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January 2, 2000
Spence takes 2-mile run at All-Comers track meet Steve Spence, a bronze medalist in the marathon at the 1991 World Championships, took first place in the 2-mile run at the Potomac Valley Association All-Comers indoor track meet Sunday at the Hagerstown Community College Athletic Complex. Spence clocked 9 minutes, 38.5 seconds to beat out David Howe. Howe finished in 9:49.9. Spence is the head track coach at Shippensburg University, and had not run competitively since 1997.
NEWS
by ANDREW MASON | August 29, 2004
andrewm@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - Edmund Burke competed in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials earlier this year. Jason Bodnar is a three-time trials qualifier who ran the 1998 World Cross Country Championships as a member of the U.S. national team. And Steve Spence, well ... is Steve Spence, the Tri-State clock cleaner. Even before the gun went off Saturday morning at the 23rd annual Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal 5-Mile Run, the top three places in the men's division seemed fairly secure.
NEWS
By ANDREW MASON | February 7, 2009
DERWOOD, Md. -- Neely Spence knew how to get where she wanted to go. Now, the 18-year-old can learn about where she's going. Spence, a freshman at Shippensburg University, won the Junior Women's title Saturday at the USA Cross Country Championships, qualifying to represent Team USA at next month's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan. "I've been talking to my professors," she said. "They're going to let me do my projects on Jordan and my presentations on Jordan, so I can do research and learn about where I'm going.
NEWS
By ANDREW MASON | August 22, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- Steve Spence might be past his prime, but he still casts a mighty large shadow on the starting line. The 48-year-old from Shippensburg, Pa., isnearly two decadesremoved from his days as an Olympic marathoner and world beater, but he can still dictate the pace of a local race -- just by showing up. "I was worried about Steve Spence, so I went out real hard," said Dan DeWitt, 22, of Frostburg, Md., after winning the 29th annual...
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by ANDREW MASON | August 10, 2003
andrewm@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Romania, Lithuania, South Africa, Russia, United States. Listening to where the prize-money winners at Saturday's 16th annual Tom Ausherman Memorial 5-Mile Run hailed from was like hearing roll call at a United Nations assembly. The awards ceremony, emceed by Hagerstown's Mike Spinnler, also served as a quick "who's who" on the elite international running scene. Twenty-year-old Kenyan Henry Kipchirchir, one of his country's many rising super-talents, led the star-studded field to the finish line in a winning time of 23 minutes, 3 seconds.
NEWS
March 16, 2004
COLLEGE BASEBALL University of Pittsburgh senior P.J. Hiser, a South Hagerstown High grad, was named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday. Hiser played in all seven of Pitt's games last week, starting six as either an outfielder or designated hitter and one as a pitcher as the Panthers went 6-1. Hiser was 10-for-22 at the plate with two home runs, a triple, two doubles and eight RBI, and he went 5-for-5 in steal attempts. He also picked up a pitching victory in a 6-3 win over Iona, striking out eight batters in seven innings.
NEWS
November 25, 2007
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ANNANDALE, Va. - Shawayna Morel had 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals and Hagerstown Community College recovered from a shaky start to beat Northern Virginia 77-47 on Saturday in the Hawks' first road game of the season. "With a lot of freshmen on the team this year, we came out really sluggish," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "They have a scrappy team, it was on their floor, they were all excited and we were doing a lot of standing around. Luckily, we got back into it in the last five minutes of the first half.
NEWS
By ANDREW MASON | August 26, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Michael Wardian made 5:04-per-mile pace look easy Saturday morning at the 26th annual Gary Brown Memorial 5-Mile Run on the C&O Canal towpath. The trick for him now is figuring out how to hold that pace for an additional 21.2 miles. Wardian, 33, of Arlington, Va., who won Saturday's race by nearly a minute in 25:22, is set to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this November in New York. "It's crunch time now - time to buckle down," said Wardian, whose personal-best marathon time is 2 hours, 21 minutes.
NEWS
by ANDREW MASON | September 7, 2003
The long wait is finally over. The summer's mugginess is showing signs of breaking, its racing schedule is mostly history and ... we now have our first batch of 2003 road-race rankings for area runners. I'd like to say that I spent countless hours hashing through all the e-mails, phone calls and faxes I requested to put this top-shelf list together. But who needs to do that when Hagerstown's Mike Spinnler is just a phone call away? Especially since all the e-mails, phone calls and faxes have been from him anyway.
NEWS
by ANDY MASON | August 27, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Having placed third in each of his previous two tries at the Gary Brown Memorial 5-Miler, 37-year-old Edmund Burke thought his best finishes at the race were behind him. "I didn't think I'd finish in the top three, honest to God," said Burke of Saturday's 25th annual edition of the race. "It was a great field of runners today. " Burke, of Burtonsville, Md., surprised himself by beating them all. He clocked a winning time of 25:28 on the out-and-back course on the C&O Canal towpath.
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By ANDREW MASON | August 22, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- Steve Spence might be past his prime, but he still casts a mighty large shadow on the starting line. The 48-year-old from Shippensburg, Pa., isnearly two decadesremoved from his days as an Olympic marathoner and world beater, but he can still dictate the pace of a local race -- just by showing up. "I was worried about Steve Spence, so I went out real hard," said Dan DeWitt, 22, of Frostburg, Md., after winning the 29th annual...
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By ANDREW MASON | February 7, 2009
DERWOOD, Md. -- Neely Spence knew how to get where she wanted to go. Now, the 18-year-old can learn about where she's going. Spence, a freshman at Shippensburg University, won the Junior Women's title Saturday at the USA Cross Country Championships, qualifying to represent Team USA at next month's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan. "I've been talking to my professors," she said. "They're going to let me do my projects on Jordan and my presentations on Jordan, so I can do research and learn about where I'm going.
NEWS
November 25, 2007
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ANNANDALE, Va. - Shawayna Morel had 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals and Hagerstown Community College recovered from a shaky start to beat Northern Virginia 77-47 on Saturday in the Hawks' first road game of the season. "With a lot of freshmen on the team this year, we came out really sluggish," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "They have a scrappy team, it was on their floor, they were all excited and we were doing a lot of standing around. Luckily, we got back into it in the last five minutes of the first half.
NEWS
By ANDREW MASON | August 26, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Michael Wardian made 5:04-per-mile pace look easy Saturday morning at the 26th annual Gary Brown Memorial 5-Mile Run on the C&O Canal towpath. The trick for him now is figuring out how to hold that pace for an additional 21.2 miles. Wardian, 33, of Arlington, Va., who won Saturday's race by nearly a minute in 25:22, is set to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this November in New York. "It's crunch time now - time to buckle down," said Wardian, whose personal-best marathon time is 2 hours, 21 minutes.
NEWS
by ANDY MASON | August 27, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Having placed third in each of his previous two tries at the Gary Brown Memorial 5-Miler, 37-year-old Edmund Burke thought his best finishes at the race were behind him. "I didn't think I'd finish in the top three, honest to God," said Burke of Saturday's 25th annual edition of the race. "It was a great field of runners today. " Burke, of Burtonsville, Md., surprised himself by beating them all. He clocked a winning time of 25:28 on the out-and-back course on the C&O Canal towpath.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | August 29, 2004
julieg@herald-mail.com SHIPPENSBURG, PA. - Credit sibling rivalry for getting Neely Spence back into competitive racing form. More than a year ago, 13-year-old Neely was acting in community theater, taking a break from running because races made her nervous. That changed in the spring of 2003 when her younger twin sisters started running. "That doesn't work for me," said Neely, now 14. There was no way she was going to let her little sisters become faster than she. She's doing well enough that her name was mentioned when Cumberland Valley Athletic Club President and Team Coordinator Mike Spinnler was asked who in the local area one day could take a serious shot at making the Olympic team.
NEWS
by ANDREW MASON | August 29, 2004
andrewm@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - Edmund Burke competed in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials earlier this year. Jason Bodnar is a three-time trials qualifier who ran the 1998 World Cross Country Championships as a member of the U.S. national team. And Steve Spence, well ... is Steve Spence, the Tri-State clock cleaner. Even before the gun went off Saturday morning at the 23rd annual Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal 5-Mile Run, the top three places in the men's division seemed fairly secure.
NEWS
March 16, 2004
COLLEGE BASEBALL University of Pittsburgh senior P.J. Hiser, a South Hagerstown High grad, was named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday. Hiser played in all seven of Pitt's games last week, starting six as either an outfielder or designated hitter and one as a pitcher as the Panthers went 6-1. Hiser was 10-for-22 at the plate with two home runs, a triple, two doubles and eight RBI, and he went 5-for-5 in steal attempts. He also picked up a pitching victory in a 6-3 win over Iona, striking out eight batters in seven innings.
NEWS
by ANDREW MASON | September 7, 2003
The long wait is finally over. The summer's mugginess is showing signs of breaking, its racing schedule is mostly history and ... we now have our first batch of 2003 road-race rankings for area runners. I'd like to say that I spent countless hours hashing through all the e-mails, phone calls and faxes I requested to put this top-shelf list together. But who needs to do that when Hagerstown's Mike Spinnler is just a phone call away? Especially since all the e-mails, phone calls and faxes have been from him anyway.
NEWS
by ANDY MASON | August 14, 2003
Sure, McDonald's might go out of business, and the bars might even start closing before 2 a.m. But if everyone became a little bit more like Steve Spence, the world might still be a better place. Greatness and modesty rarely go hand in hand the way they go leg over leg with the 41-year-old Spence, the 1992 Olympic marathoner and the head track and cross country coach at Shippensburg University since 1997. At the 15th annual Tom Ausherman Memorial 5-Mile Run in Chambersburg, Pa., last summer, Spence, no surprise, was right in the thick of things - as a volunteer worker.
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