NCAA Indoors Start Today: *Results
Saturday: World Record for Kerron Clement in 400
*Arkansas Wins 40th Title, Tennessee Gets First Crown
Clement was known as a hurdler before this meet (or an xc runner to some). He came back to anchor the Florida 4*400 to an NCAA record. LaShawn Merritt looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast (especially if you're running a net downhill). Arkansas won despite its DMR getting DQd, and not having its best sprinter Tyson Gay score, but picked up extra points in the 400, 800 and 3k. Tennessee won under JJ Clarke despite Nicole Cook going out with injury in the 800.
Distances: In the 800, Kevin Hicks (who won the USATF indoor title) ended Nate Brannen's dream of a a threepeat, but Brannen's teammate Nick Willis made it look easy in the mile. Nebraska's Anne Shadle won the women's mile, Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky picked up his first NCAA title in the 3000 and Colorado's Renee Metivier bounced back after a subpar 5k to win the 3k.
Friday: Wallace Spearmon Breaks NCAA Record in 200 to Win Before Hometown Crowd, 2nd Fastest Ever 20.10
He also broke the record with 20.21 in the prelim
DMR: Men: Michigan Wins DMR as Arkansas Nips them at the Line But is DQq Nate Brannen was closing fast and Said Ahmed moved wide to hold him off and was DQd.
*Arkansas DQd Without Looking at Video
Women: Michigan Women Win DMR
5ks: Stanford's Ian Dobson won't be overlooked anymore. Dobson was 6th at the USATF nationals at 10k in 2003 and came through big time in the 5k, getting the "upset"win. The women's 5k also had a suprise winner with NAU's Ida Nilsson getting the win in her final race to go with her outdoor steeple title.
800s: NCAA record holder Nicole Cook tried to run on a bad hamstring and did not advance.
200: Walter Dix Breaks World Junior Record in Finishing 2nd to Spearmon
*Spearmon Did Distance Runs in Fall
*Brief Event by Event Coverage from Trackshark
*Trackwire men's individual predictions
*Trackwire women's individual predictions
Kelly Holmes Receives Nice Looking Medal at Buckingham Palace
Radcliffe Undecided on Whether She'll Run 10k, Marathon, or Both at Worlds
She's already the best marathoner in the world. We'd like to see her get the elusive track title in an epic battle with the Ethiopians.
Victor Conte Wants Marion Jones' Civil Suit Against Him Delayed
Kenya Could Crack 500 Sub 2:20 Marathons in 2005
Paula Radcliffe to Skip World XC to Prepare for Flora London Marathon
She'll probably do a 10k in the States before London.
*British XC Squad for Worlds
Good News: Last Year's Runners Up: Cheboror and Alemu Added to Boston Marathon Field
Cheboror ran 2:06 to win Amsterdam last year.
Billy Konchellah Has 2 Weeks to Appeal His Prison Sentence for Rape in Finland
XC News: 5 Time British XC Champ Glynn Tromans Had 2 Heart Surgeries Before Beginning His Run of Victories
*Some Unhappy with Kenyan XC Team, Ethiopia's Dibaba to Double at Worlds
*Britain's Jo Pavey Out of World XCs With Injury
European Indoors: *Results
*Detailed Recaps by IAAF
Distance: Ivan Heshko's A Highlight on Final Day of European Indoors
Women: Day 3 Yelena Isinbayeva Sets another World Record
Men: Day 3: Stefan Holm Jumps High (Highest Indoor Jump in 10 Years)
More Day 3
*Chris Lambert Gets Silver in European 200 He started in lane 5 so what do you expect?
*Stefan Holm: Incredible High Jumper, Whiz Kid Genius, and Man of Secret Wedding
*German Long Jumper Bianca Kappler Given Bronze After Officials Don't Measure Her Jump
*John Mayock Not Retired From Sport Will Run Marathons Now
*Jason Gardener to Quit Running Indoor Champs after His 3rd European 60 Title
*British Relays Get Silver and Bronze at Europeans
*Editorial Praises Jason Gardener in Saying Win was for Himself and Not God:
Distance:Distance Recap: Alistair Cragg and Elena Iagar Get Impressive Wins
Cragg, the former Arkansas NCAA star, got a comfortable win as the favorite.
Men: Men's Recap Jason Gardener got his 3rd straight 60m gold leading a British 1-2 sweep, and Ireland got a surprise gold in the 400m in addition to Cragg's win in the 3k where British stud John Mayock got a surprise silver.
Women: European Indoor Day 2 Women's Recap (World Leaders in 400 and 1500)
More Day 2: Jason Gardener Gets His 3rd Straight 60m European Crown, Mark Lewis Francis 2nd in British 1-2 Sweep
*John Mayock Retires after Silver Medal at European 3k BBC
*James McIlroy Ready to Follow in Foosteps of Coe and Cram Times on London
*Carolina Kluft Dominates Pentathlon
She came up just 30 points short of a world record.
More: Kelly Sotherton Leads British on Day 1 With Silver in Pentathlon
*Mark Lewis Francis and Jason Gardener Advance to Final of 60m for Britain Guardian
*Jason Gardener Says He's Not Afraid of New 60m European Record Holder Pognon of France
and Field Results
Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator
Keflezighi's silver medal was a
surprise in the marathon (first American medal in this event since
1976), but not the biggest surprise in the race, as the leader of the
race, Brazilian Vanderlei de
Lima, was attacked by a deranged Irish fan
near the 23 mile mark. de Lima would gamely hold on for the bronze
medal despite losing valuable time, not to mention his rhythm. Italian Stefano
Baldini got the gold. America
was the only country to leave with more than one medal in the Olympic
marathon after Deena Kastor's bronze in the women's race. Briton's
Jon Brown was 4th for the 2nd straight Olympics.
of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens He was there
10ear old refugree
to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd
on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated
Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington
Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San
Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried
to Avoid the Fan Victor
Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El
in a thrilling stretch run over Kenenisa
Bekele for his second gold medal
of the Games, while Kelly
Holmes sprinted to her second
gold and a national record in the women's 1500m. In other action,
Britain stunned the US 4*100 men's team
to get its only men's track and field medal of the Games and rectify a
horrible Games for the British men. In the 4*400, the US
men and women swept the 4*400 titles.
Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k: Hicham
El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA
Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field
After Double Golds
Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
Look at Kelly Holmes, Her Upbringing and Career
Men's 800m: Yuriy
Borzakovskiy's Late Burst Gets 800m Gold over Wilson Kipketer
4*100 Men: Darren
Campbell Gets Sweet Revenge on Critics with 4*100 Gold
Men, Women Sweep 4*400 Titles
Women's High Jump: Russian
Yelena Slesarenko Upsets Hestrie Cloete American Amy
Acuff passed up a jump for a
Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin
Xiang Gets Gold Medal, Ties Colin Jackson's World Record in 110 Hurdles
Pole Vault: Tim
Mack, Toby Stevenson Go 1-2 in Pole Vault for US
Relay Between Marion Jones and Lauryn Williams Costs US in 4*100
It sent Marion Jones home with 0 medals after failing to medal
in the long jump.
Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
Sweeps Long Jump
4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
sitting on the results for months, we're proud
to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our
viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots
of Fire, or a
highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without
but rather a running documentary,
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine
Story. Read all about the
voting and see
the 10 best running
movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.
NCAA XC: CU Sweeps NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Crowns
Mark Wetmore worked his magic at Colorado again as both his squads captured upset wins. The men's win was the bigger upset of the day. Simon Bairu of Wisconsin won the individual crown to help the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was not enough as Colorado eked out a 4 point victory by moving up late in the race.
*Mud No Problem for Kim Smith as She Dominates
*Bairu's Win Sweet and Sour Wisconsin State Journal
*Wetmore, Buff's Work Wonders Boulder Daily Camera
*Stanford Men, Women Disappoint San Francisco Chronicle
*Stanford Inexperience Showed
*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
Photos: *Track And Field News
here for a LetsRun.com behind
the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)
Ryan Shay Wins US 15k over Alan Culpepper, Jen Rhines Gets Win Shay got $15,000 grand for the win thanks to a $5000 equalizer bonus.
*Top Results and message board thread.
Abera Injured Himself Thursday Will Miss Today's Liverpool Half One of the world's greatest marathoners ever can't stay healthy.
Cathey Freeman to Start Commonwealth Games Baton Relay Tonight in London
Alwyn Myburgh Wins Competitive 400mh over Llewellyn Herbert in S. Africa
2008 Olympic Trials Bids Were Going to be Due This Week But USATF Has Pushed Back Deadline
National Record Holder Yoko Shibui Favorite at this Sunday's Nagoya Marathon
Kelly Holmes Getting £150,000 to Race in 4 British Races This Summer
Jason Hubbard, Michael Aish Headling Valley of Sun Half
Athletics Canada Stiffing Some of Its Top Runners, Not Letting Them Run at World XCs American runners can quit bitching. In Canada even if you're one of the best, you may have to pay your way to Worlds, and then the team still may not take you as they want to have a "training camp" (for one week before the race) in France so some administrator can take credit for the team's success.
Global Sports and London Marathon Deny Paying off Kenyan Officials to Overturn Ban
Olympic Champ Ezekiel Kemboi Dealing With Malari, Focussed on Outdoor Champs
Mary Wittenberg to Become Head of ING NYC Marathon, NY Road Runners
We didn't know until this piece that she ran a 2:44 to win Marine Corps one year.
Nate Brannen in the News:
*Lengthy Profile from Michigan Student Paper
*With Illness and Automatic Qualifier Out of the Way, Brannen Can Go for ThreePeat at NCAA Indoors
Ann Arbor News
Lake Biwa: 2:09:00 for the winner. Recap from message boards. Olympic hero de Lima dropped out.
*Detailed Recap of Lake Biwa Marathon from IAAF
LA: Big Money and Big Disappointment at LA Marathon There was a great men's battle between Mark Saina and Ben Maiyo.
*Chris Lundstrom Wins Napa Valley MArathon
NCAA Last Chance Meets/IC4As:
IC4As: IC4A Results Rutger's won the meet, Josh McDougal solod 7:55 to qualify for NCAAs. Super, super, super impressive. And Rojo's mid d guys continued to impress with a 5 second school record in the 4*800 and the win.
*ECAC Results Pittsburgh Wins, Lindsey Scherf auto time in 5k.
Washington: Adam Goucher Impressive Double at Washington State Last Chance Meet 7:52 for 3k and 3:59 for Goucher. Galen Rupp also ran 7:58 for 3k
*Washington Last Chance Meet Results (Mast Tony Young 4:05 in Mile)
Iowa State: 3:57 for Said Ahmed of Arkansas at Iowa State Last Chance Meet
*Jeremy Mims Breaks Jim Ryun's 800m School Record at Iowa State Last Chance
*Iowa State Last Chance Results
Notre Dame: Nate Brannen Breaks His Own School Record at 800m at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invite
*Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet Results
Without Nate Brannen Michigan almost still broke the NCAA record in the DMR with splits of 2:55, 45.9, 1:49.5, and a controlled 3:57.5 for Nick Willis as Michigan just wanted to make sure it got the automatic qualifying time, as this meet is where everyone comes to qualify as 17 schools ran under 9:40, and 18 got the NCAA provisional time.
Chepkemei Not Picked for World XC
Editorials: One for Chepkemei: Athletics Kenya Overstepped its Bounds in Banning Chepkemei
"Athletes, as individuals, have the right to turn down national duty if
it conflicts with their professional running contracts signed with
various meeting directors abroad." well said
We like the author above have no problem with them rejecting her for world xc but banning her is ridiculous and shouldn't be allowed.
One against Her: Editorial Points out For Kenyans Much of Top Money is in Road Racing
Good news: Gezahegne Abera Running Liverpool Half in Preparation for London on March 13th
Hopefully one of the most successful marathoners ever can get past injuries. He's only 26.
You can blame Wejo for
this as he's the one who told Paula to go to
Radcliffe Moves Back to Albuquerque To Train
Due To Unusual Bad Weather In Flagstaff's.
Her diary also reveals she had her 1st ever
indoor track session while in Flagstaff (proving
our point that indoors is bad for you!!)
Big East: Notre Dame Men Pittsburgh Women Win Big East
*Big East Results Men
*Big East Results Women
*Nick Willis Runs 3:58, Brannen 1:50
ACC: Florida State Men, Miami Women Win ACC Titles Earlier we said it the UNC women won. Sorry the ACC website had the wrong story up.
*ACC Women's Results
*ACC Men's Results
US XC Champs:
Talent Shines on Sunday - Ritzenhein, Flanagan
Win Senior Races as Rupp Wins Juniors and Withrow
Makes Senior Team Ritzenhein
cruised to victory but Alan Webb did
make things interesting by jumping in the race
and at least making Ritz work a little for 5k
before dropping out.
Tim Broe Goes 3 for 3 in Vancouver, Colleen De Reuck Wins at Age 40 Broe showed he's still America's best 3k/5k runner, but will be skipping worlds once again. Colleen De Reuck dominated a the age of 40.
Adam Goucher got 2nd and Liberty freshman Josh McDougal was 4th.
*USATF XC Results
More on Lydiard:
*Lydiard's Son Remembers Peter Snell Getting Dropped on the First Run With Lydiard's Boys
Snell went on to win 3 Olympic medals, gold ones.
*Peter Snell Still Spreading the Lydiard Gospel Although it Wasn't Always Smooth Sailing
*Why Didn't Lydiard Get the Recognition he Deserved in New Zealand?
*More on Lydiard: He Was Greatly Appreciated Abroad, But Ironically Not as Much in New Zealand
*Arthur Lydiard Didn't Just Coach the Stars
*2nd Lydiard Cartoon
"Excuse me if I sound hoarse, but
I have a head cold. Usually head colds are due to changes in the
weather, but in my case, it is due to a change in attitude on
-Colorado Cross Country Coach, Mark Wetmore, coach of the 2004 Men's and Women's NCAA XC Champions, speaking at the Arthur Lydiard Tour Stop last night in Boulder, about the change in heart of many letsrun.com posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year.LetsRun.com
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate
Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read
about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years
isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted
that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would
have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of
self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train
with his body. He trains with his mind."
-Hicham El Guerrouj on
why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000
"I think that the sports in which you read about doping tend to be the
cleaner sports. I mean, I think if you put Major League Baseball
players and NFL players through lie detector tests [about whether they
use performance- enhancing drugs], fully 50 percent would fail..I did
this bike race, 75 hours. But I didn't feel any sense of achievement. I
found it depressing. Because, to me, athletic endeavors should be one
of the most pure of endeavors. Why else do it? It's a sense of testing
-author Stuart Stevens,
who for 8 months got on just about every performance enhancing drug
imaginable to see how it would affect him, and wrote about the ordeal
for Outside Magazine. The
results were simply amazing as he put on 14 pounds without lifting a
weight, had increased endurance, better vision, and less soreness. The
quote above is from a Newsday
piece where Stevens says the ordeal left him more ardently opposed to
drugs in sports. The entire article from Outside
Magazine where Stevens recaps
his experience is
a must read and is now available in its entirety on line and can be
(If you'd like to subscribe to
Outside Magazine you can do so
here for only $15.99 a year
(cover price is $47.40)
In case you
Todd Williams Hangs them up
In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m
runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of
running in general.
here, Part II
here, Part III
Beardsley who had run 2 sub 2:13 in 3 weeks defeated
Garry Bjorklund in a great duel as two Minnesotans were under 2:10
Martin Franklin Revealed
to the viewers at our site we've got some photos
and information on Martin Franklin the fraud who for a brief moment on
Sunday was the 5th American and $4,750 richer at the New York City
Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.
Legend Passes: "I
don't train; never have. I don't think of running as training. I just
go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"-
Jack Foster of New Zealand, who
ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the
Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the
age of 72.