Nick Cunningham of Monterey had his best result of the season in a new four-man bobsled Saturday, finishing 12th in a World Cup race at Winterberg, Germany.

Cunningham and crew Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson rode the Century 21 sled to the top American finish, missing a medal by 0.87 seconds.

After a poor start to the season the former Monterey High track star switched to the "Night Train" sled that U.S. teammate Steve Holcomb drove to a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Holcomb was second after the opening run, but crashed on the second run on curve nine-- the same place he and Cunningham crashed during training runs.

Cory Butner, with Walnut Creek's Chuck Berkeley as his brakeman, rolled his sled on the tricky curve in the first heat.

  • Monterey native J.R. Celski won the 500 meters in 40.994 seconds at the U.S. Olympic short-track speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah. He won the 1,500 on Friday.

    College volleyball

    Brian Cook had 16 kills, and fifth-ranked Stanford beat No. 2 UCLA 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 at the UCSB Tournament in Santa Barbara. It was the opener for both teams.

    Horse racing

    Eagle Screams, a 12-to-1 shot, went wire-to-wire in the $36,871 feature at Golden Gate Fields. Ridden by Inoel Beato, Eagle Screams ran a mile in 1:38.40 to beat Beast of Bourbon by a head.


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