People In the News 09-13-13

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Nukes finish second in Las Cruces

The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club finished second in a 7s tournament in Las Cruces during the weekend of Aug. 30.
The Nukes won a pair of games in the round robin tournament, topping Mayfield and Las Cruces, but fell twice to tournament winner El Paso, Texas.
On the weekend, Derek Selvage had five tries for the Nukes, while Mateo Cardiel had three tries and Clint Adams added a pair of tries. Also scoring for the Nukes were Cyrus Martin with one try and Diego Cardiel — who recently completed U.S. Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. — had one try and several conversions on the weekend.
Los Alamos topped Mayfield 24-17 and Las Cruces 39-5. El Paso’s Spartans, however, were the dominant force in the tournament, dropping Los Alamos 17-12 in their first meeting of the weekend and 14-5 in the tournament championship game.
The Nukes will return to action this January. Anyone interested in playing can contact coach Demetrio Cardiel at 505-250-8005.

Stephens picked to represent N.M. next summer

Los Alamos’ resident Shaylene Stephens was selected to represent New Mexico at the Special Olympics’ USA National Games.
Stephens, who competes in several sports for the local Special Olympics program, was named to New Mexico’s bowling contingent. Stephens was the only athlete from Area 2, which covers northern New Mexico, to compete at the 2014 National Games.
She will join Rosemary Perez of Las Cruces, Vincent Martinez of Rio Rancho and Tyler Tracy of Las Cruces on the New Mexico bowling team.
Team New Mexico will also enter athletes in aquatics and bocce at the National Games. The National Games will be held in New Jersey in June 2014.

Brown wins national driving title

Local race car driver Meridith Brown earned a national championship last week at the Sports Car Club of America competition.
Brown, who drove a Corvette, topped four other competitors in the A Stock Ladies Class to win the two-day competition.
The victory by Brown was the fifth in her SCCA Solo career. The event was held in Lincoln, Neb.
Brown held off Rachel Baker of Westford, Mass., to win the title. She topped Brown by less than half a second aggregate time to win.
More than 1,000 drivers took part at the Solo National Championships, which includes competition in 66 separate motorsports classes.