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.
April 28, 1988 |
When Ray Mitchell was running the 800 and 1,600 meters for Northeast High three years ago, the Vikings' All-Public League standout always looked forward to being in the Penn Relays. He still looks forward to it. But this year, Mitchell, a brilliant distance runner, will be the anchor leg on Delaware State's sprint-medley relay team as his family and friends watch. "I think the Penn Relays are the highlight of the track and field season," Mitchell said. "It's one of the biggest meets in the country.
September 6, 2009 |
Trying to replace the school's all-time passing leader, Dennis Logue, is hard enough for North Catholic. But knowing that 1,000-yard rusher Eugene Byrd was back provided some comfort. That lasted for about two quarters yesterday. Byrd injured his ankle on North Catholic's first drive of the second half and did not return for the rest of the game, a 21-13 loss to Chestnut Hill Academy. Falcons coach Charlie Szydlik said Byrd "tweaked" an ankle. Szydlik expects Byrd to be healthy for Saturday's home game against Archbishop Ryan.
September 9, 2010 |
Highland cross-country star Megan Venables chased former Kingsway runner Chelsea Ley for three years. She chased her in South Jersey Group 3 races. She chased her in state Group 3 races. She chased her in the Meet of Champions. She never caught her. Now that Ley is a freshman at the University of Virginia, Venables is the state's top returning runner. She must be thrilled, right? Wrong. "It's kind of sad," Venables said of Ley's absence from the state cross-country scene.
November 30, 2014 |
Devon Grisbaum's Meet of Champions trophy sits in her room across from her bed. Because of its placement, she sees it all the time and thinks, "I can't believe this happened. " The Ocean City senior finished 34th in the cross-country Meet of Champions as a junior, but returned a much-improved runner. Her progress started with a promise she made to last year's champion, Haddonfield's Briana Gess. Late last June, Gess, a friend of Grisbaum's, made her promise to push herself even further so she could join her at the Foot Locker National Meet in San Diego.
January 24, 2010 |
North Penn's champion cross-country runner, Brad Miles, has added another honor to the list of laurels he has earned during his high school career. The Knights senior has been named the Gatorade boys' cross-country runner of the year in Pennsylvania. "I didn't know much about the award, but it's a great honor," said Miles, who is headed to Baylor in the fall. The Gatorade awards are given in various sports and recognize "America's elite high school students for their athletic achievement, academic excellence and exemplary character," according to the company's Web site.
March 14, 2007 |
Shannon Holm, who helped Radnor win its first PIAA Class AAA state cross-country championship in the fall, has committed to Cornell. Holm, a cocaptain for the Red Raiders, will compete in cross-country and track and field at Cornell. In track and field, her top events are the mile and two-mile run. In the state cross-country championship meet in November, Holm covered the 3.1-mile course at Hershey in 19 minutes, 39 seconds. At the District 1 championships at Lehigh University, she finished in 18:55.
January 16, 2013
Q: I'm only 25, but since I started running outdoors I have been experiencing knee pain. I currently need to lose about 30 pounds. Should I continue running? Will the pain eventually go away? - Lauren Smith A: First, you should get to your doctor to be sure you do not have any underlying orthopedic problems. If you don't, it's likely that running is just too much stress on your body. (Even the most svelte runners tend to develop knee problems eventually.) A walking program can be just as effective without causing any strain on your legs.
January 19, 1987 |
One day, there may be a running shoe with Kevin Cooke's name on it. Cooke, a senior at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, has developed into one of the area's top long-distance runners and is an early favorite to win the state championships in the indoor and outdoor two-mile races. Even if he never becomes a world-class runner with lucrative endorsements, Cooke still may make his living from running shoes. "Even if I get better at track," Cooke said, "it won't support me in life. I have to look at things realistically.
November 2, 1992 |
Harry S Truman coach Butch Oppenlander had reason to be happy. His top runner, senior Jesse Breeden, had just qualified for the PIAA state cross-country championships, the first Truman runner to do so since - Butch Oppenlander, nine years ago. "I was hoping for top 20, so I'm very happy," Oppenlander said after Breeden's 12th-place finish in the PIAA District 1 championships at Lehigh University. "He ran an incredible race. " Oppenlander is in his first season as the Tigers cross-country coach while completing his senior year at Trenton State College.