So, we posted a pretty important announcement earlier in the day with the news of Yale University selecting its new president. For a little balance, we now offer the least important story ever posted on this website.
Olympian Craig Kinsley dove into a pool today to catch a pooping iguana. In addition to training for the 2013 IAAF World Championships, he is working for a resort in the Florida Keys. Here’s Craig’s Facebook report, which I guarantee he won’t mind me sharing:
“So I caught my first iguana! My job ROCKS. So this sneaky lizard has been taking dumps in the resort pool for weeks, and this morning was no exception. We were AMPED to catch a glimpse of this guy on the mini golf course. [My co-worker] and I grabbed towels and stalked through the trees. The hunt began. I made a break, and the iguana bolted off towards to pool, the two of us following in hot pursuit. The iguana rammed head first into the leg of a pool chair and barreled on into the water. I hurdled the chair and circled around the pool, ripping off my shirt and throwing my phone and keys aside. I dove in in my khakis and grabbed him around the body, wrestling him out of the pool. About 20 lbs and 3-4 feet long! We relocated him to the other side of the island via golf cart. Niiiiice. Steve Corwin would be proud.”
What is up with Cornell and trail running? First, Max King becomes the best trail runner in the U.S. Then Sage Canaday becomes his closest rival. Now Kerri Lyons has won the 2012 USA Trail Marathon National Championships in Moab, Utah. She had finished second at the XTERRA National Trail Championships in September and now, in just her third trail race ever, finished the trail marathon in 3:27:46.
More on former Big Green All-American Alexi Pappas, now starring at Oregon. Turns out she’ll miss the Doha Film Festival because it conflicts with the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Coach Willy Wood of Columbia posted a picture of the start line at the Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., where Friday the NCAA Northeast Regional will take place. There was still some snow on the grass, but tomorrow’s weather (in the 50s) should take care of that. Yet Cornell’s Nick Wade tweeted, “Snow, mud and blood. Tomorrow will be interesting. First 10K ever! Course looked more like an obstacle course than cross.”
Looks like the major college tweeters — like Flotrack, RunnerSpace, USTFCCCA and T&F News — have settled on the hashtag #ncaad1xc for Friday’s frenzy. If you are at either Madison or Penn State for the regionals, tag it up. The world will be watching.