A Bupa Great Champion & More

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Columbia graduate Lisa Stublic was part of the victorious European team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge over the weekend. She finished the 6k race ninth overall in 21:11, the fifth runner for Team Europe. Only one runner from Team USA — Mattie Suver — finished ahead of Stublic.

Back at Heps Cross Country, we posted a photo of Robby Andrews in a Princeton shirt and reported that he was going to be a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers. Now it’s official. “I’m extremely pleased to have Robby here as an assistant coach,” said Coach Fred Samara in today’s release. “He’s a world class runner. He will add a lot to the spirit, enthusiasm and the expertise to the team.” Andrews recently completed his degree at the University of Virginia after taking this past spring semester off to train professionally. He will continue to train with head cross country coach Jason Vigilante, his former coach at UVa.

Competitor Magazine profiled 10 runners to watch in 2013 and among them was Cornell graduate Sage Canaday. Competitor wrote, “Canaday burst onto the mountain and ultra running scenes last year, turning heads with a dominating win at the Mount Washington Road Race, where he clocked 58:27 — the fastest American time in history. He went on to win the White River 50 in course-record time and placed second at the Ultra Race of Champions 100K and top-10 at two world championship events.”

Spikes Magazine gave Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson a forum to engage on the topic of athlete’s rights and professionalism in sport. Wrote Nelson, “This conversation can’t be owned by one group. The new professional governing body, the [Track & Field Athletes Association], the sponsors, meet directors, coaches, agents, media and fans all must come together to define a global vision for the sport. Then, we can move forward with the massive innovation that allows our sport to develop a platform capable of sustaining a multi-billion dollar sporting brand. Maybe we should focus on the smaller fixes, but it delays the inevitable. We’re going to have to address the issue of truly professionalizing our sport or we will have to accept that our sport only survives on the Olympic coattails.”

Interesting piece in the Penn Gazette regarding a gay athlete’s challenge to be a member of the Quaker track team a decade ago. After hearing a homophobic slur on the track during the first work out of his college career, Paul Farber struggled with his options. The Gazette story from there:

Feeling distraught, Farber went to then-coach Charlie Powell, who retired in 2011 after 30 years at Penn, and explained his situation. Powell suggested two options: come out to the whole team tomorrow or keep silent and prove himself on the track. Farber then asked him if he had ever coached any openly gay athletes, to which he remembers Powell responding: “Oh yes, I had at least three. Two came out to the team and everything was great, and one ended up getting in a physical fight with his teammates. So make sure you do the right thing.” For Farber, that last sentence hung in the air, chilling the room. Make sure you do the right thing? He left the meeting even more distraught than when he had come in, stung by the fact that he didn’t feel more support from a man he respected so much.

“It’s important for me to say this: I don’t think he had malice,” Farber says now. “I think he was just unaware of what to do. And indifference was dangerous.”

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