A standing ovation greeted Olympic medal winner Lauryn Williams when she entered the gym of her alma mater, Rochester Area High School, on Friday afternoon. Ms. Williams, who has won three Olympic medals, including a silver in bobsledding last month at the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, walked through two rows of cheerleaders to greet the crowd of students, teachers and parents, who waved American flags and held posters declaring their pride in her victories. During a highlight video of her career, the students gasped at her athletic feats. But Ms. Williams, 30, downplayed her accomplishments. Wearing a T-shirt with the motto "I can't do it alone," she emphasized the debt she owes to Rochester for her success. "There wasn't one person who inspired me," she told the students. "It was (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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FAIRLESS HILLS � No question about it, during her entire high school career, former Methacton track and field standout Ryann Krais was in a league of her own. (via www.pottsmerc.com)
Ryan Whiting repeated as world champion in the shot put at the IAAF Indoor Championships, while price led the 800 final wire-to-wire and Ali shocked the top in her event.
Magaha and Piper both named to second team. (via PennAthletics.com)
Feature stories from the 2014 PTFCA Indoor Champs
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Sometimes good things come out of bad circumstances. Formerly PhillyBurbs (via Bucks County Courier Times)
We have reached the grand finale of the 2014 Pennsylvania indoor season and the boys side of the competition may be the most competitive we have ever seen. Several events are too close to call, while other events have the potential to be special.
Girls preview for the PTFCA Indoor State Champs!
Cocalico sophomore shot put ace Emily Stauffer will throw with opposite arm this coming season
He was a loving friend who always put others’ needs ahead of his own. (via www.philly.com)
Take one look at Cumberland Valley junior runner Megan Howe. She's competing in cross country and track, going to sleepovers at her friends' houses and trying on prom dresses. She's living a perfectly normal life. But for Howe, diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2 and now 14 years in remission, just having a life to live is a gift. She says she owes everything to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund, in place to conquer pediatric cancer. A student-run, dance-marathon philanthropy at Penn State, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since its inception in 1977.
Central York High School graduate Megan Lundy has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week. (via yorkdispatch.com)
There is a bit of a mid-distance renaissance occurring this year in Pennsylvania on the indoor track circuit and it is incredibly exciting. To most fans in the know this should come as no surprise as there are a host of talented runners in the state. But the girls mile in particular now features 4 runners under 4:50, and that is pretty incredible for indoors.
For some, three pole vaulters with Division I scholarship-worthy credentials continuing their careers at a Division III school speaks of a landmark recruiting coup.
(File photo from 2013 PTFCA Indoor Champs) It appears nobody told Brianna Schwartz that you shouldn’t run a PR, let alone a state record, in the opening race of your indoor season.
Preview for the 2014 PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival
Senior Kennedy Weisner is a repeat Millrose qualifier and is coming off a win at the Millrose Trials in January.
Mady Clahane is a sophomore and is a first-time Millrose Mile qualifier, finishing 3rd in the Millrose Mile Trials in January.
Senior Tony Russell is two-for-two in major miles this indoor season, taking both the Yale Invite and New Balance Grand Prix. This is his first Millrose Mile invitation.
A first-time Millrose qualifier, senior Tessa Barrett has already broken her PA record in the 3000, and was 4th in the Millrose Trials in January.
Marissa Sheva is a junior and is a repeat Millrose Mile qualifier, and is coming off a strong 2nd place finish in the New Balance Grand Prix HS mile.
Here we go again... this time it's not enough heat, but the result is the same NO MEET!
Tony Russell realized the first part of his vision for the 2014 indoor season on the biggest of stages.
A tough winter for TSTCA - but they're weathering the storm.
Devan Parise is known around Rochester as Lauryn Williams' best friend, so she's used to going to the local pizza shop or high school basketball ... (via TribLIVE.com)
After dropping more than 100 pounds since retiring from the NFL in 2011, former offensive lineman Alan Faneca ran his first marathon Sunday in 3:56:17. Faneca, 37, started training for the New Orleans Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon back in October after chatting with his former Pittsburgh Steelers. He followed a training plan made by a friend but said he was still nervous on race day. “I was very nervous about going from the slow long run pace to all of a sudden running 30-45 seconds faster,” he said. “I got the adrenaline thing but adrenaline doesn’t last for four hours.” (via Runner's World)
Race video, plus interviews from the Susquehanna Indoor High School Carnival.
The Globe > Sports (via The Globe) Kelly Parsley, is the new head coach for Point Park’s men and women Track and Field teams. The recently formed teams will start during the 2014-2015 season.