Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 15, 2012

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WRESTLING LOSS . . .

Two-time Olympian Lee Allen, a pioneer of the Menlo College women's wrestling program and head coach for nearly a decade, passed away on Monday at age 77 after losing his battle with congestive heart failure. Allen was not only the first head coach of the Menlo women's wrestling squad, but in 2001 his team was the only such program in any four-year college in the western United States. Allen brought more than 50 years of knowledge and experience into his time at Menlo, which began in 2001 and culminated after the 2009-10 season. With Allen's guidance, the Lady Oaks enjoyed tremendous success throughout his Menlo career. The program had 26 wrestlers take home All-American honors and another four win national titles, including both of his daughters — Sara Fulp-Allen and Katherine Fulp-Allen. Lee Allen's efforts were rewarded in 2009 when he was named the Women's College Wrestling Association as Coach of the Year. He retired from Menlo two years ago. Allen holds the unique distinction of competing in the Olympic Games twice, once in each of the Olympic styles, according to USA Wrestling. He was a member of the USA freestyle team at the 1956 Melbourne Games, competing at 125.5 pounds. Four years later, he finished eighth in Greco-Roman at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

CHAMPS AGAIN . . . For the second consecutive year, Stanford's women's athletics program will be presented with the Capital One Cup, awarded annually to each of the best men's and women's Division I college athletic programs in the country. On the strength of national championships in soccer and water polo, along with a fifth straight Final Four appearance by the women's basketball team, Stanford compiled 152 1/2 cumulative points in the standings, outdistancing UCLA, which finished second with 110 points. Alabama (100), LSU (92) and Duke (83) round out the top five. Points toward the Capital One Cup are earned throughout the year based in final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches' polls. In addition to its national championships in soccer and water polo, Stanford's women's teams also claimed top-10 finishes in basketball (3), gymnastics (4), swimming and diving (4), tennis (5), outdoor track and field (6), cross country (10) and fencing (10). Capital One will award a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships to each winning men's and women's programs while the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented at the annual ESPY Awards on July 19.

CARDINAL ALUMS . . . Stanford grad Cami Levin will accompany the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team on is second foreign soccer trip of the year, traveling to Norway for a Three Nations Tournament that also features the hosts and Sweden. The USA will face the Sweden U-23s on Friday, followed by matches against Norway's U-23s on Sunday and Tuesday. All the matches will be played at Overlands Minde in Stjordalen, Norway . . . Stanford grad and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh will be honored with a rally in her hometown of Saratoga on Tuesday. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Wildwood Park in Saratoga, 20764 Fourth Street. Walsh will discuss her Olympic experience and will interact with fans in a few volleyball activities. Walsh was a member of the Stanford women's volleyball program from 1996-99, winning NCAA titles as a freshman and sophomore. The 1996 National Freshman of the Year, Walsh was a four-time AVCA All-American, two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year and the 1999 Co-National Player of the Year.

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