May 13, 1992 |
It wasn't so much that she made us look like slugs. Polly Plumer, everyone knew, was tremendously talented. We, the majority of runners who ran against her, were not. That much we could handle. Same with her looks. She was gorgeous--the homecoming queen of University High. Newspapers waxed poetic over her beauty. Boys, wide-eyed and tongue-tied, followed her everywhere, fighting over the chance just to carry her spikes. Even our own teammates. Did it bother us? A little.
April 28, 1992 |
It certainly wasn't the most romantic proposal, but Brian Appell simply had to ask. "Olga, dear," Appell, an exercise physiology buff, said to his wife early one morning. "May I take your pulse?" One minute--and 38 heartbeats later--Brian Appell had his answer: His wife was born to run. Never mind that she had no athletic background. Her slow heart rate, Brian figured, signaled potential success. That was five years ago.
March 17, 1992 |
Edison High's Shelley Taylor, the CIF State Division II cross-country champion last fall and the national leader at 1,600 meters for a brief period last spring, said Monday she made an oral commitment to attend Arkansas. Taylor had bests of 4 minutes 52.68 seconds for 1,600 meters and 2:12.68 for 800 last season.
December 20, 1991 |
Shelley Taylor of Edison was the Orange County cross-country champion, the Southern Section II-AA champ and the State Division II winner. She led Edison to the State team title, which she said she enjoyed most of all. She lost only twice all season--in the Kinney regionals and finals. Was there anything Taylor would have liked to have accomplished in her senior season that she didn't? "No, not really," said Taylor, The Times' county girls' runner of the year. "It went great.
September 16, 1991 |
It was a disconcerting first week of school for Shelley Taylor. The phone calls started last Wednesday night, the same day she couldn't get Rick Astley out of her head, and three days before the first cross-country meet of her senior season at Edison High School. "I'm starting to get a little worried about it," Taylor said. There are simple explanations, though. It seems the callers were college coaches, hoping to woo Taylor, one of the nation's top runners, to their schools next year.
June 7, 1991 |
You accept your diploma, toss your cap in the air, and as that final rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance" fades away, you--the above-average college distance runner--start your march into the real world. Next stop, athletic nowheresville. It's a place many post-collegiate runners know all too well. Suddenly without coaches, teammates or a familiar routine, most runners just out of college find themselves in a void in terms of motivation and development.
May 7, 1991
Martha Pinto of Katella High School, one of the best female distance runners in Orange County prep history, signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas State in the fall, Kansas State Coach John Capriotti said Monday. Pinto won four Orange County cross-country titles in four years. In track, she recorded the fifth-fastest 3,200-meter time (10 minutes 42.51 seconds) in county history last spring to place second in the State championship. Pinto also visited Utah State and Cal State Los Angeles.
November 19, 1990 |
After Kay Nekota of Woodbridge High School crosses the finish line at Saturday's state cross-country meet at Woodward Park in Fresno, she will have a big chocolate bar waiting for her. Nekota, a freshman, had sworn off sweets and desserts of all kinds since summer, and Susan Nekota has decided to reward her daughter for her efforts. "Kay doesn't have the Mary Decker Slaney real light, slim build," Susan said.