Archive for December, 2009

Looking At London 2012

Posted: 28 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

As the year comes to an end, the Ithaca Journal is doling out awards and its female athlete of the year is former Cornell All-American Jeomi Maduka, who is training at the Olympic Center under the eye of former Gold madalist Al Joyner.

Wrote Dan Sweeney of the Ithaca Journal wrote about her accomplishments and her remarkable promise:

“Not being able to reach my goal of becoming an NCAA champion at the indoors and being just a couple centimeters away, now that’s tough,” Maduka said.

[Cornell men’s coach Nathan] Taylor tells the story of sitting in the stands with Michael Powell, an Olympic champion and world record holder in the long jump, during the 2008 indoor track and field championships. On one of Maduka’s leaps, she faulted, but jumped more than 24 feet, 4 inches, an unheard of distance for a female.

“He’s at the pinnacle of the sport, and he couldn’t believe it,” Taylor said of Powell. “No one had seen an American women jump like that since Marion Jones, and now we know she wasn’t clean when she was doing it. And we know Jeomi is.”

For the full story, please click here.

A Word From Trinity Gray

Posted: 24 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

Following Derek Schueren’s post on regarding Trinity Gray and his health, Trinity himself posted a response, which he has allowed HepsTrack to also publish here.

Hello Family,

I would like to thank you, my track family, for your prayers and donations. This year has been deeply humbling for me and I cannot adequately express how much you helped me get through 2009. I learned this year that there are a lot of people who care about me and will be there for me in my time of need. Without my family, friends, and the track community, I would not have had the strength to overcome some of this year’s challenges. I am eternally grateful for you keeping me in your thought and prayers.

I would like to write a special thank you to my Brown T&F family. There were so many times during this year that someone from the track team would come to Philly and take me out to eat, take me to DC, or help me financially. Another example of my teammates love and generosity is the fund Derek set up for me in November. I had no idea about the fund until this Monday when Derek called and informed me of what he had done.

There are few words that can truly express the gratitude and love I have for the track community and my Brown T&F family. I love you and I pray that you all have friends like mine and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for the continued prayers and support.



Note that Schueren’s initial goal was to raise $3,000. He has already gotten more than twice that amount.

Help Trinity

Posted: 21 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

HepsTrack talked briefly to former Brown runner Derek Schueren and he granted us permission to publish a message he had originally posted on

Hello My Fellow Running Mates,

I hope that everyone is doing well and getting ready for a festive holiday season. Unfortunately for one of our own, this entire year has been extremely difficult and challenging. For those of you who may not know, Trinity Gray, my teammate at Brown University and an incredible middle distance athlete and competitor (400m: 46.19 800m: 1:44.54 – fastest time by an American in 2001) was diagnosed with brain cancer at the start of the year and had to undergo brain surgery to remove the tumor in his head.

Only a few months later he had to undergo yet another operation. Luckily they believe they have cleared the tumor and Trinity is being cared for by one of the best doctors in the nation. Thankfully he also had his old Coach Bob Rothenberg present every step of the way.

However, Trinity has lost much of his eyesight and has had complications from his surgeries and medications. He currently is not able to work, and the paperwork for assistance from the state is taking considerable time, making Trinity have to bear an even greater sacrifice. I recently went down to Philadelphia to see Trinity and despite the immense challenges he has faced this year, he is still the incredible competitor we have known since we first met him. He is confident he will recover and get back to work as soon as he is able. He truly is an incredible inspiration to us all.

I am thus sending this post out to the running community to show our fallen brother that we are right by his side. We have raised close to 2,000 dollars thus far and people having been incredibly supportive. Whatever you can contribute, small or large the act of giving is what counts. Please also leave a message for him when you do, Trinity will most certainly be touched by seeing his running peers are thinking of him.

To donate, please go to this site I set up for him:

Thank you everyone. Keep living, keep running, keep believing…

Derek Schueren (Class of ’98 Brown XC & Track)

Harvard’s Globetrotting Hoosier

Posted: 16 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

As we have reached the winter interlude in the track and field season, stumbled upon a great story that involves Ivy League athletics.

Yesterday I logged on to the website of my new hometown newspaper (the Indianapolis Star) and discovered the story of former Harvard hoopster Darryl Finkton, who has been awarded one of 32 prestigious Rhodes Scholars this fall. Doing what I do, I tried to contact Finkton for an interview for my day job.

He got back in touch with me, even though he was within hours of flying to Ghana to work on a clean water distribution project that he and his roommate had concocted, funded and plan to implement. Looks like I will talk to him when he returns Stateside after the holidays. If you have some time, you should give Finkton’s story a read, which is linked from

A Nightingale Title

Posted: 13 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

Former Heps champion David Nightingale wasn’t done winning team championships when he graduated from Princeton. In fact, yesterday his club — Zap Fitness — claimed the national crown at the USA Track & Field National Club Cross Country Championships in Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky.

Nightingale, running out of Blowing Rock, N.C., was second overall in 29:40 while four other Ivy Leaguers finished among the top 50 — Yale’s Lucas Meyer (seventh, 30:04), Columbia’s Thomas Kloos (10th, 30:10), Brown’s Ari Zamir (28th, 30:47) and Columbia’s Mark Olivier (50th, 31:17).

Four Ivy women were in the top 50 as well, led by Princeton’s Catherine Mullen, who finished the 6k course in 21:05, good for 10th place. Behind her were Cornell’s Toni Salucci (20th, 21:18), Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum (31st, 21:33) and Dartmouth’s Erin Dromgoole (34th, 21:38).

Heppy New Year To Come

Posted: 12 December by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

The last Heps-related event before the holiday took place on Friday, so here’s to a great Heps New Year.

Princeton — No one questions the Orange and Black women’s distance squad … Not after the Tigers went 1-2-3-4-5 at the Heps Cross Country and finished in the top five in the nation … But now Coach Peter Farrell has a group of freshman that showed terrific promise in the season opener, the New Years Invitational at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym … In an event for New Jersey and Philadelphia area teams, Tiger newcomers walked away with wins in the 60-meter dash and 1,000-meter run as well as the pole vault … In fact, in the 60, Princeton freshmen Abidemi Adenikinju and Erin Guty went one-two (7.74, 7.76) … Rookie Greta Feldman took the 1,000 in 3:00.06 while newcomer Tory Worthen claimed the pole vault (12-6) … Junior Tiffany Liu was a double winner in the long and triple jumps … On the men’s side, senior captain Eric Plummer hit an NCAA provisional standard in the shot put in his first meet of the season, posting a best of 60-1 … The Tigers owned the jumps and vault with wins in the high (senior Ian Fox, 6-10 3/4), long and triple jumps (sophomore Isaac Serwanga, 23-4 1/2 and 48-2) as well as the pole vault (sophomore David Slovenski, 15-1). Full results are here.