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By Colleen Thomas and Baltimore Sun staff | June 26, 2013
The Maryland women's basketball team recently landed one of the most inexperienced players in the country. That's not a bad thing, though - it's her potential and her pedigree that caught their eyes. Aja Ellison, the daughter of former NBA player Pervis Ellison and former Maryland sprinter Timi Crawford, committed to the Terps on Sunday. Ellison has only been playing organized basketball since 2010, but has shown huge improvement and plenty of collegiate potential. “She obviously has the genes - athleticism never was an issue,” said Ron Kessler, Ellison's basketball coach at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. “We just worked on her skill set, fine tuning her ability with a basketball on the court.
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By Colleen Thomas and Baltimore Sun staff | June 26, 2013
The Maryland women's basketball team recently landed one of the most inexperienced players in the country. That's not a bad thing, though - it's her potential and her pedigree that caught their eyes. Aja Ellison, the daughter of former NBA player Pervis Ellison and former Maryland sprinter Timi Crawford, committed to the Terps on Sunday. Ellison has only been playing organized basketball since 2010, but has shown huge improvement and plenty of collegiate potential. “She obviously has the genes - athleticism never was an issue,” said Ron Kessler, Ellison's basketball coach at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. “We just worked on her skill set, fine tuning her ability with a basketball on the court.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 4, 1997
The greeting on Jim Pfrogner's answering machine in the track and field office at UMBC says it all. And it's said with purpose and pride."I can't talk right now," the message begins. "I won't be in the office through all of next week as I will be at the NCAA track championships with our sprinter, David Bobb."Bobb, UMBC's first and only Division I All-American in track and field, earned his second straight trip to the outdoor nationals, which begin today and run through Saturday in Indianapolis, by winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships last month at George Mason.
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By Chris Branch, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2011
When Tyler Badie thinks about New Orleans, he doesn't remember much. He was only 6 years old when his family left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I remember playing with my friends," Badie, now 11, said. "I remember the good food. And the Saints. " Now an athlete himself, Badie has earned a spot in the track and field AAU Junior Olympics, which will be held this week in, of all places, New Orleans. "It's going to be really, really nice," Badie's father, Shaun, said.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
By the time he was 22, Donovan Bailey had a degree in marketing, his own small investment firm and a Porsche. "Life," he said, "was pretty comfortable."But Bailey also had a dream, one that he had flirted with since his days as a promising high school sprinter, one that he seemingly had forgotten about as a basketball player and aspiring businessman at Sheridan College in his adopted hometown of Oakville, Ontario."My best friend was always saying to me, 'Bailey, are you going to tell your grandkids that you could have been a great sprinter?
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By LUKE BROADWATER and LUKE BROADWATER,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 12, 2006
Glen Burnie sprinter Justin Murdock would like to watch himself run. But every time his mother, Vernell Shaheed, tries, she can't seem to catch Murdock on videotape. "I really try to videotape his races, but I get too excited and I start jumping up and down," Shaheed said. "I just can't do it. [The footage] is just all over the place." Shaheed isn't the only one who has had trouble catching up with Murdock. The state's best sprinters have encountered a similar problem. In his first season in track and field this winter, Murdock, a sophomore, shocked the area running community by winning county, regional and state championships in the 55-meter dash.
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By JOHN POWERS and JOHN POWERS,BOSTON GLOBE | September 22, 1998
It wasn't so much the gold medals, which she won in triplicate. It wasn't so much the times, which some people found literally unbelievable. It was the style -- racy and edgy and undeniably glam.Florence Griffith Joyner, who died of an apparent heart seizure yesterday at 38, was a race car done up in Day-Glo, a sprinter who stopped the show merely by spreading her polished six-inch nails on the starting line.FloJo was fluorescent. She turned up for the world championships in a clingy bodysuit that might have been borrowed from the Cat Woman's closet.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN COLUMNIST | July 31, 1996
ATLANTA -- Next, Carl Lewis will want to play for the Orioles.He'd fit right in, considering his campaign for the anchor spot on the U.S. men's 4 x 100-meter relay team, a campaign to satisfy a personal goal at the possible expense of his team.If Lewis were a hitter, he'd refuse to DH.If he were a pitcher, he'd refuse to work on short rest.Alas, he's a sprinter -- or, shall we say, a former sprinter.And sprinters have agendas, too.Michael Johnson sounded petty when he criticized Lewis' refusal to step down as the leading figure in U.S. track and field, but this is exactly what he was talking about.
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By Mike Preston | June 28, 2001
THE LAST TIME I had seen U.S. Olympic sprinter Bernard Williams was eight months ago when he was delivering a speech about staying in school and away from drugs to youngsters at the Union Street United Methodist Church in Westminster. Even then, almost two weeks after Williams had run the race of his life and won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, he was still receiving hate mail calling him classless, disrespectful, shallow and a "thug," a term America loves to throw on black athletes as soon as there is a hint of trouble.
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July 17, 2010
American sprinters who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal Friday to have them restored. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee's decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games. In Sydney, Jearl Miles-Clark , Monique Hennagan , LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson were part of the squad that won gold in the 1,600-meter relay.
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August 9, 2010
U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin clocked 10.17 seconds Sunday in Tallinn, Estonia, to win his second consecutive 100-meter final since coming back from a four-year doping ban. Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, was running at the Ergo World challenge meet as he works toward the 2012 London Olympics. Before Tuesday, when he also ran in Estonia, he had not raced competitively since June 2006 after being banned because of a positive test for testosterone. Gatlin, 28, regained his eligibility in July but was expected to have difficulty finding races because of a Euro Meetings recommendation not to invite athletes who bring disrepute to the sport.
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July 17, 2010
American sprinters who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal Friday to have them restored. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee's decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games. In Sydney, Jearl Miles-Clark , Monique Hennagan , LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson were part of the squad that won gold in the 1,600-meter relay.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2009
In his younger days, Jeffrey Perkins spent countless hours practicing acrobatic flips with his neighborhood friends. These days, however, it's the track coaches at Woodlawn who are doing back flips over the emergence of the 17-year-old as one of the area's premier sprinters. The senior recently won three Baltimore County titles, including individual gold in the 400, and followed that up with individual championships in the 100 and 400 at the Class 4A North regionals. Now, two years after transferring from Reginald F. Lewis High in the city, Perkins will be one of Woodlawn's top hopes at this weekend's Class 4A state meet.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | August 21, 2008
BEIJING - People are dancing in the streets of Jamaica today, singing sweet songs and rejoicing over the long strides of a 6-foot-5 sprinter who has, in the eyes of the world, become a legend this week. They're writing lyrics for Usain Bolt, a man who has rewritten the record books twice inside the Bird's Nest at the 2008 Olympics. Yesterday, he followed his world record in the 100 meters with an expected, but still stunning, victory in the 200 final, breaking one of the most hallowed world records in track with a time of 19.30 seconds.
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By RICK MAESE | August 21, 2008
BEIJING - The race was simply unbelievable. Usain Bolt wiped his hand over his head several times, ran his index fingers over his eyebrows and pushed out his top so everyone could see "Jamaica" from shoulder to shoulder. Then he crouched into the blocks, waited for the gun and left seven competitors and the previous world record in the dust. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I would have called you a liar. The previous world record in the 200 meters, set by Michael Johnson in the 1996 Games, was 19.32 seconds.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,Sun reporter | July 29, 2008
Mechelle Lewis had it all: a dream job on Madison Avenue, a bright future and a social life filled with happy hours. She left to chase her dream - a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. "My goal was to walk in the parade at the opening ceremony," said Lewis, 27, a sprinter raised in Fort Washington. Mission accomplished. In June, Lewis qualified for the 400-meter relay team in Beijing next month. The comeback proved daunting. In 2006, Lewis left a promising advertising career in New York to train full time for the Games.
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By Special to The Sun | July 6, 1991
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Blair Major's stakes-winning gelding Ara Russell, assigned top weight of 121 pounds, heads a field of six sprinters scheduled to go in tonight's 6 1/2 -furlong handicap feature at the Charles Town Races.The race, the 10th on the card, is the first in a series of five handicaps for 3-year-olds and upward to be run during the summer meet at distances ranging from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1995
David Hayden first made a name for himself in the horse business by breeding champion sprinter Safely Kept.Now, the Baltimore County owner is enjoying additional success after persevering with another fast horse, Goldminer's Dream.Yesterday, the 6-year-old runner, hampered over the years by numerous injuries, stamped himself as the local horse to beat in the coming Frank J. De Francis Dash when he raced six furlongs in 1 minute, 9 3/5 seconds in Laurel Park's $78,600 Housebuster Stakes.Ron Cartwright, trainer of the more lightly-regarded Crumpton, thought the only way to beat the Hayden runner was to get the jump on him out of the gate.
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By From staff reports | November 24, 2007
Eight sprinters, including two of the top four finishers from the Breeders' Cup Sprint, are entered in today's Grade I, $250,000 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park. The 18th annual Dash, one of five Grade I sprints at six furlongs, tops the Fall Festival of Racing card, which features four added-money races. Gates open at 11 a.m., and first post is 12:10 p.m. Benny the Bull, who had a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27 but rallied to finish fourth 2 1/2 lengths behind Talent Search, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun reporter | May 4, 2007
Herbert Nicholls, a senior from the Washington suburbs, is about to earn a degree in community health. Reggie Carter, a freshman from Philadelphia, plans to major in business management. Both Morgan State sprinters, however, are minoring in their sport's history. They'll be serious players in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference track and field championships, which began yesterday and continue through tomorrow, at Hughes Stadium. There may be no stopping Norfolk State, which is poised to repeat an unprecedented sweep of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor titles.
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