Both the men’s and women’s tams learned Friday, Jan. 25 that the East Park Canoe House, which they used as a storage and changing facility, has been closed by Philadelphia’s City of Licenses and Inspections because of “severe structural problems.” The more than 80-year-old building, which is owned by the Fairmount Park Commission and is located on Kelly Drive near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, also served as a home for the La Salle, Father Judge and North Catholic high school crew teams. Each teams’ equipment is expected to be removed from the premises by Feb. 15. A scheduled meeting between the schools and city officials this past Thursday hoped to lead either to temporary repairs to the building in order to complete this season or to an alternate racing location.
The No. 9 Owls defeated No. 7 Ohio State and Navy on Saturday thanks to the performances of seniors Luke Vexler and Sterling Kramer. The duos scores on the final event of the day, the high bars, pushed Temple past Ohio State by the slim margin of 342.850-341.150. Vexler was also the high scorer on the floor, while junior John Vogtman earned high marks in the rings, pommel horse and parallel bars. The 6-1 Owls head to Las Vegas for the Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday.
The Penn Quakers defeated the Owls, 6-1, Saturday afternoon, winning five of six singles matches and sweeping all three doubles matches. Temple’s lone victory came from freshman Lucie Pazderova, who beat Penn’s Maria Anisimova 6-4, 6-2. The 0-2 Owls play Binghamton on Saturday in their home opener at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.
Track and Field
Both the women’s and men’s teams competed at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday.
The women finished second, falling four points behind host Delaware. Junior Amanda Cole broke her own school record in the weight throw with a distance of 52-11 1/2, besting her previous mark by nine inches. With that distance, Cole also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the weight. In addition to Cole’s second place finish, the Owls also won the 400m, 500m, 800m, and 4X400 relay. Freshman Paris Williams won the 400m with a personal best time of 58.21, while freshman Shadaya Bennett and Shanice DePass won the 500m and 800m, respectively.
The men’s team beat out Monmouth to win their meet, thanks to sophomore Josue Louis’s victories in the high jump and 60m hurdles. Freshman Miles Dryden, senior Marcos Edghill, and junior Adin Mickle all won their events, the long jump, triple jump and 3000m, as well.
The Owls’ final meet before the Atlantic Ten Championships comes next weekend at the New Balance Games at the New York City Armory.
With National Signing Day on Wednesday, Temple received four commitments from players over the past seven days. Anthony Rapley, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver from Fort Union Military Academy, joined Liberty High School running back Ahkeem Smith, running back Tony Cornelius and defensive end Alex Jackson as part of the Temple recruiting Class of 2008. Rapley, who was a Georgia all-state tight end in high school, will join fellow freshman wide receivers Deven Baker, Cedric Hammond and Vaughn Carraway catching passes in the fall.