February 28, 2007 |
Unionville's Paul Springer has decided to continue his running career at Notre Dame. The 5-foot-11, 145-pound senior chose the Fighting Irish over Columbia. He also had considered Duke and Virginia. "Notre Dame is a great school, both academically and athletically," Springer said. "I think it's the best fit for me. " Springer, a Kennett Square resident, is a standout distance runner. Last fall, the 18-year-old won the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA/AAA cross-country championship meet and placed second at states.
October 28, 1991 |
Rodney Clark has proved that he is more than just a strong runner. For the last few weeks, the Penn Wood junior had to deal with the fact that his grandmother was ill. He placed second in the Del-Val League qualifying race 10 days ago, then skipped a few days of practice to be with his grandmother. On Friday, Clark became only the second runner in Penn Wood history to advance to the state championships, as he made the cut during the District 1 meet at Lehigh University.
October 26, 1987 |
Before the PIAA Class AA cross-country championship meet last year at Penn State, Lower Moreland senior Roger Leister said that if he didn't place in the top 20, he would walk home. He placed 22d. Lower Moreland coach Dick Rapson didn't make his star runner hoof it back to Huntingdon Valley from State College, but the experience has made Leister more determined than ever to do well at the state meet. Leister took the first step toward that meet by winning the Suburban One American Conference meet Friday at Montgomery County Park in Green Lane with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds.
September 27, 1993 |
Remember the name Damond Cromer. The West Chester East junior had an exceptional week. The little runner is rapidly making a big name for himself in cross-country circles. At the Bulldog Classic at Rose Tree Park Saturday, Cromer finished a strong eighth overall, in 16 minutes and 11 seconds, to lead the Vikings to a sixth- place finish in the Division I (large schools) competition with 261 points. On Thursday, he had finished first in a dual meet with Downingtown to lead East to a 26-29 win and a 3-0 Ches-Mont League record.
September 12, 1986 |
Serious distance runners often speak of confronting a plateau of pain at a late stage in a race and summoning the last reserves of strength to surmount it. In Rob Nilsson's On the Edge, the plateau has become a mountain that provides the most grueling test in a cross-country race, and the strength of the movie is that the mountain is the least of the obstacles the runner faces. Nilsson's film is a defiant rejection of the Rocky syndrome, which has been the leading killer of sports movies for the last 10 years.
September 4, 1988 |
Three years ago, Jason DiJoseph was a young man without a sport. Today, the Paul VI senior is without peer in New Jersey as a cross-country runner and is widely regarded as one of the nation's top high school distance runners. "When I was a freshman, my friend asked me if I wanted to run cross- country with him," DiJoseph said. "Since I had nothing else to do, I said yes. "I had never run cross-country before. At first, it was just something to pass the time. I didn't even come up to the varsity until later in the season.
September 25, 1989 |
As a sophomore last season, Marcus Molina of Downingtown had a confusing year. "He drove me crazy during track season," said Whippets track and cross- country coach Bill Schmidt. "One day he wanted to work with the sprinters, and the next day he wanted to work with the middle-distance guys. " This fall, Molina seems to have found his niche in cross-country and has been Downingtown's most improved runner. On Wednesday at Pottstown, he led a 1-2-3 Downingtown sweep in a tri-meet with St. Pius and Pottstown.
August 4, 1989 |
A 62-year-old Lancaster man collapsed and died yesterday morning minutes after competing in the 1,600-meter run at the Pennsylvania Senior Games here. Officials said it was the first fatality in the nine-year history of the games, held annually at Shippensburg University for athletes 55 years and older. The runner, William H. Paul of the 1600 block of Millersville Pike in Lancaster, had a history of heart disease, according to his family, but had his doctor's permission to compete in the games.
September 13, 2000 |
Pennsbury girls' cross-country coach Tim Cass knew that he had one very good runner in Elise Gould. The senior had competed in the PIAA state championship meet last fall and won a medal with the Falcons' fourth-place 4x800-meter relay team in May's state track meet. He was not sure about the rest of his team, though. Cass knows a lot more about his team after Gould and sophomore Casey Carey finished first and second in Saturday's Mill Street Run in Bristol. "Elise pulled my sophomore to second, and she ran the exact time Elise ran last year," Cass said.
April 12, 1999 |
Jim Toth's regular rounds aren't limited to his laps around the track, where the Octorara senior is the leading distance runner on the track and field team. Toth also spends three days a week at Brandywine Hospital as part of the course work that he hopes will ready him for a career in medicine. He has observed procedures in the emergency and operating rooms and watched people undergo physical therapy. "I've learned a lot," said Toth, who has special interests in pediatrics and cardiology and will study pre-med next fall at Dickinson College.