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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bean Wins CIAA Cross Country Championships

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Taylor-Ashley Bean is the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Women’s Champion.

Bean finished first helping her Virginia State University Women's Cross-Country teammates finish 4th in the 12 School Event at Wake Med Soccer Park-Cross Country Course.

Seventy-Runners went to the start line with Bean recording a time of 19:27.57.

Bean needed a kick at the end to hold off a strong challenge from four other competitors Jazmina Paris-Morris finished second clocking 19:32.74, Shana Brown was third with a time of 19:33.25. Fourth place went to Merideth Alexander who clocked 19:33.45 and fifth went to Danisha Wiggins who crossed the line in a time of 19:34.67.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Injured in Bermuda but Boston Marathon Bound

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Wendy Garrett lives by one mantra: “Life is tough, but I am tougher.”

And if anyone knows how to be tough, it’s Garrett. Writes Megan Christensen, from the Deseret News

Garrett practiced endurance at a young age when she started taking gymnastics at 6 years old.

When she turned 23, she gained a passion for running.

“Running gave me a goal,” said Garrett, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I was used to having a goal in gymnastics and having an outlet. It was my therapy.”

Garrett started small, but eventually worked up to running marathons, competing in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. She eventually relocated to Bermuda, where she was a gymnastics coach for three years.

One day, on her way to work, her life shifted 180 degrees.

“Everyone drives motorized scooters in Bermuda, and one day I was heading to work and a car pulled in front of me,” Garrett said. “I hit it, and the bike came down and landed on me. We weren't going fast, so it didn't seem like anything major. But immediately I couldn't move my left foot at all and I had back and neck pain.”

The accident landed her in a walking boot and sent her home to Portland, Oregon, to live with her parents and focus on getting well. Two and a half years, 25 specialists and zero marathons later, Garrett still didn’t have any answers for her health ailments. In addition to major back and neck pain, she had no movement in her lower left leg and remained in a walking boot.

“I went from doctor to doctor and everyone seemed to have a different opinion,” Garrett said. “I tried neurologists, the top research hospital in Portland, massage therapy, chiropractors, acupuncture and a little of everything. My whole life was on hold.”

It was around that time that Garrett’s aunt and uncle were called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Nauvoo, Illinois.

Aware of Garrett’s circumstances, the couple asked her to house-sit at their Orem home for the 18 months they would be serving. A relocation to Utah turned out to be the best medicine.

“I was at the point where I said I’d find one more doctor and then I’d be done and try to figure a way to adapt to (the circumstance),” Garrett said. “I finally found the doctor I needed in Provo.”

Her new doctor performed the same tests the other doctors had, but was the first to discover an injury to her spinal cord caused from whiplash.

“He was the first person who told me I could be fitted for an orthotic so I could wear shoes and be active again,” Garrett said. “No doctor for two and a half years had mentioned that.”

On March 28th, 2013, Garrett ran her first steps in more than three years.

Her passion for running was once again ignited, but she knew the orthotic would be expensive. So she designed and sold bracelets that sported the words of her mantra.

“Everybody has a story, whether they're fighting cancer or trying to quit smoking, and a lot of people told me my story helped them,” Garrett said. “I paid for my first orthotic by selling those bracelets all over the world and a lot of cool people with different stories bought them.”

The month after her first run, Garrett ran her first post-accident 5K at her cousin’s school. She yearned to run another marathon, but knew she had to build up endurance. So she added a half-mile to her running routine every week.

In June 2013, she ran the Utah Valley half marathon, earning first place in the mobility-impaired category.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Race Walking Bermuda

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The Bermuda National Athletics Association in conjunction with Swans Running Club has announced Race Walking Bermuda.

Race Walking is now a feature of many Road Racing programmes in Bermuda among Road Racing Clubs and business promoters.

Swans Running Club is the only club that promotes Race Walking development on the island and through its representative Sinclair Smith who holds weekly training sessions designed to teach the rudiments of Road Racing technique and training.

There are two rules that govern race walking. The first dictates that the athlete’s back toe cannot leave the ground until the heel of the front foot has touched.

 
 
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Lewis Wins Push Rim Class in Half Marathon

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Jessica Lewis has finished 9th overall during the Niagara Falls International Half Marathon Wheelchair Division.

Lewis was the first Female finisher in the Wheelchair push rim class clocking a time of 1:11:41.5.

Lewis’ time was 4 minutes faster than her time recorded last week during the Scotia Bank Toronto Half Marathon last weekend.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Minors Helps Franklin Pierce Finish 4th

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Sophomore B.J. Smith ran a 5K time of 15:09.05 to finish fourth -- tops among Division II student-athletes -- and lead the Franklin Pierce University Men's Cross Country team at Stanley Park in the CCSU Mini Meet.

As a team, Dage Minors and his Franklin Pierce teammates finished with 115 points, which was good for fourth in the 19-team meet.

Smith was one of three Franklin Pierce runners to finish among the top 10 in the 127-runner field, which was laden with Division I talent from across New England. Senior Antoine Gisore and junior Colton Ham finished one behind the other in seventh clocking 15:11.48 and eighth with a time of 15:12.13, respectively.

After Ham, it was a considerable gap to the next Franklin Pierce student-athlete, as sophomore Minors and freshman Luke Thresher rounded out the Franklin Pierce five scoring positions. Minors ran a 15:42.76 to finish 40th, while Thresher recorded a time of 15:51.31 to place 56th.

Also competing for Franklin Pierce were junior Makopa Rugabirwa in 65th (15:57.08) and sophomore Jon Holmes in 81st (16:14.85).

In the team scoring, Central Connecticut State (52 points) finished first on its home course and posted a 16-point win over Providence (68), which finished second. Yale (74) finished directly in front of Franklin Pierce, while fellow Northeast-10 Conference member American International (143) rounded out the top five.

Individually, CCSU's Patrick Hubbell clocked in at 14:51.28 to take first and post a six-second victory over Trevor Cawley of Providence, who finished second (14:57.46). Another Friar took third, in the form of Stephen Robertson (15:06.32). Next was Smith, who had CCSU's Matt Walker (15:09.13) hot on his heels to finish off the top five.
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