Shine runs 3rd at indoor championships
A shot at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, next October could be in the cards for former Juneau-Douglas High School runner Jim Shine.
Shine, a key member of the national-champion Western States cross-country team, clocked 13:59.95 in the 5,000-meter run for third place at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston March 11.
The qualifying mark to be invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials in July is 13:47.
Juneau cross-country and track coach Guy Thibodeau said it's possible Shine could make up that time because indoor tracks are slower.
``There's more track to work with,'' Thibodeau said. ``There are tighter turns on an indoor track. Outdoors, he could conceivably take off five to 10 seconds.''
Shine's teammate Michael Aish won in 13:48.28 to help Western State place fourth out of 29 teams.
Former Haines runner Carl Blackhurst of Adams State college ran the event but did not finish.
Shine earned All-America status with the finish.
Call ties for first at snowboarding competition
A Juneau snowboarder tied for first place at the Red Bull Extreme Snowboarding Championships in Verbier, Switzerland Saturday.
Ashley Call, 20, was among 16 boarders invited to one of Europe's most prestigious snowboarding events. Call established his credentials as a world-class snowboarding after placing third at the World Extreme Snowboarding Championships in Valdez last year.
Call was the youngest member competing in Switzerland. He was the only boarder with no experience on the 3,000-foot vertical face, and placed 12th on his first run Friday.
Call tied with France's Axel Douporte on his second run after waiting nearly an hour for an injured boarder to be medivaced off the mountain. The event counted only the best of the two runs.
Call won part of a $40,000 purse for his performance. He plans to compete at a snowboarding event in Cordoba this spring.