COPPELL, TEXAS > SOCCER
Chris, a junior forward at Coppell High, scored the game-winning goal with 52 seconds left in double overtime to lead the Cowboys to the second 5A state title in program history with a 3--2 win over Hanna High (Brownsville). In the 76th minute, with Coppell down 2--1, he also netted a 22-yard free kick that grazed the crossbar to send the game to overtime. Chris, who had 16 goals and led District 5-5A in scoring, was named the state tournament MVP and the Dallas area player of the year.
CHANDLER, ARIZ. > TRACK AND FIELD
Aria, a junior pole vaulter at Valley Christian High who was born blind due to a condition called optic nerve hypoplasia, cleared 6'7" at the Chandler city championships, her second time vaulting in competition, to qualify for the Division IV state meet. Five days later she cleared a personal best 7 feet to finish third at the Southeast Valley championships. Aria, who previously competed as a distance runner for the Trojans, has 20--400 vision and relies on counting the steps in her approach to the pit.
SALINAS, CALIF. > TRACK AND FIELD
Estrada, a senior at Northern Arizona, ran the 5,000 meters in 13:15.33 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., for the second-fastest time in NCAA history and a Big Sky Conference record. In eighth place with three laps to go, he picked off five runners to finish third, a second behind two noncollegiate runners: Ben True, the top American at this year's cross-country worlds, and Olympic steeplechaser Evan Jager. Estrada represented Mexico in the 10,000 meters at the London Olympics.