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July 23, 2013

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Another title for Graff

Warren Graff, 67, of Merrimac recently won his fourth national championship in the men’s age 65-69 long hurdles (300 meters, 7 hurdles) at the USA Track & Field National Masters Championship meet in Kansas. He was timed in 54.93, nearly two seconds faster than the runner-up.

Graff has been competing in masters track for 17 years, and won the long hurdle championship event in 2002, 2005, 2011, and now 2013. He is a member of the Mass Velocity Track Club, a New England-based club primarily for masters sprinters, and trains on local high school tracks in warm weather, and indoor tracks at Boston-area colleges during cold weather.

Younger Rivers’ plight

It’s been an exciting summer for former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, but it hasn’t been as uplifting for his son Austin.

Austin struggled with New Orleans in his rookie season, averaging just 6.2 points and shooting only 37 percent from the floor and he wasn’t overly impressive playing in the recent summer league.

Moreover, New Orleans didn’t show much confidence in Rivers as they acquired Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday and already have Eric Gordon in what is a crowded backcourt.

Elllis leaving Lawrence

Anthony Ellis has stepped down as the Lawrence High cross country and track and field coach in order to start his own business.

“It’s a big loss ... he was great with the kids,” said Lawrence athletic director Tim Finn. “He’ll be a tough guy to replace.”

Finn hopes to name a new coach, at least for cross country, in the next couple of weeks.

Hillies try yoga

It may look a bit strange, but the word is that Haverhill High football players are taking yoga as part of their summer workouts and enjoying it immensely. An instructor has been helping the Hillies learn the proper techniques and improve their flexibility at volunteer player workouts.

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