Jeff Beam of Cal State Northridge, the runner-up in the men's pole vault in the Big Sky Conference indoor track and field championships last month, will use the outdoor season as his redshirt year.
Beam, who ranks second on the all-time Matador list with a best of 17 feet 3 inches, will use this season to get bigger and stronger, and return for his senior year in 1999.
Strong showing: Cory Kruseman of Ventura drove to a third-place finish in the 30-lap Sprint Car Racing Assn. main event Saturday at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix.
Jay Drake of Canyon Country finished fourth.
In a NASCAR Winston Racing Series main event at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Dave Phipps of Simi Valley finished 14th. Rodney Peacher and T.K. Karvasek, both of North Hills, finished 22nd and 25th, respectively.