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September 22, 1987 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
For Cardinal O'Hara seniors Michele Torelli and Megan Cepetelli, cross- country is an excellent training base for the winter and spring track seasons. Torelli, the two-time defending Catholic League cross-country champion, and Cepetelli are two of several O'Hara runners who compete year-round under head coach Joe Shields. Torelli also has placed third the last two years in the Delaware County championships. Torelli, who is unbeaten the last two years in league dual meets, also competes with Klub Keystone in the summer months.
NEWS
December 8, 1991 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
My friend and I want to go cross-country skiing this winter. Where are some locations accessible to the public? R.D., Philadelphia Pennsylvania's Fall/Winter Travel Planner lists all the state's ski areas and gives details on each, including which offer cross-country. In the Pocono Region chart, for instance, 10 of 12 resorts are listed as having cross- country. For a free copy of the travel planner, write to Box 61, Warrendale, Pa. 15086, or call 800-847-4872. Pennsylvania also has brochures called "Ski the Poconos" available by calling 800-762-6667 and "Ski the Laurel Highlands" available from 800-333-5661, both of which have cross-country information.
NEWS
November 3, 1993 | By Brian Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A few months ago, Ted Donnelly was thinking about passing up the cross- country season. After almost five months of suffering from knee and ankle injuries, and several more months of an intense rehabilitation program, Donnelly considered taking some time off and then concentrating on the indoor track season. "I hurt my knee this summer and really couldn't run, and then I hurt the ankle during a cross-country practice," the Springfield senior said. "I just figured I'd gear myself towards track.
NEWS
October 8, 1987 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sooner or later, Archbishop Ryan's Shawn Schneider knew he would have to choose between soccer and cross-country. He had tried doing both in his sophomore year, playing junior varsity soccer on weekdays while running on weekends. Still he missed mid-week cross- country meets at Belmont Plateau. Then in his junior year, he gave up cross-country and played for George Todt's varsity soccer team - the one that won the Catholic League last season and was ranked among the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
February 16, 1987 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
For the next four years Carol Haux of Archbishop Kennedy and Kate Fonshell of Penncrest will be running together on the Villanova track team. Each recently announced that she had accepted a scholarship to the school, and Saturday afternoon they prepared for the future at the Delaware Valley Girls Track Association indoor meet at West Chester University, where they met in the 1000-yard race. Haux led from the start, and with Fonshell right behind her, the two pulled away from the pack.
SPORTS
October 10, 1992 | By Gus Ostrum, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the past two seasons Brian Gallagher, a senior at Sterling, has: Won the South Jersey Group 2 1,600 meters championship in 1992, defeating a highly regarded field of the state's finest performers. Finished among the top 10 performers in the South Jersey Group 2 cross- country sectional meet both as a sophomore and junior. Won Colonial Conference and Camden County track titles in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter events last season. Defeated many of the area's top 1,600-meter and cross-country performers, including Woodrow Wilson's David Cox, Haddon Heights' John Salisbury, and Point Pleasant Borough's Terry Fagan.
NEWS
October 31, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The first time Upper Merion's Liz Churchville ran the mile won't go down as one of her all-time favorite days. "I ran the mile a couple times last year in middle school," the Vikings freshman said. "I didn't want to do it, but we didn't have anyone else. The first time, I dropped out. I didn't know it would feel so bad. I was out of breath, and my mouth was dry; it felt like I was tasting blood. " Churchville's next attempt at distance work was during the first week of cross-country practice in August.
SPORTS
November 4, 1993 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
She heard the pleas from both parents and her coach during last year's PIAA District 1 cross-country championships. Finally, the messages sank in and common sense prevailed for Norristown's Donna Fidler. She abruptly halted her season by pulling out of the competition with about a half-mile to go. That was not an easy decision for Fidler, then a sophomore, to make. She had brought to the race promising credentials (she finished seventh in the state as a freshman), and had battled through the pain of shin splints to get ready for a return trip.
NEWS
October 4, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Strath Haven girls' cross-country team might not be one of the best in the area, but winning big meets isn't how coach Bill Coren measures success. "I get freshmen and sophomores who aren't great runners," Coren explained. "And then they improve and are pretty good runners by the time they're seniors. " The Panthers are indeed a team of overachievers. Despite a 1-3 Central League record, Coren and his runners are shooting for a .500 record in a competitive league. Take No. 1 runner Sara Wray, for example.
SPORTS
September 4, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Three years ago, Jason DiJoseph was a young man without a sport. Today, the Paul VI senior is without peer in New Jersey as a cross-country runner and is widely regarded as one of the nation's top high school distance runners. "When I was a freshman, my friend asked me if I wanted to run cross- country with him," DiJoseph said. "Since I had nothing else to do, I said yes. "I had never run cross-country before. At first, it was just something to pass the time. I didn't even come up to the varsity until later in the season.
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November 24, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Catherine Feskanin, For The Inquirer
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.
TRAVEL
October 13, 2014 | By Julie Pratt and Steve Liskov, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.)
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Villanova men's and women's cross-country squads won team and individual titles as they dominated the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross-Country championship Friday at Lehigh University. The men's team finished first with 34 points, followed by Princeton (60) and Georgetown (63). Patrick Tiernan and Sam McEntee placed first and second, respectively, while teammates Rob Denault finished ninth, Jordy Williamsz, 10th and Brian Basili, 12th. Not to be outdone, the women's squad also earned first and second place finishes from Emily Lipari and Nicky Akande.
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