Coast to Coast
When Head Football Coach Eugene F. "Buddy" Teevens '76 embarked on his 3,600-mile bicycle ride from San Diego to Hanover on May 7, he envisioned it as a chance to share news of the College with alumni across the country, a novel means of introducing himself and Dartmouth to high school football coaches far removed from New England, and an opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer, which has struck his wife Kirsten's family.
A coach who considers himself an educator, Teevens wanted to use the three-plus-week odyssey as a teaching tool. It turned out to be a learning experience.
"I've come to realize how vast the country is and the role the farmer plays in putting food on our table," says Teevens, who had numerous days pedaling 150 or more miles. "I've been struck by how many good people there are across the country who will help a stranger for no benefit or gain, and once again by the Dartmouth family.
"I talk during recruiting about Dartmouth being a national school. We have folks throughout the country, and they stepped up to help me in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, and all over. Whether it was feeding me, putting me up, riding with me, or their e-mails and phone calls of support, the Dartmouth family is alive and strong."
See Ben Run
Since helping Dartmouth win the NCAA ski championship in March, Ben True '08 hasn't slowed down, switching gears from Nordic skiing to distance running. At the annual Heptagonal/Ivy track and field championship in early May, True defended his title in the 1,500 meters, outsprinting two other competitors down the straightaway. About two hours later in the 5,000 meters, he ran a tactical race, allowing another competitor to lead for most of the event. With about 200 yards to go, True kicked it up another gear and won by three seconds, earning first team All-Ivy honors for the second time that afternoon. A week later at the New England Championship (Dartmouth hosted for the first time since 1994), True showed his versatility by winning the 800 meters. He's now vying for an NCAA Championship (his third NCAA bid this year), after qualifying with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA East Regional May 25-27, where he turned in a time of 3:42.00 and broke the Dartmouth record of 3:43.42 held by Sean O'Neal '85.
After a solid cup season, the Big Green's women's varsity eight crew became one of four schools to earn an at-large invitation to the 2007 NCAA Championship, the team's first such post-season reward since 1999. The boat put in a strong performance, finishing second in the NCAA Petite Final and eighth out of 16 boats in the varsity eight competition, the highest finisher of the four at-large eight boats.
At the Eastern Sprints Regatta, the men's lightweight varsity eight overcame a disappointing heat and earned the sixth and final seed in the grand final. Dartmouth then put together a stunning triumph, earning both Ivy and EARC bragging rights for the first time since 1994.
By KATHY PHILLIPS and BRUCE WOOD
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Last Updated: 5/30/08