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GREAT GAME. One for the history books of great NCAA Championship games.
Louisville, the sentimental favorite, did not disappoint.…
nior Olympic Track & Field Championship Meet - Gold Medals
---Broke National Senior Olympic Track & Field Meet Record for Discus Throw - 2003
5X Huntsman World Games Track & Field Meet Gold Medal Champion - Discus Throw
Multiple Gold Medal Wins in State Masters & Senior Olympic Track Meets in: California, Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Maine, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
21X Qualified for "All American" Status - Masters and Senior Olympic Track & Field Conmpetitions
New Mexico State High School Track & Field Championship Meet - Gold Medal Champion - Discus Throw
--Broke State Class "A" Discus Throw Record which stood for 17 years
--Established Discus Throw Record that stood for 22 years.
...no brag...just fact.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Geno Auriemma has been chasing Pat Summitt since he started coaching. Now with his eighth national championship, he has finally caught her.
It might not be long before Auriemma stands alone with freshman Breanna Stewart leading the way.
Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half and Connecticut won its eighth NCAA title with a 93-60 rout of Louisville on Tuesday night. It was the most lopsided victory in a title game, and it put the Huskies back atop college basketball after missing the game the past two years.
The title tied Auriemma and the Huskies (35-4) with Summitt for the most in women's basketball history.
"The only person I compare myself to is Pat Summitt and to be there in that spot with her means a lot to me," Auriemma said. "The fact that I tied Pat Summitt's record puts you in the category of the greatest women's basketball coach that ever lived."
Stewart, his prized freshman, was unstoppable, hitting shots from everywhere on the court to earn Most Outstanding Player honors for the Final Four. She's only the fourth freshman ever to have that honor and first since 1987. Even her father in the stands repeatedly said "wow" as his daughter took the game over and Cardinals men's coach Rick Pitino, in town to cheer on the Louisville women, called her one of the best freshman in basketball.
"This is unbelievable," Stewart said. "This is what we've thought about since the beginning of the season. And now to be here and actually win it, it's a great feeling and I don't think it's going to set in for a while. I just played really confident and stopped thinking. When I second-guess myself, nothing good comes out of that."
After Auriemma cut down the final strand of the net, his team carried him around the court in celebration.
Summitt, who stepped down a year ago and suffers from early-onset dementia, released a statement through her son, Tyler.
"Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies on a remarkable season and an eighth national title," she said. "Geno is a proven champion and a leader in our game. My best to him, his family, his team and staff."
The loss ended an unprecedented tournament run by Louisville. The Cardinals became the first No. 5 seed to make the championship game, pulling off the greatest upset in tournament history when they beat Brittney Griner and Baylor in the regional semifinals. Jeff Walz's team then beat Tennessee in the regional final before topping Cal in the Final Four.
"The run we went on was remarkable and something I'll always remember" Walz said. "We're walking out with our head high and proud of what we've done."
The Cardinals just didn't have enough to beat their Big East foe. Louisville was trying to become just the second school to win both the men's and women's championship in the same season and the first since UConn in 2004. Pitino, fresh off his team's 82-76 win in the title game over Michigan on Monday night, was sitting behind the Cardinals bench, trying to spur on the women's team. He talked to the players at their pregame meal and told them to just enjoy the moment and have fun in the game.
It wasn't to be. Instead, the trip to the Big Easy marked the beginning of the Stewart era.
Sharpshooting from deep or pounding the boards, she had one of the most remarkable runs of any first year player in the history of the NCAA tournament. Stewart finished with 105 points in only five games - she missed the first round rout of Idaho to rest a sore calf - the most by any first-year player since 2000, according to STATS. UConn's Maya Moore held the previous mark with 93 points.…
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In defense of elitism, which may sound trite, I say there is value in “humility” as there is in “Pride of Achievement”. I’ve hidden my accomplishment for too many years and I won’t be around for too many more. So in all humility—I’m quite proud of my past achievements and this is happens to be one of many--A Gold Medal earned in 1996—in the Discus Throw--at the National Masters Track & Field Championship Meet held in Spokane, Washington.
This was my first National Gold Medal in Discus Throw competition. Since then I’ve won a total of five National Gold Medals (three of which are National Senior Olympic Gold Medals) and four Huntsman World Senior Games Gold Medals. By the way, my discus throwing accomplishments started back in high school where at the New Mexico H.S. State Track and Field Championship Meet--I broke the a NM State H.S. discus throw record that stood for 17 years. My record stood for 22 years. …