NCAAs Track Champs
Xavier Carter Amazes
Xavier Carter pulled off perhaps the most amazing double in NCAA history. First he won the 100m in 10.09 then 45 minutes later he won the 400 in a personal best 44.53 (plus he added the 4*100 and 4*400 titles). The Florida State men and Auburn women won the team titles convincingly. Florida State's Tom Lancashire rigged up big in the final 30 yards of the 1500m to get passed at the line by Vincent Rono. Oregon freshman Rebekah Noble may never lose an 800m title in her next 3 years as she powered home for the win.
*Audio Interviews from Trackshark
*Ato Boldon got props once again for his TV coverage on the day his T&T team got a tie in the World Cup (check out his soccer DVD)
Day 3 Recap
Chris Solinsky showed he is the man as he ran a 4:01 last 1600 to finally get the outdoor 5k title to go with his 2 indoor 3k titles. Mary Cullen blew away the field over the final mile to win the 5k. Virginia Powell improved on her NCAA record to run 12.48 to win the hurdles, while Aries Merritt ran a meet record and world leader 13.21 in the 110 hurdles. Destinee Hooker took the high jump to help Texas' chances as they won the 4*100 as well.
*Boit Gets 2nd in 5k Day After Winning 10k He was the only athlete to attempt the double as the 5k was moved up a day so it wouldn't be on CBS' coverage today.
*Audio Interviews With a Lot of the Winners Trackshark.
Day 2 Recap:
*ASU's Victoria Jackson, Arknasas' Josphat Boit Wins 10k link fixed If you train in Phoenix year round, Sacramento is chily.
*Trey Hardee Pulls a Dan O'Brien at NCAAs He's the NCAA record holder and finished 9th as a result. #1 ranked Shaun Smith failed to qualify in the 800 and #1 time Stephen Pifer was tripped in the 1500.
*Colorado Has Maybe It's Most 'Disappointing' Day Ever at NCAAs according to Coach Mark Wetmore
Day 1: Virginia Powell Gets World Leader, NCAA Record in Hurdles, Texas Women, Florida State Men Falter Galen Rupp failed to qualify for the 5k final. Message board thread on Rupp
*Sacramento Bee Coverage of Powell's Record
*NCAA Men's Start Lists
*NCAA Women's Start Lists
*Texas Women, UTEP, Florida State Men Favored at NCAAs For once Arkansas is not favored on the men's side as Florida State or UTEP is supposed to win. (form charts here). Texas is favored on the women's side even without Marshavet
Hooker. And while the team battle is always interes
More on Freifoher's:
*Regan In Monday's Paper: "We don't want athletes to know when they're going to be tested" is his reason for not testing every year. But then he seems to come around to possibly testing every year by saying "My position and the position of this race is that we don't accept drugs
in sports. We don't want them. And we'll do whatever we can to stop them". Lornah Kiplagat says she likely won't come back to the race without drug testing.
*Editorial Criticizing Regan in the Albany Times Union
*First Article in Albany Times Union in Explaining the Lack of Testing: "This was like an open invitation for people to come and cheat" -Peter Langerhorst, husband of Lornah Kiplagat on the lack of drug testing at the Freihofer's Road Race after the race director promised their would be testing. The director then passes the buck and says in competition testing is ineffective (if he feels that way then perhaps Freihofer's should donate a sum of money every year to WADA for out of competition testing)
Marion Jones To Race in Europe Before Nationals, Justin Gatlin to Rest Up
Kenensia Bekele's shot at a share of $500,000 is gone as Isaac Songok upset him quite convincingly in the men's 5000m.. 16 or (18 year old according to this story) Abraham Feleke broke 13 minutes for 5k. Asafa Powell ran 9.98 to beat Shawn Crawford's 10.02 in the 100m.
*Rebecca Lyne is Britain's New 800m Hope Yahoo UK
*Recap of British Runners in Oslo
(More on these things soon)
*Independent Report Criticizes WADA, Says Armstrong Can't be Positively Linked to Positives at 1999 Tour de France The New York Times does a better job than most of explaining the situation.
*Major Doping Scandal Hits Cycling This is a big scandal. 2 years ago, Jesús Manzano, a cyclist who nearly died because of what he said was doping,came forward with doping allegations against one of the doctors involved, but the 'investigation' was eventually closed because of lack of evidence. Guardian
Lengthy Look at Frank Shorter and His Desire for Drug Free Sport
World Half Marathon Champs
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's 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.
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
Also take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record at 15k in 1995, the same year he finished 9th at World Cross Country.
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
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
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Maurer, in The Gift, not
only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the
deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes
such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The
Gift is one of the best running books
I have ever read.
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson on
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
Lornah Kiplagat Runs Away With Circle of Friends NY Mini The race was the first women's only road race and still is the largest. Held in New York's Central Park. Kiplagat picked up $11,000 for her win.
*New York Mini Results 2006
Spain: Merlene Ottey Runs 11.94, Hopes to Compete At European Champs at 46
Lille, France: Results
Mehdi Baala runs a 2:14.99 1000m, Fasuba beaten in 100m.
Gateshead Preview: Isaac Songok in 3k, Lagat in 1500, Asafa Powell in 100 IAAF
*Bernard Lagat Excited to Be Racing 1500 at Garsehead on Sunday
A Lot of Money for Worlds at Kenya Has Been Misappropriated (75 Million Kenyan is About $1 Million US)
Kenyan Armed Forces:
Final Day: Sammy Kipketer Prevents John Korir Double at Kenya Armed Forces Champs
Day 1: John Korir Wins 10k, Jeruto Kiptum Wins Steeple at Kenyan Armed Forces Champs IAAF
*Harry Jerome Recap
*2006 Harry Jerome Results
*SI's Tim Layden Writes About HGH, Drug Testing
*Slate Continues to Look at Drugs in Sports And explains why HGH is hard to detect.
After World Record Meseret Defar Still Has Big Plans in 2006 IAAF
USATF Gives Out Foundation Grants
John Steffensen Criticizes Craig Mottram Getting Australian Athlete of the Year
Weekend Road Action:
Rock N Roll Marathon: Ambesse Tolossa Wins Rock n Roll Marathon on His First Trip to the US, Alice Chelangat Wins her 2nd Rock N Roll Title
Freihofer's:Benita Johnson Picks Up $10,000 at Freihofer's Run for Women in Battle With Natalya Berkut and Lornah Kiplagat
Kansas City: Annie Bersagel Wins US Half Marathon Title in 1:14
Salt Lake City: Joseph Nguran and Ilona Baranova Pick Up Salt Lake City Marathon Titles and $12,000
Athletics Kenya Investigating Coach for Not Giving Funds Due to Athlete Caroline Cheptanui
*Some are Questioning Nike's Apparel Contracts With Athletics Kenya Nike pays roughly $600,000 a year to both Athletics Kenya and to the Kenyan Olympic Committee according to the article.
Unbelievably Good Reebok Grand Prix
Meseret Defar 14:24.53
Justin Gatlin Runs 9.87, Abraham Chebii Runs 13:04
*Results link fixed
*NY Times Recap
The meet in NY had it all. A world record in the women's 5k (Meseret Defar ran a 61 second last lap to break the old record by .15), the fastest men's 5k ever in the United States (Abraham Chebii 13:04.56), and great 100m sprints with wins by Marion Jones and Justin Gatlin with Gatlin running one of the best 100m races ever (Gatlin ran 9.87 meters into a .1 wind (fastest time by an American on American soil) which is a virtually identical performance to the world record time he ran a few weeks ago with a 1.7mps tailwind). Yet New Yorkers (who for some reason are supposed to save our sport) could not even pack Icahn Stadium. (Our apologies for missing the meet ourselves)
*Gebrselassie Inspired Defar to Record
On the boards:
*Alistair Cragg is back He ran 13:08 at Reebok.
*Famiglietti Continuing to Run Well
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.
Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a
is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world
best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the
whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert
De Castella watched him run.
*"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."
world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after
founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
hamstring injury has healed and he
says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
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
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.