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December 14, 1992
Sharon BehrendtKIHEI, HAWAII
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December 14, 1992

Faces In The Crowd

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Sharon Behrendt

Bob Behrendt
Sharon, 48, a secretary, and Bob, 49, a contractor, who were retired from dance roller skating for 21 years, have now won the national masters title for an unprecedented three consecutive years since becoming masters (45 and over) in 1990. They are the only masters team to receive first-place votes from all five judges—which they have done in winning each of their crowns. They met in 1955 at a California roller rink and within a year became a couple, on and off the rink. They won their first title, in the junior dance division (ages 11-14), at the 1957 California-Southwest-Pacific regionals but retired in 1960 after a poor showing at the regionals. Twenty-one years, one wedding and two kids later, they laced up their skates again.

Carole Zajac
Zajac, a Villanova junior, covered the 3.1-mile course at the NCAA women's cross-country meet in 17:01.9 to win the individual title and lead the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive crown. At the 1991 NCAAs she finished second behind fellow Wildcat Sonia O'Sullivan. Zajac holds the NCAA women's 10,000-metcr record of 32:22.96.

Mal Clarke
Clarke, 90, a retired teacher, became the oldest tennis player to win three U.S. titles in one year when he and Ted Wolf, 85, of Virginia Beach, Va., won the men's 85's doubles crowns at the clay court, hard court and grass nationals. They beat Ken Beer, 89, of Hillsborough, Calif., and Herbert Hauser, 87, of Sarasota, Fla., in all three finals.

Bev Oden
Oden, a senior hitter on the Stanford women's volleyball team, led the Cardinal to a 26-2 regular-season record and the No. 2 seeding in the NCAA tournament. As of last Friday, Oden, who is a three-time first-team All-America, had 378 kills and a .366 hitting percentage this year, and had averaged 1.2 blocks and 2.3 digs per game.

Nicholas Byrd
Nicholas, 10, a brown belt, earned three medals in the boys' age-10 division at the Karate Junior Olympics. He won the gold in fighting with a 5-0 match record. He also earned the silver in forms and the bronze in weapons. In four years of competition he has amassed nine Junior Olympic medals and is a three-time USA Karate Ail-American Athlete.