April 1, 2015 |
During his 54-year career, Bill Fritz and the men and women he trained won enough championships, titles, and honors to fill a trophy room. Or a hall of fame. But what the beloved cross country and track and field coach most wants to show me is a black-and-white photo of his father, Eugene. "I can't say enough about him," says Fritz, 76, who retired from Rowan University in 2014 after coaching 69 NCAA Division 3 national champions, 277 All-Americans, and 44 NJAC champions. He also trained four-time NCAA champion javelin-thrower Mike Juskus.
November 24, 2014 |
HOLMDEL, N.J. - Devon Grisbaum told Ocean City teammate Maddie Brady that she wanted to win a Meet of Champions title before she graduated and, more specifically, wanted it in cross-country. Over the last two years, though, it was no longer considered a serious goal. She finished 34th last year and third in Group 3 last weekend. She didn't consider herself one of the favorites entering her last Meet of Champs. Coming out of the woods and entering the final straightaway Saturday at Holmdel, however, the senior was one of three girls at the front of the pack.
November 21, 2014 |
VILLANOVA'S men's cross country team won the NCAA championship four times in a 5-year span starting in 1966. But the Wildcats haven't finished in the top 10 since 2001, and haven't made it onto the awards podium (top four) in a little over 2 decades. But tomorrow afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind., they'll be running in the finals as the nation's fifth-ranked team, the highest they've been since 1998. Under former Wildcats great Marcus O'Sullivan, they're one of eight teams in the field of 31 that have qualified for this meet in each of the last eight seasons.
November 16, 2014 |
Perhaps it was the image of the blackened, frostbitten ear that somehow kept popping up before my dream trip to cross-country ski in Yellowstone National Park that made me pause. Or, maybe the week of "unusually low historic temperatures," down to minus-27 Fahrenheit, stopped me in my tracks. Camp fan that I am, I had signed up with Yellowstone Expeditions, a yurt outfitter that offered heat in sleeping "yurtlets" and even in the outhouses; the brochure promised "élan. " Though I reassured my resort-loving sister Carol that I'd stay in "conventional hotels" on other nights, even my intrepid spirit wondered if a nightmare could hijack the dream.
October 13, 2014 |
The summer of 2014 is certainly one for the record books. My boyfriend and I got the crazy idea to take a cross-country trip together. We shrugged off the astonished faces of all our friends as we prepared ourselves. We had money saved, a chunk of time, and a generalized game plan. We packed our car full of suitcases, food, and blankets; we were ready to hit the road. My boyfriend and I left from our homestead in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania. Slowly, we made our way down the East Coast.
September 19, 2014 |
Penn State on Wednesday named John Gondak, a Central Bucks West graduate, as coach and director of cross-country and track and field. Gondak, 41, had been the interim coach since July, when Beth Alford-Sullivan left for Tennessee. He has been with the Nittany Lions for the last eight years. Men's soccer. Wyatt McCall and Michael Stewart scored as 18th-ranked Swarthmore earned a 2-1 victory over Richard Stockton (6-2-1) in Galloway, N.J. The Garnet (6-0) will put their 17-game unbeaten streak at home on the line Saturday against sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall.
July 19, 2014 |
In his sixth - or perhaps seventh - pair of running shoes this year, David Wilcox, 15, ran from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to downtown Collingswood. His father, Brett, his aunt, Julie Stuehser, and the family dog, Jenna, ran along with him. Since January, David and Brett Wilcox have been running across the country, 20 miles a day, to promote awareness of genetically modified organisms and mandatory GMO labeling on products. The journey started in a Los Angeles suburb; the goal is to reach Ocean City, N.J., which could be accomplished in days.
June 24, 2014
ISSUE | ELECTIONS Cross-country donations tell a tale Regarding the questions raised about donations to Eighth Congressional District Democratic nominee Kevin Strouse, the first time that two legal but ethically questionable events occur simultaneously, it can be considered a coincidence ("Happy returns," June 19). If those same events occur a second time, they are said to have entered a gray area. Upon the third occurrence, the only comparison to be made is to that of dead fish rotting in the noonday sun. Voters of Bucks County deserve - and in U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.)
March 14, 2014
IT WASN'T that long ago that Julia Udine was performing in shows produced by the likes of Haddonfield Plays & Players and Voorhees Theatre Company. But those South Jersey community-theater days are well behind her. Tuesday at the Academy of Music, the 20-year-old singing actress opens a 30-performance run (concluding April 12) in the lead female role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber 's revered "sung-through" musical, "The Phantom of the Opera. " Getting the role of the young woman who becomes the romantic obsession of a facially disfigured man living in the warrens beneath the Paris Opera House was, to say the least, something of a surprise for the Voorhees native.
November 18, 2013 |
Briana Gess grimaced as she crossed the finish line at the state championships. Her expression was significant enough for an official to point out the trainer. Gess, though, did not need the help. Her reaction was out of fatigue rather than pain, as the Haddonfield freshman exhausted a difficult Holmdel cross-country course in 18 minutes, 16 seconds - a freshman record - to win Group 2. "I just wanted to win this race," said Gess, who led her team to a second-place finish.