Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Lindgren joins UH track coaching staff

Gerry Lindgren, a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, has been hired as an assistant coach with the University of Hawaii track and field and cross country programs, head coach Carmyn James announced yesterday.

Lindgren, a heralded high school distance runner in the 1960s, was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic team at age 17. His prep record of 13:44 in the 5,000-meter run stood for 40 years until being broken recently. He was also the only runner to defeat Steve Prefontaine in the NCAA championship.

Lindgren, 55, previously coached the Honolulu-based Coconut Road Runners.

Robb advances in Quiksilver meet

Hawaii surfer Kalani Robb won his second-round heat to advance in the Quiksilver Pro France yesterday, while Sunny Garcia was eliminated from the Association of Surfing Professionals event.

Robb defeated Travis Logie 14.50-3.80 to move on to a third-round meeting with Luke Eagan. Garcia fell to Lee Winkler 10.34-6.54.

Robb joins Kauai's Andy and Bruce Irons in the third round. The Irons brothers won their first-round heats on Monday to automatically qualify for the third round.

Local players to enter Oregon Hall of Fame

Three former Oregon football players from Honolulu will be inducted to the school's hall of fame as members of the 1994 Ducks football team that won the Pac-10 championship.

Defensive linemen Troy Bailey and D.J. Cabrera and offensive lineman Tasi Malepeai played on the team that bounced back from a 1-2 start to capture Oregon's first conference title in 37 years. The Ducks lost to Penn State in the 1995 Rose Bowl.

The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 14 in Eugene, Ore.

Hawaii 17th at USGA team championship

Hawaii teenagers Nicole Sakamoto and Erin Matsuoka both shot 4-over-par 77 in yesterday's opening round of the USGA Women's State Team Championship in Bluffton, S.C.

Hawaii's total of 154 put the squad in a five-team tie for 17th place entering today's second round. Cyd Okino, the third member of the team and the youngest player in the tournament at 11 years old, was 9 over. The top two scores make up a team's total.

In the men's competition, the Hawaii team of Kellen-Floyd Asao, Chris Souza and Shannon Tanoue finished at 4-over-par 148 to close the first round tied with Oregon and Louisiana for 31st place.

Asao led Hawaii at 1-over 73 to tie for 33rd overall among 155 golfers. Tanoue was 3 over and Souza 4 over.

The three-round tournament concludes tomorrow.

» The Hawaii-Hilo women's golf team began its season with a seventh-place finish at the Grand Canyon Women's Fall Invitational, while the Vulcans men's team placed 11th in the Viking/Western Washington University Invitational.

Jayna Shimomura led the UH-Hilo women with a two-round total of 12-over-par 156, good for 14th place overall. Kevin Shimomura was the top finisher for the men's team at 4-over 220.

» Defending champion Brian Sasada will be the top seed in the Turtle Bay Golf Match Play Championship when the tournament opens next week on the North Shore.

The tournament is set for Oct. 3-5 at Turtle Bay's Arnold Palmer Course.

Larry Stubblefield, last year's senior division champion, will attempt to qualify for match-play in the championship division this year.

Ko Olina Triathlon coming up Sunday

Entries are still being accepted for the Ko Olina Triathlon set for Sunday morning.

More than 400 participants have signed up for the third annual race consisting of a 660-meter swim, 300-kilometer bike ride and 4.5-mile run.

The Jamba Juice Keiki Triathlon Championships will be held Saturday with 85 participants entered.

The entry fees are $150 (military), $115 (age-group and elite competitors), and $145 (men's, women's and mixed relay teams). A $9 USA Triathlon non-member fee will also be assessed.

For more information, visit www.koolinatriathlon.com or www.jambahawaii.com. Packet pick up and late registration are scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Jamba Juice at Ward Village, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ko Olina Resort's Lagoon 4.

See line scores and results in the [ Scoreboard ] section.

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