Pacific athletes of the week
Julie MontiCross country
Last week: Came across the finish line in first place for the third time in four Okinawa Activities Council cross-country meets this season, clocking the 3.1-mile Torii Beach course on Torii Station in 21 minutes, 17 seconds, four seconds ahead of Michelle Castillo of Kadena.
Monti, a freshman, has beaten Castillo the last three meets, losing only the season opener Sept. 13 at Futenma Marine Corps Air Station. Monti also holds the quickest time on the island this season, 20:40 on Sept. 27 at Camp Foster’s Kishaba Housing area and is 12 seconds off the best pace in the region, 20:28 by Nadine Mulvany of Nile C. Kinnick in Japan.
Monti, the youngest of three sisters playing sports at Kubasaki, was the “short, chubby one who shot up like a rocket and then took off like a rocket,” coach Paul Campbell said. “She loves running. As a freshman, she’s one of the team captains because of her enthusiasm. She’s also key in bringing new runners to the team.”
Seoul American High School
Last week: Broke the 5-year-old Pacific single-game record for rushing yards in a game, amassing 421 yards and eight touchdowns on 29 carries as the Falcons regained first place in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea football league, outgunning Osan American 58-32 on Oct. 4 at Osan Air Base.
Smalls, a senior, shattered the record set by Corey Dunlap-Buckmon of Simon Sanchez, 384 yards in 2001, and the DODDS-Korea record of 343 yards set by Terry Stephens of Osan American in 2004. Smalls tops the Pacific region with 941 yards and 13 touchdowns on 81 attempts, averaging 11.62 yards per carry.
“I do not consider myself to have exceptional athletic skill. I believe I was able to take advantage of the moment and I am grateful for that, but the true credit for this record should go to my teammates,” Smalls said.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff