NCAA XC News:
Polls, Polls, Polls:
Grote Poll: Post Pre NCAAs Edition
The humorous pontificator ranks the top NCAA men's XC teams. In this edition, he takes on travel agencies (schools that import all their runners), altitude tents, and he breaks his word and ranks Stanfurd #4.
*Mondo Men's Cross Country Poll Arkansas still on top.
*Finishlynx Women's Cross Country Poll: Duke gets all the first place votes and Stanford moves up to #2.
*Pre NCAA Photos trackandfieldphoto.com
*Weekend Results Here
Chile Pepper This meet was sick upfront as Africans swept the top 11 places led by a 28:27 by Josphat Boit (who won last year in 29:22). Forget about pre-nats, this was the toughest meet upfront this weekend. #1 Arkansas won easily.
*Team Results *Indiv Results
Men: Individual: Josh McDougal Dominates The Liberty sophomore had the best time on the day in all the races
* Team Results: Colorado Wins over Notre Dame
Individual Results: Christine Bolf of Colorado Wins
Team Results: Michigan Edges Arizona, Colorado 4th
Women: Individual Results: Victoria Mitchell of Butler Edges Caroline Bierbaum of Columbia
Team Results: Stanford Defeats Notre Dame
Men: Men: Individual Results: Josh Rohatinsky Wins
Men's Team Results: Stanford Wins Easily
*Combined Women's Results here
More Weekend Results here
*McDougal Hoping to Win
It's Not All About Pre NCAAs:
"This will probably be the best meet we've ever had"- John McDonnell on the stacked Chile Pepper field that includes #1 Arkansas, #6 Arizona, and #11 UTEP
*Shawn Forrest Talks About Chilepepper Invite Runners World
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon:
Felix Limo Wins Tight Men's Race, Deena Kastor Wins Death March Deena Kastor was on 2:18:30 pace for much of the race, then she absolutely fell apart at the end, hitting the wall. Fortunately for her, Constantina Dita had gone out hard with Deena as well and fell off the pace between 30 and 35k. Deena nearly blew a 38 second lead over the final 1.25 miles but held on to win barely. Sadly, no one in the US outside of Chicago was able to see the dramatic races on tv. On the men's side Felix Limo (who has won in Berlin and Rotterdam) kicked away from Ben Maiyo and Daniel Njenga over the final half mile to win a tight battle that featured 5 men until the final mile and a half.
World Half Marathon Champs
Two Surprises of a Different Sort: Shami Celebrates Too Soon, Tomescu Surprises
Mubarek Shami was just meters away from winning the world half-marathon title, yet he celebrated too soon and Fabiano Joseph passed him on the line to win the title after finishing 2nd the last 2 years. On the women's side Constantina Tomescu surprisingly dominated the field. The US men led by Ryan Shay and Jason Hartman had their highest finish ever.
Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.
Photos: *Women's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Men's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Istvan Gyulai Upset Britain Didn't Send Men's Team to World HalfYahoo UK
*British Women's Team Fifth at World Half Yahoo UK
*IAAF Rigthly Criticizes British Men For Sending No-One The country got the Olympics, how about supporting the sport in the non-Olympic years?
Drug News: IOC Athletes Commission Asks for French Lab Involved in Armstrong Affair to Be Suspended for Violating WADA Code
WADA will lose credibility if it does not sanction violations of its code and admit it when there are problems with drug tests.
*Jerome Young Trying to Get His Lifetime Ban Overturned He was busted for the two drugs that have the most suspicious tests nandrolone and EPO.Guardian
*Mafia Allegedly Trafficking in Performance Enhancing Drugs in Italy (Estimated 500,000 Users in Italy) Guardian
Incredible: 3 Year Old Boy Running Up to 30 Miles a Day "I can run and eat to my heart's content here"- says the 3 year old. And eating is very important to an incredibly poor child whose mother sold him for $20.
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.
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
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
*Undetectable Drugs Available on the Internet Washington Post
The professional sports pretend to care about drug testing yet athletes can be on a host of undetectable drugs as the pro sports don't fund proper drug testing research.
*Balco Sentencing Today The probe is continuing and now is looking at the Balco suppliers.
*Kenteris and Thanou to Get Another CAS Hearing As All the Witnesses Couldn't Be Heard Yahoo UK
ING Amsterdam Marathon:
It's a 2005 world's best for Geb but he was disappointed afterwards. He went out in a fast 1:02:01 halfway and the wind hurt him in the 2nd half.
*Gebrselassie Says Wind Cost Him 2 Minutes in Amsterdam Marathon
*Geb's splits 5k by 5k (too fast between 10 and 15k and a negative split would work better, Tergat split 1:03:04 in his world record run)
*On the boards: How old is Geb?
Gabe Jennings 1:05:58 for Half Marathon in California
Eugene Gets 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials
LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls:
Razorbacks and Duke on Top
The Arkansas Razorbacks are #1 by a narrow margin on the men's side while Duke is a dominant #1 on the women's. Neither Duke or Arkansas will be at this weekend's Pre-NCAA meet.
*This Weekend's Schedule Showing Who Is Going Where
Reuters Article on Martin Keino's Retirement
The son of the legendary Kip Keino
was best known for being the world's best
pace-setter. If he were American, he'd be
known for being a multi-time Olympian as
he was smoking fast.
Great Read: Catching Up With Todd Williams and Ed Eyestone www.runningstats.com
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is
expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small
way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com
Jos Hermans Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with training: "Ethiopians have more respect for their women, which
explains why their women athletes perform better than their
Kenyan counterparts, who excel in junior championships only to
pander to cultural and domestic demands later in life" and "A mentally prepared athlete can
easily beat a physically prepared one,"
Underfunded Labs Now Admitting EPO Test May Not be as Clear Cut as They Once Said Guardian
Good Read: A Nice Look Back at Don Bowden, The First American Sub 4 Minute Miler and a Student Athlete The 20 year old Cal student took an exam the day of his race.
JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness
LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.
British Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping Research to £12m Million a Year
While the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping research could be done. In other good news, it was announced that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.
Vitamin C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds
The surprising news is may not do much for the general population.
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test
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
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.
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