Thanks to Mary Boggs, we have a collection of mostly alumni news and notes which we have yet to share. So away we go, starting with some feet-soaking pieces:
• We had written about former Yale high jumper Sam Fox in May as he was preparing to run/hike the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,650 miles, in less than 65 days (hence the feet-soaking above). We can report that he made it to California on Sunday. His run has already raised more than $100,000 for Parkinson’s disease research.
• Fox isn’t the only former Heps athlete beating up his body with an endurance run in the name of medical research. Former Harvard hurdler Eric LaHaie will embark on the grueling Sahara Race 2011 on Oct. 2 in memory of former teammate Niall Murphy. Murphy passed away earlier this year from complications of juvenile diabetes and LaHaie’s goal was to raise $10,000. He has already exceeded that.
• Javelin thrower Sean Furey, who starred at Dartmouth, will be heading to Guadalajara, Mexico, as one of two Americans who will throw the spear at the Pan American Games. Slated for Oct. 24-29, reports out of Mexico have questioned whether the venue will be completed. Hugo Rodriguez, the Organizing Committee’s director of Infrastructure, wasn’t terribly reassuring when he told RugbyMag.com, “We want it to be finished in September. Maybe a few added details will be completed in October, but everything will be ready before the 14th. What’s missing is the floor, the roof cover and the paintwork. We are already working on the track.”
• A pair of former Princeton Tigers — Catha Mullen and Sarah Cummings — finished in the top 25 at the Rock ‘n Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon over the weekend. Mullen was 23rd in 1:15:47 with Cummings right behind, 19 seconds later.
• The Georgetown Hoyas’ women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the nation and there is a former Heps’ champion helping that cause. Harvard graduate Claire Richardson is now donning the Hoya blue. She was third overall (21:09) at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State on Saturday as G’town won easily.
• Here is something we missed when it happened about a month ago. Princeton junior Abby Levene won the national title at the 2011 USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship in Burlington, Vt. The New Hampshire native swam 750 meters, biked 20 kilometers and ran another 5k in 1:11:29 for the victory. That earned her a spot on Team USA for the 2012 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, next October (13 months from now).
• And from the wayback machine, some on the messageboards at LetsRun.com posted video of former Yalie Weldon Johnson winning the Las Vegas Half Marathon, six seconds ahead of Sammy Ngatia, back in 2001. Johnson, now known as Wejo, founded LetsRun with his brother Robert, now the men’s distance coach at Cornell. Take a look at Wejo’s kick: