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Vol. LXII, No. 45
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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RECORD FLIGHT: Princeton University women’s cross country star Liz Costello flies to the tape last Friday on her way to winning the individual title at the Ivy League Heptagonal Women’s Cross Country Championship. Costello, a junior, clocked a record-setting time of 16:59.9 over the 5k course, breaking the previous mark of 17:01.4 posted by Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum on 2005. Fourth-ranked Princeton took seven of the first nine places at the meet as it set a new record for the lowest score in the meet with 17. It was Princeton’s third-straight Heps women’s crown.

PU Women’s Cross Country Dominates at Heps, Revamped Tiger Men’s Team Also Comes Through

Bill Alden

There was no need for tricks but there were plenty of treats along the road as the Princeton University women’s cross country team spent their Halloween competing at Ivy League Heptagonal Women’s Cross Country Championship.

Ranked fourth in the country, powerful Princeton figured to cruise to a third straight Heps team crown last Friday at the famed course in New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park.

PHS Boys’ Soccer Repeats as MCT Champs, Now Primed to Make State Tournament Run

Bill Alden

Heading into early October, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team was sailing along, brimming with confidence.

The Little Tigers brought a 7-0 record into critical mid-season contests against undefeated WW/P-N and tough Steinert.

Getting a wake-up call, PHS went scoreless on the week, falling 2-0 to WW/P-N on October 7 and 1-0 to Steinert three days later.

PHS senior defensive star Will Slade acknowledged that the team was humbled by those setbacks.

Cook’s Free Kicks Make the Difference as PDS Girls’ Soccer Wins Prep B Title

Bill Alden

Erin Cook’s heady play at sweeper has been a major strength of the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team this fall.

But after suffering a concussion in September, Cook was precluded from heading the ball for the rest of the season by her doctors.

As a result, Cook honed her skills on set pieces, taking over the duties for free kicks and corner kicks for the Panthers.

Fighting Through Grief Over Fallen Teammate, PHS Girls’ Cross Country Shows Toughness

Bill Alden

The black and white T-shirts were all over the course last Friday as the Mercer County Cross Country championship meet descended upon Washington’s Crossing Park.

“Princeton Cross Country” was emblazoned across the front of the T-shirts while the back delivered the messages “Godspeed” and “Nobody Tougher” with the name “H Cody” inscribed within a winged foot.

The shirts were honoring the memory of PHS sophomore cross country runner Helene Cody, who died tragically the previous Sunday at age 16 due to a brain aneurysm.

Living up to the message on the shirts, the PHS runners displayed a rare toughness as they fought through their grief to finish fifth in the team standings at the meet which was won by WW/P-S.

Gaudioso-Radvany’s 100th Career Goal Lifts Stuart Field Hockey Into MCT Final

Bill Alden

Stuart Country Day field hockey star Jackie Gaudioso-Radvany was simply following orders from a higher authority.

With Stuart locked in a scoreless tie with Notre Dame at halftime last Saturday in the Mercer County semifinals and Gaudioso-Radvany needing a goal to reach the 100 mark in her career, Stuart headmistress, Sister Frances de la Chapelle, passed on some words of wisdom.

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