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Sports Profiles And Interviews

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In the face of white-dominated tradition, Black student-athletes foster community

Organizations like the Black Student-Athlete Collective are working to establish a community by providing a safe space for student-athletes to meet others in their shoes and voice their needs and concerns to coaches.

Organizations like the Black Student-Athlete Collective are working to establish a community by providing a safe space for student-athletes to meet others in their shoes and voice their needs and concerns to coaches.

SPORTS | November 10

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Chasing excellence: The road to success for Marcus D. Stroud ’16

“I don’t care what I got going on in my life. If any Black student reaches out to me, I’m gonna get on the phone, I’m gonna sit there and talk, and I will do whatever I can to support them.” Despite an upbringing fraught with challenges, Marcus D. Stroud ’16 relentlessly pursued excellence, allowing him to beat the odds and make a name for himself.

“I don’t care what I got going on in my life. If any Black student reaches out to me, I’m gonna get on the phone, I’m gonna sit there and talk, and I will do whatever I can to support them.” Despite an upbringing fraught with challenges, Marcus D. Stroud ’16 relentlessly pursued excellence, allowing him to beat the odds and make a name for himself.

SPORTS | November 8

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Living in the moment: Jalen Travis reflects on activism and athletics at Princeton

For senior captain Jalen Travis, football is just one of his many passions. Travis reflects on his career as an athlete, activist, and academic, and looks towards the future in an interview with the Daily Princetonian.

For senior captain Jalen Travis, football is just one of his many passions. Travis reflects on his career as an athlete, activist, and academic, and looks towards the future in an interview with the Daily Princetonian.

SPORTS | October 31

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Halftime: Where Princeton student athletes spend their summer

When athletes spread out for the summer, they go in a variety of directions. Some play their sport in a new setting, while others pursue other opportunities. The Daily Princetonian spoke to two athletes about their summer internships.

When athletes spread out for the summer, they go in a variety of directions. Some play their sport in a new setting, while others pursue other opportunities. The Daily Princetonian spoke to two athletes about their summer internships.

SPORTS | September 14

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‘A coaching genius’: Men’s track and field Head Coach Fred Samara announces retirement after 46 years

“The togetherness of Princeton men’s track and field resembles more of a big family, rather than a track team, and at the center of it all is Coach Samara,” said rising junior thrower Avery Shunneson. “He is a coaching genius and one of the all-time greats in our sport; it is difficult to imagine the program without Coach.”

“The togetherness of Princeton men’s track and field resembles more of a big family, rather than a track team, and at the center of it all is Coach Samara,” said rising junior thrower Avery Shunneson. “He is a coaching genius and one of the all-time greats in our sport; it is difficult to imagine the program without Coach.”

SPORTS | June 30

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‘Frustrated and exhausted’: The impact of concussions on Princeton student-athletes

“The challenge of enduring a concussion, in and of itself, can alter mental health,” Notterman Lab M.D./Ph.D. student Nicole Katchur explained. “Athletes can feel isolated and frustrated because of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, headaches, and sensitivity to light.” 

“The challenge of enduring a concussion, in and of itself, can alter mental health,” Notterman Lab M.D./Ph.D. student Nicole Katchur explained. “Athletes can feel isolated and frustrated because of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, headaches, and sensitivity to light.” 

SPORTS | 04/25/2023

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Carrying on his father’s legacy: Quincy Monday’s journey to the top

Following in the footsteps of his father Kenny Monday, who became U.S. wrestling’s first Black gold medalist in the 1988 Summer Olympics, Quincy Monday has carved his path to success on the mat.

Following in the footsteps of his father Kenny Monday, who became U.S. wrestling’s first Black gold medalist in the 1988 Summer Olympics, Quincy Monday has carved his path to success on the mat.

SPORTS | 04/23/2023

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From Princeton to palm trees: Senior forward Keeshawn Kellman announces transfer to Florida Gulf Coast

Men’s basketball star senior forward Keeshawn Kellman will be using his final year of college eligibility to play for the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles. 

Men’s basketball star senior forward Keeshawn Kellman will be using his final year of college eligibility to play for the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles. 

SPORTS | 04/20/2023

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Tommy Feroce ’26 runs Boston Marathon to raise money for organization supporting victims of terrorism

Tommy Feroce ’26 completed the 127th Boston Marathon in just over three-and-a-half hours while raising nearly $10,000 for a charity devoted to victims of terrorism.

Tommy Feroce ’26 completed the 127th Boston Marathon in just over three-and-a-half hours while raising nearly $10,000 for a charity devoted to victims of terrorism.

SPORTS | 04/19/2023

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‘The sequel to a book’: Jenn Cook to lead the next generation of Princeton women’s lacrosse

After leading Princeton to 15 Ivy League titles and three national titles, Hall of Fame women’s lacrosse coach Chris Sailer has left sizable shoes to fill for her successor. But luckily for Tigers, Sailer’s replacement, Jenn Cook, is no stranger to the high standards of Princeton lacrosse.

After leading Princeton to 15 Ivy League titles and three national titles, Hall of Fame women’s lacrosse coach Chris Sailer has left sizable shoes to fill for her successor. But luckily for Tigers, Sailer’s replacement, Jenn Cook, is no stranger to the high standards of Princeton lacrosse. “Our whole staff is super competitive, and our players are equally as competitive. And that's what's so fun about it. For us, it really is about being the best version that we can be of ourselves and as a team,“ Cook told the Daily Princetonian.

SPORTS | 04/11/2023

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First-year guard Xaivian Lee participates in Canada Basketball Assessment camp

“It definitely means a lot,” Lee said about his invite to Canada Basketball National Team Assessment Camp. “Putting Canada on your chest, that’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a little kid.”

“It definitely means a lot,” Lee said about his invite to Canada Basketball National Team Assessment Camp. “Putting Canada on your chest, that’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a little kid.”

SPORTS | 04/11/2023

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Ryan Langborg: from state champion to Cinderella story

“This school has given me so much. It’s made me grow up in such a short period of time,” Langborg said about Princeton. “It’s not only about athletics, it’s about academics as well, and this is a place where I can get the best of both worlds.”

“This school has given me so much. It’s made me grow up in such a short period of time,” Langborg said about Princeton. “It’s not only about athletics, it’s about academics as well, and this is a place where I can get the best of both worlds.”

SPORTS | 03/22/2023

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From the pool to the podium: the rise of Raunak Khosla

“Swimming has taken me to places I never could have imagined, so I am really just trying to enjoy these last couple weeks,” Khosla said, ahead of competing in NCAAs this week.”

“Swimming has taken me to places I never could have imagined, so I am really just trying to enjoy these last couple weeks,” Khosla said, ahead of competing in NCAAs this week.”

SPORTS | 03/22/2023

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‘Bittersweet’: Former men’s basketball player Craig Robinson ’83 speaks about Pete Carril ahead of new documentary

“Everybody knows you have to work hard, but Coach Carril really focused on the precision of what you were doing,” Robinson said. “And he used the term that I use to this day: everything is important. Everything you do is important to being successful. Not just part of it — everything you do.”

“Everybody knows you have to work hard, but Coach Carril really focused on the precision of what you were doing,” Robinson said. “And he used the term that I use to this day: everything is important. Everything you do is important to being successful. Not just part of it — everything you do.”

SPORTS | 03/21/2023

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Julia Cunningham joins Princeton’s women’s basketball 1000-point club

“It's really exciting and special to join that group of 26 alums that have also reached the 1000-point mark in their career,“ Cunningham told The Daily Princetonian. “I think looking back on it, it's going to be really special to share that [achievement] with that alumni group.” 

“It's really exciting and special to join that group of 26 alums that have also reached the 1000-point mark in their career,“ Cunningham told The Daily Princetonian. “I think looking back on it, it's going to be really special to share that [achievement] with that alumni group.” 

SPORTS | 02/28/2023

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Senior outfielder Serena Starks: A winner on and off the softball field

“I just really love how Princeton has such an emphasis on service: there’s a whole building and center and staff dedicated to community service, and I have really enjoyed finding that community,” Stark told the Daily Princetonian. 

“I just really love how Princeton has such an emphasis on service: there’s a whole building and center and staff dedicated to community service, and I have really enjoyed finding that community,” Stark told the Daily Princetonian.

SPORTS | 02/16/2023

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Seven football seniors represent Princeton at Japan-U.S. Dream Bowl in Tokyo

Seven Princeton seniors traveled to Japan to practice and play alongside other Ivy League players in the game, including defensive linemen Michael Azevedo and James Stagg, defensive backs Dawson De Iuliis and CJ Wall, linebacker Ike Hall, punter Will Powers, and offensive lineman Connor Scaglione.

Seven Princeton seniors traveled to Japan to practice and play alongside other Ivy League players in the game, including defensive linemen Michael Azevedo and James Stagg, defensive backs Dawson De Iuliis and CJ Wall, linebacker Ike Hall, punter Will Powers, and offensive lineman Connor Scaglione.

SPORTS | 01/25/2023

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‘Academic rigor at Princeton and our athletic success go hand-in-hand’: Q&A with Athletics Director John Mack ’00

“When I do interviews for coaching positions, the first thing I say is a successful coach here has to understand the academic life that our students have and that sometimes they may miss practice,” Ford Family Director of Athletics John Mack ’00 said in an interview with The Daily Princetonian. 

“When I do interviews for coaching positions, the first thing I say is a successful coach here has to understand the academic life that our students have and that sometimes they may miss practice,” Ford Family Director of Athletics John Mack ’00 said in an interview with The Daily Princetonian. 

SPORTS | 12/06/2022