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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

2008 US Olympic Trials*Start lists *Results *TV Schedule
*Tyson Gays Family Says He'll Run In Beijing Let's hope it's just a cramp.
Shocker:Current CU Star Billy Nelson Makes It, Former Buff Steve Slattery Comes Up Short Nelson peaked when it mattered most as he set his 2nd straight PR and got the Olympic A standard.
*Anthony Famiglietti Has Mixed Emotions on Beijing
The guy loves the city but also feels for Tibet
*A Look Back At How Lindsey Gallo and Morgan Uceny Did In Semis
*ESPN.com Race Walk Gets No Respect
*1996 Olympic Champion Allen Johnson Bows Out of Hurdles
He's been battling injury and says he hopes to be back nesxt year.
A Look Back At Men's 10k
*Rupp Rises To The Occasion.
*Column: Don't Get Carried Away About Rupp's Run This positive article on Rupp points out the allusions to Prefontaine are too much.
*Sports Illustrated Looks at Rupp's 2nd Place Run
*LA Times looks at Torres Twins' Quest For Olympics

A High Schooler Who Makes The Final Deserves the Front Page:
Jordan Hasay (3:04), More here


Thursday:
LRC Anna Willard Sets American Record, LaShawn Merritt over Jeremy Wariner
Willard was super impressive in the steeplechase as she got the American record before the appreciative crowd. Merritt defeated Wariner for the 2nd straight time (after getting some advice from Alan Webb), and then Wariner didn't go on the Olympians lap, and skipped the post-race press conference,although he did come back to address the press and we have a video with him. The other distance action on Thursday was the men's and women's Round 1 of the 1500s and Round 1 of the men's steeple which we recap below:
LRC Round 1 1500, Men's Steeple: Webb Returns and Impresses, Lomong Points His Finger, High Schoolers Advance
(link fixed) We've got it all covered from the return of Alan Webb to fine form, to two high school girls advancing to round 2, to Said Ahmed talking about his new training group with 800 sensation Kaki, to Steve Slattery talking about his new training group. Text photos and video.
*Anna Willard Wins Olympic Trials With New American Record Willard:
ďItís amazing Ė I canít even comprehend it. Especially four years ago, thinking about where I was. I sucked four years ago. So to see how far Iíve come, it feels really, really good.Ē Willard isn't lying when she says she sucked 4 years ago. 3 years ago her steeple pr was 10:35. Now it's 9:27.
*Former Weber State Star Lindsey Anderson PRs/Makes Team
*ARecord-holder Lisa Galaviz Failes To Make Team
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LaShawn Merritt 2, Jeremy Wariner 0 Yes that's right. Merritt beat Wariner again - first on the track and then in the court of public opinion as Wariner skipped the victory lap and skipped the post-race press conference.
*Wariner Loses Again As Clyde Hart Coaches Richards To Women's 400 Title
Dumping his coach wasn't too smart was it?
*7 Yr Itch? New York Times Look at Alan Webb 7 Years After He Crushed HS MileRecord
*ESPN Columnist: "Why did we have to wait so long for the trials to return to Pre Country?" We agree but are worried they are going to oversaturate Eugene with track. In our minds, they ought to have the Trials here every 4 and NCAAs every 4 in the middle two years. So there is a championship meet in Eugene every two years.
*Great Read: Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Reflects On 1st Half Of Trials And Looks Ahead To The Men's 1,500
*Controversy Erupts In Eugene As Adam Goucher is Let Into Field For 10k Field With 32nd Best Qualifying Time While Runners 25-31 Are Left Out
USATF doesn't seem to have a clear policy in place. And the USOC seems to be concerned about a lack of due process for the athletes. We wonder if ultimately the USOC will look at the no-bid awarding of the 2012 Trials as well.

*SF Chronicle Looks Back at 1st Half of Trials
*NY Sun Looks At 2nd Half of Trials & Rips NBC's Coverage of Trials
1,500s Start Thursday

*Chris Lukezic Hoping to Avoid 4th Place Again The former Georgetown runner was 4th in 2004 as a 20-year old. He also was 4th in 2006 and 2007 but amazingly at only age 24 isn't viewed as being the future of the sport as he wasn't even invited to the USATF press conference for the event. He hopes to changes those sentiments this year:
Lukezic: "I couldn't have asked for better training. I've had no hiccups."
*Nice Profile Of Bernard Lagat in Boston Globe
*Alan Webb Profile in NY Times

*Jordan Hasay Added to 1500 Field

More on Men's 800: *Video of Men's 800 Final
*Men's 800 Sweep was Validation of Bringing Trials, Lananna to Oregon Registerguard.com
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Oregon Goes 1-2-3 in 800 Registerguard.com

Alan Webb, Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong Press Conference Result
*Jenn Stuczynski Hoping for World Record at Trials USA Today

*Doping Has Taken Away Belief of Amazing
*Olympic Coach Bubba Thornton Throws Down Gauntlet To Usain Bolt
*Meet Earning High Marks At Halfway Point
*Bryan Clay Just Misses Dan O'Brien's American Record in the Decathlon
*5k Victory a "Walk in the Park" For Lagat
USA Today
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High Schooler Jordan Hasay on the Bubble for the 1500

Trials Photos: *Monday (800s, 5k men)
*Sunday (Men's 100)
*Saturday (Bunch of Prelims Women's 100)
*Friday (Womens' 10k)

Upcoming at the Trials: *PCS at Villard Street Pub Tons of stuff and a free coaching clinic Saturday
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Running Filme Festival Thursday-Saturday
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Daily Eugene Running Co Events


Monday: Men's 800 Nick Symmonds Leads Eugene Sweep

The men's 800 more than delivered on its pre-race hype as the Eugene crew came through big time. Nick Symmonds got out of a box with 560 to go and catapulted to a 1:44.10 dominating pr victory. Wonder boy Andrew Wheating charged late for 2nd, and Christian Smith (the 29th seed out of 30 coming into the meet), outleaned three time defending US champ Khadevis Robinso
n for the third Olympic spot.

Women's 800: Hazel Clark Wire to Wire as Everyone Staggers Home USATF put 12 people in the final and as a result it went out in 56.8 (we had the split wrong earlier) seconds. The final 200 wasn't pretty but Hazel Clark held on for the win to make her third Olympic team, Alice Schmidt was second to make her first, and Kameisha Bennett was third. Bennett however was not under the Olympic qualifying time of 2:00.00, and as a result Nicole Teter made her second Olympic team.
*More Monday LRC Recap: Women's 5k and Steeple Semis, Mens and Women's 400 Semis

*Jenn Stuczynski Profile In USA Today
Sunday:LRC Sprint Recap: Tyson Gay 9.68, Bershawn Jackson Storms Back, World Leader LaShinda Demus Comes up Short
Gay ran the fastest 100m ever under any conditions (although the wind was 4.1 m/ps) as Walter Dix showe he's' the real deal and Darvis Patton continued his fine 2008. World leader Lashinda Demus faield to make the team in the 400m hurdles. Queen Harrison and Tiffany Ross-Williams both made the team over Demus with their fatheres in prison.
*Race Videos from Sunday
LRC
Sunday Field Event Recap
Olympic Champ Dwight Phillips Comes Up Short, Jeff Hartwig Makes Team at 40, Momma Power in the Discus Defending Olympic champ Dwight Phillips didn't make the team in the long jump. 40 year old Jeff Hartwig made the team in the pole vault and the US is only sending two to Beijing in the triple jump.
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Race Videos from Sunday


Day 2: LRC Tyson Gay 9.77, Muna Lee 10.85
Maybe the greatest US day of 100m sprinting ever as six men went sub 10.00 in the QUARTERFINALS of the men's 100, not to mention Gay's 9.77 in his new beautiful adidas uniform and Jeff Demps 10.01 high school record. Muna Lee won the fast women's 100, Reese Hoffa got the shot, and the Olympic spots in the women's heptathlon came down to the wire.
*Muna Lee Overcomes Car Accident & Wins 100m Up until May 31st, she'd never broken 11.00 for 1000m.
*Great Article in Gritsh Paper on Tyson Gay Aiming High
*IAAF Recap of Day 2
Gay amost cried after barely advancing in round 1o f 100m. Hemore than made up for it in round 2.
*Hyleas Fountain Produces Wrold Leading 6667 To Win Heptathlon
*ESPN: Will We Ever Be Able To Enjoy Track?
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Ex-Drug Cheat Tori Edwards Moves Closer To Olympics By Finishing 2nd

Olympian
Day 1 Women's 10k: Flanagan, over Goucher but Amy Yoder-Begley Steals the Show Shalane Flanagan outkicked Kara Goucher for the 10k win, but the story of the night was Amy Yoder-Begley running one of the gutsiest races ever in storied Hayward Field to make the US Olympic Team. Yoder-Begley squeaked under the Olympic "A" standard by 1.6 seconds after running 10 seconds off her 5k pr the second half of the 10k in the hot Eugene conditions.
Recommended Read:16-Yr Old Laura Roesler Gets Much Deserved Praise In NY Times The 3-time winner of 100, 200 and 400 at the ND state meet advanced to the 800 semis with a 2:03.
*Katie McGregor Agonizingly Finishes 4th For 2nd Straight Trials
*Dick Patrick's 10k Recap For USA Today
*Blood Testing Occuring at Track Trials


LetsRun.com 10k Preview: Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan Showdown Highlights Day 1 of 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials We break down the first final of the Trials and give you our picks.
*Kara Goucher Profile on NBC Olympics.com

*Hometown Paper Profiles Shalene Flanagan
*Flanagan More Prepared for Olympics This Time Around
*Hometown Profile of Lisa Koll: Koll: "The sky is the limit".
*AP: Lisa Koll Hoping to Make Olympic Team She admits she's an underdog.
Recommended Read: Nick Symmonds Profile Looks Back At His HS Glory Days Symmonds: "I am strong as an ox and my speed is better than it's ever been.
*NYRR Interview of Nick Symmonds

Men's 10k
*Ed Moran Feeling Great Heading Into The Trials: Probably the most unheralded 27:43 10ker in US History

*Meb Keflezighi Trying To Make Olympics on 7 Weeks of Training - His first run was May 9th.
*Jorge Torres Trying to Make His First Olympic Team

Awesome Read: Tyson Gay Profile In LA Times Philip Hersh wrote an excellent profile on America's sprint sensation Tyson Gay. Read about the man who is pleased to be the underdog in the 100m and who used take two bags to Europe - one bag of clothes and one of junk food.

Previous:
Recommended Read:
HS Stars Beware: A Profile Of One Of The Stars of the 1984 & 1988 Trials - Roy Martin The guy was a stud HS sprinter (20.13) who absolutely killed Michael Johnson on a weekly basis. Pro stardom eluded him. 20 years after his Olympic performance, the Dallas paper catches up with him. This guy was a legend in our hometown. Great read.
*1968 US Olympic Team Greatest Ever?
*Sacramento Paper Looks at Trials Returning to Eugene
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Eugene Is Spending $6.5 Million - St. Kitts & Nevis Is Spending $45,000 On Their Trials
*World Champ Lauryn Williams Profile
*USATF OT Distance Preview from Norwich, CT
This preview is full of inaccuracies but it's good to see the Trials getting publicity in small papers.
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Plenty of Activities in Eugene During OT's

Again, Who Are The Idiots That Schedule USA Jrs and NON For The Same Weekend???
USA Jrs. *Schedule/Results*8:34.40!!!! German Fernandez Breaks Jeff Nelson's 2 Mile Record *Results 64.2, 2:10, 3:14.9, 4:19.4, 63.9, 64.7, 63.3, 62.9
*Message board thread
*Nice Recap from Dyestat Fernandez went and played basketball Friday afternoon before breaking the record.