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Tahoe has its own Ben Johnson on the run

Steve Yingling

Ben Johnson finished ninth to lead the Lake Tahoe Track Club Junior Olympic Team in a cross-country meet Sunday at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Johnson covered the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 44 seconds to outrun 15 other competitors in the youth (13-14) boys division. Chris Concha of Silver State Striders won the race in 14:39.

The performance qualified Johnson for this week’s Region 14 Championships in Pleasanton, Calif. Runners who place in the top 20 will advance to the USA National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Dec. 13 at Blue Lake Park in Portland, Ore.

Amber Ramos also qualified for regionals by coming in 19th place in the midget (11-12) girls race. Ramos completed the 3K course in 12:52. Jennifer Randazzo of the Pleasanton Heat was first in 11:26 in the 33-runner field.

Other Lake Tahoe runners included Daniel Wines, a personal-best 13:03, good for 37th place in the midget (11-12) boys; and Dorothy Seidel, 29th, with a time of 20:46 in the youth (13-14) girls race.

South Lake Tahoe Babe Ruth board members will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Lake Tahoe Community College conference room.

The meeting’s purpose is to review new rules for the 1998 season. The public is invited.

For more information, phone league president Bill Peterson at 573-0460.

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department will have registration for its 1998 Flag Football League Dec. 1-12.

Cost for the league is $250 per team plus an additional fee of $100 bond, which is refundable at the end of the season. Teams are also required to pay $24 per game for officials.

The league begins on Jan. 4, 1998 and will end with a Super Bowl in late April.

All games are played on Sundays at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

The first-place team from league play will advance to the Super Bowl while the remaining teams will complete in a single-elimination tournament for the other spot in the Super Bowl. Awards will be given to first- and second-place winners of the Super Bowl. Players who do not have a team may call the recreation division to have their names placed on a player’s interest list.

For details, contact Sheryl Christian at the Recreation Division at (702) 782-9828.

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