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We interview one of our own:'s Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Lake Biwa Marathon: World Champ Silver Medalist Mubarak Hassan Shami Wins in Lake Biwa Shami is the guy who celebrated too soon and gave away the 2005 World Half Marathon champs.

Stephen Kibiwot, Linah Cheruiyot Win Paris Half Marathon IAAF

Conference XC Action:
SEC: Results Arkansas men win again. LSU women. The most impressive performance was by LSU's John Kosgei who may have emerged as a new star at the NCAA level. 3k and mile wins, going sub 4 for the mile win. (If you know of an athlete who had a super impressive performance in their conference meet email us.)
Big 12s: Recap: Texas Men Won by 2, Texas A&M Women Results Colorado Men 1,2,3,4 in 3k. Sally Kipyego double wins. Manzano mile and DMR wins.
Big 10s: Men's Results: Wisconsin Wins 8th straight. Minnesota Women.
More coverage from Big 10 Network.
On the Boards: The next big Wisconsin runner??? ....BRANDON BETHKE
He won the 3k and 5k.
Heps: Blog and Results Cornell men (Rojo's team) with the most impressive performance ever at the Heps. The Cornell women lost for first time in 6 years.
ACC: Results Virginia Tech Women, Florida State Men Dominate
All other conferences here
*McDougal Runs 7:54 Opener

Victor Conte: "Justice is certainly very important in this world, but so is forgiveness"
*Conte Says Let Chryste Gaines Compete

Official Sammy Wanjiru and Lornah Kiplagat Win $300,000 and Zayed International Half Marathon (the World's Richest Road Race)
pulled away from Fabiano Joseph of Tanzania. Kiplagat absolutely crushed the field (Geti Wami included). We can't believe more top pros weren't there. Next year we'll have the race pay us $100,000 and we'll do their publicity, get their elite field, and clean up afterwards.
*Message board thread

Wanjiru to Buy His Mom a Tractor With His Winnings

Craig Mottram Cruises to 3k Win at Australian Nationals Up next is next week's World outdoors.
*IAAF Recap of Day 1 of Australian ChampsL Mottram Seems Ready For Worlds Mottram only took the lead with 450 to go but a last lap of 54 destroyed the field which included Kenyan Shadrack Kosgei
*Australian National Results

More Dwain Chambers
Memo To Christie Gaines: Shut The F*** Up

Christies Gaines Urges Dwain Chambers To Sue Gaines, the 37-year old American sprinter, came back from her Balco drug ban last June and like Chambers has been frozen out of meets. She says in this article she may sue as it's illegal acccording to US law. We say: Christie, no one wants a 37-year old sprinter to begin with, let alone a cheat.
Not What You Think
Simeon Williamson Doesn't Want To Room With Dwain Chambers at World Indoors Williamson has actually been one of the most welcoming of Chambers; he just doesn't want to share a room with a competitor.

Most Major NCAA Conference Action Is This Weekend
ACC Championships
*Big Ten Championships men & Big 10 women
*Big 12 Championships
*Heptagonal Championships
*SEC Championships
*WAC Championships

The Richest Race in the World Is Today (Not This Weekend):
Zayed Marathon
(It's Really a Half Marathon)

Paul Tergat, Lornah Kiplagat Going for $300,000 Today
For this kind of cash we're surprised its not Tergat vs Geb vs Wanjiru (although it does have Wanjiru and Tergat). And you think Kiplagat would have skipped last weekend's race in Puerto Rico to get ready.

On the boards:
*Big 10 Predictions

*malmo - what's the best way to structure 100 and 110 mile weeks?

*Starting Salaries?

MidWeek Action:
Isinbayeva and Robles Win in Aubière France IAAF

This Weekend:
The Most Competitive XC Race in the World Kenyan Nationals: Increased Prize Money at Kenyan Nationals (Less Than $10000 Total)
Track: World Champ Donald Thomas High Jumping and Playing Hoops in Finland This Weekend
Roads: Jelena Prokopcuka Headlines Paris Half Marathon

Catherine Ndereba to Skip Spring Marathon to Focus on Olympics

US Team for World Indoors Announced IAAF

The Nick Symmonds, Khadevis Robinson Rivalry Has Reached a New Level Symmonds's coach Gags says in the article he's never had anyone run as fast indoors as Symmonds in his 47 years. (But a reader pointed out to us Gags is forgetting Rich Kenah, who ran 1:46.16 for a world indoor bronze in 1997 (he got the world outdoor bronze as well the same year). We've always thought Kenah was the most overlooked American distance runner in recent memory, and this proves it).

Arkansas to Have a Hearing on Its NCAA Infractions Appeal The University doesn't think it should have to vacate two national titles. It had to give them up as there supposedly was a lack of instiutional control but the university correctly points out: "The university was paying attention but, unfortunately, these violations occurred. There has not been a major violation in the track program in 32 years at the time this occurred. Coach [John ] McDonnell runs a very clean program with integrity."! The Week that Was
(somebody please give us a new name for this column) USATF nationals, the future of the 800m, Powell, Wariner, Ritz, Webb, Olympic boycotts, masters running, and even race walking, we've got it all covered.

World's Best 10k: Women: Kiplagat Gets Her 6th Title A nice $20k payday for Kiplagat in the richest 10k in America.
Men: Controversial Finish Likely Costs Benjamin Kipruto $18,000
He seemed to be on his way to a $30,000 payday until disaster struck. He followed a motorcycle on the course, off the course.

Most Popular Threads:
Christian Cantwell Drops F Bomb at Press Conference
Malmo what's the best way to structure a 100 and 110 mile weeks?
Top 10 All Time Running Rivalries
Lolo Jones & USATF
Why are Outdoor Tracks Red and Indoor Ones Blue?

John Drummond Says Don't Call Him Coach Yet But he's coaching quite a few people in Arlington, Texas and consults with Tyson Gay.

2008 AT&T USA Indoors: *Full Results Here*Event By Event Results Here
Thrilling Men's 800 Highlights, Rob Myers Proves He's Class of Men's 1,500 and Nicole Teter Takes Down Women's 800. Track races can't be any more exciting than the men's 800, which more than lived up to the hype and turned into an epic duel between KD and Nick Symmonds.
*Controversy in Men's Shot Put
Boston Globe The big story perhaps should have been Adam Nelson not making the team, but instead it is the feud between Cantwell and Hoffa. (We received news of Cantwell calling Hoffa a "f****** hypocrite" at the post-meet press conference) You'd think at this level, the guys or Nike or someone would make sure they have the 16 lb shot they want. Nelson won't compete for $40,000 at Worlds but did get $25,000 for winning the Visa Championships series.
*Day 2 Photos
*Winners Quotes From Day 2
Saturday: LRC Favorites Tegenkamp, Wurth-Thomas Win, Shannon Rowbury Surprise Winner of 3k
Matt Taylor's recap of the 3ks (and how boring the meet was) for Letsrun above
*Boston Globe Recap of 3k, 1500
It was Tegenkamp's first race of 2008, but he is at a level above the rest of the 3000/5000 m runners in America not named Lagat, and his class trumped the sharpness of his training partners as he led a 1-2-3 Wisconsin sweep, as he was followed by Chris Solinsky and Olympian Jonathon Riley (thread here). Wurth-Thomas blew away the field in the women's 1500, and Shannon Rowbury showed the benefits of training with Shalane Flanagan as she upset Jen Rhines in the 3k.

*USATF Recap: Favorites prevail Saturday at AT&T USA Indoor Championships
*USATF Wants New CEO by June 1, Weather Delays Caused Problems for Athletes

*Madison 1-2-3 at USATFs
Brad Walker Wins Pole Vault at USATFs
*Jillian Camarena Wins Her 4th Straight Indoor Shot Title
Photos of Day 1 of 2008 USATF Nationals
*Athlete Quotes - Day 1
*Post Race interviews

Recap of Thursday's Great Action:
Indoors: Sweden: GE GALAN: Full Results
*Sold Out Crowd of More Than 10,000 Watches 19 Year Old Abubaker Kaki of Sudan Run 2:15 1k, Lagat Runs 7:34
The kid who ran a 1:43.9 last year to win the All African Games is ready to run in 2008. His splits were 25.4 – 27.1 – 28.1 – 28.7 – 26.5. He's going for the 1k world record on Sunday. He settled for the junior record on Thursday. Meanwhile, American Bernard Lagat continued his sensational 2008 indoor campaign with a comfortable win in the 3k. In the women's 800, Maria Mutola got the win in 1:59. In the men's 800, Dmitrijs Milkevics won the B race by 5 seconds in 1:46.09. In the A race, reigning world indoor champion Wilfred Bungei edged reigning Olympic champ Yuriy Borzakovskiy by .06 (1:47.16 to 1:47.22). In the women's 1,500, ex-Ethiopian Maryam Jamal edged current Ethiopian Gelete Burka in a 4:04 race.

Outdoors: Australia
Powell and Wariner Dominate Powell came in at less than 100% but started cautiously and let up 10m before the finish and still ran 10.04. Wariner put aside his opening loss at 200m, and quieted the critics of his coaching change at least temporarily with a 44.82 400m. Craig Mottram pulled away the final 200m for the 13:11 win in the 5000, his 6th Aussie title. *IAAF Recap Here
*Andrew Baddeley Wins 1,500 in Melbourne

Powell Cruises to Grand Prix Record (With Photo)
10.04 - Imagine if He Was Fit
Powell Cuts to the Chase and Wins The Melbourne Age
Craig Mottram Runs 13:11 for His 6th Australian 5000m Title
The Melbourne Age
Mottram sharp in 5000m win

fa Powell's Coach is Glad Powell Lost in Osaka He says Powell did not prepare properly in 2007 and that Powell's fundamental Christian beliefs had Powell thinking he could not be beat.
*Craig Mottram Wants to Know Where the Aussies Are

*Asafa Powell: "I would say I am the biggest deal in every sport there is"