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Craig Sports Briefs for June 28, 2014: Nelson qualifies for national finals

Nate Waggenspack

Alicia Nelson continued her spectactular performance in track and field by qualifying for the finals at the national championships in her signature event.

The USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships began Thursday in Sacramento, California, and Nelson competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event she's won the collegiate titles in the past two seasons.

In the preliminary round of the women's steeple Thursday night, Nelson ran a personal best 9:48.91 to finish sixth in her heat. Her time was the 13th best run between the two heats on the night, good enough to qualify her for the final on Saturday.

Nelson's 9:48 was nearly six seconds better than her women's Division II record of 9:54.02, which she ran at the end of May at the national championships.

The women's steeplechase final is set 1:56 p.m. Saturday.

Summer soccer at Sawer Soccer Park Wednesdays this summer

Craig's Bill Sawer is hosting a summer soccer camp at his fields on West First Street.

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Sawer Soccer Park will have a refereed soccer game for players of all ages and skill levels from 6 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

Players are encouraged to bring shinguards but no soccer cleats. Sawer has extra equipment available to use for those without shinguards.

For more information, call Sawer at 970-824-0116.

Parks and Rec Football getting started

The Craig Parks and Recreation youth tackle football season is around the corner.

The leagues for third- through sixth-graders have weekly games and practices at Woodbury Sports Complex that begin in August. Registration is open now at the Parks and Recreation office, 300 W. Fourth St. or on the Parks and Rec website.

For more information about the league or to become a coach or official, call Dave Pike at 970-826-2006. Registrations are due by July 16.

Summer water aerobics at Craig pool

Craig Parks and Recreation is taking registration for the next session of water aerobics at the Craig Swimming Complex this summer.

Water aerobics offers a low-resistance method of exercise and can improve fitness and flexibility without over-working joints. During the summer, shallow water and deep water classes will be offered. Shallow classes will be from noon to 1 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Deep water will be at the same times Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Classes run through Aug. 14. The fee for one session is $50 or $90 for both sets of classes, or people can drop in to individual classes for $4. For more information, call Parks and Rec at 970-826-2029.