Sanford native Rachel Schneider won two events Saturday at the Camel City Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Schneider, 26, had planned to defend her title in the women’s elite mile at the flat, 200-meter track. On race day she added the women’s 3,000 meters.

Schneider, 26, who competes for Under Armour, won the 3,000 meters in 9 minutes, 2.6 seconds, and came back with a short recovery to win the mile by 4.3 seconds in 4:31.7.

On her Instagram account, Schneider wrote: “Decided to do the 3k/Mile double (25 minutes between each) and was really happy to be able to practice some strategic race execution and run away with both wins.”

The 3,000 field was filled mostly with collegiate runners. Schneider won by over 7 seconds.

In the women’s elite mile, Schneider was followed by three professional runners: 2016 US indoor 1,500-meter runner-up Cory McGee (4:36.1), 2016 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser Erin Teschuk (4:37:05) and Schneider’s former Georgetown University teammate Katrina Coogan (4:37.51).

The winning time was relatively slow for Schneider, who has a personal best of 4:25 and ran 4:27.5 the previous week while finishing second in New York City.

Schneider is preparing for the U.S. Indoor Championship 1,500 meters on Feb. 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


NFL: Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of the two men killed early Sunday when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis.

Police said that it’s believed that one victim was a ride-sharing operator who was transporting Jackson when Jackson became ill. The driver pulled over and got out to help Jackson when both were struck by a pickup truck. The pickup’s driver, a 37-year-old Indianapolis man, tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured. The man was believed to be intoxicated and was driving without a license, police said.


WOMEN’S DOWNHILL: Lindsey Vonn claimed her 81st career victory when she won at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – the final race before the Olympics.

It was the American’s third straight triumph in the discipline after winning on the same hill the day before and in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, two weeks ago.

NORDIC COMBINED: Jan Schmid of Norway won a World Cup event for the third time this season, this time at Hakuba, Japan, to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Olympics.


DAVIS CUP: Alexander Zverev powered Germany through to the quarterfinals of the World Group, beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first reverse singles at Brisbane, Australia.

Germany went into the match leading 2-1 after a doubles win Saturday. The final singles match between Australia’s Alex de Minaur and Jan-Lennard Struff wasn’t played.

n Adrian Mannarino sent defending champion France through to the quarterfinals, rallying from a set and 5-3 down to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 in a topsy-turvy World Group encounter held at Albertville, France.

– Staff and news service report

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