Although poor weather conditions kept her from the seven-day goal of her Triple 7 Quest series, Kim Pursley has returned home after successfully running seven marathons on seven continents. Pursley, 44, of Forest Hill was 20 minutes from landing in Antarctica on Feb. 14, but her plane had to turn back and return to Chile because of poor visibility. She instead arrived in Antarctica last Wednesday, and she and her fellow runners "awoke to snow and the start of the Penguin Marathon at 6:00 a.m.," Pursley wrote in an email Tuesday to The Baltimore Sun. "The Penguin Marathon on King George Island is more or less an ultra terrain run course. It is muddy, hilly, and rocky. Very rocky." Pursley called the race the most difficult of the trip; she was suffering from an injury to her left foot, which was still swollen from a combination of travel and injury. "Every step over the jagged rocks and up the gradual hills took its toll," the former McDonogh field hockey and lacrosse player wrote. "I was also suffering from an upper respiratory cold with a terrible cough." It snowed intermittently early in the race, but Pursley said she was fortunate to avoid Antarctic winds, "which can be quite brutal." Upon finishing her last marathon, 11 days after she began the quest, Pursley left Antarctica on Thursday evening and headed back to Punta Arenas, Chile. The best part, she said, "was the journey itself … the amazing places I visited and the many talented individuals I met and befriended from around the globe." Looking ahead, Pursley said her next focus is cycling. In June 2015, she will be part of a four-member team for Race Across America, 3,000-plus-mile bike ride that starts in Oceanside, Calif., and ends in Annapolis.
Tigers men's Parks named CAA Player of the Week
Towson junior attackman Spencer Parks (St.Paul's) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. Parks had nine points on five goals and four assists over two games last week.
More: Mount St. Mary's saw its fourth-quarter rally come up just short in an 11-10 loss to visiting Delaware (2-2). Sophomore Spencer Smith paced the Mountaineers (1-1) with a career-high four goals.
Nation: Matt Donovan and Connor Buczek combined for nine goals, and the visiting No. 9 Cornell men (2-1) scored the four final goals of the game to pull away from a pesky Binghamton (0-2) team, 17-10. …The No. 10 Penn State women posted their first shutout since April 15, 1989, in a 16-0 drubbing of visiting Duquesne (1-1). Senior attacker Maggie McCormick (Liberty) led the Nittany Lions (3-0) with seven points on four goals and three assists.
Terps women's Jones on weekly Big Ten Honor Roll
Maryland sophomore center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) was named to the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll. She averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in three wins over the past week.
More: Livingstone advanced to the second round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament with a 91-73 win over Bowie State (9-17). The Blue Bears (7-9), the No. 3 seed out of the Southern Division, advanced to the next round and ended the Bulldogs' season. The team was the sixth seed out of the Northern Division. … NJIT scored its most convincing home victory of the season, defeating UMES, 70-41. Aside from a 92-39 win against a Division III opponent, NJIT's 29-point margin of victory against the Hawks (11-15) was the largest of the season for the Highlanders (11-16).
Men: Ahmad Abdullah scored 14 points, including two free throws to force overtime, and host North Carolina A&T (7-21, 4-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) earned a 60-57 victory over Morgan State (7-21, 5-9) on Monday night. Blake Bozeman led the Bears with 25 points. … UMES senior forward Mike Myers is one of 32 finalists for CollegeCourtReport.com's Mid-Major Player of the Year.
UM's Povich Center to host panel on college sports tonight
Journalism: The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will host a panel to discuss the changing landscape of college sports from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight in the Eaton Theater of Knight Hall at Maryland. William "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Kevin Anderson, Maryland athletic director; Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports columnist; Missy Meharg, Maryland field hockey coach; Kevin Blackistone, Merrill College professor and "Around the Horn" panelist; and Akeem Davis, Washington Redskins safety, will discuss the subject and how it is handled in journalistic and academic settings. George Solomon, director of the Shirley Povich Center, will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 301-405-4605 or go to povichcenter.org.
Administration: Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson was appointed to the NCAA's Division I Baseball Committee. His term on the committee begins Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2019. The committee's duties include picking the NCAA tournament field.
Major Arena Soccer League: The Blast will host the winner of the Rochester Lancers-Syracuse Silver Knights conference semifinals at 7:05 p.m. March 11. If the Blast win that game, it would face the Central Division champion in the conference finals in Baltimore at 7:35 p.m. March 13. The second game of the series will be held March 15.
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