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HAMDEN, CONN. > TRIATHLON
Burns, a retired nurse and grandmother of three who will turn 70 in November, swept the women's 70--74 age group at nationals in Burlington, Vt., with wins in the Olympic and sprint championships. She finished the Olympic circuit (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride, 10-kilometer run) in 2:59:46 and the next day won the sprint (750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run) in 1:30:17. Burns, the only competitor to claim multiple titles, earned a spot at the 2013 worlds.
CARY, N.C. > SOCCER
Murphy, a senior striker at North Carolina, scored twice in less than two minutes to lead the top-ranked Tar Heels, unbeaten in 30 home games, to a 2--0 defeat of Virginia Tech in the schools' ACC opener. It was the third straight match in which he netted the decisive goal: He also scored in a 1--0 win over West Virginia and in a 2--1 victory over Boston. Murphy, who had only one goal playing in the midfield for UNC's national championship squad last season, led the team in scoring through Sunday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. > RIFLERY
Mecca, a recent Orchard Park High graduate, won three events and defended her title in aggregate score at the state rifle championships at West Point. She won the off-hand event, scoring 96 points out of a possible 100 with four center shots, and the prone event (98 and seven). She also took second in kneeling (94 and three) for a total of 288 with 14 center shots. Mecca, who now attends Buffalo, set the aggregate state record in 2011 for both girls and boys (292).