Runners conquer 13.1 miles in Holy Half

first_imgWhether they were running to meet a personal goal, return to top physical condition, benefit local charities or spurred by other motivation, this year’s 1,300 Holy Half participants ensured the event’s continued success and recognition as a valued Notre Dame tradition. Low temperatures on Saturday posed the possibility of having to cancel the ninth-annual event, but by race time, runners received the go ahead from safety crews monitoring the event. Junior Connor Reider, running in his first Holy Half, commented favorably on the weather conditions at the start of the race. “When we started the race, the weather was beautiful. Once we were done, though, we were quickly reminded it was only 30 degrees outside,” Reider said. “The freezing wind combined with being soaked and not running around made a long warm shower even more appealing.” After volunteering for the event last year, Reider said he immediately added the event to his Notre Dame bucket list. While maintaining motivation often arose as a challenge throughout the training process and on race day, Reider said he held no regrets with his race experience. “I am definitely glad that I ran it and proud of my efforts. All my goals were met,” Reider said. “Plus, not everyone can say they have run a half-marathon.” Months of planning gave student programmers the assurance of successful race day operations. Junior Maria Murphy, lead programmer for the Holy Half, expressed complete satisfaction with the event. “The 2013 Holy Half was fantastic,” she said. “We had no major injuries, decent weather, lots of compliments on the course and overall experience, and a bunch of great volunteers who helped make the race a success. The race exceeded all of my expectations.” The official fundraising numbers have yet to be calculated, but Murphy estimated the event raised $35,000 for the Women’s Care Center and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph’s County. Senior Ashley Markowski, director of the Student Union Board (SUB), echoed Murphy’s enthusiasm for the success of the event on race day. While responsibilities for Holy Half operations have shifted between groups during previous years, Markowski said SUB assumed command of programming and running the half marathon this year and into the future. “By placing the Holy Half under SUB, it gives it a permanent home under one organization,” she said. “This will hopefully make it more successful in future years as we will be able to make changes each year, based on the previous year’s experience.” Comments from community members and initial fundraising numbers for Saturday’s event certainly point towards future success for the Holy Half under its new leadership,” Murphy said. “In its nine years, the Holy Half Marathon has become a great Notre Dame tradition. I think the race has grown so much since its start because of the challenge the race itself presents to runners and the community-focused nature of the event,” Murphy said. “Runners can challenge themselves physically and, at the same time, help those in their community. The race is about so much more than running.”last_img read more

VB : SU prepares for Binghamton following coaching change

first_imgWhen Syracuse heads to Binghamton on Wednesday for a match with the Bearcats, the Orange will be doing so without Jing Pu at the helm for the first time since 1994.Pu, the longtime SU head coach, was relieved of his duties Monday after leading the Orange to 15 winning seasons in 16 years. But Kelly Morrisroe, who takes over as interim head coach, expects little to change for the team.‘My style won’t change,’ Morrisroe said. ‘We’re focusing on the team and not there to be a distraction. I think it’ll be a smooth transition with the girls. They’ve adjusted well to (interim associate head coach) Matt (Soderstrom) and I, and we’re looking forward to the next nine matches we have left.’Morrisroe will lead Syracuse for the remainder of the season as it aims to reach the Big East tournament. She starts her tenure in nonconference play when the Orange (13-8, 3-3 Big East) plays Binghamton (10-13, 2-4 America East) on Wednesday.The quick turnaround from the coaching change on Monday to the team’s game on Wednesday will leave little room for distractions. But Syracuse will prepare for that game as it has all season, expecting to earn a victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s a little bit of a benefit for us just to get one match out of the way and just kind of see the new adjustments for the team,’ Morrisroe said. ‘We’re going to go down there at Binghamton — there’s some things that we’re going to talk to our girls today as far as game plan, and we’re going to accomplish that goal.’Still, Morrisroe insists there won’t be too many adjustments that have to be made. The interim head coach may have a different coaching style than the passive approach of the former head coach, but Morrisroe has been with the team since last spring and believes that will ease the transition.Though the obvious goal is avoiding distraction, players are still left with some obvious questions as to how things will change.Morrisroe hopes to keep things similar to how they were for the first 21 games of the season, but it was Pu, not Morrisroe, making the lineup decisions prior to every game.Senior Noemie Lefebvre knows that the personnel could have a new look Wednesday night.‘If different players are going to step on the court it’s always good to adjust when you’re playing a nonconference team,’ Lefebvre said. ‘It’s still important, but we’re going to be able to make more adjustments.’Morrisroe also gets the benefit of making her debut against a 10-13 team.The Bearcats have posted a .500 record against Big East teams so far this year and beat Providence two weeks ago. But the Orange does believe this is a game it should win.‘We’re still stronger than the team we’re going to be facing, so hopefully an easy win in three and just come back home,’ Lefebvre said.Under Pu, Syracuse always emphasized beating the New York state teams, and the Orange is in the middle of a double-digit winning streak against Binghamton. That emphasis is one thing Lefebvre said definitely won’t change with Pu’s departure.In addition to Wednesday’s match representing the transition from one coaching staff to another, it gives SU one last chance to prepare before the final stretch of Big East matches.‘It is nonconference, so we can adjust as a team and as a coaching staff, and I think it will just be good prep for this weekend,’ senior defensive specialist Ashley Williams said.Even with the turmoil, the goal for Syracuse remains qualifying for the Big East tournament. The match Wednesday won’t affect the team’s ability to do that based on the standings, but the adjustments that the Orange must make will be important to carry through when Big East play resumes Friday against Rutgers.For Morrisroe, having her team prepared for each match is her main goal as she takes over the program.‘My biggest focus now is to make sure the girls are playing at their peak every time we step on the court,’ Morrisroe said. ‘When we go into matches we’ve got to be playing at our best, especially when we get into Big East matches here.’dbwilson@syr.edu Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more