Freshman Stroup keeps pushing the pace at Florida



October 23, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Shane Stroup was supposed to spend this fall adapting to college life and the rigors of a big-time cross country program at the University of Florida.

"The plan this season in cross country is for Shane to get his feet wet and prepare for track [indoor and outdoor]," first-year Gators coach Jeff Pigg said yesterday. "I want him to travel with the team and not get hurt. Next year, he should be ready to have an impact on our cross country team."

But there has never been anything subtle about Stroup's decorated cross country or track career.

The former River Hill High star was a four-time All-Metro selection on the way to being named The Sun's Male Athlete of the Year last spring

Then, on Saturday, Stroup was something of a surprise entry for Florida in a Pre-NCAA Invitational 8K race involving 26 teams in Terre Haute, Ind. All he did was record a personal-best time of 26 minutes, 37.8 seconds to finish seventh on the team.

"My adjustment to college and running cross country was so much easier because I took a summer school course," Stroup said yesterday. "Then it was just like high school when our workouts began."

Stroup said he was nervous Saturday in Terre Haute because "I felt like a little fish in a big pond, but I kind of surprised some people."

"Strength is the thing Shane needs to improve for cross country," said Pigg, the Gators' first full-time cross country coach. "He has the speed [Maryland record-holder in the 1,600 meters] for track."

Freshman Frank Glover, an All-Metro cross country and track standout at Calvert Hall, is a member of the Florida team but has been slowed by an injury.

Another Boomer

Sophomore quarterback Anthony "Boomer" Durham (Howard High) threw two touchdown passes Saturday to lead Greensboro College to a 24-21 overtime win over Shenandoah University.

Durham has started all six games for Greensboro (2-4), completing 80 of 181 passes for 929 yards and nine touchdowns.

In a 23-18 loss to undefeated Salisbury on Sept. 28, Durham connected on 14 of 31 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, earning Dixie Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Selmer top 8

Carrie Selmer (Glenelg) seems to have settled in as the No. 2 runner for the Winthrop University women's cross country team, being the second Eagles runner across the finish line (15:10.61) Saturday in the 4K Winthrop Fall Classic.

Selmer, a freshman, took eighth place overall as Winthrop captured third place in the meet. Selmer was also the No. 2 Winthrop finisher in the 5K Winthrop Invitational last month (19:23.21).

Junior Bonnie Sowa (Severna Park), finished 47th in the Winthrop Fall Classic with a time of 17:16.02. Sowa was 52nd in the Winthrop Invitational (22:05.37).

Sowa is attempting to bounce back from surgery.

Et cetera

Sophomore midfielder/forward Stephanie Sybert (Maryvale) leads the Syracuse women's soccer team with four goals and three assists. Freshman forward Ida Bernstein (Dulaney) has scored two goals for the Orange (2-10-2) despite playing in only six games and starting one.

Amy Rappaport (Howard) has started 13 of 14 games for the Virginia Tech women's soccer team. Rappaport, a junior midfielder/defender, has two assists for Tech (5-8-1).

The Howard County soccer connection of juniors David Lechtrecker (Mount Hebron), Chris Ebeling (Oakland Mills) and Glenn Hayman (Oakland Mills) is playing a major role in Roanoke College's 12-3-1 start. Lechtrecker, a forward, is tied for the team scoring lead with eight goals and six assists, Ebeling has started every game in goal and has a 0.98 goals-against average with 48 saves, and Hayman is a starting defender.

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