a clock-stopping spike and an incompletion in the end zone.

Anes was 9-for-14 for 116 yards. Bartoszek had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Ruffin, an All-American who kicks wearing a converted jazz dance slipper, made the field goal with just a few feet to spare, as it sailed through near the left upright.

The Gridiron Classic matches college seniors with Florida roots against players from the rest of the nation.

  • The Miami of Ohio coach charged with knocking down a Marshall fan after a game last season has resigned, the school said Saturday.
  • Defensive coordinator Jon Wauford pleaded innocent last month in a Huntington, W.Va., court to a misdemeanor battery charge that he knocked down the fan after Marshall's last-second, 36-34 win over Miami on Nov. 12.

    Wauford, 32, said in his resignation letter that the negative publicity the incident brought to Miami's football program was unfortunate, and he decided resigning was best for his family and the school.

    Thundering Herd quarterback Stan Hill scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left, and Marshall fans stormed the field after the game.

    Authorities said as Wauford made his way through the crowd, he knocked Robert A. Flaugher of Pickerington, Ohio, to the ground. Flaugher hit his head on the artificial turf and was taken on a stretcher to a hospital with a concussion. He was treated and released.

    Wauford was led off the field in handcuffs.

    Fishing

    Georgian captures season opening win

    Pat Fisher of Buford, Ga., who finished fourth in the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Championship last September, extended his hot streak into 2003 by winning the Wal-Mart FLW Tour season opener Saturday on Florida's Lake Okeechobee by more than 8 pounds.

    Fisher caught nine bass weighing 32 pounds, 4 ounces over the final two days to claim the top prize of $100,000.

    "I think I graduated (Saturday)," Fisher said. "I started fishing seven years ago, and this is the first place I ever fished a tournament."

    Fisher won the Co-angler Division of an FLW Tour event on Lake Murray in 2000. Fisher caught his bass Saturday flipping a Zoom craw worm on 50-pound braided line in the heavy mats along the north end of the lake.

    "I fished mats that I hadn't fished in practice," Fisher said. "I hit one little stretch and caught five fish in an hour. I had an awesome day."