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Archive for Monday, August 31, 1998

LOCAL BRIEFS FOR MONDAY

August 31, 1998

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McDonald, Dobbins

place at Worlds

Lausanne, Switzerland -- Lawrence residents Kent McDonald and Liz Dobbins placed over the weekend in their age divisions at the ITU Triathlon World Championships.

McDonald finished fourth in the men's 45-49 age division, completing the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike race and 10K run in 2:16:42.3. He was the top placer from the United States in his age group.

Dobbins was 18th in the women's 45-49 age division. She finished in 2:50:00.8 for the sixth-best U.S. time for her division.

Lawrence's Marcel Vifian was 35th in the elite men's division in a time of 2:00:47.

Ex-Lion Penny

suits for Huskers

Former Lawrence High linebacker Jon Penny suited, but did not play for Nebraska in the Cornhuskers' 56-27 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Penny, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound red-shirt freshman, is listed as fifth- or-sixth string at linebacker and is a reserve on the kickoff team. He wears No. 54.

Penny was an All-Sunflower League linebacker for the Lions in 1996. He walked on at Nebraska last fall and was red-shirted.

Ex-Jayhawk Roberson

shines in Wheat Bowl

Former Kansas University wide receiver-quarterback Akili Roberson has surfaced at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Roberson, a wideout last fall who was to be Kansas' No. 2 quarterback before running into academic problems, played both positions in Saturday's Wheat Bowl -- small college's answer to the Kickoff Classic -- in Ellinwood. NWO beat MidAmerica Nazarene, 40-7.

Roberson, a starting wide reciever, caught five passes for 94 yards with a 24-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, he moved to QB and completed three of six passes for 31 yards with one interception. He also returned a kick 40 yards.

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