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Vol. LXI, No. 26
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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DREAM TRIP: Princeton University women's track assistant coach Thomas Harrington takes a break on his climb up a portion of the Great Wall of China. Harrington, the former head coach of the Stuart Country Day track and cross country teams, was in China as part of the Princeton's recent 13-day journey to China which included stops in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. The motto for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, "One World, One Dream" are set forth on a sign behind Harrington.

Former Stuart Track Coach Harrington Broadens Horizons on PU China Trip

Bill Alden

As Thomas Harrington trudged up a steep section of the Great Wall of China last month, it dawned on him how far he has come in his coaching career.

"I'm just a little country boy from outside Apex, North Carolina," said Harrington with a chuckle. "I've gone from Stuart Country Day to China."

Harrington, who just completed his second year as an assistant coach with the Princeton University women's track team, was in China as the program went on a historic 13-day tour of the country.

Mullen Overcame Bumps for PU Track Ends With All-American Honor, Win in China

Bill Alden

Catha Mullen wasn't sure where she would end up in her final season with the Princeton University women's outdoor track team.

Struggling with an IT-band injury early in the spring, the senior distance running star was unable to log the training miles needed to be in top shape.

After finally getting into action at the Penn Relays in late April, Mullen proceeded to reach unprecedented heights. At the Ivy League Heptagonal meet, Mullen placed second in the 5,000-meter run and produced an electrifying last lap kick to come from behind to win the 3,000.

Helped by Former Hun Star Pietras, Bruising West Wins Sunshine Game

Bill Alden

Coming into last Thursday's 11th annual Sunshine Football Classic, Brad Pietras and his mates on the West squad defense knew they faced a major challenge.

"We knew they were going to run, they are a big power running team," said former Hun School linebacker Pietras, noting that the East team boasted three 1,000-yard rushers (including Princeton Highs' Alexz Henriques).

PU's Petrie Makes Impact for Coldwell in Debut With Summer Men's Hoops

Bill Alden

Chris Petrie's moment in the sun during his freshman season with the Princeton University men's basketball team came in a romp over Rice in early January.

With Princeton on the way to a 51-28 win, Petrie saw his only action of the year and made the most of his chance, hitting a three-point shot and grabbing a rebound.

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