May 9, 2002 |
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.
April 25, 2012 |
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.
January 7, 1999 |
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.
December 23, 1997 |
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.
May 31, 1996 |
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.
December 27, 1995 |
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.
April 4, 1997 |
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.
May 3, 2000 |
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.
May 11, 1999 |
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.
May 25, 1995 |
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.