BRISTOL, CONN. > SOFTBALL
Plourde, a senior righthander at UMass, fanned the 1,344th batter of her career to break the Atlantic 10 record (set by Olympian Danielle Henderson) in a 1--0 win over Quinnipiac at the Minutewomen's home opener. Plourde, who led Division I in strikeouts for the past two seasons, has a 2.29 ERA and leads D-I again this year with 304 K's through Sunday (1,425 total, good for 11th place in D-I history).
WYCKOFF, N.J. > FENCING
Charles, a senior at Ramapo High and the nation's 18th-ranked junior sabre fencer, retained his individual state title and was named boys' fencer of the year by The Star-Ledger and The Record newspapers. He led his sabre team to gold at the elite Cetrulo tournament and to silver at the state squad finals, and finished with a 119--6 career record. His coach, Olympian Paul Apostol, was a 1966 Face in the Crowd.
ANCHORAGE > NORDIC SKIING
Glen, a senior at Vermont, won the 15K classic at the NCAA Division I championships in Bozeman, Mont., in 53:25.1 to beat out Dartmouth's Sophie Caldwell in a photo finish by just 1/10 of a second. A two-inch difference gave Glen her first collegiate win and helped the Catamounts to their first NCAA title since 1994 (the sixth in program history) with 832 total points, for a record 161-point margin of victory.
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