... and ofcourse, the entire McCray family, on the birth of 7 lb 7 oz
Christopher Ashton early on March 12th. Christopher McCray
An Andrew Update I received a wonderful email from Assistant Coach Andrew Lawrence today sharing his good news. In addition to graduating from basic military training at Lackland AFB in Texas
on March 1st, Andrew announced his engagement to Danielle. A few photos from Andrew In Case You Missed It -On February 9th, Yale junior Paul Chandler(S
'10) vaulted 4.80m (15'9") -Ben Aldrich(S'11), Emily Hanrahan(S'11) and
Olivia Massey(S'09) competed at the Patriot League Championships where
Massey won the long jump.
-With the help of Ingrid Johnson and Alex Popkin, the Johns Hopkins indoor
teamwon the Centennial Conference. -Emily Troelsta and Henry Wynne committed to
Read more -Hannah DeBalsi has been featured in two recent
stories. Read them both ... Athlete of the Month in the Daily Voice and then
Fast and Furious in the Westport News
The very talented Katherine Lawrence, Laddie and Katie's daughter, danced at the Kennedy Center this past weekend.
BalletWest on Facebook ...she's the cover photo. And here's
Worth It... Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji - an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world's greatest distance athletes...
See more at
Shotumentary...Who Knew? A shotput documentary called Throwing Iron.
Someone asked me for books
(12.05.12) Running with the Buffaloes: A Season
Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, & University Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team by Lear, Chris Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete by Jackie Joyner-Kersee
A Sad Day for
Collegiate Track and Field (09.24.12) Last Friday and now again this morning, avid track and field fans have sent me this story
of the end of men's track and field at the University of Richmond. And now I send it on to all of you.
Flotrack calls it a disgrace. You decide. Read more about University
of Richmond's decision to end the men's soccer, indoor and outdoor
track teams here.
Secret (09.21.12) Every so often you can read about a runner's style, plan and training regimen that is contrary to
expectations. Yesterday's WSJ article about Bernard Lagat is just that. Open practices, straight forward talk and lots of rest.
The Secret to Running: Not Running.
From Laddie's Past Yep - that's Laddie and his co captains
Laddie forwarded the above photo and a link to an article written by his
former co-captain, Creigh
Kelley entitled Retro Racing. [Read
Vintage 1964 In a recent email by 1965 Staples grad,
Hal Heitzmann 65, he commented on Laddie's long coaching career and
keeping up with the team through the website. To help out with the
lack of news/coverage prior to 2003, Mr Heitzmann forwarded several
newsclippings...they are a must see!
1964 Indoor Article Ι
1964 Outdoor Part 1 Ι
1964 Outdoor Part 2
from Dana White 04.02.12 Dana is a trainer, nutritionist and all around
great resource for athletes and parents.
Dana White Nutrition Check out the resources page on Dana's website.
Varsity ParentingA varitey of topics regarding high school athletes. Healthy EatsInteresting recipes for healthier food
CIAC Network This Spring(03.15.12) The CIAC and PlayOn! Sports jointly announced the launch of the CIAC Network
covering Connecticut High School sports. Read more from CAS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff
Update: I heard from David Rudolf,
CEO of Play On! Sports, that they have plans to cover the outdoor season
Toe the Line
Sometimes athletes don't want to compete until
they're in shape, faster or stronger. Or maybe they're waiting to feel
not stressed by school, family or friends. This is when they should be
competing, to see what the result will be. To see, knowing all the
circumstances of high school life, just how close the athlete can come to
their full potential on that given day. Whether they are a seasoned record
holder or new to track and field, no one expects the first event in December
to be as good as their final event of the season. The process starts with
stepping up, putting a toe on the line and competing.
(Many of you had heard me say this a zillion times. This is just the opinion
of the webmaster and Laddie and Coach McCray cannot be held responsible for
100 Yr Old Finishes
Marathon It's true! This should be motivation to get off
my couch...100 year old, Fauja Singh, finished the Toronto marathon in just over 8 hours, setting a
record for the first person over 100 to do so. In case you're wondering, he
also set the 90+ record in 2003, running 5:40:01. More
A Trackie Wedding...
On July 3rd, track stand outs Allie Parkhurst and Will Caffery
were married on the grounds at
West Point. Along with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, there were
five Staples record holders in the wedding party!
you're at READ THIS too! Every so often there's a story that has to be shared. This is one of them.
Irv Black Irv Black, long time coach at New
Britain High School & President of Northeast Sports Timing, passed
away on July 14th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Here is what Laddie had to say about him...
"Without a doubt Irv loved our sport. There in no one individual in Connecticut who has done more for the advancement of track and field than Irv. Although at times Irv may have seemed to be a gruff and ornery individual, he always had the welfare and interest of the athletes in his heart. He was an honest, hardworking and dedicated man whose loyalty to track and field is beyond question. He was a man of integrity who readily accepted the responsibility of improving our sport at every opportunity. As a pioneer of electronic sports timing at the high school level Irv revolutionized the preciseness and accuracy of our sport to a point which is now common place throughout the world. Through the years he has remained steadfast in his belief that the high school track and field athletes of Connecticut deserve the best coaching, officials and facilities that we can provide for them. I treasure his expertise, dedication and passion for our sport. More importantly, I treasure our friendship."
With Great Sadness
The Staples running community mourns the death of Charles Lucas,
a great supporter of all things running and a kind gentleman.
Our condolences go out to Katie, Charlie and all of his family.
Bronxville 4x800 and More I came across these articles again recently
and was reminded about this training philosophy...from
the coach's perspective and
from the athlete's perspective. I
am slightly jaded..in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit
that we lived in Bronxville for ten years before moving to Westport.
Road ID Added 12/1/09 - Recently a parent
sent a suggestion to me for a great gift for runners...see
Mental Aspects of
Racing Added 11/09 - I read an article about
the mental aspects of racing and thought this might be of interest.
More on this...