This bit about Soquel High grad Maggie Vessey comes from Liz Smith, an entertainment writer at the Chicago Tribune:

Hal Lifson reports his new client, Maggie Vessey, a world-class middle distance runner now training for the London Olympics, has real “crossover” possibilities. She’s blonde, sexy and clever. She runs like the wind and wants to win some gold or silver for the sport she loves. But an athlete’s life is short. There are possibilities beyond the track, especially these days with reality TV dominating the airwaves. Hal says, “Maggie is a stallion. But she needs to be a show pony as well as a runner to get into the mainstream media!”

Lifson, who also promotes Kara Goucher — known as “The Julia Roberts of runners” — feels certain Miss Vessey will soon earn similar nicknames.

— Julie Jag