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Vol. LXII, No. 28
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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ON A ROLL: Princeton University running star Ashley Higginson rolls to the finish line last October on the way to placing ninth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country championship meet. This week, Higginson, a rising sophomore, will be competing in the 5,000 meters for the U.S. team at the 2008 World Junior Track Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Precocious PU Distance Star Higginson Looking to Roll at World Junior Meet

Bill Alden

While many distance runners nervously set their watches or re-tie their shoes as part of their pre-race routine, Ashley Higginson takes a radically different approach.

The Princeton University running star customarily does cartwheels as she rolls to the starting line.

“I just like doing it,” said Higginson of her unusual ritual. “I get nervous before big races; if I can do a cartwheel before a race, shows I’m not taking it too seriously. If I start taking it too seriously, then maybe it’s time to stop.”

Former Tiger Men’s Lax Star Cocoziello on a Rocky Mountain High With Outlaws

Bill Alden

Recently graduated Princeton University men’s lacrosse star Dan Cocoziello learned a lot from Tiger head coach Bill Tierney over the last four years.

The burly 6’0, 230-pound defender started from day one at Princeton, using his athleticism and intensity to master Tierney’s defensive system and go down as one of the greatest players in program history.

PHS Standout Simpson Enjoys Football Finale, Helping East to Victory in Sunshine Classic

Bill Alden

Waving his helmet and hollering out extended whoops, former Princeton High star lineman Jordan Simpson led the cheers last Wednesday night after the East all-star squad prevailed in the Sunshine Football Classic.

While most players in the all-star game will be playing in college and can look ahead to future gridiron battles, Simpson’s emotions ran a bit deeper as the Sunshine game marked the end of his football career because he is headed to the Culinary Institute of America this fall.

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