Unleashed Dog attacks Olympic Trials Qualifier

first_imgKeen was taken to the hospital in the ambulance with gaping wounds that required 21 stitches. At the 2017 Dallas Marathon, Keen finished second after the first-place runner staggered across the finish line assisted by a pedestrian. Keen refused to challenge the results, despite pressure from other runners who criticized the winner for receiving help. BRO: What were some things going through your head during the attack? BRO: What are some ways that runners and dog owners can work together to be safer in shared spaces? KEEN: Sometimes really unfortunate things just happen. And they suck. And we can’t control the fact that it happens, but we can control how we handle ourselves and our reaction. I am choosing to use this to make me stronger. I survived for a reason. I plan on figuring out why. Olympic Trials Qualifier Caitlin Keen was out running on the Trinity Trails system in Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend when she was attacked by a dog. Keen says the dog appeared out of nowhere, sprinted toward her, leapt up, and bit her arm. She shook it off and kept running, but the dog bit into her back and pulled her to the ground. This isn’t the first time that Keen has made headlines. The dog, a pit bull mix whose name is Taco, was up-to-date on its rabies vaccines and is currently in city-mandated quarantine. Taco belongs to a local homeless woman who was not present during the attack. BRO: Do you feel safe to run outside or at the park? KEEN: I haven’t run since the attack, and I am not allowed to run or drive for at least another week. I know that I will run back at the trail again, but I know that it will take me some time to recover. BRO: What do you want people’s biggest takeaway to be? BRO: You mentioned that you have received a lot of hate from this incident. Is there anything you would like to say on your behalf? BRO: Do you feel changed at all from this? KEEN: I think that dogs should be kept on a leash if it is not a designated “off-leash area.” Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dog controlled, and runners have a responsibility to stay clear of these areas if they are not comfortable with dogs. We can all work together by putting ourselves into each others’ shoes and thinking about what it would feel like if you had to suffer the consequences of an irresponsible dog owner. center_img KEEN: During the attack, I was thinking how scared I was that it wasn’t going to let me live. I didn’t know what this dog wanted, and I didn’t know how to handle it. All I wanted was to get away and for someone to show up to help me because I knew I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. We reached out to Keen to hear her thoughts on the situation. Photo Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin Keen KEEN: I have been running outside at this particular park since 2006, since I was 14 years old. I have always felt safe out on the trails and have never had a close encounter to not feel safe. BRO: How did you feel when you saw the dog calm down after it attacked you? Her injuries require 21 stitches. Warning: the pictures are graphic. KEEN: If there was anything I could have done to not get attacked, I would have done it. I went from having one of the best long runs I had run all training cycle to being dragged to the ground fighting for my life in a matter of seconds. I didn’t provoke anything, I was simply running fast. I looked at my watch, and when I looked up, a dog was lunging for me. She kicked at the dog until a woman, who was also on a run, picked up a large rock and scared the dog away. The dog was eventually subdued and caught by the collar by a man walking his own two dogs that were leashed. The dog that attacked Keen became calm and friendly with the man’s dogs. BRO: How long have you been running at that park? KEEN: I currently feel very lucky to be alive. Previously, I used to let all the little things bother me. Now I have a much different outlook and perspective on what matters and what is a waste of energy. This is not a fight against breed, animals, or their owners. This is a story about awareness, safety, and having to overcome things that happen to us that we don’t have control over. KEEN: I was scared. I thought the dog was going to start attacking the other dogs that were being walked by a witness, but it didn’t. It made me wonder, “Why me?” Why was I just running one moment and the next I was being taken down by a dog?last_img read more

Carver relishing survival run-in

first_img The Magpies travel to relegated QPR on Saturday knowing victory could be enough to prevent them from following the Londoners through the Barclays Premier League trapdoor, but equally aware that anything less might leave them in desperate trouble with only West Ham’s visit to St James’ Park next weekend to come. Carver’s men at least stopped the rot last Saturday, when a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Tyneside ended a run of eight successive defeats – a sequence of results which has proved hugely testing for all concerned. Newcastle head coach John Carver has challenged his players to embrace the pressure of having to dig themselves out of a hole. Asked what he had learned in recent weeks, the 50-year-old said: “The last four or five months, I’ve learned an awful lot, and that’s what it’s all about. The fact I’ve been given the time to learn from different situations, I think it’s very important . “The one thing is, I’m looking forward to this weekend because there’s a huge challenge in front of us, there’s a bit of pressure on us and we have to be able to embrace that pressure and deal with the challenge ahead of us. “When we come out the other end of it – and hopefully we’ll be at the right end of it – then I will definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, be a stronger and better person for it.” Such is the delicacy of the situation at St James’ that the club have cancelled next week’s end-of-season awards dinner, feeling it was inappropriate to hold a celebration with Premier League status still unsecured. However, on the pitch, there has been a lift in the collective mood on the back of a better result and, perhaps more importantly, a much improved performance against the Baggies. Carver said: “The spirit has been good – it’s been upbeat. But we are not taking our eye off the ball because we haven’t done a job yet. There’s a huge job in front of us, starting with Saturday and then the following Sunday, so we need to stay focused.” Full-back Daryl Janmaat returns to the squad after serving a one-match ban, while striker Papiss Cisse and midfielder Rolando Aarons are also available after stepping up their respective bids for full match fitness during the past week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ALL LOVE: After being written out of history, Syracuse 8’s forgiveness defines them

first_imgFifty years ago, nine SU football players boycotted spring practices because their demands for equitable treatment weren’t being met by the athletic department and head coach Ben Schwartzwalder. This the final installment of a three-part series tells the stories of the following scholar athletes who risked their futures for what was right: Dana Harrell, John Lobon, Richard Bulls, Duane Walker, John Godbolt, Ron Womack, Clarence McGill, Greg Allen and Alif Muhammad.Dana Harrell’s voice cracked as he addressed a rise of hatred in his alma mater’s community. At that point, Syracuse had been hit with six reported hate incidents in nine days. Seven more were reported in the next five days, including five more that evening, on Nov. 16.Students have protested Syracuse University’s response to what grew to be at least 32 hate incidents on and around campus. Harrell, though, was “proud” of SU for wrestling with the issue of racism.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Syracuse University does not condone racism,” Harrell said. “They do not condone it. They do not ignore racism.”Fifty years ago, it was Harrell who was provoked by his white teammates wielding a garden hose in a racist altercation, who had to change his natural position because quarterback was deemed a “thinking position,” who filed multiple complaints against head coach Ben Schwartzwalder to the Onondaga County Human Rights Commission.What hurt possibly even more than any injustice the Syracuse 8 collectively experienced was the feeling of being “written out of history” for more than three decades, they said. It took 35 years for the university “to hear our side of the story,” Alif Muhammad said.Harrell sees SU as a microcosm of the United States; its problems weren’t — and aren’t — unique. For everything Syracuse took from Harrell in 1970, he believes it gave him just as much: Two degrees, a wife and unbreakable bonds with the teammates he boycotted alongside.Though SU did not properly recognize the Syracuse 8 until 2006, Harrell and the other members “bleed orange” as much as any alumni. Many of them wear Syracuse gear and root for the Orange, send their children or grandchildren to SU and are still involved with the university.“It is a contradiction,” said Clarence McGill, who for years planned on never returning to campus. “But what happened here was a reality that all of us wouldn’t have been successful without that scholarship that was given to us by Ben Schwartzwalder.”,In 2005, at the triennial Coming Back Together reunion for Black and Latino alumni, some Syracuse 8 members led a workshop and retold their story. In attendance was Hall of Famer and former Syracuse football star Art Monk, who graduated in 1980. He’d never heard of the Syracuse 8.“So, when we told the story then, and hearing Art say that he didn’t know that happened here, that tells you exactly what occurred,” John Lobon said. “Nobody knew what happened because that’s how far it got buried.”The reunion was the first step in uncovering their previously hidden history. Nancy Cantor, then the university’s chancellor, attended the reunion that year and had previously read about the Syracuse 8. She said then that SU should find a way to apologize.One year later, it did. Every member of the Syracuse 8, except John Godbolt, walked onto the Carrier Dome turf at halftime of a late October game and received their letterman jacket for the first time. Cantor presented them a formal apology and the Chancellor’s Medal — the university’s highest honor. Jim Brown spoke, calling it “one of the greatest nights I have been involved in.”“It was a beautiful experience,” Ron Womack said. “I will never forget that. It helped mend some of the pain. It almost was like we felt validated, that we did belong to Syracuse … We went from troublemakers to heroes.”The university’s apology healed the scars left by the “hurtful chapter” of their boycott and SU’s subsequent neglect, Womack said. To this day, Womack wears his graduation ring, which has a picture of a football player on one side and his major, education, on the other. He shows it off to his students in Minnesota while passing on the lessons of the 1970 boycott.So, when we told the story then, and hearing Art say that he didn’t know that happened here, that tells you exactly what occurred. Nobody knew what happened because that’s how far it got buried.John Lobon, Syracuse 8 member`Since 2006, the Syracuse 8 has been chronicled in David Marc’s book “Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8,” published by Syracuse University Press, in SU’s 150th anniversary book “Forever Orange” and in a Carrier Dome display.The Syracuse 8 view their boycott as a renaissance, a return to SU’s founders’ mission of inclusion and opportunity for all, and they’re still trying to make SU better. In 2011, the Syracuse 8 started and endowed a scholarship fund for first-year Black or Latino students who’ve exhibited leadership skills and participated in community service during high school.They consider their 1970 boycott a “catalyst” for social justice initiatives and increased diversity in the student body, administration and faculty, Greg Allen said. In fall 2020, they’ll be honored once again for the 50th anniversary at the 13th Coming Back Together. As of now, the reunion is still on despite the spread of COVID-19, and the Syracuse 8 will host a panel to retell their story.,“Man, I love Syracuse,” Muhammad said. “The boycott was something we felt we had to do what was right to try to make things better. But we love Syracuse.”Eight of the nine boycotters graduated from SU, and four went on to earn master’s degrees. Allen serves on the Board of Visitors of Syracuse’s School of Education and wants his granddaughter to attend SU — as does Lobon. Womack completed the coursework for a Syracuse Ph.D. but never finished his dissertation, and Harrell went to SU’s law school.As Harrell’s children grew up, they’d get irritated with him because he’d bring them to Syracuse’s campus so frequently — you can only see Marshall Street and the Carrier Dome so many times. Even before Harrell fielded questions about his time at Syracuse, he strategically asked when this series would run, fearing a story might distract the team from spring practice or the upcoming season.“I am so committed to Syracuse. I just want to make sure everything’s positive for this team,” he said on Aug. 14.They love a program that, for decades, wanted nothing to do with them. They give back to the school that stole their opportunities, college experiences and freedom. They became scholars when institutional racism took away their athletic careers.For as much of their story is one of sacrifice, it’s also one of forgiveness.In memory of Duane Walker (1949-2010), John Godbolt (1949-2012), and Richard Bulls (1951-2010).Cover photo illustration by Talia Trackim | Presentation DirectorPhotos courtesy of Syracuse 8 Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries Published on April 26, 2020 at 9:06 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Commentslast_img