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AMMAN, Jordan — Max King, a co-captain on the U.S. team, placed 40th Saturday in the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

King covered the 12-kilometer course in 37 minutes, 5 seconds.

Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam won his third world title in 35:02.

King is a former Crater High standout who competed in the U.S. Olympic trials last summer in the steeplechase.

He's the winningest male competitor (four) in the history of the Pear Blossom Run in Medford, owns the course and will participate again in the 10-mile event April 11.

North Medford junior pitcher Matt Maurer has been named a second-team selection on the Perfect Game USA Preseason Underclassmen All-American High School Baseball Team.

Sixty players from around the country were named to the team.

Maurer, a left-handed pitcher, recently hurled a no-hitter for the Black Tornado.

After battling with an illness throughout the weekend, Brenna Sapienza, 13, finished first in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.31 seconds at the Northwest Age Group Sectionals in Federal Way, Wash. Sunday.

Sapienza's perfomance in the 100-meter fly and 50-meter freestyle earned her a spot for each event at the Junior Nationals in December.

Triton swimmers Aaron Ghiglieri, 15, and Clark Snyder, 18, also qualified to race at the Junior Nationals.

Superior Stingray Swimming competed at the Northwest Age Group Sectionals in Federal Way, Wash. this weekend.

Grace Jovanovic finished second in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 17.32 seconds.

Also competing was the 200 medley relay team of Lauren Hunter, Kylee Burks, Kaylee Cooper and Jovanovic, which finished in 2:08.18.

Lauren Hunter (59.16) and Jovanovic (59.17) also achieved personal bests in the 100 freestyle.

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