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 just 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 Holcomb and Cunningham crashed during training runs.

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

Maximilian Arndt won with a combined time of 1 minute, 49.97 seconds on his home track

  • 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.

    Colleges

    Brian Cook had 16 kills, and the fifth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team 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.

  • No. 3 Stanford began the 2014 calendar year with a 154-146 win at No. 8 Texas. The women's swim meet came down to the last event as the Cardinal's Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee, Julia Anderson and Lia Neal won the 400-yard freestyle relay. Stanford's Maya DiRado had three individual wins.

    High school

    Freedom-Oakley's Joe Mixon orally committed to Oklahoma during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Mixon, rated the nation's No. 1 all-purpose high school running back by Rivals, picked the Sooners over Wisconsin, UCLA and Cal. He scored a touchdown for the West team in a 28-6 win over the East and was the game's MVP. He said the Sooners' 45-31 upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl helped seal the deal.

    Staff writer Matt Schwab and wire services contributed to this report.