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Grace Norman, a Xenia Christian High School senior (center), poses on the awards podium with race runner-up Chantal Givens (left) of Canada and fellow Team USA competitor Ruth-ann Reeves, after Norman won the Women’s PT-4 division of the CAMTRI Para-triathlon American Championships, Sunday in Sarasota, Florida.


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PARALYMPICS

Norman wins in Florida, headed to Rio

SARASOTA, Florida — Xenia Christian senior Grace Norman clinched a spot on the United States Paralympic team with her first-place finish at Sunday’s CAMTRI Para-triathlon American Championships. She finished the 750-meter swim, 18-mile bike race and 5-mile run with a time 0f 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 39 seconds, nearly three minutes faster than the second-place finisher in her PT-4 division.

Athletes from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuala, and the U.S. competed in the races. Team USA was well represented with over 30 athletes racing in five different disability classes for men and women. Grace Norman established herself as the lead female athlete from the start of the swim and led each leg.

With the win, Norman secured her position for the Rio Paralympic Games of 2016. Rio selections for the paratriathlon are based on an international ranking system. Points are earned through competing in International Triathlon Union (ITU) – sanctioned triathlons during the designated Paralympic period. The greatest number of points are earned at the World Championships in which Norman took a silver medal. Then, the next highest points are earned at the various continental championships.

Taking Gold in Sarasota will keep Norman ranked second in the world among PT4 paratriathlon athletes and will ensure that she will be one of the seven athletes to receive an automatic bid for the Rio 2016 Paralympic triathlon. Team USA did very well at the Continental Championships, taking eight out of the possible 10 gold medals.

COLLEGE

Baseball

Scholtens throws perfect game

DAYTON — Jesse Scholtens pitched the first perfect game in Wright State baseball history, and the offense pushed across a run in the sixth, as the Raiders defeated Dayton 1-0 Friday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium.

It was quite a pitcher’s duel between Scholtens and Flyer starter Mason Kutruff for the first five innings as Scholten retired all 15 batters he faced, striking out nine, while Kutruff shutout the Raiders on two hits.

WSU, though, broke through with the only run of the game in the sixth. J.D. Orr led off with a walk and went to second on a bunt by Jason DeFevers. Mitch Roman walked and after both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, Ryan Fucci plated Orr with a grounder to short.

Scholtens (2-0) struck out a batter in each of the final three innings to finish with 12 for the game. He caught Dayton’s Pat Meehan looking at a called third strike for the final out to complete the perfect game. It is the first perfect game in Wright State history and the first no-hitter for the program since Darrell Back accomplished the feat at Valparaiso on May 16, 1993.

BANQUETS

Charger 300 Club event supports Edison State Athletes

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Foundation and Athletics Department are partnering to host the seventh annual Charger 300 Club event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The event is held to help raise funds for the College’s athletic programs.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $10,000 prize. Other cash drawings will be held throughout the night and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages, entertainment, and a chance to win. A silent auction will also be held featuring items such as NFL tickets, Dayton Dragon tickets, gift cards, and more.

Funds raised by the event assist Edison State in providing the best experience possible for student-athletes and have previously assisted the teams in post-season travel, uniform expenses, and equipment and facility upgrades.

Edison State’s baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Within the last year, Edison State has also made the club sports of cross country and women’s soccer available to students.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 300 Club event, go online to www.edisonohio.edu/charger300 or call Nate Cole at 937-381-1555.

HIGH SCHOOL

Xenia taking Hall of Fame nominations

XENIA — Nominations for Class of 2016 inductees into the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame are now being accepted.

A nomination form can be obtained by going to the Xenia Community Schools official website, then to the Athletics link, and then to the Athletic Hall of Fame link. An individual, a team, a coach, and/or a community contributor can be nominated. These nominations can be for those athletes, teams, coaches, and community contributors who were associated with Xenia Central, Xenia High School, Xenia East, and/or Spring Valley. Nominations will be considered from all eras. The deadline to submit nomination forms is April 6.

For more details, please contact Gregg Cross at 937-372-5417.

SOCCER

Dayton Dutch Lions hosting tryout

DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are excited to announce an open tryout for its men’s soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL). The tryout will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday March 20, at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.

The tryout will be run and overseen by head coach Sid van Druenen and his coaching staff. The day will start with a quick club presentation followed by a 30-45 minute training session and 11 vs. 11 games.

The 2016 USL PDL season sees the Dayton Dutch Lions FC play, among others, against 2015 season champions KW United and 2014 season champions Michigan Bucks.

A $50 registration fee is charged to participate in the tryout. Payment via credit card, cash or money order will be available the morning of the tryout.

More information about the 2016 USL PDL League season can be found on the Dayton Dutch Lions FC website, www.ddlfc.com.

Dayton Dynamo Jersey Reveal, March 24

DAYTON — The Dayton Dynamo men’s soccer team will host a Jersey Reveal party at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Dayton Beer Company, at 41 Madison St. in downtown Dayton.

Fans will get to see the team’s three new 2016 season jerseys and their pre-match top, meet players and staff, enjoy some local brews, buy Dynamo merchandise and order a new jersey for theirselves.

The Dynamo soccer season starts April 10 with a road game at Urbana University. Xenia High grad Tyler Washington and Carroll High grad Alex Vandersluijs have been named to the team’s roster. Vandersluijs played for the Dayton Dutch Lions recently, while Washington returns to the U.S. after playing for the Latorps IF developmental team in Orebro, Sweden.

RUNNING

Spring Has Sprung 5K April 2

XENIA — Registration is now open for Greene County Public Health’s Seventh Annual Spring Has Sprung Healthy Families 5K Run-Walk Saturday, April 2 at the Xenia YMCA located at 135 E. Church St.

This event supports the efforts of the health district to provide and promote healthier lifestyle choices in Greene County, and encourages healthy, active lifestyles in Greene County.

Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Xenia YMCA with the pet- and stroller-friendly run-walk beginning at 9 a.m. The course features a flat terrain in and around the Xenia area beginning and ending at the Xenia YMCA. Afterwards, healthy refreshments will be provided and participants can visit the various sponsors and vendors in the gymnasium.

The cost is $15 per person by March 25, which includes an event T-shirt. After March 25, the cost is $20 per person – T-shirt not guaranteed. Teams of 10 or more are eligible to receive a discount. Interested groups should call Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 for more information. Medals will be awarded to the top three male/female in each age category and a grand prize will be awarded for the top male/female overall.

Register online for the 5K at www.speedy-feet.com. A brochure with a registration form will be posted to www.gcph.info soon. The Greene County Health District is looking for additional sponsors for the event. If you are interested in sponsorship, donation of a door prize, or need further information on this event contact Fox at lfox@gcph.info or call 937-374-5669.

Grace Norman, a Xenia Christian High School senior (center), poses on the awards podium with race runner-up Chantal Givens (left) of Canada and fellow Team USA competitor Ruth-ann Reeves, after Norman won the Women’s PT-4 division of the CAMTRI Para-triathlon American Championships, Sunday in Sarasota, Florida.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_NormanPodiumCoded.jpgGrace Norman, a Xenia Christian High School senior (center), poses on the awards podium with race runner-up Chantal Givens (left) of Canada and fellow Team USA competitor Ruth-ann Reeves, after Norman won the Women’s PT-4 division of the CAMTRI Para-triathlon American Championships, Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. Submitted Photo

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to either: sports@xeniagazette.com, or jbombatch@civitasmedia.com.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to either: sports@xeniagazette.com, or jbombatch@civitasmedia.com.

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