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FACES IN THE CROWD

Dec. 05, 2011
Dec. 05, 2011

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Dec. 5, 2011

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

LAWI LALANG

This is an article from the Dec. 5, 2011 issue

ELDORET, KENYA > CROSS-COUNTRY

Lalang, a freshman who arrived at Arizona with no competitive cross-country experience, won the NCAA Division I 10K title (28:44.1) in Terre Haute, Ind., defeating the runner-up by 13 seconds and earning All-America honors. He went undefeated this season, winning his six races by an average of 22.5 seconds. In his second collegiate race, an indoor meet last winter, Lalang ran a sub-four-minute mile (3:59.13), and last spring he placed second in the 5K at the NCAA outdoor championships.

CHRISTINE CAVALLO

WINDERMERE, FLA. > ROWING

Christine, an Olympia High junior who competes for the Orlando Area Rowing Society, filled in at the seven seat when a member of the men's varsity eight fell sick, helping them to a win by 34 seconds (17:14) at the 5,000-meter Head of the Giblet regatta at Turkey Lake in Orlando. She then rowed in the seven seat with the women's varsity eight, finishing second by a margin of six seconds. Last February she was fourth at the 2,000-meter C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints world indoor rowing championship (7:26.1).

GRIFFIN LENTSCH

FOREST LAKE, MINN. > BASKETBALL

Lentsch, a 6'4" junior guard at Grinnell College, scored an NCAA Division III record 89 points in a 145--97 victory over Principia College, surpassing the previous record (77), also held by a Grinnell player. His performance is third best alltime across the NCAA, behind 113 points in D-II and 100 in D-I, both set in 1954. Lentsch, whose previous high was just 36 points, shot 27 of 55 from the field, including 15 of 33 three-pointers, and a program record 20 of 22 from the free throw line.

NATALIE CORTESE

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. > BOWLING

Cortese, a senior at Valparaiso, led the Crusaders to the first official tournament title in the program's three-year history, topping seven squads, including Arkansas State in a 4--1 final, to win the Greater Ozark Invitational. As the anchor bowler, she had a stretch of 18 strikes in 19 attempts in a second-round win over Sam Houston State. In three tournaments this season she is averaging a team-high 200.7 to lead Valpo to a 30--8 record, including a 15--5 mark against top 10--ranked teams.

ANDERS OVERHAUG

YARMOUTH, MAINE > FOOTBALL

Anders, a senior running back at Yarmouth High, scored all six of his team's touchdowns—four on runs, one on a pass and one on a 92-yard kickoff return—in a 41--14 win over Bucksport, which hadn't allowed more than two touchdowns in a game all season, for the Clippers' second straight Class C state title. It was their 24th consecutive win and capped back-to-back undefeated seasons. Anders rushed for 1,726 yards and 30 touchdowns this season and made 100 tackles as a strong safety.

MCKENZIE AND MADISON MEEHAN

GLOCESTER, R.I. > SOCCER

McKenzie (far left) and Madison, twins and seniors at La Salle Academy, helped the Rams to their fourth straight Div. 1 title with a 6--2 win over Smithfield. McKenzie, a striker and the state's 2009 and '10 Gatorade player of the year, led the nation in scoring this season with 80 goals, and Madison, a midfielder, led the nation in assists with 44, to help the team to its fourth straight undefeated season. They will play at Boston College next year.

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ANIMATED FEATURES

The Adventures of Tintin has been heralded in trailers as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Indiana Jones, but astute sports fans (and soccer-savvy reviewers) have spotted something—or someone—else in the CG title character: Wayne Rooney. The Man U striker, who recently underwent a hair transplant, hasn't commented on the resemblance, but he's likely cool with the comparison. Why? Consider Rooney's last cinematic look-alike, from whom he got his long-standing nickname: Shrek.

TINTIN

ROONEY

SHREK

BODYWORK

Two Toned

Identical-twin cornerbacks share the offbeat workouts that got them through the NFL lockout

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and brother Jason, of the Titans (near), were born 27 minutes apart, and their 2011 off-season workouts, during the lockout, were also closely coordinated. Both tried hot yoga, stretching in 100° heat to improve mental focus, while Jason tacked on some heavy-bag work to stay active. Below, a sample workout from each.

HANG TOUGH

Jason explains: Wrap your legs around a heavy bag and hold on to the chains with your gloves, employing your core to stay off the ground.

GIVING TREE

From Devin: Try the yoga tree pose—stand on one foot with the other on your inner thigh. Then work your hamstrings with a twist: Touch your toes.

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