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Drug News:
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Court of Arbitration Rules Hungarian Cheats Adrian Annus and Robert Fazekas Must Lose Their Olympic Golds
*IAAF Appeals Doping Decision on Thanou and Kenteris to Court of Arbitration in Sport
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Countries Could be Banned from Olympics if Countries Don't Sign WADA Code

*LaMarck Carter Gets Warning fromUSADA for positive test

Kelly Holmes Favored for Lareus World Sport Review, Hicham El Guerrouj 8 to 1 on the Men's Side

London News: Sammy Korir, 2nd Fastest Marathoner Ever, Declares Himself Ready for London
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Tracey Morris Out of London Marathon

Olympic News:
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Olympic Stadium in NY Gets Approval
*Seb Coe in Australia Promoting London's Olympic Bid

Milton Green, Man Who Boycotted Hitler's Olympics, Dies A Man of principle

Gabriela Szabo and Violeta Beclea Fighting Once Again, This time to Become VP of Romanian Track Federation Szabo once said Beclea didn't get invited to meets because she was "too ugly".

Elijah Sang Runs 61:49 in Paderborn, Germany on Easter

*WADA Establishes Athletes Committee
*Beckie Scott Who Criticized Dick Pound is on WADA Committee At least it's not full of a bunch of yes people.

Pam Read Runs 300 Miles Straight in 80+ Hours And now we finally know who Pam Reed. Seriously.

Dan Browne Talks About His Knee Surgery

Blind Kenyan Athlete Inspires Others

Impressive: Zhou Chunxiu Wins Xiamen Marathon in 2:29, 2 Weeks after 2:23 Win in Seoul

Thomson Magawana Wants Two Oceans Record Next Year in Quest for Three Peat

Paula Radcliffe Beaten in New Orleans
Olympic 5k silver medallist Isabella Ochichi came out on top. Ochichi doubled at world xc last week getting 3rd in the short course and 5th in the long.
*Results

Collegiate Action:
Stanford Invite: Live Results
*Saturday:
Stanford Full Results Nicole Teter won the 1500m in 4:12 and Jonathon Johnson had a convincing 800m win.
*Friday Results
14 collegians broke the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for nationals at 10k led by Arkansas' Josphat Boit and Peter Kosgei. Kurt Benninger ran a fast 13:33 5k and Gabe Jennings was a DNF in the 10k.
Other: Florida:
Kenia Sinclair Runs 4:08 1500m in Florida
Raleigh Relays: *
Raleigh Relays Day 2 Results
*Day 1Results

World XC News: *Results
Sunday: All Results
Bekele Sweeps Again

*Long Course Results This guy is only 22 and he has won 8 world xc titles with ease every time. He led his team to the team title as Kenya would have still lost even if they used the "Qataris" in the race on their team. Dathan Ritzenhein went out with the leaders, developed bad blisters, and then struggled home in 62nd. True frosh Matt Withrow ended up leading the US in 60th.
More on Bekele: Bekele Says He Feels 'Naked' Without His Fiancee Independent
*Bekele Says His Double Wins at This XC Champs are his Greatest Performance Ever Considering his Fiancee's Death Guardian
Women: Tirunesh Dibaba Gets Her Own Double

US Women Get Bronze
Ethiopia got a one point team victory over Kenya and Lauren Fleshman in 11th led the US women to a team bronze and a strong showing with 4 runners in the top 21.
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Dibaba's Double Surpasses Her Expectations
*Junior Boys Race
Kenya swept the top 5 and Galen Rupp was the first non-African in 20th. Who says this isn't an African sport.
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Kenyan Newspaper: Kenyan Juniors Dominate, Kenyan Men Lose Again
*On the boards:
How often are the Africans tested out of competition?.

Saturday
Men's Short Course:
Kenenisa Bekele Wins and Then Breaks Down in Tears afterwards Due to Memories of His Former Fiancee The XC king overcame the death of his fiancee to defend his crown and lead Ethiopia to the team title. The USA's Jorge Torres was the first non-African in 13th and Adam Goucher dropped out on the first lap with a calf injury.
*IAAF Recap of Men's Short Course and Bekele's Victory
*Canada Men Disappointing 12th in Short Course at World XCs
*Women's Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba Wins, so Does Ethiopia Ethiopia went 1, 3,4 with the indoor 5k record holder leading the way. Colleen De Reuck led the US team in 13th at the age of 40.
*Alice Timbilil's Silver Medal Briefly Taken Away from Her in Mix Up
Junior Women's Recap Ethiopia's Gelete Burika Bati Absolutely Dominated, but Kenyan Women Win Team Title
More XC News:
*USATF Recap of Day 1 at World XCs With Quotes from Each Runner (Heat Bothered a Lot of Runners, Goucher Injured Calf)
*Recap from Kenyan Paper of Day 1 of World XCs

Photos: Photos From World XC

A Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k Williams was on fire in 1995, and his 15k is one of the best American records. He finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot.

Great Interview With Pete Julian He wants to bring US cross to Boulder in 2007 and has a nice outlook on life after surviving cancer.

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
Sunday:
Meb Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator American Meb 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.
Great Photo: Photo of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
*It was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens
He was there as a 10ear old refugree
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Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
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More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
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Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
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Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
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Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
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Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

Saturday:
El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El Guerrouj triumphed 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.
*IAAF Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k:
Hicham El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA Today
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El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
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Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
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Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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A 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
4*400:
US 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 bronze medal.
Javelin:
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

Friday
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Liu 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
4*100:
Botched 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.

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Lauryn Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Long Jump:
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Marion Jones Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
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Editorial: Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
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Russia Sweeps Long Jump
Qualifying 4*100:
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US 4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After 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 Limits), 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.

This Weekend:
Carlsbad:
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Carlsbad 5k Celebrates its 20th Birthday and Steve Scott Helped Get it Established
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Defending Champs Ochichi, Berhanu Headline Carlsbad 5000m, but Dathan Ritzenhein is Going after American Record
*Dathan Ritzenhein Running Carlsbad 5k
Surprise addition to the field.
*More on Ritz from San Diego Tribune
Washington DC:
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler: Two John Korirs Meet; Sally Barsosio Favorite in Women's Race
European 10k:
Maury, De La Ossa Headling Saturday's European Cup 10,000m
*Berlin Half Marathon

Deena Kastor Decided to Try and Make 2005 a Record Breaking Year

Previous Drug News:
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Former Personal Assistant to Lance Armstrong Says He Found Roids in Lance's House The man is in a lawsuit with Armstrong now.
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More on WADA Athletes Committee
*Major League Baseball's Drug Expert, Lied on His Resume
His testimony before Congress was pretty bad as well.
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Carolina Panthers on Roids Before Super Bowl All the pro sports drug policies are jokes.

Oregon's Pole Vault King Tommy Skipper Has Knee Surgery but Expected to Compete Outdoors

"In the GDR you learned what absolute commitment to a goal meant and to accept only the highest standards. You don't always get that with athletes these days. They give much less than 100 percent and average performances are too quickly described as good, both in Germany and America. If you want to become world class, it takes much more commitment and hard training than many imagine."
-top coach Dieter Hogan, who goes on to say doping played no role in the East German (GDR) long distance success, which is not true at all.

Saturday: Big Apple:
Deena Kastor, Jorge Torres Win US 8k Champs

*Results
link fixed. Kastor was just 3 seconds off of Lynn Jennings' American record and a $25,000 bonus. Jorge Torres picked up the win in his first pro road race.
*Photos
PreRace:
Jorge Torres, Deena Kastor Talk About Today's 8k Champs
*Race website

US 15k Champs: 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.
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Top Results and message board thread.

NCAA Indoors: *Results
Post Meet News: Arkansas Bids to Host NCAA Indoors Another 3 Years They get 5000 fans every day and deserve the meet again.
*Kerron Clement Has a World Record in the 400m, but Says He's a Hurdler
*Nice Distance Recaps from NYRR:
*Men's Day 1 *Men's Day 2
*Women's Day 1 * Women's Day 2
*Women's Photos *Men's Photos
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. Unbelievable performances. (Download the world record video fast as we think the NCAA will want it taken down) LaShawn Merritt looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast. 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 in a race where Sara Bei was leading and fell with 300 left and Marina Mucan also fell
*Mt Sac Director Scott Davis the announcer at NCAAs
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
Distances:
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.
More:
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

More on Lydiard:
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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
*Lydiard Cartoon
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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 letsrun.com"
-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 ago.

More 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

Must Read(s):
"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 yourself."

-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 found here.
(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 missed it:
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.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

1981 Grandma's Marathon
Dick 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
Mr. Martin Franklin Revealed
Thanks 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 Marathon. Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.

A 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.

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
Results:

*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Men's Team
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
*Women's Team
Photos:
*Track And Field News
*Fast-Women
*Men's Racing

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts

LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
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High School Section
Interviews
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.
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Oregon News:
"Does Oregon want to be truly great in the sport again? Is it ready to take risks?...If the answers to those questions are yeses, then Oregon needs to go hire the best track coach in the country. Period. Go get former Stanford coach Vin Lananna":
-Ron Bellamy in the Register Guard
*Galen Rupp Has Until April 8th if He Wants to Try and Compete At Oregon This Outdoor Season

Suzy Favor Hamilton Pregnant

On the boards: the Mystery that is Martin Smith? At one point he only cared about distance running.

Khannouchi Running Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday

Next Weekend: 2005 Rotterdam Marathon Field Announced  Felix Limo and Lornah Kiplagat headline.

$21 Million in Prize Money Awarded at Track Events in 2004 Men and women combined. A lot of money is under the table (appearance fees) but the LPGA tour (just the women) is giving out $45 million this year.

On the boards: First white guy at Carlsbad: Ritz or Mottram?

Former Oregon High School Star Scott Wall, Joins University of Oregon Team

Reebok Signs Top Ethiopians: Kidane, Gebremariam, Dinkessa, and Ayunu

Writeup on Chris Lear's Book Signing in NY Photos as well. Jorge Torres and Kevin Young in attendance.

Anthony Famiglietti Brief Chat

Lindsay Donaldson of Yale, the Top Frosh in NCAA Track, Gets Some Praise in the Yale Paper She's probably faster than Wejo was as a freshman at Yale.

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Sprinter Josh Ross Has Impressed Daley Thompson in Australia

Other Action:
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Felix Limo Wins Hicham El Guerrouj's Moroccan' race
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Alice Timbili Wins Day After Easter Race in Switzerland

On the boards:
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Whose the greatest Irish runner ever?
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Nick Willlis and the 5k

Joshua Ross Wins Handicapped Race in Australia

Katerina Thanou Wants to Compete Again

Paul Koech Wins Uptown Run in Dallas

Big City Marathons Thinking Of Going on Their Own Outside of IAAF We don't see why they need the bureacracy of the IAAF, and the IAAF has failed at promoting the sport.

Kenya Papers Talking About Winning "Overall" Title at World XCs Too bad it doesn't exist. The Ethiopians won all 4 senior events. We guess the Kenyans are factoring in the junior races.

Rupp Accepted at Oregon, Eligibility Being Reviewed, He's a Bit Cautious About Going to Oregon

Ritzenhein Says Blisters, Pace Were Too Much for Him at Worlds

Two Oceans UltraMarathon Today One of the premier ultras in the world.

More Martin Smith/Oregon Stuff
*Phil Knight (founder of Nike) Slams UO Oregon Athletic Director
"Bill Moos had 10 chances to make the right decision regarding the University of Oregon track and field program and missed every one of them. It's hard to be that perfect."
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Galen Rupp Wants to Enroll at Oregon And whether he'll be eligible will be answered once and for all.
Previous:
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Columnist Rips Oregon's Decision
Oregon Is Stuck In Year 1975:
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Oregonians Reactions Differ To Smith's 'Resignation': Local volunteer track officials in Eugene are happy to see him gone, but those not affiliated with Oregon program appear to be outraged.

USATF Recap of Day 2 at World XC (USA Women Take Bronze, Quotes from All US Athletes)

Azalea Trail Run Results: Luke Kipkosgei, Sally Barsosio Win

Qatari Appeal to Get Silver Medal in Short Course Denied

Steve Cram Looks Back at World XCs

Kenya Favorite to Host 2007 World XCs If you're considering retirement from the sport you might wait until after this one. World XCs right near the beach in Kenya.

Nike 'Wins': Martin Smith, Oregon Coach, Resigns Eugene Register Guard Smith may be the big winner, however. He'll be in high demand if he wants another job, and pockets a cool $450,000 for leaving.
*Emotions mixed The women's distance coach is glad to see him go.
*Message board thread