I love this column by Walt Murphy. Today he honors Matt Guisto, Matt Downin, Carrie Tollefson, among others.
This Day in X-Country
1983–Matt Giusto was the upset winner of the boys race at the Kinney(now Foot Locker) Championsips on a soggy course in San Diego. Giusto, competing for Arizona, would win the 5000 meters at the 1988 NCAA Championships and made the 1996 U.S..Olympic team in the 5000.
Janet Smith won the girls race by more than 30 seconds, and her winning time of 16:43, a course record at the time, is still the 4th-fastest on the Balboa Park layout.
Other notable finishers
Boys: 7.Brad Hudson, 14.John Scherer, 16.Joe Falcon, 30.Mark Coogan
Girls: 3.Cathy Schiro (1984 chmpion), 11.Suzy Favor, 23.Sylvia Mosqueda.
1994–New Hampshire buddies Matt Downin(Pinkerton Academy) and John Mortimer (Londonderry). finished 1-2 in the boys race at the Foot Locker Championships in San Diego. Both went on to have All-American careers at Wisconsin and Michigan, respectively.
Other notable finishers http://www.footlockercc.com/
Sophomore Julia Stamps ran away from the field to win the girls race in 16:41, still the 2nd-fastest time ever run on the course. 2nd was junior Sally Glynn and 3rd was senior Mary Cobb. All three would wind up as teammates at Stanford and would lead the Cardinal to a 2nd place finish at the 1997 NCAA X-Country Championships.
Also in the field were future stars Amy Yoder-Begley(11th), Amy Skieresz(14th), and Carrie Tollefson(17th) http://www.footlockercc.com/
2011–Reminiscent of a heavyweight boxing match, junior Edward Cheserek and senior Futsum Zeinasellassie traded surges, not punches, for the last 2-miles of the boys race at the Foot Locker Championships in San Diego. Cheserek held a very slight lead as they entered the final 1/4-mile, often looking over his shoulder at his persistent challenger before pulling ahead for the win in the last 100-meters (14:52:14:53). Cheserek had finished 2nd to Lukas Verzbicas in 2010 and just won his 2nd FL title this past weekend.
The two natives of Africa became friends after Cheserek(Kenya) sought out Zeinasellassie(Eritrea), whom he had been following on the internet during the season, shortly after the runners arrived at the luxurious Hotel Del Coronadao .(See link below)
Senior Molly Seidel (17:22) edged junior Erin Finn(17:24) to win the girls race.
Rivals Form a Bond
Boys Finish: http://tinyurl.com/2011FL-Boys
Other events in history–http://www.historyorb.com/day/
1684 – Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the
paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
1896 – 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
1907 – Rudyard Kipling receives Nobel prize for literature
1907 – The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash
with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been
1927 – Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN
1936 – King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson
1954 – Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize
1961 – Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against the NY Titans. Cannon, the
1958 Heisman Trophy winner, was a sprinter(9.5y) and shot-putter(!) at LSU
1964 – Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr
1984 – South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received his Nobel Peace Prize
1986 – Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize
More at: http://www.history.com/this-
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