Sunday, September 28, 2014

UVA Invite Pics and Results

Thanks to Tim O'Dowd for his usual slew of pics.  Here are the men and here are the women.   For those who grew up in the digital age, Randy Hawthorne used to print out copies of his pictures and tape them up in the locker room for us to take home - one per customer - all of which I still have!

Without their #1, the women still finished second to UVA which is ranked #10 in the NCAA.  The men's team was eighth overall.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Getting to know the Tribe: Mary Beth Berg

 Senior - Women's T&F Captain/SAAC President
Grayslake, IL (Carmel Catholic HS)

Dr. Frank Brown '64 Honored by Peninsula Sports Club

On June 16, 2014, former captain of the 1963 William and Mary cross-country team, Dr. Frank Brown, was awarded The Sports Person Emeritus Award by The Peninsula Sports Club at The 65th Annual Headliner's Night held at The Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located at The City Center in Newport News, Virginia. That team won The Va. State Intercollegiate Championship, The Mt. St. Mary's Invitationl Meet, The Va. State A.A.U. Championship, plus The 1963 Southern Conference Meet, and was the first cross-country team in William and Mary history to advance to The N.C.A.A.'s, held at Michigan State. This was sadly just after the Friday on November 22nd when President Kennedy had been assasinated. The team was admiringly coached by senior classmate, Jim Holdren, as head coach, Harry Groves, had taken a leave-of-absence on an A.A.U. Track and Field tour to Iran that fall. What a miraculous season it was for all involved. That team consisted of coach Holdren, Brown, Tom Ryan, Bob Lawson, Jimmy Johnson, and John Randolph. They could only afford to take five team members to nationals at that time due to a distinct lack of money.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elaina Balouris '14 14th @ USA 5k Championships

Balouris (bib #5) and her BAA teammates
By now, you all know Elaina as a six-time All-American as a Tribe XC/distance runner, but now she is running professionally as a member of the Boston Athletic Association high performance team. The Boston College graduate student placed 14th (16:15) in a very impressive women's field at yesterday's USA 5k Road Championships in Providence.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting to Know the Tribe: David Barney

Junior Cross Country Captain
Lynchburg, Virginia (EC Glass)

Kevin Cropp '78 Inducted into HS Athletic HoF

Kevin Cropp, still the 12th fastest performer in W&M history in the 1500m (3:45.5), is being inducted into the Parry McCluer HS (Buena Vista, VA) Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend! While in HS, Cropp ran the 5th fastest indoor mile in the nation in 1974, and also set 18 school records and 6 state records at various distances during his time at PMHS. He also holds the VHSL Class A record in the mile, which is still faster than the best 1600m time posted since the race changed to that (shorter) distance.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Sabrina Moran Little '09 - Ultra Marathoner

Some of you may remember Sabrina Moran Little who ran on the team for a brief stint at William & Mary, before turning her focus to higher mileage work. Let's just say that her move to higher mileage has proven to be wildly successful. Sabrina is the American record holder in the 24-hour run (147.9 miles covered in a 24-hour period!!!) and in the road 200k. Such performances have solidified Little as the face of female ultrarunning in the USA.

NY Times feature July 2013
Running Times feature July 2013

Simply google her name, and you will be able to find many more of her outstanding accomplishments!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

W&M Teams Win Low Key Invitationals

Both W&M teams easily won an invitation at Eastern States.  The women, who are ranked 25th in the US were lead by Carolyn Hennessay and Meghan McGovern while the men were led by Trevor Sleight and Nathaniel Hermsmeier.

More on the women
More on the men

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Getting to know...

Here is another in our getting to know series.  This one on Rachel Rabbitt. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bechtol Wins 1/2 Marathon

W&M grad and current Stanford grad student, Keith Bechtol won a 1/2 marathon in Chicago in 1:06.52 proving he is still staying in good shape despite his studies. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interview with Chris Solinsky

Here is my interview with Chris Solinsky the new men's distance coach.  Solinsky, a former American record holder in the 10K is balancing both coaching while continuing his competitive career.  

Natalie Hall Interview

This is a nice interview I just did with Natalie Hall who is the new women's cross country coach.  She has high hopes for the women as you can see in the video.  

Getting to Know the Tribe: Jomar Aryee

Junior from Jamaica, by way of Hillside, New Jersey (Hillside HS)
Team Captain - Men's Track & Field

Monday, September 1, 2014

Landry Second at 20K US Champtionships

'08 grade Christo Landry was narrowly beaten by 1 second at the USA 20K national champs.  More soon.   Here is a pre-race interview with him. 

W& M XC/TF YouTube Channel

The W&M coaches have started a YouTube channel where you are going to get more up close experiences with the teams.  The videos above are interviews new coach Chris Solinsky made after the twin victories at Richmond.  Men's results.  Women's results