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May 9, 2002 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ray Bobrownicki's success in the high jump is the result of a process of elimination. While trying to decide which sport to play in middle school, the Westtown student knew he despised baseball. And he couldn't soar into the long-jump pit or fly over the hurdles in track. He finally found his niche in the high jump. "I think I started because I was bad at everything else," Bobrownicki said with a laugh. "I liked it right away. " Now, Bobrownicki is recognized as one of the top high jumpers in the state.
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April 25, 2012 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANA UNIVERSITY'S Derek Drouin was minding his own serious business, preparing for takeoff on the high jump carpet at the Penn Relays 2 years ago when a fully clothed streaker entered the stadium. It's difficult enough concentrating with 50,000 shuffling in their seats and craning their necks to get a look at the world's fastest human. Even the high jump purists were stealing glances. Usain Bolt's cameo had the timing and potential of turning Drouin's event into the low jump.
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January 7, 1999 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Long jumpers are reaching 22 feet. Triple jumpers are flying past 46 feet. Pole-vaulters are clearing 13 feet after just one month of the indoor season. So what's wrong with the high jumpers? The 6-foot mark, once commonplace, has become unreachable. High jumpers are winning at indoor meets at 5 feet, 10 inches. Saturday's Division I and Division II meets at West Chester University were won at only 5-8. In the Division II meet Saturday night, Perkiomen Valley's Becky Bullard, competing in the boys' meet because her basketball schedule prevented her from going to the girls' meet at Kutztown on Saturday afternoon, took second place at 5-3. "The high jump this year is pitiful," said Chuck Lumio, Neshaminy's head indoor coach and the chief judge for the event at the boys' meets.
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December 23, 1997 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Once he's identified the talent and developed it, one of Rich Guy's greatest challenges as the girls' track and field coach at Penn Wood is figuring out where to apply it. "Yes, it is difficult," Guy said. "We've got a lot of different people we can use. " In Saturday's Delaware Valley Girls Track and Field Coaches Association meet at Kutztown University, the Patriots' strength showed in the relays and individual events. In the victorious 4 x 200-meter relay, junior Molly Logan anchored sophomores Bently Eskridge, Danielle Bobo and Kim Nickerson to a time of 1 minute, 47.7 seconds.
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May 31, 1996 | BY JACK McKINNEY
This one is for folks addicted to "Jeopardy" on ABC. For non-addicts, "Jeopardy" is a quiz in which host Alex Trebek leads with the answer and the contestant has to come up with the right question. The following teaser would be particularly appropriate because "Jeopardy" will be one of the sponsors of the Olympics this summer in Atlanta. Under the category of "Famous Ironies," Trebek would declare: Although this athlete capped his Olympic appearance with a gold medal, his name will always be associated with a flop.
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December 27, 1995 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After a season of cross-country, Christine Ryan's endurance level is as high as ever. And even though she had little practice in the high jump, her explosiveness isn't lacking, either. The Haverford High sophomore won the high jump in Thursday's Delaware Valley Girls Track Coaches Association meet at Haverford College. Both Ryan and Lower Merion freshman Cathleen Campbell leaped 5 feet, 2 inches, but Ryan won with fewer misses. "I didn't think I'd do that well," Ryan said.
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April 4, 1997 | By Ken Sugiura, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If he had tried track and field in high school, Dennis Benedetto said, coaches probably would have turned him into a shot putter. "I'm a short, squat guy," said Benedetto, the Cherokee boys' track coach. But Benedetto sees himself more as a distance runner, and maybe that is why he is careful when trying to peg athletes into specific events. As track season begins, that sound you hear might be the wheels grinding inside the heads of high school coaches trying to figure out what event Tommy or Nancy is going to compete in. Each has his or her own ideas and theories of what sort of athlete should go where.
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May 3, 2000 | By Josh Egerman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Eastern junior Mike Myers stared at the clock most of the night. He said he could not sleep because of medication he had just started taking for a sinus infection. With a little coaxing, he conceded that nerves could have had something to do with it. Running in the Penn Relays, in one of the biggest races of his life, Myers apparently had no reason to be nervous. "I'm real happy," Myers said. "This is better than I expected. I had a sinus infection and haven't trained that much, and to come out sick and do this is real good.
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May 11, 1999 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Episcopal Academy junior Louisa Hall, a star squash player, is finding that her athleticsm and endurance also can work on the track. In Saturday's Germantown Academy Girls' Invitational, Hall placed second in the 3,200 meters in 12 minutes, 29.8 seconds, a school record and 21 seconds faster than her previous personal best. She also placed fourth in the 1,600, a second shy of her school record. "She still practices squash 1 1/2 hours every day," Episcopal coach Peter Hare said.
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May 25, 1995 | By Jeff Offord, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's May 16, and the Washington Township girls are facing Pennsauken in an important Olympic Conference dual meet. Township's Melissa Pickering starts the high-jump portion of the meet by leaping 5-feet even. Teammate Misty Farrell is the only competitor to equal the mark. And she does it with ease. Pickering, growing impatient, raises the stakes quickly by having the bar set at 5-6. She can jump that high. But not this time. Farrell clears the height, then nails 5-7 to set a school record.
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April 27, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't until his sophomore year at Delsea that Ameer Banks realized his aptitude for field events. The Delsea senior had cleared a jump bar set at 5-foot-7 during a gym class his freshman year. His gym teacher persuaded him to go out for track the following year. Now a senior, Banks tied for fourth place Saturday at the Penn Relays in the boys' high-jump championship with a mark of 6-7.75. Clayton Brown of Jamaica College won the event by clearing 6-10.25. Williamstown's Devin Bradham was eighth (6-6.75)
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April 25, 2012 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANA UNIVERSITY'S Derek Drouin was minding his own serious business, preparing for takeoff on the high jump carpet at the Penn Relays 2 years ago when a fully clothed streaker entered the stadium. It's difficult enough concentrating with 50,000 shuffling in their seats and craning their necks to get a look at the world's fastest human. Even the high jump purists were stealing glances. Usain Bolt's cameo had the timing and potential of turning Drouin's event into the low jump.
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June 9, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Distance runner Leslie Kovach said she arrived at Penn in the fall of 2009 just looking to get adjusted to women's college track. High-jumper Maalik Reynolds joined the Quaker men last fall with high expectations. How far they both have come. On Friday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Kovach and Reynolds will compete in the NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Championships. "I just took it one day at a time," said Kovach, a sophomore who will compete in the 5,000-meter run. "A lot of it was training, and trying to get used to college running compared to high school running.
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May 9, 2002 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ray Bobrownicki's success in the high jump is the result of a process of elimination. While trying to decide which sport to play in middle school, the Westtown student knew he despised baseball. And he couldn't soar into the long-jump pit or fly over the hurdles in track. He finally found his niche in the high jump. "I think I started because I was bad at everything else," Bobrownicki said with a laugh. "I liked it right away. " Now, Bobrownicki is recognized as one of the top high jumpers in the state.
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April 2, 2002 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Abby Campbell has the kind of personality, her coaches say, that could lead her to break a 19-year-old New Jersey high-jump record. That's because the Shawnee sophomore has no idea what it is. "What is it?" she asked recently. It's 5 feet, 11 inches and was set by sophomore Tatiana Smolin of Randolph in 1983. "That's my height," Campbell said. "I've always wanted to jump my height. I guess I'm shooting for the state record now. " Don't be misled, though. Campbell, who placed third at 5-6 at the 2001 outdoor Meet of Champions, knows a thing or two about high jumping.
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March 31, 2002 | By Josh Egerman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mike Morrison's confidence is clear when he talks about the competition. "There are maybe two or three guys that can jump with me, but I think I can beat them," Morrison said. That his talent matches his confidence is clear when he defines just exactly what he means by "two or three guys. " Morrison, a 6-foot-1 junior jumping jack at Willingboro, isn't talking about two or three guys in the Burlington County League or South Jersey or the state. He's not even talking about the competition at some of the big Northeast regional meets.
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December 11, 2001 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was no limp, lull or loss of flight. In his first scholastic high-jump competition since the accident, it would have been perfectly OK if John Sutcliffe hesitated. Instead, the Neshaminy senior opened the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia season with a victory in the Division I high-jump competition. Moreover, his height of 6 feet at Haverford College, was just 1 inch shy of his personal best. And that result was certainly more encouraging than his previous one. At the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Carnival last February at Lehigh University, Sutcliffe slipped during his approach, and his right knee hit the high-jump standard.
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January 26, 2001 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It was a no-brainer for West Chester University senior basketball star Tyariq Corbin. He won the Penn Relays high jump as a senior at Harry S Truman. He captured the state indoor high jump title and followed that by soaring 6 feet, 10 inches to take the state outdoor title in his final year of high school. But Corbin wasted little time choosing between track and basketball as his college sport. "High-jumping was fun," Corbin said. "It was so easy and natural for me, but I really didn't like it that much.
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September 25, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He is a legend. In the eyes of many, though, Javier Sotomayor is a tainted legend. The Cuban high jumper, the only man ever to jump over 8 feet, won the silver medal last night in an Olympics he was once banned from participating in. Russian Sergey Kliugin outjumped the 32-year-old Sotomayor for the gold medal. Last year, after winning a gold medal at the Pan Am Games, Sotomayor tested positive for cocaine. His medal was taken away, and he was subject to the International Amateur Athletics Federation's standard two-year ban for drug violations.
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June 28, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Javier Sotomayor, the only high-jumper ever to clear eight feet, will miss the Sydney Olympics after a suspension yesterday for using cocaine. Cuban authorities said they would fight the ruling by an arbitration panel of the IAAF, track and field's world governing federation, which said Sotomayor had committed a drug violation at last year's Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and banned him until July 31, 2001. Cuban authorities insisted that Sotomayor's urine samples had been manipulated after the high jumper tested positive for cocaine and officials stripped him of his Pan Am Games gold medal a year ago. Donovan Bailey, the Olympic gold medalist and former world record- holder, ran the second-fastest 100 meters of the year in a meet in Luzerne, Switzerland.
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