Wandering Ivies, Vol. 1

We have certainly covered the realm of alumni news here at HepsTrack.com, but we finally have a name for it. So for the first time in any organized fashion, we bring you Wandering Ivies. And if you have Wandering Ivies’ news to pass along, click right here and help out the cause.

First up, if you thought cross country season was over, you need to take another look because the Bay Area Track Club has announced the inaugural Bay Area Cross Challenge, which will run on Sunday, January 16, at the Polo Fields of Golden Gate Park in wonderfully hilly San Francisco. We have heard of at least three former Ivy Leaguers who are set to compete — including former Cornellian and Olympic Trails qualifier in the steeplechase, Max King. He is a three-time member of the World Cross Country Championship team. Also slated to run are former Harvard Crimson and American Junior recordholder in the 10k Lindsey Scherf, and 2010 Pacific Association Cross Country champion Stephanie Pancoast (Cornell) and runnerup Catha Mullen (Princeton).

Next in the news is 1997 Penn graduate Adria Sheth (nee Ferguson), who along with her husband Brian recently gave a seven-figure gift to endow the Quaker women’s track and field position in the name of Betty J. Costanza, who was her college coach. The gift represents a milestone as first Penn women’s varsity coaching position being endowed in a woman’s name. It is also only the second time a seven-figure gift has been given by a female athlete alumna. HepsTrack.com has tracked down Mrs. Sheth and will publish an interview about her experience at Penn and her motivation to secure her program’s future.

And then another Penn graduate, Riva Johnson (nee Gensib) finished 32nd at the JFK 50 Mile, an ultra-event south to the south of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border in November. What makes that incredibly impressive is that Johnson is 48 years old and a 1982 Heps champion in the 5k. She completed the 50-mile trek in just over seven hours. This coming June she is registered for the Western States 100 in California. And yes, that 100 represents miles. Click here for a full story on Johnson’s exploits from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And Cornell’s Sarah Spain, who once painted racing stripes on her legs for Indoor Heps, is reconnecting with her inner athlete on ESPNW. Check that out here.

That’s it for the first edition of Wandering Ivies. Stay tuned for more (and the interview with Adria Sheth).

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