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April 30, 1989 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 29, 1992 | By Jere Longman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 2, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 11, 1997 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 16, 1995 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 10, 1999 | By Jay Nagle, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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July 26, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / JOAN FAIRMAN KANES
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.
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June 29, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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February 4, 1992 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 17, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 18, 2012 | By Evan Burgos, FOR THE INQUIRER
For Eric Futch, a standout track and field athlete at Penn Wood, it came down to two schools: Houston and Louisiana State. He made his decision two weeks ago. He just didn't tell anybody. On Wednesday, in Penn Wood's auditorium partially filled with family, friends, school administrators, and classmates, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound sprinter who holds the PIAA record in the 300-meter hurdles made his college destination public. Futch, wearing a maroon Penn Wood track and field shirt, with a backward Penn Wood hat, sat at a table draped with Houston and LSU T-shirts.
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April 17, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lenny Jordan was content. Coaching high school track and field, he thought, was finally out of his system. "I had started growing plants and all that stuff," said Jordan, who was fired in March 2007 after a successful stint at West Catholic. "I was used to being a gardener. " All that changed one day early last fall. At the time, Penn Wood athletic director Rap Curry was looking for a boys' track and field coach. And 2007 graduate Mike Hurley, who was visiting the school that day, recommended Jordan.
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October 2, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Nandrolympics are over. As a track and field meet, these Games were unusual, to say the least. There was more speculation about who was cheating than who would win medals. There were more positive drug tests than Olympic records. There were no world records set at all. "It was a very strange Olympics," three-time Olympian Michael Johnson said. "Just look at the results. When a guy I never heard of wins the 200 meters in 20.09 - I'm a 200 runner myself and I never heard of him - that's a strange Olympics.
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September 26, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
loyd Heard is vague on the specifics. It's ancient history after all, and as a 34-year-old sprinter, Heard has a keen understanding of the word ancient. The picture he paints of his prime years is made with broad strokes, an impressionistic swirl of greed-mongering agents and sponsors, of disappointments on the track. At the center of the canvas, like the figure in Edvard Munch's The Scream, is the young Floyd Heard. "They had me chasing money," Heard said softly the other day. "There was a lot of pressure.
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June 17, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 10, 1999 | By Jay Nagle, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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June 5, 1998 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The man who is never satisfied had every reason to celebrate. Penn Wood boys' track and field coach Chris Smith and assistant coach Bob Fuhrman had just directed the Patriots to the PIAA Class AAA track and field championship. The scores were announced, the trophy presented, and Smith's athletes rejoiced on the infield at Shippensburg University. As the Patriots were walking out of the stadium, Smith finally let his emotions show. "I usually don't carry the trophy," said Smith, The Inquirer's Main Line/Delaware County area coach of the year.
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March 18, 1998 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The talent was always there, and his coaches marveled at his technique from the beginning. This year, Ernest Tymes' work ethic is approaching his other strengths, and the rewards are finally starting to arrive. The Penn Wood senior won the indoor state title in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 3 1/2 inches and was third in the triple jump at 46-8. Outdoors, he'll be chasing Leroy Burrell's 1985 outdoor records of 23-9 and 49-2. Burrell, of course, is an Olympian and former world-record holder in the 100-meter dash.
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December 2, 1997 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Molly Logan and her Penn Wood track and field teammates were cruising around Franklin Field at the Penn Relays last spring, taking in all the sights and sounds that make that grand meet unique. And who should they meet but Leroy Burrell, a former world-record holder in the 100 meters, and his sister Dawn - in other words, the two most accomplished track and field athletes in Penn Wood history. "We saw them walking around, and we asked for their autographs," Logan said. "They gave us their autographs and pictures.
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September 14, 1997 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The final footrace of Carl Lewis' brilliant track and field career ended on a symbolic note here yesterday, unlike those that brought him nine gold medals, 11 world records and the stuff that befits a legend. Teaming with Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell and Floyd Heard - his Santa Monica Track Club teammates and training partners - Lewis anchored a 4x100-meter relay team to end a storied career that began in Willingboro, N.J., 23 years earlier. Lewis would go on to make five Olympic teams starting in 1980, and his nine gold medals, including last year's long jump victory in the Games of Atlanta, tied the legendary Paavo Nurmi of Finland for the most won by anyone in Olympic track competition.
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