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CNBNEWS College Sports: LaSalle to Honor Players and Coach, Gators and Ducks begin pursuit for three-peats

 

La Salle To Induct Four Into Hall Of Athletes On February 11

 

PHILADELPHIA - Three former athletes and a head coach will be inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, it was announced today by the La Salle Alumni Association and the Athletic Department. Former men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach Charles Torpey and athletes Jenna Darcy ’05, Bob Moore ’66, and Karo Isajan ‘07 will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game on February 11 vs. Saint Louis. A post-game reception and the induction program will follow in the Ballroom of the Student Union on La Salle's campus at approximately 4:30 PM.

 

Charles Torpey won 16 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors, including 13 in cross country, and led his teams to 15 Atlantic 10 Championships during his illustrious 17-year tenure at La Salle (1994-2011). In cross country, Torpey's teams captured 13 A-10 Championships. His men's team won four straight from 2001-04 and added titles in 1999, 2006, and 2007. On the women's side, the Explorers won four consecutive championships from 2004-07 and titles in 2001 and 2002.

 

Nine individual runners captured individual Atlantic 10 Cross Country titles under Torpey's guidance, including five straight women's championships from 2002-06. His teams were ranked regionally every year since 1998. He tutored 41 All-District runners, nine NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans during his remarkable tenure.

 

In track and field, the Explorers won a pair of A-10 Championships. Nearly 300 athletes won individual A-10 track titles and 20 won Conference Most Outstanding Performer recognition. He coached seven All-Americans and 51 NCAA Regional qualifiers.

 

Torpey tragically passed away in July, 2011.

 

Jenna Darcy ’05 (Medford Lakes, N.J. / Shawnee) won 11 Atlantic 10 championships in track and field, including seven individual titles in the indoor mile, indoor 3000m, indoor 5000m, outdoor 1500m (twice), and outdoor 5000m (twice).

 

The 2005 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track Performer of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year, Darcy set school records in the indoor 5000m and outdoor 10000m and still holds records as a member of the outdoor 4x400 relay and the indoor 4x800 and 4xmile relays. She was a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier in the outdoor 5000m and outdoor 10000m as well.

 

In cross country, Darcy was a three-time all-Atlantic 10 performer and helped the Explorers to four consecutive Atlantic 10 Championships. She won the 2004 ECAC Cross Country Championship and was a three-time all-Mid-Atlantic region selection. Academically, she was a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.

 

Bob Moore ‘66 (Philadelphia, Pa. / Bishop Neumann) won the 200 butterfly at the 1966 NCAA Championships and also earned All-America honors in the 100 butterfly that season. A Middle Atlantic Conference champion in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay, Moore helped the Explorers finish third at NCAAs in 1964 and fifth in 1965 and 1966.

 

He set school records in 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Moore also helped La Salle to the 1966 MAC Championship. The Philadelphia native also participated in the 1964 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in the 100m butterfly.

 

Karo Isajan ’07 (Aurora, Colo. / Smoky Hills) was the four-time Atlantic 10 Diver of the Year from 2004-07 and was the first Explorer to qualify for the NCAA Diving Championship in 20 years as a senior. He holds the school record in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, the Kirk Pool record in the 1-meter event and set the Atlantic 10 Championship record while winning the 3-meter springboard diving event in 2007.

 

Isajan also won the NCAA Zone A 3-meter springboard diving event as a senior. He won five Atlantic 10 Championships, including four in the 3-meter springboard event.

 

For more information or to order tickets to the postgame reception, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 215-951-1535 or email alumni@lasalle.edu.

 

 

Two-Time Defending Champs Florida, Oregon Begin 2012 in No. 1 Position

 

Gators and Ducks begin pursuit for three-peats

 

January 10, 2012

 

NEW ORLEANS – Florida’s men and Oregon’s women, both two-time defending NCAA Division I indoor track & field national champions, begin the 2012 season in familiar territory – as the nation’s No. 1 teams. The preseason national team computer rankings as calculated by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) projects the Gators and Ducks as the early paper favorites based largely on performance bests from returners.

 

Florida won their second-straight NCAA crown in 2011in scoring 52 points at the national championships to home team Texas A&M’s 40. The Gators lost jumpers Will Claye and 2011 Bowerman finalist Christian Taylor to the pro circuit for 2012, but return two-time 60-meter champion Jeff Demps, jumper Omar Craddock, sprinter Tony McQuay, heptathlete Gray Horn, and shot-putter Kemal Mesic among others.

 

Oregon’s women easily took the 2011 indoor national crown in scoring 67 points to nearest challenger Texas who scored 38. The Ducks return Jordan Hasay for her junior season. Hasay won the mile and 3000 meters at last year’s indoor championships. In addition, Oregon returns collegiate record holder in the pentathlon Brianne Theisen for a senior campaign.

 

The SEC and Big Ten each have six squads in the preseason top 25 among men’s squads. Five Big 12 teams are in the top 25 on the women’s side, followed by the Pac-12 with four.

 

The next round of computer rankings will be released on January 24. The 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Nampa, Idaho, on March 9-10.

 

Here’s a look at how the indoor preseason No. 1 teams have fared at the NCAA Championships:

 

 

 

MEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2008

Florida State

2nd

Arizona State

19th

2009

Arkansas

8th

Oregon

4th

2010

Florida State

12th

Florida

2nd

2011

Florida

1st

Florida

1st

2012

Florida

???

???

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WOMEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2008

LSU

2nd

Arizona State

2nd

2009

Texas A&M

2nd

Tennessee

2nd

2010

Texas A&M

5th

Oregon

2nd

2011

Oregon

1st

Oregon

1st

2012

Oregon

1st

???

???

   

 

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