June 22, 2008 |
Author Bree Donovan dons a baseball cap and grabs a tennis racket - she's an athlete. Next she's wearing glasses and carrying a stack of books 10 high ? she's the brain. Finally she's draped in a feather boa behind designer shades talking about whom she wants to date - the popular girl. Donovan explores caricatures to help kids ask: How do they see themselves? How might it be different from the way others see them? "There are gems inside us that shine - maybe even after we've left this world," Donovan tells students in what she calls her "Pre talk," a motivational message based on her new book, Rocketman, the story of Olympic distance runner Steve Prefontaine (Lulu, $14.95)
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.
May 11, 1995 |
Everybody deserves a day off, and on Monday afternoon, Marple Newtown's Matt DiPretore kicked back and relaxed while his teammates practiced. Over the weekend, the junior was a very busy runner. On Saturday, at the Delaware County championship meet, he won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 27.4 seconds. A day later, in the 16th Annual Broad Street Run (a 10-mile road race), DiPretore was 45th in 55:31. He was the only runner younger than 20 in the top 100. Joseph Kamau of Kenya won in 47:26.
April 8, 2008 |
La Salle University senior distance runner Sean Quigley qualified for the Olympic Trials and the 2008 NCAA outdoor track and field championships with a time of 28 minutes, 3.72 seconds in the 10K at the Stanford Invitational during the weekend. Quigley, a six-time All-America, shattered his own record by 26 seconds en route to finishing first in the competition. His time was the fastest 10K run by an East Coast runner in 25 years at the Stanford meet. Quigley was named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week in track and field for his performance.
October 14, 1991 |
Kelsey Purnell ran her first high school cross-country meet for West Chester Henderson at Rose Tree Park in Delaware County. In a month, she will run her last collegiate cross-country meet as a senior for Widener University at the same spot. A member of Henderson's state championship track team in 1987 and 1988, Purnell has been running cross-country and track (indoor and outdoor) at Widener since she was a freshman. It was her cross-country running that eventually got her into one of her many other endeavors on campus - she became editor of the Dome, the college's weekly newspaper.
September 20, 1992 |
John Salisbury would prefer not to run alone, but the Haddon Heights standout accepted that role with an impressive performance yesterday. Salisbury toured the winding 3.1-mile course at Williamstown High in 15 minutes, 40 seconds and led from start to finish in winning the 14th annual Kiwanis Club Invitational. Although his winning margin was just 5 seconds over fast-closing Eric Wills of Notre Dame, Salisbury was in control throughout, using his first big-meet race of the season to work on his mental toughness and his physical conditioning.
January 23, 1989 |
The favorite indoor event of Adrian Johnson of Penn Wood and Willie Gill of Glen Mills is the 300-yard dash. But each runner moved into another event Saturday at an indoor meet at East Stroudsburg University and the result was two wins. In the Division II (smaller schools) 60-yard hurdles, Johnson won easily in 8.0 seconds. Rich Lord of Conrad Weiser was second in 8.3. This was the third time Johnson has run the hurdles this indoor season and the result was three wins.
April 30, 1992 |
Cinnaminson's John Keevey perhaps has accomplished as much for South Jersey track and field as any athlete in the region. Yet, until this season, he simply hadn't received much recognition. But he recently was named most valuable male runner at the prestigious Woodbury Relays. For three seasons, he and teammates Mark Nelms, Jason Collins and Kevin Walker have helped make Cinnaminson a state Group 2 power. The Pirates won the state Group 2 championship in 1990, Keevey's sophomore season, and were a close second last season.
September 29, 1999 |
For Becky Bullard, this is a year for keeping streaks intact. The Perkiomen Valley senior has won three straight Pioneer Athletic Conference cross-country titles and has finished among the top 10 in the state Class AAA championship race for three straight years. On Saturday, Bullard won the Chris Fretz Invitational, run on her home course at Perkiomen Valley, for the fourth consecutive time. "I felt really well," Bullard said. "My legs have been bothering me; they felt tight.
September 16, 2006 |
Brandon Leslie is trying to break a curse with his feet. When Leslie lines up for a race - as he will tomorrow morning in the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run - he runs for more than medals. He competes for American Indian children living on reservations, for his family, and to distance himself from a rocky past. "I'm on a mission, not only for myself but for my family and all Native American people," said Leslie, a Navajo. "I want to open eyes and open doors for them.