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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
June 17, 2013 issue
Chloe Akin-Otiko
Bellevue, Neb. > Track and Field

Chloe, a freshman at Bellevue West High, won all-class gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters at the state meet and earned the Class A long jump title with a leap of 18 feet, nine inches. She won the 100 by .20 of a second in 12.00, the eighth-best finish in Nebraska history, and tied a 20-year-old Class A and state-meet record in the 200 (24.52). Chloe, who is also a point guard on the Thunderbirds' basketball team, helped Bellevue West to the Class A title game and was an All-Metro honorable mention.

Gage Brymer
Irvine, Calif. > Tennis

Gage, a senior at University High, beat Alta Loma High's Victor Brown 6-4, 6-0 to seal his second straight undefeated season and become the first player in 59 years to win three consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles. In April he was the first player to win a third Ojai Tennis Tournament championship since Bobby Riggs 77 years ago. A month later Gage helped the Trojans win their fourth straight CIF-SS title and the inaugural SoCal Regional crown. The USTA's top-ranked junior, he will play at UCLA.

Claire-Louise Bode
Johannesburg, South Africa > Rowing

Bode, a junior at Ohio State, rowed stroke seat for the first varsity eight, leading the crew to third place in 6:23.19 at the Division I championships in Indianapolis to clinch the national team title, the program's first. With wins contributed by the second varsity eight and first varsity four, the Buckeyes had 126 points to defeat Cal by two. Last month Bode led her boat to victory at the Big Ten championships, where Ohio State also took team gold. She was named the Big Ten rower of the year.

Nathan Martin
Three Rivers, Mich. > Track and Field

Martin, a senior at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University, won the marathon at the NAIA national championships with a time of 2:19:18.70 to break the 28-year-old NAIA record by 1:49.52. It was his first marathon. He also won the 10,000 meters in 29:57.79 to become the second runner to win both events at nationals in the same year. In April, Martin broke a 37-year-old school mark in the 5,000 meters with a 13:52.70 finish at the Mt. SAC Relays, which ranked 23rd in the open field of 29 elite runners.

Brooke Henderson
Smiths Falls, Ont. > Golf

Brooke, a 10th-grader at Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute and Canada's top-ranked amateur, qualified for the U.S. Women's Open with a two-round eight-under 136, tying for first with NCAA champion Annie Park (USC) at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J. Last year, at 14, Brooke was the youngest ever to play in the Canadian Open. In January she won the Women's South American Amateur title in Bogota, Colombia, and helped Canada to gold at the Copa de las Americas in Miami.

Jason Hoppe
Sauk Rapids, Minn. > Baseball

Hoppe, a junior righthander at Division II Minnesota State-Mankato, set an all-division NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings with 55 and 1/3. His streak spanned 53 days and included four complete-game shutouts; it ended in a 6-5 win over St. Edward's that sent the Mavericks to their first D-II title game (an 8-2 loss to Tampa). An American Baseball Coaches Association All-America selection, Hoppe finished the season with an 8-1 record, 1.26 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 92 and 2/3 innings.

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