Go step-by-step through Murphy's pig farmer to Olympic hero story. Despite the huge changes, Murphy says he's still "been able to come back and just be a normal college guy ... a bronze medal didn't change a whole lot for me."
A not surprising stat os all the distance medalists except Clayton Muprphy and 17 of the distance finalists live or train at altitude.
However, he says he plans on also running the 1500 even if he makes the team in the 800.
He raced only to win at a small HS. He also says he's doing the 800 at the Trials if he doesn't have the 1500 (which he doesn't have).
Distance runners making the cut are Donovan Brazier, Clayton Murphy, Brandon McBride and Edward Cheserek.
*2016 Women’s Semifinalists For The Bowerman Award Announced Dominque Scott and Courtney Frerichs make the cut.
*Ken Goe: "Earth To Voters: Where Is Raevyn Rogers?" Rogers was dropped from the list despite winning the 800 indoors and out. However, she did win easily over much weaker competition and never ran super fast.
*Post-NCAA Record Book Update Five collegiate records went down in Eugene at NCAAs.
*DI Outdoor National Athletes Of The Year Announced Jarrion Lawson and Courtney Okolo win the track award while decathlete Lindon Victor and TJer Keturah Orji win the field.
*Florida's Mike Holloway And Arkansas' Lance Harter Are National Coaches Of The Year Texas A&M and Oregon coaches took home the best assistant award.
Murphy will stay in Akron and continue working with his coach and finish his degree.
In the men's 1500, Clayton Murphy and Henry Wynne were the heat winners. Izaic Yorks, Sam Prakel, Blake Haney and Dillon Maggard were the heat winners in the West.
Distance runners on the list are Edward Cheserek and Clayton Murphy.
Murphy, the 2015 USAs 4th placer in the 800, got a surprising trip to Beijing last year when Nick Symmonds withdrew.
Their headline: "Running Man: Clayton Murphy on Junk Food, Passports, and Replacing Nick Symmonds at the World Championships"
*MB: US distance runner gets some pub on Grantland.com - You'll never guess who
“I’m still kind of disappointed Nick wasn’t able to work things out ... I’m going to take a second when I’m on the line and look at the Bird’s Nest [Stadium] and look at the guys I’m racing and be grateful for where I’m at. I’m going to enjoy it.”
Clayton Murphy and Ryan Martin both won their 800 heats as did Chanelle Price.
*Throwers win gold during first Morning Session at NACAC Lolo Jones had the fastest time in the heats of the 100mH.
*Team USA prepares for NACAC Champs Andrew Wheating in the 1500, Lopez Lomong in the 5000, Shelby Houlihan and Rachel Schneider (1500), Ashley Higginson and Shalaya Kipp (steeple), Andy Bayer and Stanley Kebenei (steeple).