World's Best 10k:
Moses Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot Win World's Best 10k Titles as Masai Picks Up $35,000 for His Efforts Masai ran 27:19 in Puerto Rico on the roads, easily defeating former course record holder Sammy Kitwara. Cheruiyot (world 5k champ) was in a duel with world half-marathon champ Mary Keitany.
Mardi Gras Half Marathon *Results
Lel (61:07) Returns To Defeat Sub-Par Wanjiru, Adere (67:52) Wins Close Race Over Kim Smith (67:55) Adere and Smith ran the fastest times ever on American soil. Lel and Wanjiru will square off again in London.
On the boards: Shadrack Kiptoo Biwott Fantastic Run Biwott, the former Oregon runner was only 7 seconds behind Wanjiru in 3rd. Biwott is the brother of 2:04:27 marathoner Duncan Kibet. Now that Biwott is out of school he was faced with 2 options since he is not yet an American (and can't get American only prize money): 1) get really good really fast or 2) realize running doesn't pay that well unless you're running really fast. We praised him last month for winning 3 races in 24 hours which showed he needed the money.
It's Not Fair Anymore
Tokyo Marathon - Cold, Rainy and Windy
Recap Of Tokyo Marathon - Fujiwara Wins In Tough Conditions Brett Larner recaps from Tokyo where the weather was horrible. Men's race was still won in 2:12.
More Weekend Action
- Russian Indoor Champs Capped With 8:12.41 4x800 World Record 8:12 is a pretty soft world record it seems to us but the previous record was only 8:17.
- Peter Kimeli and Alice Timbilil Win Rome Osia Half Marathon
Dathan Ritzenhein Out Due To Injury and Virus
Sydney Classic A Ray Of Outdoor Track Sunshine
Ryan Gregson 3:35 19-year-old Ryan Gregson took his 1,500m PR down 2 seconds thanks to a 53 second final 400m.
David Rudisha 45.5 400m. Making The 400/800 Man Stylish Again Kenyan phenom David Rudisha ran 1:42.01 last year and is exciting fans with his work in the 400m.
*Gregson On The Race And His Training: Aussie Phenom Continues Romp: Ryan Gregson Wins Sydney 1,500 In PR 3:35.42
*Recap Of Entire Sydney Classic - Hooker, Vili And Samuels Impress In Field Events
4-Time Champion Catherine Ndereba Excited To Return To Boston For Try At #5 Last year, there were conflicting reports about why she didn't run Boston.
HGH Test Success May Send Shivers Through Many Athletes Many people don't know that there had never been a positive test for HGH until last week despite insiders saying it has been a widely-used drug by athletes.
LRC Stronger 2010 Boston Marathon Fields Finalized We've spent years ripping the lack of quality in the Boston fields but are actually fairly impressed for 2010. Boston is expecting more sub-2:07 guys than London this year and Meb Keflezighi has only the 17th-best PRof those expected to race.
Absolutely Great And Absolutely Atrocious NCAA Track News
Seton Hall Shock: We're Cutting Track Completely 38-year coach John Moon and his team were asked to attend a meeting where they were told Seton Hall would be cutting men's and women's track and field at the end of this season, in order to save money. "The Hall" has been known for excellent 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m teams and Moon has coached 71 All-Americans and 19 Olympians along with
coach the US Olympic track team.
*Poignant: Junior Chris Cox Is Big East Athlete Of The Week
NCAA And PAC-10 Make Gutsy Decision And Allow Oregon State Athletes To Compete At League And NCAA Championships! We applaud all involved in this situation for doing the right thing and allowing kids at a school without a program to compete at the big championship meets if they meet the qualifying marks.
*Recommended Read: Oregon State Football Players Ask School If They Can Do Track
A Good Sign: No More American Exceptionalism
USA Will Give Back 2004 Athens Olympics Women's 4 x 400 Medals
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun: "At some point you have to stand up and do the right thing - and [act] in a way you expect other nations to act. We are not going to fight it just for the sake of fighting it. We support doing the right thing."
Recommended Read: Wesley Korir Profile If you are having a bad day at work, read this and realize what life is really about.
LetsRun.com's The Week That Was In Running This week, our weekly recap of the last week of the world in running gives out praise to Jeff Demps, Deresse Mekonnen, Will Leer and Japanese coaches as we break down the Kenyan and Ethiopian XC Trials and along the way introduce you to Paul Tanui.
We're Thinking Of You
Serena Burla Knee Pain Diagnosed As Malignant Tumor - Let's Give Her Our Support Burla, a mother, recently finished 2nd at the Houston Half Marathon and is one of the top US road runners. She will undergo surgery Friday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center in New York City.
LRC Boards: Serena Burla support
USA Indoors Saturday & Sunday In Albuquerque
*Results *Day 1 Race by Race Distance Recap *Day 2 Distance Recap
- LRC Day 2 Distance Recap: Symmonds, Manzano, Pierce, and Uceny Win Titles In 3 of the 4 distance finals on Sunday things went largely as expected with the class of the field coming out on top as World Championship finalists Nick Symmonds (800) and Leo Manzano (1500) won in addition to Anna Willard Pierce (undefeated in 2008 outdoors at 800). The women's 1500 had a major upset at Morgan Uceny, formerly of Cornell, held off Shannon Rowbury's late charge to get her first USATF title.
- USATF Day 2 Recap: Christian Cantwell Dominates Shot, Carmelita Jeter, Ivory Williams Win Sprints, Terrence Trammell Wins Hurdles, Batman Wins 400, Allyson Felix 3rd in 400
- Day 1: Men's 3,000: Bernard Lagat Kicks For Win Over Galen Rupp, Chris Solinsky The pace went out super slow and Lagat cruised to victory on the last lap in a pedestrian 8:12. According to OregonLive.com, Rupp lost 8 pounds this week with a stomach virus.
- Women's 3,000: Renee Metivier Baillie And Sara Hall Defeat Shannon Rowbury *Results Baillie took an early lead and the others did not go with her and they came up just short at the end in catching her. The altitude may have played a factor here as Baillie and Hall both train at altitude. Rowbury can still compete
at Worlds for the US because RMB doesn't have the time. The top 2 in each event can go to Worlds if they have hit the qualifying mark
in the past year.
LRC: Day 1 Distance Recap Plus results.
- Quotes From Day 1 Of USATF Indoors
- Full Results
Major Conference Championships *All NCAA Results
SEC Arkansas Wins SEC by 4 Points Thanks to Some Stellar Distance Performances Dorial Ulrey won the 3k on Saturday the mile on Sunday, and then anchored Arkansas to the DMR win
getting the baton in 6th place. Scott MacPherson had to run 13:49 to win the 5k. John McDonnell must be proud.
*Saturday: Torrin Lawrence and Calvin Smith go 45.88 in PRELIMS!
Ridiculous DQ "Costs" Virginia Tech the ACC Title We got emailed about the winner of the 5k getting DQd at the ACC meet. Little did we know the points decided by the DQ were the difference in the meet. You can see a photo here (#41 and 42) and watch a video here. (we've fast forwarded it till right before the DQ). VTech's Will Mulherin threw down a crazy kick but got DQd apparently for holding his ground in lane 1 at the bell. (When we first saw the still photos we assumed the FSU runner got DQd).
*FSU Men Win 8th Straight In Nail Biter
*Clemson Women In Blowout
*Frosh Robby Andrews wins open 800m & anchors UVA men to DMR win.
*Results Oklahoma Takes Men's Title, NCAA #1 Texas A&M 3rd, Colorado Scores 1 Point As A Team XC NCAA team champs Ok State finished next-to-last.
*Message Boards: Lisa Koll 8:56.09
*Saturday: German DNFs Mile According to a message board poster, Fernandez was in control halfway through and just stepped off the track and took off his shoe and was limping.
*Friday: Baylor Men DMR, Lisa Koll (15:41) set Big XII Meet Records.
MPSF Indoor version of PAC-10.
*Boards: Wheating 3:58, Hasay 4:35!
*Big Ten Women Penn State Women Win. NCAA XC Champ Angela Bizzarri (9:10) barely held off PSU's Bridget Franek in 3,000m.
*Big Ten Men Minnesota Men Repeat
Heps Princeton Men and Women Sweep
*Results: Men Women
Coach Rojo and Cornell came up short in their attempt to win their 13th conference track championship in 15 tries.
Get Your Inspiration Here
LRC Employee #1 - A Night With Joe Newton
Wandering around the country, LetsRun.com's Employee #1 infiltrated the Nike West HQ Tuesday in suburban Los Angeles to join a gathering of 300 SoCal high school track and XC coaches for a clinic. The centerpiece of the evening was a speech from long-time York cross-country coach Joe Newton. Newton was incredible, and we try to explain why.
*Recommended Read: Interview With Wesley Korir Louisville's Wesley Korir is "The L.A. man". This might be the best of the Korir articles.
*Hendrick Ramaala Wants To Be President Of Tattered Athletics South Africa Ramaala says the leaders of the sport should know the sport well and have time to meet and improve the sport - not just have business or political interests.
Strange Running News - Think Before You Flip The Bird
Runner In South Africa Abducted By President's Security Forces For Giving A Middle Finger This runner got picked up by a black Beamer and had a bag put over his head while detained and questioned for 24 hours. The offense? An obscene gesture (scroll to the bottom of the article).
LetsRun.com Readers Furthering Sports Psychology
UO Grad Student Curtis Suver Uses LetsRun Reader Surveys To Study Team Dynamics Of XC Teams Hundreds of LetsRun.com readers responded to Suver's survey back in August and September of 2009 and helped him complete research that shows a strong correlation in male distance runners between individual performance and connection with their team.