April 15, 1993 |
Alvin Cooke has spent the last couple of years building an outstanding local reputation as a middle-distance runner on the Overbrook track and cross- country teams. His goal now is to help bring the Panthers into the national spotlight. That could happen as early as next weekend, when he is expected to anchor Overbrook's loaded 3,200-meter relay team at the Penn Relays. "We think we can win (the Championship of America)," he said. "We already have had great times. " Actually, they already have gained national recognition.
May 17, 1986 |
Sport Aid, a worldwide effort to raise funds to help African famine victims, began yesterday in Khartoum, Sudan, amid rumblings that it might flop in the United States because of "Aid fatigue. " Omer Khalifa, a world-class distance runner, lit an Olympic-type torch at a relief camp and carried it to the adjacent city of Omdurman. Next he'll be flown to Athens to begin a 12- city European tour during which he'll run six miles in each town. His arrival next weekend in New York will signal the beginning of "Race Against Time," in which millions of runners in 60 countries are to race to raise $80 million.
March 31, 1988 |
Archbishop Kennedy placed no girl in the top three of any event in the Pennsylvania Coaches Association Track Classic at Villanova University Saturday. So the Saints' performances did not receive much noteriety. Second-year coach Jacquie Livingston said, however, that her charges got more out of their first meet of the season than runny noses from the rain, which fell most of the day. "I found out that our endurance is fine," Livingston said. "It's speed we have to work on. Sprints, handoffs and getting out faster are things we must do to improve.
October 14, 1991 |
There are times when quiet satisfaction means just as much as unabashed glory. Ask Austin Zuerlein. Ask first, who is Austin Zuerlein? Normally, Zuerlein, a 6-1, 185-pound senior fullback, plays only a subordinate's role in Archbishop Wood's offense, blocking for tailback Brian Kennedy and quarterback Frank Engelkraut and being afforded the occasional carry. But yesterday, a bad back forced Kennedy out of action one play into the second half. Thus, Zuerlein had the chance to rush 19 times and gain 114 yards, as the Vikings took a 7-0 Catholic North win at Cardinal Dougherty.
March 25, 1991 |
The big story in girls track this spring should be the continued development of Phoenixville junior Stacy Robinson, who had never run until last winter and quickly established herself as one of the top middle distance runners in the country. On March 10 at the high school indoor national championship meet at Syracuse University, Robinson finished second in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 13.44 seconds - the second-fastest time ever run by a Pennsylvania high school runner. CENTRAL LEAGUE HAVERFORD HIGH.
January 16, 1993 |
Chris Bray, the 1992 runner-up, won, 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 5-6, 6-2, over Chris Ronaldson in a 2-hour, 30-minute, all-England quarterfinal at the U.S. Open Court Tennis Championship yesterday at the Racquet Club. Bray was joined in the semifinals by Lachlan Deuchar, defending champion from the Harbour Club in London; Robert Fahey, runner-up for the French Open title from Australia, and London amateur Julian Snow, the British, French and Australian Open champion.
October 13, 2005 |
Vanessa Wright, a senior on the Haddonfield girls' cross-country team, recently gave an oral commitment to accept a full scholarship to run at North Carolina State University. The three-time Group 2 state champion turned down offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, West Virginia and Duke. Pennsauken athletic director Billy Wright, who is Vanessa's father, is pleased with his daughter's decision. "If you look at the last 10 years, North Carolina State and North Carolina have been ranked in the top 10," Billy Wright said.
December 9, 2010
Villanova cross-country runner Sheila Reid is the recipient of the 2011 Honda Sports Award, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in her sport. The award is given annually to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, decided by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools. Reid was the leader of a Villanova team that went undefeated and won its second straight NCAA Championship. She won her first NCAA national cross-country crown by a 2-second margin, the closest finish in women's Division 1 history.
October 17, 1991 |
A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit filed against Villanova University by a former member of its track team yesterday ordered attorneys for the university to stop questioning the runner about her sex life. The runner, Kim Certain, 23, of Long Island, N.Y., along with her parents, filed suit a year ago against Villanova alleging that track coach Marty Stern harassed her, spread false rumors that she was having a lesbian affair with her high school coach and kicked her off the team without cause in the spring of 1990.
September 17, 1990 |
A 31-year-old runner in the 13.1-mile Philadelphia Distance Run died yesterday after he collapsed in the 12th mile of the race. John Whitaker of Sewell, Gloucester County, collapsed shortly after 10 a.m. near 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, police said. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:10 a.m., said hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Fisher. A hospital mortician, who asked not to be named, said Whitaker, who was married, did not appear to have a history of medical problems or to have been unfit to run the race.