Archive for September, 2010

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

Posted: 30 September by Brett Hoover in Athletes
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Twelve of the 16 Heps cross country teams will usher in October at the Brooks Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday. Named for a former athletics business manager and a running enthusiast, the Invitational draws more than 100 colleges and high schools for the harrier-fest.

On the men’s side, all six Ivy teams — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton — will compete in the Gold race, an eight-kilometer jaunt that begins at 11 am. Liberty star Sam Chelanga, the returning national champion and collegiate 10k recordholder, will also be in that race.

Five of the women’s teams, all of the above but Princeton, will take off immediately thereafter in the 6k women’s Gold race. The top-10 Princeton women will run in the Brown race at 1 pm.

If you are interested in making the trip to Bethlehem, click here to get directions. While the event will not be shown live online, the folks at FloTrack will archive video and interviews shortly thereafter at this locale.

If you are going to be at the Short Invite, send me your cell-phone photos!

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Giving It His All

Posted: 30 September by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Athletes, Dartmouth
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As he tries to become only the second U.S. shot putter to compete in four Olympic Games, it is safe to say that Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson isn’t on an all-encompassing mission.

Don’t think that he isn’t planning to break his own eight-year-old personal best in his specialty — 73-10 1/4 — because he definitely is. But his life is kinda busy right now.

Married and the father of a two-year-old daughter, Nelson was working to establish a yogurt shop in Atlanta (until the deal fell through), attending graduate school at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, coaching the UVa Cavalier throwers and covering high school sports on weekends for the Charlottesville CBS television affiliate.

Jon Hendershott of Track & Field News actually got Nelson to sit down for a few minutes to tell his latest story. Click here for the T&FN piece.

In non-mascot marathon news, former Columbia distance standout Lisa Stublic, now representing Croatia, took ninth at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Stublic ran 26.2 miles in the streets of Berlin in a tidy 2:33.42.

Her goal was to best the Olympic ‘A’ standard, which she did by more than three minutes. She is now poised to represent Croatia as the country’s first female Olympic marathon runner.

From the Croatian Times:

The 26-year-old athlete won ninth place at the Berlin marathon, coming in at 2:33.42 and beating by six minutes the current Croatian record held by Tijana Pavicic since 1989. That result also gained her entrance to London’s Olympic Games.

“When I saw the result, I thought that I was dreaming. This was my firth marathon in my life and regardless of the fact that we prepared well, I did not expect such a good result,” said Stublic, who came to Croatia from United States three years ago. Her father is from the Sisak area, while her mother is an American.

“I wanted to come to my father’s homeland and when I saw the methods of training of my current coach Slavko Petrovic, I was so excited that I stayed. And I am not sorry,” said Stublic.

In 2005 Stublic ran 17:10 at the Heps Cross Country Championships, which remains one of the 10 fastest times ever at Heps.

Mascot Marathon Madness

Posted: 28 September by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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Hey Quaker, Roar-ee and Keggie… Listen up.

Jefferson the Dog set a mascot marathon world record in Toronto recently, clocking an impressive 4:15.03 in his furry 25-pound suit.

Jefferson, AKA Peter Donato, had previously competed in an Ironman Triathlon in the Arizona desert, which begs the question of what a mascot does in the swim portion, no?

Anyway, he felt that experience prepared him for the marathon. “I was confident in beating the record as I have specific hot weather marathon running experience,” he barked.

Personally, I’d like to see Heps begin with a mascot mile, but then again that would surely be the end of Handsome Dan.

A Call For Help

Posted: 27 September by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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The Heps Cross Country Championships are a month away (Oct. 29) and HepsTrack.com needs the help of the Heps Nation. If you plan to be in attendance, we could use you to help provide coverage of the event using mobile devices and things like texts, photos and Twitter. Please let me know if you are interested in delivering VCP to the world at Heps (and go ahead and let us know you intend to attend!) One last thing, I am still putting my money on the hare in the photo to the right.

UPDATE: I had never published the race times before, but the Ivy website confirms that the women will run at 11 am and the men at 11:45 am.

Shoemaker Wins National Title

Posted: 26 September by Brett Hoover in Alumni
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From the Mary Boggs Wire Service.

Closing with a 10-kilometer run of 33:04, former Heps cross country champion Jarrod Shoemaker became a national champion in hot conditions at the U.S. Triathlon Elite National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“I don’t have a national title, so I’m really excited to have this on my résumé. It’s something I hope to do a couple of times in my career, but it’s tough to get one of these,” said the 2008 Olympian, who finished the 1 1/2-kilometer swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run in 1:54:13, 14 seconds ahead of the next U.S. competitor.

Also in Heps alumni news, Morgan Uceny, the former Cornell 800-meter All-American, gave chase in the professional race at the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan, but finished sixth in 4:26.27. Nike’s Erin Donohue held the pace throughout, but Uceny gave a late charge to move into the front line. To check out a recent Runners World interview with Uceny, please click here.

But in the end, Shannon Rowbury clipped Donohue at the tape and Sara Hall also got passed Donohue to take silver. To watch the race, please click here to visit FloTrack.org.