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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
October 14, 2013 issue
Jeremiah Crowley
Montville, Conn. > Football

Jeremiah, a senior running back and free safety at Montville High, rushed for seven touchdowns and a state-record 526 yards in a 49-37 win over Stonington High, breaking the six-year-old mark of 518. Last season Jeremiah had 1,980 rushing yards and 26 scores to lead the Indians to the Class-M state semifinals.

Celina Li
Pleasanton, Calif. > Swimming
Li, a freshman at Cal, won the 100-yard butterfly (54.89), breaststroke (1:03.70) and individual medley (56.91) to earn the Queen of the Pool title against Cal Poly. (Swimmers competed in five 100-yard events: back, breast, fly, free and IM.) Li's combined time of 4:43.10 edged teammate and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin by .12.
Cerake Geberkidane
Denver > Cross-country

Cerake, a senior at East High, won the Arvada West Invitational 5K by 1:13 in 14:46.50, coming within two seconds of the state record. Despite competing at an altitude of 5,000 feet, he had the national No. 1 ranking through Sunday. Cerake, who also won each of his three previous meets this season, finished third in Class 5A last year.

Staci Mannella
Randolph, N.J. > Skiing

Staci, a senior at Morris County (N.J.) School of Technology, won the women's visually impaired title in her first World Cup slalom competition, at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. She races with a guide who skis ahead and calls out turns through a headset. A member of the Paralympics Alpine national team, Staci is ranked No. 6 in the world.

Jordan Lee
Cullman, Ala. > Sportfishing

Lee, a senior at Auburn, caught five fish weighing a total of 12.0 pounds from Michigan's Grand River to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket. The victory earned him the collegiate berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham in February. Lee came in second to his brother, Matt, in the College Classic last year.

Meredith Novack
Honolulu > Open-water Swimming

Novack, 37, swam across the Au'au Channel, from Lanai to Maui and back, in a record 11:01, breaking the mark by 44 minutes. She is the first woman and only the second person to finish the 19.2-mile round trip. A former open-water 3K masters national champion, Novack was tailed by a 15-foot tiger shark for part of her swim.

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