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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Olkowski wasn't kidding. The 28-year-old Calvert Hall and Penn State alumnus really had trained harder than ever before in preparation for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and was ready for bigger and better things in the decathlon - most notably in the second-day field events, often his downfall in the past. Olkowski, once the Big Ten 200-meter dash and high jump champion, wound up 12th with 7,633 points - behind ex-world champion Bryan Clay's winning total of 8,832, the best by an American in 16 years.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Olkowski wasn't kidding. The 28-year-old Calvert Hall and Penn State alumnus really had trained harder than ever before in preparation for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and was ready for bigger and better things in the decathlon - most notably in the second-day field events, often his downfall in the past. Olkowski, once the Big Ten 200-meter dash and high jump champion, wound up 12th with 7,633 points - behind ex-world champion Bryan Clay's winning total of 8,832, the best by an American in 16 years.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1995
Third baseman Kevin Olkowski went 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored to pace a 16-hit attack as top-ranked Calvert Hall (13-0) ripped No. 7 Arundel, 14-8, in the first game of the Arundel Easter Tournament.Calvert Hall edged Arundel, 3-1, in last year's tournament final and will meet the Oakland Mills/Queen Anne's winner 3:30 p.m. Monday in this year's championship game. The Hall is playing Saturday in Philadelphia against LaSalle High."We're coming back to win this on Monday," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to The Sun | June 30, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Olkowski calls the U.S. Olympic track and field trials "my last hurrah." But few believe the 28-year-old all-arounder from Calvert Hall and Penn State, who has announced several previous retirements only to come back faster and stronger than before. His current comeback might rank as his best. Midway through the decathlon at the trials, Olkowski stands seventh in the 20-man field with a score of 4,076 points that puts him in the middle of the fight. Past world champions Bryan Clay (4,476 points)
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to the Sun | June 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Olkowski's traveling bags are packed. But the Calvert Hall and Penn State graduate - an elite decathlete for the past six years - has no idea what his destination will be. Will it be the Pan American Games (July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)? The USA-Germany decathlon challenge (date and site to be announced)? Or anywhere else he can track down a multi-event opportunity? Midway through the men's decathlon at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday in Indianapolis, the 27-year-old is fifth with a 4,066-point total, 28 points out of third place.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2002
Tall and slender, Ryan Olkowski already knew he didn't look like the rest of the nation's top 200-meter sprinters when he went out to warm up for the NCAA indoor track and field championships in early March in Fayetteville, Ark. "All those guys are about 5-11 or 6-foot, really ripped with muscles bulging everywhere," said the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Penn State senior from Calvert Hall. Then the top-ranked 200 sprinter from Kansas walked up to Olkowski and reminded him of another difference, "You know you're the only white guy here.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2005
Baltimore native Ryan Olkowski is among the men trying to deny Paul Terek a third consecutive national indoor heptathlon title this weekend. They'll run, jump and throw today and tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the women's pentathlon will be contested concurrently in the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships. Olkowski, a 1998 graduate of Calvert Hall who sprinted and jumped for Penn State before trying his first decathlon in 2003, has the nation's leading mark in indoor track's scaled-down version of the test that defines the "world's greatest athlete" at the Summer Olympics.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
Ryan Olkowski is four years and a few pounds from making a serious push at an Olympic berth in the decathlon. Considering his track and field roots, that quest doesn't seem daunting at all. Six years ago, Olkowski was a 148-pound senior at Calvert Hall. Yesterday, he was racing at Stanford University, handling a relay baton on a foursome that was to include Dan O'Brien. Being teamed with the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, even if he is taking his first exploratory steps out of retirement, speaks volumes about Olkowski's potential.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 18, 2001
Ryan Olkowski, a 1998 graduate of Calvert Hall, did a little of everything recently to help the Penn State men's track and field team cruise to an easy team victory at the Colonial Relays at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Olkowski won the 100 meters (10.67) and the long jump (23 feet, 3 1/2 inches). He also anchored the winning 800-meter relay team. Named the Top Male Athlete of the Meet, Olkowski also took second in the 200 (a personal-best 21.01) and in the high jump (6-7 1/2 )
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By Kaija Langley and Kaija Langley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 17, 1999
Most people mistake Ryan Olkowski for a basketball player. At 6 feet 4, 150 pounds, he has the height and agility to play seriously, but doesn't anymore. This 19-year-old Penn State sophomore from Perry Hall uses his athleticism on the track instead.Last week, after six jumps, Olkowski claimed a silver medal in the long jump at the Junior Pan Am Games in Tampa, Fla. He captured second with a leap of 24 feet, 2 inches, but at a price: a swollen, bandaged leg after spiking himself earlier in the meet.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to the Sun | June 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Olkowski's traveling bags are packed. But the Calvert Hall and Penn State graduate - an elite decathlete for the past six years - has no idea what his destination will be. Will it be the Pan American Games (July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)? The USA-Germany decathlon challenge (date and site to be announced)? Or anywhere else he can track down a multi-event opportunity? Midway through the men's decathlon at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday in Indianapolis, the 27-year-old is fifth with a 4,066-point total, 28 points out of third place.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2005
Baltimore native Ryan Olkowski is among the men trying to deny Paul Terek a third consecutive national indoor heptathlon title this weekend. They'll run, jump and throw today and tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the women's pentathlon will be contested concurrently in the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships. Olkowski, a 1998 graduate of Calvert Hall who sprinted and jumped for Penn State before trying his first decathlon in 2003, has the nation's leading mark in indoor track's scaled-down version of the test that defines the "world's greatest athlete" at the Summer Olympics.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 17, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Bernard Williams is running for redemption. He knows his route is straight uphill. "They kicked my [rear] in the 100; I'm not going to let that happen in the 200," the 1997 Carver graduate said after advancing to the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials at Sacramento State last night. Williams, a gold medalist in the 400 relay in the 2000 Sydney Games, came into the trials as the 2003 national 100-meter champion, with every expectation of sprinting to one of the three spots on the American 100-meter team bound for Athens.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
Ryan Olkowski is four years and a few pounds from making a serious push at an Olympic berth in the decathlon. Considering his track and field roots, that quest doesn't seem daunting at all. Six years ago, Olkowski was a 148-pound senior at Calvert Hall. Yesterday, he was racing at Stanford University, handling a relay baton on a foursome that was to include Dan O'Brien. Being teamed with the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, even if he is taking his first exploratory steps out of retirement, speaks volumes about Olkowski's potential.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2002
Tall and slender, Ryan Olkowski already knew he didn't look like the rest of the nation's top 200-meter sprinters when he went out to warm up for the NCAA indoor track and field championships in early March in Fayetteville, Ark. "All those guys are about 5-11 or 6-foot, really ripped with muscles bulging everywhere," said the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Penn State senior from Calvert Hall. Then the top-ranked 200 sprinter from Kansas walked up to Olkowski and reminded him of another difference, "You know you're the only white guy here.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2002
Randallstown's Tony Darden is a natural story for this time of the year. March Madness always brings out some unlikely heroes on the court. But, though Darden didn't make it to the NCAA tournament, what he has accomplished at little Coastal Carolina is as unlikely as it gets. Darden has two deficient anterior cruciate ligaments, forcing him to wear knee braces every time he plays. When his playing days are over, he'll have to have both knees operated on. "The doctors believe the broken leg I had when I was a little over 1 year old caused the ACLs not to function," said Darden.
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By Derek Toney and Derek Toney,Contributing Writer | May 13, 1994
Mental mistakes proved costly to Mount St. Joseph in its first meeting with Calvert Hall in the regular season. The second meeting featured strong hitting and pitching by the Cardinals.The third meeting yesterday provided both and, of course, the same conclusion.The top-ranked Cardinals took their first step in defending their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (formerly MSA) A Conference championship, defeating the visiting and No. 7 Gaels, 9-1, in an opening-round game.Today at 3:45, Calvert Hall (24-2)
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2002
Demon Brown has traveled from the Murphy Homes projects on Baltimore's west side to a peaceful Southern academic setting on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Brown, who left the city for Baltimore County's Randallstown High in the 11th and 12th grades, is so content in his new environment that the love of his life, basketball, even pales a little in comparison with the new tension-free atmosphere. Sure, the 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard for the always-strong 49ers (16-8 overall, 10-3 in Conference USA)
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2002
Demon Brown has traveled from the Murphy Homes projects on Baltimore's west side to a peaceful Southern academic setting on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Brown, who left the city for Baltimore County's Randallstown High in the 11th and 12th grades, is so content in his new environment that the love of his life, basketball, even pales a little in comparison with the new tension-free atmosphere. Sure, the 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard for the always-strong 49ers (16-8 overall, 10-3 in Conference USA)
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2002
Corsley Edwards spends his summers working out at UMBC and his winters trying to beat up on the Retrievers in basketball for Central Connecticut State. Saturday afternoon in New Britain, Conn., the 6-foot-9, 275-pound giant from Lake Clifton powered his way to 20 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of a 76-58 romp over the Retrievers. On that same floor in New Britain last year, Edwards struck for a career-high 36 points against his hometown foes. Edwards and the Blue Devils are 6-4 against UMBC during his collegiate career.
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