Kim Pursley, 44, of Forest Hill has completed the first two steps of her inaugural Triple 7 Quest, an event in which runners compete in seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. She said in an email to The Baltimore Sun that the weather for her first race, in downtown Melbourne, Australia, was "picture perfect — 78 degrees and breezy." She was slowed Sunday by some cramping in her quadriceps and swollen hands, but she finished unofficially in less than five hours. On Monday, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, conditions were less than ideal. "[T]he devil himself could not have made [it] hotter," she wrote. The weather changed from windy to dry to humid, and she started running "just a few hours" after a 14-hour flight from Melbourne. She ultimately completed the 26.2 miles, but only after drinking "lots of fluid." Next up for the former McDonogh field hockey and lacrosse player are stops in Paris; Tunis, Tunisia; Long Island, N.Y.; Punta Arenas, Chile; and King George Island, Antarctica.

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Inaugural Big Ten weekly honors go to Hopkins men

Johns Hopkins junior attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) was named the inaugural Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, while freshman midfielder Shack Stanwick (Boys' Latin) was named the league's first Rookie of the Week. Brown scored seven goals to lead the way for the Blue Jays in Sunday's 16-4 win over UMBC. He also extended his goal-scoring streak to 17 games dating to late in the 2013 season; he has 50 goals in that span. Stanwick scored three times and added an assist for four points in his first career game. … No. 20 Army scored the first 10 goals against visiting Virginia Military Institute and cruised to a 24-3 win Monday. Army (2-0) had 14 goal scorers, and every dressed player saw action. Junior attackman Connor Cook led the way with a career-high four goals on seven shots, while sophomore attackman Cole Johnson added three goals. Junior midfielder Jimbo Moore finished with four points against the Keydets (0-2).

Women: CCBC-Essex will partner with the Baltimore Board of Officials for Womens Sports to host the High School Girls Lacrosse Play Day on March 21.

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Two outlets pick Maryland to win Big Ten baseball title

D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game have picked the Maryland baseball team to win the Big Ten. The Terps, who are entering their first season in the league, won a program-best 40 games last season and advanced to the NCAA super regionals.

Men's college basketball: Coppin State senior forward Arnold Fripp was named College Sports Madness Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Fripp averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in leading the Eagles to victories over Morgan State and South Carolina State. … The Maryland Associated Press Sports Editors Student group is hosting former Maryland coach Gary Williams in a public event in the Eaton Theater of Knight Hall on the College Park campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Men's college soccer: Defender Riley Collins (Loyola Blakefield), midfielder-forward David Harris (Reservoir), defender Kyle Saunderson (Reservoir) and midfielder James Gielien of Edgewater signed to play at UMBC next season.

Men's college track and field: Penn State senior Robby Creese (Glenelg) was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week.

Fundraiser: Towson cross country freshman Caitlin Adams will complete a 305-mile run from Cumberland to Ocean City in June to raise money for Limbs for Life, a nonprofit that helps those who have lost limbs and cannot afford prosthetics. All proceeds will go to clients on the waiting list at Limbs for Life. For more information, go to runacrossmaryland.com.

Youth basketball: The MYBA will hold a free clinic for boys and girls ages 7-15 each Sunday through March 29 at Seven Oaks Elementary school, with group instruction from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and individual instruction from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, contact Gwen Boone at 410-903-4927 or gjboone@verizon.net.

Special Olympics: The Unified Relay Across America, which will carry the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, will pass Baltimore on May 26-27. For more information and specific locations, go to unifiedrelay.org.

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