The Diamond League In Iowa?

- LaShawn Merritt after he won $25,000 in a stacked showdown against Kirani James, Luguelin Santos, Jeremy Wariner and others at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. It was Merritt’s first ever Drake, which featured a fireworks introduction in the Moscow Rematch races. Read our recap of Friday’s action at Drake here.

LRCHellen Obiri Crushes Americans In 1,500 For $25,000, LaShawn Merritt Over Kirani James In Round 1, Derek Drouin 2.40! Canadian Record

The women’s 1,500m was no contest as Hellen Obiri got the best of Brenda Martinez and the Americans over the final 300m. LaShawn Merritt won the anticipated showdown with Kirani James, and Derek Drouin jumped really, really high.
*Des Moines Register: LaShawn Merritt loves his first ever Drake as he beats loaded 400 field *AP: Lolo Jones returns to podium

Meb Still Making News

A MUST READ: The Inside Story: How Did Meb Get Far Enough Ahead To Win 2014 Boston? Toni ReavisTells You Reavis has the scoop of what went on in the top African pack.

Interesting NY Times Article: What Good Marathons And Bad Investments Have In Common Researchers say the same motivation that gets you to push yourself under 3 hours can make you hang on to a bad investment too long.

The US Road Mile Champs Were Tuesday In Des Moines

 NCAA Stuff 

Weekend Track Results – Results: *Mt. SAC *Oregon Relays *ACC

LRC Mt. SAC 5k: Jordan Hasay Goes For It, Abbey D’Agostino Outkicks Her, But Sweden’s Meraf Bahta Wins Abbey-Hasay-Brenda Matchup In the end, Abbey D was only 3rd, Jordan Hasay 6th, and Brenda Martinez 8th, but there was a lot of drama getting there as Jordan showed no fear once again, Abbey outkicked her, but the internationals came out on top. Jordan did set a PR. In other action, Matt Hughes won the steeple and Kennedy Kithuka the 5k. *Results

More Drake/Penn *Penn Special Section, Drake Special Section

Oregon celebrates DMR win via @thepennrelaysPenn: LRC Edward Cheserek Wows The Penn Relays Crowd – Turns on Jets In Final 300 and Gives Oregon a Resounding Victory in Men’s DMR Indoors, Stanford crushed Oregon. Outdoors, with Fleet and Cheserek, it was time for some revenge and oh boy was Cheserek good. *AP *OregonDucks.com
*MB: 2014 Penn Relays men’s DMR? Penn State, Stanford, Nova or Oregon?

LRC Déjà Vu: Villanova And Emily Lipari Kick Past Cuffe And Stanford For 4 X 1500 Crown – Abbey D 4:08 Split! If you read yesterday’s recap, you know exactly what happened today.

MB: Stanford Bound Olivia Baker’s runs 2:02.55 anchor leg – fastest in Penn HS history She gave her HS team Columbia it’s second straight COA win.

Sprint / Jumps News

Soon will more than 200,000 have read this?
Early On Ryan and Meb Were Side by SideLRC American Strong: The Untold Story Of American Teamwork And How Ryan Hall Helped Meb Win Boston American Meb Keflezighi rightfully got the glory but his American competitors helped him out. The untold story of American Strong.

“Best article I’ve ever read I believe.” – @GreccoCole
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Dick Patrick – Meb Strong: How Meb Worked His Magic Once Again Meb once again pulled it off, when very few thought he could. Dick Patrick tells us how the deserving champ did it.

The 118th Boston Is Monday *Results *Tracking *Full Elite Fields *LRC Boston Photo Gallery

What American Men Have Been Dreaming of Doing for 31 Years

LRC The American Drought Is Over: Meb Keflezighi Wins The 2014 Boston Marathon The American drought is over. American Meb Keflezighi ran an extremely gutsy race to hold off Wilson Chebet and win the 2014 Boston Marathon. Nick Arciniaga and Jeff Eggleston were in the top 10 as Ryan Hall was 20th in finishing his first marathon in three years.

Flanagan Spent at the Finish

LRC Four Thoughts On The Women’s Race: Shalane’s Bid For Glory, Jeptoo’s Incredible Final 3 Miles, The 2:18 And 2:19 Clubs, And Desi Linden We break down the women’s race: Flanagan’s move bold or foolish?, Rita Jeptoo crushed the final 3.2 miles, the 2:18 and 2:19 clubs have 2 more members, and Desi Linden.

Rita Jeptoo Wins Boston 2014 Rita Jeptoo Crushes It The Final 10k To Win Boston Marathon In 2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo took care of business. American Shalane Flanagan set a blistering early pace and then Rita Jeptoo brought it home in convincing fashion to smash the Boston course record. Flanagan held on for the fastest time by an American in Boston.

Distance News

Haile G’s Masters Marathon World Record Attempt In Hamburg Is Off As He Pulls Out Due To Pollen Allergies It’s a shame as the world record holder Andres Espinosa is being flown into Hamburg by meet organizers.
*LRC World Record Holder Andres Espinosa Of Mexico To Be Guest Of Hamburg Marathon Espinosa’s masters world record of 2:08:46 was going to be no easy feat for Geb, as it is the best Masters World Record in all of track according to the IAAF tables.
*MB: Say it ain’t so: Haile G pulls a Rupp – pulls out of Hamburg marathon WR attempt with pollen allergy

Jumping News

News From Down Under

Previous Drake/Penn News

Drake – Wed: WR Holder Renaund Lavillenie Returns To Competition and Wins in 18-8 3/4 at Drake PV Mall Competition Cuba’s Yarisley Silva won the women’s comp in a world lead of 15-4 1/4 (4.68m). *Video *Photo Gallery *Athlete Quotes

Penn: Recommended Read: NY Times: Penn Relays – The meet that never stopped running The article includes a historical photo gallery of Jesse Owens, Roger Bannister, etc. *Photos

Kenyan News: Moses Mosop And Abel Kirui Return To Action

LRC Boston Photo Gallery (32 Photos Now, We’ll Have Hundreds Tomorrow)