Norman sets two world records
TORONTO — Xenia Christian High School runner Grace Norman set two world records last weekend at the Canadian National Championships. Competing as a member of the USA Para-Track team, Norman established new world records for T44 class para-athletes in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs.
Norman’s time of 2:26.19 in the 800 eclipsed the previous world record of 2:38 that had been set in 2007. Earlier this year, Norman had established the American record with a time of 2:26.87, but that mark couldn’t be officially deemed the world record because that particular event had not been officially classified. With her win at the Canadian event, she now holds the U.S. and world records for single below-knee amputee track and field athletes.
A few hours later, Norman went out and established the world mark in the 1,500 meter run. As the only runner in the event, Norman ran at her own pace to finish with a time of 5:05. Her mom, Robin Norman, said Grace appeared shocked to learn that she had eclipsed the previous American record for the 1,500 by nearly two minutes.
“There has never been an established 1,500m World Record in Grace’s category. However, in 2013 an American Record was set for the 1500m with a time of 7:06,” Robin Norman explained in a recent email. “Grace’s time of 5:05.07 broke the American Record by two minutes. And since it was run at an International Paralympic Committee official meet, with all qualifications being satisfied, then the Paralympic Committee will be starting the process to establish this as a World Record.”
Norman begins her high school cross country season on Saturday, when Xenia Christian will compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Early Season Cross Country Invitational at National Trail Raceway, in Hebron. She’ll then get back to paralympic competition Aug. 30 when she’ll join Team USA at the World Paratriathlon Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Buccaneers 10th at GWOC preview
ARCANUM — Senior Noah Pickering shot a 83, fellow senior Trevor Adkins turned in an 84 and Xenia High School teammates Alex Bolka and Evan Adkins both shot 85s as the Buccaneers finished 10th in a 17-team Greater Western Ohio Conference preseason event, Friday at Beechwood Golf Course.
On Wednesday, Adkins led Xenia with an 82 in the Dor-Wood Invitational, which was also held at Beechwood. In that event, Bolka shot an 83, Adkins, Austin Newell and Austin Graham each shot an 89, and Pickering finished with a 91 as Xenia finished fourth in that eight-team event.Cueto named NL Player of the Week
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. Cueto pitched a complete-game five-hit 9-2 win on the road over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. He then tossed an eight hit win at home on Sunday as the Reds defeated the Miami Marlins 7-2.
Cueto tossed a Major League-high 17 innings of work and ranked second in the National League with 15 strikeouts that week. With his 14-6 record, Cueto is currently tied for the Major League lead in wins this season and he ranks second with 179.2 innings pitched. His 2.05 ERA (41 ER/179.2 IP) is the third-lowest mark in the Majors this season.
The award marks Cueto’s first weekly honor and the second awarded to a Cincinnati Reds player this season. Reliever Aroldis Chapman was named player of the week for July 7-13.
Make Plays Today Basketball Camp, Aug. 17
CENTERVILLE — Wade O’Connor will host a Make Plays Today youth basketball camp from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Spring Valley Academy, 1461 E. Spring Valley Road, in Centerville. The camp’s goal is to “impact lives with our Purpose, Passion, Potential and Platform in Life.” A suggested registration donation is $30 per child, maximum $50 per family. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt. The camp will benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital. For more information, or to register, go to makeplaystoday.com/basketball-camps/.