Kacie Flinn, FENTON, MO.
Kacie, a senior pitcher at Rockwood Summit High, went 22-2 this year (softball is a fall sport in Missouri high schools) while striking out 334 hitters and walking 12 in 164? innings. Kacie, who has committed to play at Bradley in the fall, had a 0.38 earned run average.
Thomas Dalton, SCHENECTADY, N.Y.
Dalton, 42, an executive at a state education agency, was named USA Track and Field's masters cross-country runner of the year, after winning three national titles (two individual and one team) in a one-week span. He'd never before won a national championship.
Christina Swindle, MIAMI
Christina, a sophomore at Gulliver Preparatory, set national high school records in the 50-and 100-yard freestyles (22.62 and 49.33, respectively) at the state meet. The mark in the 50 had been held by Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres.
Liz Beggs, OLATHE, KANS.
Beggs, a senior forward at Kent State, tied NCAA women's records for consecutive free throws and free throw percentage in a game by shooting 20 of 20 from the line—all in the second half—en route to scoring 24 points during a 92-78 win over St. Bonaventure.
Danielle Rollins, SACRAMENTO
Rollins, a 230-pound senior linebacker at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, was named Gulf South Conference defensive player of the year after leading the league with 13.7 tackles per game. He helped the Boll Weevils to their best record (8-3) since joining the conference in 1995.
Dan Gilmore, MULLICA HILL, N. J.
Gilmore, 48, the men's coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, finished his 25th season with 403 wins, placing him fourth on the alltime win list for Division III coaches in his sport. He led the Profs to the national championship final before falling to Messiah College of Grantham, Pa.