coleman-wrUsain Who? CHRISTIAN MF COLEMAN – COLEMAN OPENS 2018 WITH 6.37 WR!!! Coleman, who beat Bolt in London, opens 2018 with a stunner.

High School Coaching Legends

The coaches: Dan Iverson, Jonathan Dalby, Doug Soles, John O'Malley, Joan Hunter (l-r)LRC 10 Things I Learned From The Best High School Cross-Country And Track Coaches In America LetsRun.com’s Wejo flew to Boulder to hear from the high school top XC coaches in America Joan Hunter (#1 team), Dan Iverson (#2 team), Jonathan Dalby (#3 team) and John O’Malley (Foot Locker champ). What did he learn? A lot.
Discussion: “I attended a clinic with the top high school cross coaches in the country: ask me anything.”

Upcoming Winter Action

centrosLRC Exclusive Reigning Olympic And World Indoor Champion Matthew Centrowitz Will Skip 2018 Indoor Season, Race In Australia Instead In other Centro related news, we have learned that Like Father, Like Son, the memoir by Matt Centrowitz – Matthew’s father – may be turned into a feature film.
*MB: Breaking: Reigning world indoor champ Matthew Centrowitz will NOT defend his crown – will race in Australia instead One LRCer is disappointed that Americans tend to really get up for Worlds only when it’s in the US.

Feb. 3rd: Ajee’ Wilson, Charlene Lipsey, Raevyn Rogers And Chrishuna Williams Will Be Going For Russia’s 8:06.24 4 X 800 World Record At 2018 NYRR Millrose Games

Feb. 10th: Raevyn Rogers Will Race 800 And Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles And Cameron Burrell Will Clash In 60 At 2018 NB Indoor Grand Prix The women’s 800 also includes Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp. Get your tickets now.

Say It Ain’t So – Hayward Field To Be Demolished?

Ken Goe In The Oregonian: “IAAF Visit To Oregon Ahead Of 2021 World Track Champs Leaves Unanswered Questions” A big issue is the necessary renovations to Hayward Field which were supposed to start in 2016, but haven’t even begun. And now sources say the project will be a “complete teardown” instead of the original plan to preserve the iconic East side of the stadium.
*MB: So long Hayward Field…

Will London’s Crystal Palace Also Be Demolished? The future of Crystal Palace as an athletics facility hangs in the balance with a sports consultancy company due to deliver its verdict on the venue next month.

The World Isn’t Done Picking The Best Of 2017

Katelyn Tuohy Gets Ready For Millrose

RRW: Sophomore Katelyn Tuohy Shines At NYRR Millrose Games Trials With A 4:43.62 Personal Best Tuohy has decided against running the Wanamaker Mile and instead will do the high school mile at Millrose. Here she just missed the sophomore record of 4:43.23.
*MB: KATELYN TUOHY 4:43 SOLO 2018 MILLROSE TRIALS

Full Boston Fields Released

Boston 2018 Full International Elite Field Released The men’s race is led by world champion Geoffrey Kirui, two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa and 2016 Boston champ Lemi Berhanu. The women are led by two-time world champ Edna Kiplagat, Olympic silver medalist Eunice Kirwa, three-time Dubai winner Aselefech Mergia and CR holder Buzunesh Deba.
*IAAF: 2018 World Silver Medalist Tamirat Tola And Three-Time Doha Winner Aselefech Mergia Highlight Boston Marathon Additions

Upcoming Action

Big Administrative News

Semenya_Caster800FHR-WorCH17LRC Caster Semenya Free To Dominate For At Least 6 More Months As CAS Keeps IAAF’s Rules On Hypeandrogenism Suspended After a two-plus year wait, the IAAF got back to the court with what it hoped was proof that women with internal testicles and jacked up testosterone levels have an advantage over other women. The IAAF proposed new regulations that just cover the 400-mile. CAS has asked for more info. Sadly many following the case closely feel that ultimately the IAAF will lose.

Disgraceful: Fancy Bears Is Trying To Act Like The IOC Is Bribing Doping Whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova By Offering Her $$$ The latest Fancy Bears hack shows email correspondence where financial arrangements for Stepanova are discussed after she risked her life to expose Russian doping.

Articles Interesting Enough To Pass Our Stringent Vetting

Sprints And Jumps

Industry News

2018 Winter Olympic News

UW Over-Sized Results And More *Full UW Results

NCAA Action

More Weekend Action

Great Edinburgh XC *Results

leonard-korir-winsLRC 2018 Great Edinburgh XCountry: Americans Leonard Korir And Kelsey Chmiel Pick Up Wins Korir repeated as champ with a perfectly timed kick as Heath, Bor and Derrick were 6-7-8. The other US win came in the junior girls race where NXN runner-up Kelsey Chmiel got the win and trounced 2017 Foot Locker champ Claudia Lane, who was just 7th. Molly Seidel was 3rd in the women’s race.

More XC Action: World 5,000 Champ Hellen Obiri Defeated Half Marathon WR Holder Joyciline Jepkosgei To Win The Kenya Defence Forces XC Championships At the Kenya Prisons Service Cross-Country Championships, Worlds and Olympic 10,000m fourth-placer Alice Aprot won her third successive title.

Pole Vault Power – Another Big Jump For Mondo Duplantis

Armand Duplantis Breaks His Own Under-20 World Indoor Record With 5.83m (19-1.50) At The USC Spirit National Pole Vault Summit Making it even more impressive, Duplantis broke the record with a borrowed pole because the one he had was too short. Sandi Morris won the women’s competition with 4.90m and also sung the national anthem.
*Duplantis Video Interview
*More Video Interviews From The Summit: *Sam Kendricks *Sandi Morris Part 1Part 2 *Katerina Stefanidi Part 1Part 2

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We’re Not Done With 2017 Yet

2015 CCC ChampionshipLRC A PhD Student, Son Of A World Masters Champ, And A Guy Who Trained With The Big 10 100m Champ: Meet The Winners Of The $200,017 Running Warehouse NCAA XC Prediction Contest See who the kings and queens of LetsRun.com are.

Frerichs-CoburnR-London17LRC We Revise Our Steeplechase Rankings, Moving Ruth Jebet To #2, Emma Coburn To #3, And Drop Kiyeng To #4 We love the input of you – our visitors on the forums – and you convinced us that Coburn should be ahead of Kiyeng. *Discuss

RIP

Andrew Wheating Retires

WheatingWin8LRC Former Oregon Great Andrew Wheating Retires At Age 30 – A Look Back At The Highs And Lows Of His Career Tons of glory as a Duck and a 3:30.9 1,500m before he even signed his Nike contract. A look at his career. Discuss: ANDREW WHEATING RETIRES
*Favorite Andrew Wheating Moment?

Another Mid-D Guy Is Also Retiring: Brooks Beasts’ Former NCAA 3rd Placer Shaquille Walker Retires From Track At 24 Years Old Walker said running was interfering with other things in life and he’ll now focus on spending time with his family and pursuing a career as a dentist.
*MB: What? Shaquille Walker would rather be a dentist than an Olympic medallist and Danny Mackey thinks he could have set the AR?


Russian Doping Updates

Assorted Distance News

Houston Marathon/Half *Results

LRC Official Houston Thread

Huddle-AR-13.1-halfLRC Final Molly Huddle Breaks American Record At 2018 Aramco Houston Half Marathon Huddle went out blazing fast – 66:29 pace at 15k – and held on to get the AR in 67:25. In the process, she beat Jordan Hasay by 73 seconds. Oh yeah, Huddle didn’t win. She was just 7th. Ruti Aga, the 2017 Berlin Marathon runner-up, won in 66:39. Updated with analysis, quotes and videos.
*RRW: Three USA Records For Molly Huddle At Aramco Houston Half Marathon
*Houston Chronicle: After AR In Houston, Molly Huddle Is Looking Forward To Boston And Another Clash With Hasay Huddle: “I think her recent marathon success is going to spark a good rivalry. She’s just at another level of running right now. Rivalries are good for the sport. I think we’re going to be finishing close to each other in Boston.”

robertson-dance-houston-2018-custom300LRC Final Jake Robertson (60:01) Crushes Stacked Field Over Final 2 Miles To Win 2018 Houston Half Marathon Kiwi Jake Robertson was dancing after this one was over as he got the biggest win of his career and took some huge scalps, including runner-up Guye Adola. American Sam Chelanga moved to #4 on the US all-time list with a 60:37 and Haron Lagat cracked the top 10 for the US all-time at 61:01.
Updated with analysis, quotes and videos.
*Post-Race Reaction: Jake Robertson Paid His Own Money To Top Up And Fly Business Class To Houston As He Knew He Was Ready To Run Fast

Marathon: LRC Bazu Worku (2:08:30) And Degefa Biruktayir (2:24:51) Win Full Marathons Wilkerson Given (2:15:52) and Sarah Crouch (2:35:22) were the top Americans.
*Houston Chronicle Recap Of Ethiopian Domination

IAAF: Ethiopians Dominate In Houston Once Again We think the Kiwis did incredibly well on a per capita basis.

Reads We Enjoyed

Can An American Win In Boston In 2018?

Hasay ran great in her marathon debut in Boston last yearLRC 2018 Boston Marathon Analysis: Galen Rupp Faces A Tougher Task Than In 2017 But The US Women Have Their Best Shot At Victory In Decades The elite fields for 2018 Boston are set. What are the odds that an American man or woman wins? We break it down for you.

USATF Championship News

USATF Outdoor Championships Return To Drake University In Des Moines, Iowa In 2018 Drake Stadium has previously hosted the USATF Outdoor Championships twice, in 2010 and 2013.

Four Cities Declare Intent To Bid For 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials The 2020 Trials could be coming to a new city with bids from Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. Bidding is open until March with a final decision coming this spring.
*MB: 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials bidders – Atlanta, Austin, Chattanooga, Orlando – Who you got?

Field Event News

Assorted Distance News

Distance: Millrose Is Next Month

The World’s Biggest XC Fan

fanLRC Meet Mr. Cross-Country, The Sport’s Biggest Fan Cross-country’s biggest fan, Michael Mahon, resides in Massachusetts, where for the past 33 years he has traveled to over 1,747 career meets, bag of cans in tow. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
*Michael Mahon – Mr. Cross-Country – Share Your Favorite Story Here