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Shelby WhatleyCross country

Lakenheath

Last week:

Whatley, a senior who won the European 3,000-meter championship last May and missed out on gold in the 1,500 meters by just one second, broke her course record Saturday in her opening cross country meet of the season.

Whatley "ran most of the summer so that she would be ready for the season," Lakenheath coach John Gilmore said in an e-mail about his star’s 20:38 time on the Lancers’ 5,000-meter layout. "The weather conditions were perfect the day of the race," Gilmore wrote, "and Shelby took advantage of the whole situation."

Whatley, the defending European Division I cross country champion, shattered her old course record, 21:41. It’s a pace of improvement that has Gilmore, perhaps against his better judgment, looking ahead to this year’s championships. They’re scheduled for the Heidelberg suburb of Schwetzingen on Oct. 25, where the next chapter of Whatley’s duel with Aviano senior Shelby Yoakum, the European 1,500-meter champion, figures to ensue.

"It’s still early in the season," Gilmore concluded about Whatley, "but I think as long as she stays injury-free, she will be very tough at Europeans."

Scottie SetzerFootball

Menwith Hill

Last week:

Setzer, a 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore quarterback, made effective use of the space afforded him by nine-man football Saturday in Brussels, rushing nine times for 292 yards and four touchdowns, throwing a TD pass and catching another, completing four two-point conversion passes and running for two more two-pointers in Menwith Hill’s 70-35 season-opening victory over the Brigands.

Setzer scored on runs of 12, 77, 43 and 63 yards, completed four of five passes for 82 yards, including a TD pass of 25 yards to Anthony Woodcock, and caught a 27-yard TD pass from Woodcock for a total offensive output of 401 yards.

"Scottie’s our fastest player, a team captain and leader of our offense," Menwith Hill coach Pete Resnick wrote in an e-mail. "He brings poise, calmness and confidence to every huddle."

Setzer, who last year became the only freshman Resnick has used at quarterback in his 20 years of coaching, wasn’t bad on defense, either. Resnick credited him with nine tackles, six of them solos, an interception he returned 15 yards and a fumble recovery and 20-yard return of a ball he stripped from a Brussels ballcarrier.

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