April 30, 1989 |
If there is one thing you can say about Leroy Burrell's homecoming at the Penn Relays this weekend, it's that he has learned his lessons well at Houston, a.k.a. Sprinter U. Burrell, a redshirt junior from Penn Wood High in Lansdowne, overtook two- time Olympian Raymond Stewart during the anchor leg to lead the Cougars to a narrow victory over Texas Christian in the 400-meter relay championship. A little more than an hour later, Burrell came back and captured the Jesse Owens college 100-meter dash in 10.32 seconds.
April 29, 1992 |
From birth, he could see no more than a gauzy blur out of his right eye, and when he had reached junior high in Lansdowne, Leroy Burrell's career as a baseball and football player had withered along with his vision. He had remarkable speed even then, but it served no purpose because he could not field a grounder or hit a pitch or catch a long spiral. The doctor wanted him to wear a patch over his left eye, hoping to strengthen the right eye. But Burrell put a crease in the patch and poked holes in it and finally gave up the pirate look altogether.
August 2, 1996 |
Here's a surprise: Leroy Burrell, once holder of the world record in the 100-meter sprint, withdrew yesterday from the U.S. men's 4x100 relay team. Burrell has something called "acute Achilles tendinitis. " In the medical dictionary, this is defined as "Carl Lewisitis. " Burrell, who grew up in Lansdowne, has been a Lewis protege, friend and teammate for 15 years. Ever since Lewis won the long jump Monday night, giving him nine Olympic gold medals, track competition has been overshadowed by discussions of whether Lewis deserves to run in the relay, even though he failed to qualify for the relay team.
June 11, 1997 |
At a time when American track and field needs every captivating contest it can get, the outdoor national championships may applaud a thrilling 100-meter showdown here this week between two guys from Philadelphia. They are Jon Drummond and Leroy Burrell, a pair of mutually gifted sprinters who are friends except for those scintillating moments when each is trying to leave the other in his high-speed wake, far out of first place. Drummond, the loquacious king of prerace bombast, delights in being an old school trash-talker and psych-out artist for whom the competition starts long before anyone has settled into his blocks.
June 16, 1995 |
Among the long-shot scenarios unfolding this week in the USA/Mobil outdoor track and field championships, here's one that would warm the sporting heart of Philadelphia, a city forever in love with that old story, "Local Boy Makes Good": Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Jon Drummond capture the first four places in the men's 100-meter final at Hughes Stadium tonight. If that happens, it would mean that Lewis, Burrell, Mitchell and Drummond - all hailing from Philadelphia or nearby - would qualify as the United States' 4x100-meter relay team for the world championships in Goteborg, Sweden, in August.
April 10, 1999 |
Speed and power, a breathtaking blend that made Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin Jones the Catholic League's top tailback last fall, also have made him its star sprinter this spring. Jones, a rock-solid 6-foot-2, 217-pound sophomore, was clocked in a blistering 10.3 seconds in a semifinal heat of the 100-meter dash at the Pennsylvania Track Classic on March 27. That time, aided by a slight but legal wind, broke the 14-year-old meet record of 10.4 seconds, set by Leroy Burrell, the Penn Wood graduate and former world-record holder.
July 26, 1992 |
When athletes are selected to the Olympic team to represent their nation, it's an honor for them - and for their hometowns. Such is the feeling in Lansdowne, where a banner was hung Tuesday to cheer on native son Leroy Burrell, who will be representing Team USA in Barcelona as a sprinter in track and field events.
June 29, 1995 |
Injured 100 meters world recordholder Leroy Burrell, of Lansdowne, said he would not run again this year in a bid to save his career. "I was walking on thin ice," the Penn Wood High product said of a tendon problem in his left foot that has hampered him since last summer, when he set the world record of 9.85 seconds. "There was a chance I could injure it again and possibly make it worse, so we decided that it might be best for me not to run anymore this season," said Burrell, who finished fifth in the recent U.S. championships.
February 4, 1992 |
Leroy Burrell will bring one of track and field's most dazzling shows back to the Penn Relays this spring. The sprinter said he and teammates Carl Lewis, Danny Everett and Floyd Heard - all members of the world-record-setting Santa Monica Track Club - would compete in as many as three different relays at the annual track and field carnival. Burrell, who graduated from Penn Wood High, made the surprise announcement last night at a banquet at which he was named Philadelphia Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
June 17, 1999 |
On a nearly windless night in an Olympic stadium, a runner from America's heartland made history by shattering one of track and field's most hallowed marks. Maurice Greene, a 24-year-old from Kansas City, Kan., broke the 100-meter world record last night with a time of 9.79 seconds. He did it during an invitational race for the world's top sprinters at the stadium that will be used for the 2004 Olympics. "I expected it," Greene said. "This is only the beginning. " The previous record of 9.84 was set by Canada's Donovan Bailey at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.