Xavier SheppardTrack and field
Last week: Sheppard, a senior who is concentrating on field events this spring, uncorked DODDS-Europe’s jump of the century on Saturday when he high-jumped 6 feet, 7 inches.
"He had been in a slump," Ansbach coach Gary Feletar said of Sheppard, whose previous best this season had been 6-2. "He missed at 5-10 three times last week and had a hard time doing 5-6 in practice. We had a talk, and he changed his approach."
And his heights. Feletar said Sheppard, jumping alone after his nearest competitor could do no better than 5-8, cleared 6-4, 6-6 and 6-7 before missing three times at 6-8. For perspective, Sheppard, who holds a European season-best in the long jump (21-2) and won Saturday’s triple jump at 41-2½, cleared a height that would have won every European gold medal in the event since 2000. The DODDS-Europe record is 6-9½, set by Terrance Chukes of Nuremberg in 1992.
Last week: Call, a senior midfielder and co-captain, had her game face firmly in place on Saturday during the Lady Panthers’ regional championship showdown victory at Vilseck.
Call scored her team’s first two goals in a 4-3 victory over the Falcons that not only clinched the Region IV crown for Patch but also avenged an earlier 3-2 loss to the Falcons that did not count in the regional standings.
Call’s goals, which put the eventual champions ahead 2-0, were her sixth and seventh of the season, according to Patch coach Tom Manuel. She also had an assist on another Patch score as the Panthers built a 4-0 lead and held on against the defending European Division II champs to finish the regular season 5-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the region. The Lady Panthers are seeded third in this week’s European D-II championship, behind unbeaten No. 1 Mannheim and No. 2 SHAPE. Vilseck took the fourth seed.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff