A lesson learned:
- Home schooling? Transgender stu-dents? Virtually unknown in the days when "The Breakfast Club" and "Back To The Future" were big news on the big screen. Now, superintendents get questions about both on a fairly regular basis.
If you're waiting for me to pile on, you're in for a long wait. Molly Huddle knows she messed up
, and one of the most accomplished distance runners to come out of New York isn't likely to do it again.
With competitors charging down the homestretch during the women's 10,000 meters final at the World Championships in Beijing this week, Huddle eased up short of the finish line and raised her arms, thinking she'd secured the bronze medal. She was caught completely off guard as fellow American Emily Infeld slipped ahead and beat her to the line for third place.
"She got this once-in-a-lifetime moment, and I feel like it slipped through my fingers, so it's frustrating," Huddle said, adding that the tape of the finish was "painful to watch."
In short, her best finish ever in a major international outdoor meet ended up being a devastating disappointment for the former Elmira Notre Dame star, now 30.
"This is going to be a tough one to swallow," Huddle said.
Huddle has held the U.S. record in the 5,000 since 2010, breaking her own mark last year in Monaco. She decided to turn her focus to the 10,000 this year for major events, and won at the USA Track and Field Championships in June.
Following up: The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced six players and an assistant coach have been suspended for their respective team's next game following the season-opening football altercation I mentioned in a recent blog.
In addition, both programs have been placed on probation for the rest of the season, and the suspended players are required to take an online course in sportsmanship.
The IHSAA has ruled the game a double-forfeit.
Learning tools: A couple of useful documents (In PDF format) from the NCAA: