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.
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.
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.