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FACES IN THE CROWD
March 18, 1996
Matt McClainLAKE PLACID, N.Y.
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March 18, 1996

Faces In The Crowd

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Matt McClain
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.

Christian Niccum
WOODINVILLE, WASH.

Matt, 17, and Christian, 18, won the doubles title at the Junior World Luge Championships for the second consecutive year, with a two-run time of 1:31.158. They also helped the U.S. edge Germany for the gold medal in team competition with a best run of 45.374. This winter Matt and Christian won four races and the series title in Nations Cup competition for the best sliders ages 15-20 in the world; last winter they competed on the World Cup circuit, coming in eighth, eighth and fourth in their three races against the world's toughest lugers. At the 1995 World Luge Championships they finished 12th.

Sean Robbins
AKRON
Robbins, a senior at Ashland (Ohio) University, had the fifth-best collegiate long jump ever, 27'5�", at the Bowling Green Invitational. His leap was the third-longest at an NCAA-sanctioned indoor meet. Last year Robbins surpassed Jesse Owens's alltime Ohio intercollegiate record with a jump of 26'8�".

Katarzyna Dydek
WOLOMIN, POLAND
Dydek, a 6'7" senior forward for Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., broke the NAIA Division II record for career blocked shots when she got number 451 in a 92-59 win over Mid America Nazarene. The old mark of 450 was set by Deb Freking of Teikyo Westmar ( Iowa) University from 1991 to '95.

Fred Griffin
LITTLETON, N.H.
Griffin, 45, the boys' and girls' ski coach at Littleton High, guided both teams to state titles at the New Hampshire Division III Nordic skiing meet, which was held in Grafton, Vt. Griffin's squads have won 12 state crowns since he started the Crusaders' ski program 10 years ago.

Jon Skaalen
CORONADO, CALIF.
Jon, a senior forward for the Coronado High water polo team, scored 122 goals this season to lead the Islanders to their third straight CIF- San Diego Section Division II title. His 232 career assists ranks second alltime in the section, behind the 270 that Tom Martinez of Hilltop High amassed from 1978 to '80.

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