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November 15, 2012 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Frances Koons lists her reasons for running the 2012 Rothman 8K race on Saturday, she points out the same attributes that draw almost every other runner in the Philadelphia area. "It's close, so we don't need to wake up early and drive somewhere," said Koons, 26, who lives in Ardmore, which is just shy of five miles away from Center City. "It's a nice, flat course. " What Koons leaves out is that she won the women's race in 2009 in 26 minutes, 34 seconds and that this will be her first return to the distance in three years.
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June 12, 2008
Bobby Curtis entered as the 22nd seed for the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Drake University, but the Villanova junior is the top runner heading into tomorrow's final after his time of 14 minutes, 10.24 seconds bested the closest competitor by almost 20 seconds (14:29.38) last night. West Catholic alum and UCLA sprinter Nicole Leach took first in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.75. Penn middle distance runner Jesse Carlin qualified for tomorrow's 800-meter finale, finishing 11th with a time of 2:07.
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June 2, 2008
Penn's Jesse Carlin will join Villanova and La Salle athletes in representing the Big 5 at the NCAA track and field championships June 11-14 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Carlin won the women's 800 meters (2 minutes, 5.89 seconds) at the NCAA East Regional championship meet Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla., which automatically qualified her for the national championships. Heading Villanova's NCAA group will be Bobby Curtis, upset winner over La Salle's top-seeded Sean Quigley in the 5,000 meters at the East Regional.
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November 18, 2012 | By Jen Miller, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Rothman 8k male course record was broken not once but twice on Saturday morning when both Isaac Korir Kedikou and Samuel Ndereba knocked down Marcus O'Sullivan's time of 23 minutes, 3 seconds that had stood since 1997. Korir ran the 4.97-mile course in 22 minutes, 29 seconds and Ndereba in 22 minutes, 46 seconds. Korir Kedikou, 22, who is from Kenya, just arrived in the U.S. on Thursday to make his U.S. race debut in the Rothman. Both he and Ndereba, 35, a Kenyan who has lived in Royersford for the last nine years, will also run the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday.
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May 29, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frances Koons has just one or two more races left as a Villanova runner so she is savoring every last moment being around her teammates and appreciating every day since a bout with kidney cancer threatened her career, and her life. "I feel I've been blessed," the 23-year-old runner from Allentown said yesterday. "I had a speedy recovery and I didn't have to go through the types of things most cancer patients have to go through. "I've heard stories from other patients and they've been inspirational to me. I hope I can provide some sort of inspiration to them, that they can go on and achieve things better than they could before.
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June 12, 2008 | The Inquirer Staff
Penn senior Jesse Carlin advanced to the semifinals of the women's 800 meters at the NCAA track and field championships yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa, running a time of 2 minutes, 7.42 seconds in her first-round heat. Her time was 10th-fastest overall. Three Villanova runners advanced to the finals of their distance races. Senior Bobby Curtis posted the fastest time, 14:10.24, in the men's 5,000-meter heats and junior Frances Koons ran the second-fastest time, 17:23.33, in her heat of the women's 5,000.
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April 23, 2008 | By Jonathan Mattise INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frances Koons never had a bird's-eye view of Penn's Franklin Field before. On the ninth floor of the Penn Towers, the Villanova distance runner listened to doctors discuss treatment options for kidney cancer. Out the window, Franklin Field sprawled across the landscape. "Just think: Nine months from now, we're going to be down there," Villanova track and field coach Gina Procaccio told her, "and we'll just look back up and think about all you've been through. " Nine months have passed, and Koons is returning to the Penn Relays at Franklin Field this weekend - the hallowed grounds where she raced as an Allentown Central Catholic High School star, where she won a distance medley relay gold medal in 2006, and where one second separated her from a repeat win last year.
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February 4, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez chose not to go to arbitration and agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract yesterday with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates also signed former Brewers all-star reliever Dan Kolb to a minor-league contract. Sanchez, a reserve infielder when last season started but the Pirates' 25th NL batting champion when it ended, gets a big raise over the $342,000 he made last season. Tony Batista hit two home runs - the second an inside-the-parker - to lead the Dominican Republic's Aguilas Cibaenas to a 9-0 win over Mexico in the Caribbean Series in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
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February 2, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nerves used to be a problem at the starting line. "I used to go into championships wanting to do so well so badly - sometimes it would backfire," Frances Koons said last night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's annual dinner. In the summer of 2007, that definition of nerves changed in a West Philadelphia doctor's office. "Scary is getting diagnosed with cancer," Koons said. That summer, the Villanova student learned she had clear cell renal carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer that is usually found in people over 40 years old - often people who are heavy smokers or obese, not all-American distance runners.
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November 19, 2012 | By Jen Miller, For The Inquirer
Follow all of our Philadelphia Marathon coverage at philly.com/marathon2012 . The Rothman 8k male course record was broken not once but twice on Saturday morning when both Isaac Korir Kedikou and Samuel Ndereba knocked down Marcus O'Sullivan's time of 23 minutes, 3 seconds that had stood since 1997. Korir ran the 4.97-mile course in 22 minutes, 29 seconds and Ndereba in 22 minutes, 46 seconds. Korir Kedikou, 22, who is from Kenya, arrived in the country on Thursday to make his U.S.-race debut in the Rothman.
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November 15, 2012 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Frances Koons lists her reasons for running the 2012 Rothman 8K race on Saturday, she points out the same attributes that draw almost every other runner in the Philadelphia area. "It's close, so we don't need to wake up early and drive somewhere," said Koons, 26, who lives in Ardmore, which is just shy of five miles away from Center City. "It's a nice, flat course. " What Koons leaves out is that she won the women's race in 2009 in 26 minutes, 34 seconds and that this will be her first return to the distance in three years.
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April 23, 2010 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
There was something ironic about the fact Frances Koons competed "unattached" last night in the Penn Relays. The former Villanova star is about as attached as they come. "Yeah, seriously," she said, smiling. The reason: Three months ago, because of the spirit she showed while overcoming a form of kidney cancer that interrupted a star-studded track and cross country career at 'Nova, Koons received the Most Courageous Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Though Koons already has earned her degree in mathematics and is now pursuing a master's in applied statistics, the one thing she neglected to do in recent months was keep count of the expressions of praise and support she received.
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February 2, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nerves used to be a problem at the starting line. "I used to go into championships wanting to do so well so badly - sometimes it would backfire," Frances Koons said last night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's annual dinner. In the summer of 2007, that definition of nerves changed in a West Philadelphia doctor's office. "Scary is getting diagnosed with cancer," Koons said. That summer, the Villanova student learned she had clear cell renal carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer that is usually found in people over 40 years old - often people who are heavy smokers or obese, not all-American distance runners.
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February 2, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
As 5-2 Frances Koons looked back over her athletic career and the obstacles she later faced, the eight-time All-America in track and cross country from Villanova realized that it was not just the length of her legs that carried her to stardom but the size of her heart. "And probably a good set of lungs, some genetics and some hard work played into that, too," said Koons, 23. "So I guess I have just been really blessed with all of that. " Blessed is a word with which Koons has more than a passing acquaintance.
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November 23, 2009 | By Pat Leonard FOR THE INQUIRER
Twenty-five-year-old John Crews of Raleigh, N.C., won his third career marathon yesterday, crossing the finish line on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway first to capture the 16th annual Philadelphia Marathon. His fiancee, 23-year-old Philadelphia native Amy Kelly, was nearly as successful in the 8K race, finishing third. A record field of nearly 24,000 runners registered for the marathon, half-marathon, and 8K races. Race officials said about 17,000 runners took part. Crews ran the 26.2 mile-course in a personal-best 2 hours, 17 minutes and 15 seconds, with a winning margin of 7:16.
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May 29, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frances Koons has just one or two more races left as a Villanova runner so she is savoring every last moment being around her teammates and appreciating every day since a bout with kidney cancer threatened her career, and her life. "I feel I've been blessed," the 23-year-old runner from Allentown said yesterday. "I had a speedy recovery and I didn't have to go through the types of things most cancer patients have to go through. "I've heard stories from other patients and they've been inspirational to me. I hope I can provide some sort of inspiration to them, that they can go on and achieve things better than they could before.
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July 5, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - The plane that carried Frances Koons on the last leg of her 2,449-mile journey from Philadelphia descended over the pine-crested Cascade Mountains earlier this week and set down at Eugene Airport. For the Villanova runner, the long flight to her first U.S. Olympic track and field trials had been an uncomfortable marathon, one beset with uncertainty. How would she fare against an experienced 1,500-meter field? Would she adapt to Hayward Field's track? And what about her health?
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July 4, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LaShawn Merritt nervously fingered the beaded necklace he wore as he set himself at the start of last night's men's 400-meter final at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Less than a minute later, that same right hand was in the air. Merritt upset Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner to win the event and a trip to the Beijing Olympics. He was timed in 44 seconds flat. Wariner was next in 44.20, and David Neville was third in 44.61. It was just the third time in 15 meetings that Merritt had beaten his rival.
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