His best time in the 5,000 ranks him ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine.
Knepper led the 1964 and 1965 National Little League All-Star teams to state titles, batting over .400. Over the next four years, Knepper played on state championship All-Star teams at Hagerstown PONY League (1966-67) and Hagerstown Colt League (1968-69).
Knepper also led the South Hagerstown High School baseball team to a Tri-State League title in 1971 before attending Murray State, where he batted over .300 and lettered as a freshman. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (fourth overall) in 1972 and signed to a five-year contract. His commitment to family and a nagging leg injury cut short his professional career. Since then, he has managed Little League teams, worked as an umpire and participated in clinics for youth leagues and area high schools.
Rodemsky began her swimming career at the Hagerstown YMCA and Northwood Swim Club. By the time she graduated from North Hagerstown High School, Rodemsky held 15 YMCA records, 11 of which still stand. She qualified for the YMCA National Championship in 1981, enjoyed four top-25 rankings that year as an 12-year-old. In 1984, she finished ninth in the 200-yard butterfly at the YMCA National Championship. She won a combined five Maryland State championships in 1985 and 1986 before moving on to Ohio University.
Rodemsky was the Outstanding Meet Swimmer at the 1987 and 1989 Mid-American Conference Championships and became Ohio's school record holder in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle and was on the record-holding 400 and 800 relay teams. She won 9 individual MAC titles and led Ohio to three consecutive seasons without a dual-meet loss. She also was part of the 400 freestyle team that qualified for the U.S. National Championships in 1987.
(bullet) Spinnler competed in cross country and track for North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Junior College, King College and Frostburg State. He graduated from Frostburg in 1981 with school records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the indoor 5,000 meters and a Mason-Dixon Conference title in the indoor two-mile.
Spinnler turned his focus to marathon and ultra-marathon competitions. In 1982, he finished 123rd in the Boston Marathon and won the 20th annual JFK 50-Mile in a course-record 5 hours, 53 minutes, 5 seconds -- a record that stood for 12 years. He successfully defended his JFK win in 1983.
Spinnler earned NJCAA National Coach of the Year honors for Women's Indoor Track & Field while coaching at Hagerstown Community College in 1997 and served on numerous USA National Team coaching staffs.
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