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McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

High School Runner Breaks Leg, Crawls To Finish

Connor Callihan, a high school student in Asheville, N.C., had been feeling pain in his lower leg all weekend, but he thought it was probably nothing. And so the junior went out to compete in the Mountain Athletic Conference championships on Monday, where just before the finish his tibia snapped in three places,… » 10/16/14 9:03am 10/16/14 9:03am

Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

It's back-to-school time and junior high players everywhere are contemplating how best to make their mark on the athletic world. Here's the thing—running until your sternum glows and your legs bend in unusual places lacks appeal to the youngster. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has a crowd. Gymnastics has… » 8/30/14 8:43am 8/30/14 8:43am

Russians Have Horrible Time In Men's Free Sprint Final

In the men's cross country sprint finals, Russian skier Anton Gafarov broke his ski and gave us one of the sadder images we've seen so far as he hobbled across the course with his ski flapping around. It later caused him to completely wipe out. Then, at the end of the race, Russia's Sergey Ustiugov, Sweden's Marcus… » 2/11/14 9:35am 2/11/14 9:35am

NCAA Declared Student Ineligible For Entering Costume-Optional Fun Run

It's clear now that the NCAA uses public opinion as its final appeals process. It ruled former marine Steven Rhodes ineligible to play football at Middle Tennessee State because he had played in a military rec league. It ruled Colgate basketball player Nathan Harries ineligible because he had played church league… » 11/12/13 11:03am 11/12/13 11:03am

Sext-Happy Former Toledo Running Coach Denies Sex Harassment, Other…

On Saturday, Kevin Hadsell, the former director of the University of Toledo's track and cross country programs, sat down with a local news station for his first interview since our story about his departure amid sexual harassment claims. He was by turns defiant and penitent. He cried some, too, as he told WNWO's Will… » 2/22/13 2:40pm 2/22/13 2:40pm

"I'm Down For Drinks, Laughs, Sex": The Sexual Harassment Claims That…

It was a matter of rules and consequences, he said. On Jan. 24, Kevin Hadsell, the director of the University of Toledo's men's and women's cross country and women's track program, announced his resignation, a move that was as mysterious as it was abrupt. Hadsell had been at Toledo since 1998, and in the intervening… » 2/12/13 2:45am 2/12/13 2:45am