The Oberlin Review

Caster Semenya Case Highlights Barriers Facing Intersex Athletes

Jane Agler and Olive Hwang

May 10, 2019

Every year, there are several sporting events or stories that dominate social media platforms for a few days or, in some cases, weeks. This year, we’ve seen the internet flooded with news ranging from Tiger Woods’ Masters win and the New England Patriots’ historic Super Bowl LII title to the voices of NBA players after the death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Recently, the debate surrounding South African Olympian Caster Semenya has brought track to national attention. Semenya is a middle-distance track runner born with intersex traits, and on May 1 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she must take hormone suppressants if she wishes to continue competing. The two-time Olympian is a massive s...

College first-year and cross country runner Avery Coreschi said his favorite part about running is the feeling of freedom he gets, as well as the opportunity to take in his surroundings in a unique way.

Nature’s Company All the Way

November 30, 2018

On a midseason Sunday about two months ago, before Oberlin became covered with a layer of ice beneath an inch of snow, College first-year and cross country runner Avery Coreschi walked briskly to practice. Few trees were bare, some were still green, and others had turned a burnt red or a dark shade of orange. Oberlin was in the midst of autumn, when the weather’s almost always just OK. At 8 a.m. he completed a routine cross country workout: eight miles around campus, no break. Mos...

Junior Linnea Halsten makes her rounds in last year’s Rumble, the annual Oberlin Cross Country home meet.

Cross Country Teams Open Season with Strong Performances

September 15, 2017

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their second race of the season last Saturday at the annual Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational in Delaware, Ohio. Building off of their successes from the previous week’s competition at The College of Wooster Invitational, the Yeowomen and Yeomen claimed fourth and eleventh places, respectively. The Yeowomen, once ranked as high as 15th nationally, capped off the day with 89 total points, while the Yeomen finished off with 322 points...

Marathons Inspire Runners to Accept Daunting Challenges

CJ Blair, Columnist

October 2, 2015

When you tell someone that you’re a runner, they’re probably not going to say that they’d like to be a runner too. Even though this isn’t always true for short distances, telling someone that you ran a marathon sends everyone but other marathoners and proud masochists reeling in confusion. To 99 percent of the public, saying you ran a marathon is like saying you walked across broken glass: certainly impressive but something they’d never want to do. When I crossed the finish line of my first marathon last Saturday, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I had accomplished a rare feat, one that almost no one even considers. My passion for running has turned me into a gangly scarecrow subsisting on Clif bars,...

Running Offers Chance for Catharsis, Contemplation

CJ Blair, Columnist

February 27, 2015

While daily exercise is universally encouraged, there’s still plenty of trepidation about running. I’ve had 90-pound friends who threw shot put on the track team because they didn’t want to run, and others who look visibly ill when I even mention going for a run. The fact is that people will bend over backwards to avoid running. Many times, if they’re physically capable of doing so, the alternate route they choose is more tumultuous — and certainly less efficient —than just lacing up and hitting the streets. However, despite widespread skepticism, running is a rare outlet for undisturbed thought. I’d say running is a love/hate activity, but I know better than that. When I started running with my dad...

ObieRun Facilitates Low-Key Fitness

Molly Bloom

March 2, 2012

“Are you an amateur runner? Are you hoping to train for a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or a full marathon? Are you planning to run in the Cleveland Marathon event? Are you a fast runner? Slow runner? Are you just beginning to run? Are you hoping to find a group of Obies to run with?” These questions address visitors to the website of ObieRun, a new student organization aimed at forming an all-encompassing community for runners at Oberlin. Students who join can sign up for runs on the group’s calendar, joining fellow Obies for a distance workout. Whether you are trying to train for a longer competition or just hoping to have fun with friends through exercise, ObieRun is a way there. “It is a good way to stay in shape,”...

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