SPORTS DIGEST || Thomas Joyce, 61, runs personal best time
Thomas Joyce, 61, runs personal best time
Thomas Joyce, 61, a 1969 graduate of Ursuline High School, completed the Tortoise and Hare 6.7-mile trail run in a personal best time of 1:08:32.
That time was 25 seconds under his previous year’s time.
Joyce finished second in his age category and 51st out of 149 runners overall.
Oldtimers to meet
The Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers will meet at the Kramer Field Clubhouse on Bears Den Road on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Smith takes qualifying lead at NHRA event
Rickie Smith kept up his red-hot pace in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Series, racing to the qualifying lead on Friday at the seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
The race is the sixth of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.
Driving his IDG Chevy Camaro, Smith, who won at Bristol Dragway in the most recent Pro Mod event, put together an impressive 5.910 at 243.94 mph in his nitrous-injected Camaro.
NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing
John Force has advanced to the final round in the last three races, and his hot streak continued on Friday as he raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car at the seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series event, the 13th of 24 in the 2013 season. Force powered his 8,000-horsepower Castrol GTX Mustang to a leading performance of 4.021 seconds at 317.72 mph, setting a new track E.T. record in the process.
Univ. of Washington into Ladies’ Plate semis
The University of Washington beat a Spanish crew from Real Sevilla and Real Mediterranoe de Malaga by 3 lengths Friday in the quarterfinals of the Ladies’ Plate for international eights at Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames.
Washington will meet a British national squad development crew today.
In the quarterfinals of the Thames Cup for club eights, Green Lake Crew, from Seattle, went down by 1 1/2 lengths to England’s Griffen Boat Club.
In the Temple Cup for student eights, Harvard University emerged victorious in the all-American quarterfinal against the University of Virginia by 12/3 lengths.
Sagan takes Tour stage; Impey keeps lead
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the hilly seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish Friday while South Africa’s Daryl Impey kept the yellow jersey for another day before the race heads into the daunting Pyrenees.
Sagan held off John Degenkolb of Germany to capture his first stage victory in this year’s Tour, taking a big lead in his bid to defend the green jersey as top sprinter.
Sagan leads Germany’s Andre Greipel in the sprinters’ race and is way ahead of archrival Mark Cavendish — the 2011 green jersey winner.
Random draw for WCup soccer tickets
Tickets for the U.S. men’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico will be distributed through a random draw because of high interest in the Sept. 10 match in Columbus, Ohio.
US-Mexico is always a big draw, with more than 93,000 turning out for a match at the Rose Bowl during the Gold Cup in 2011.
Because Columbus Crew Stadium only seats 22,000, U.S. Soccer was concerned fans would get shut out of tickets if the normal distribution system was used.
Vindicator staff/wire reports