Sports shorts: Ex-Cat Rivera third in worlds long jump

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Ex-Cat Rivera third in worlds long jumpStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

MOSCOW - Former Arizona Wildcat Luis Rivera earned a bronze medal Friday in the long jump at the world track and field championships.

Rivera, competing for Mexico, jumped 27 feet 1 3/4 inches to finish third behind Aleksandr Menkov of Russia and Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana.

In other results:

• The U.S. team of David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt won in 2 minutes 58.71 seconds as the Americans successfully defended their title in the men's 4x400-meter relay.

• Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won the women's 200 after American Allyson Felix, who was leading, suffered a hamstring injury.

• Tucsonan and UA volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat took sixth in the men's 5,000.

Golf

Quihuis, US capture Junior Solheim Cup

Salpointe Catholic golfer Krystal Quihuis played a key part on the Junior Solheim Cup-winning Team USA in Englewood, Colo., on Thursday. Team USA defeated Team Europe 14.5 points to 9.5.

"I thought I played really well," Quihuis said. "There were some shots I messed up on but we recovered."

She didn't mess up her shot on the final hole, though.

Team USA was leading the match 11-8 when the deciding point came down to Quihuis, a UA commit, and Italy's Virginia Elena Carta on 18. Quihuis birdied on a 25-foot putt and clinched the final point it needed to win the Cup for the third straight year.

"It was an amazing feeling," Quihuis said.

Miscellaneous

Logano posts fastest NASCAR lap since '87

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Joey Logano broke the Michigan International Speedway track record Friday with the fastest qualifying lap in NASCAR's top series in 26 years.

Logano's pole-winning speed of 203.949 mph was the ninth-fastest by a pole winner in NASCAR history and the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 mph at Talladega on April 30, 1987. Kurt Busch qualified second and points leader Jimmie Johnson third.

• In Hartford, Conn., Sam Mikulak, seeking his first national title, took the lead at the U.S. men's gymnastics championships Friday night with a score of 91.500. Jake Dalton was second, nearly three points behind. Alex Naddour is third, followed by Joshua Dixon and Steven Legendre.

• On the second day of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., it was Taoyuan, Taiwan 10, Ottawa, Ontario 2; Chula Vista, Calif. 3, Grosse Pointe, Mich. 0; and Tokyo 7, Brno, Czech Republic 3.

- Zack Rosenblatt

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