LetsRun.com: Spira Shoes Update
Wejo talked to Spira shoes CEO Andy Krafsur and much to Wejo's surprise he came away having some sympathy for Spira. USATF says the shoes aren't banned, the rules say they are (or are ambiguous at best). We've got it covered, from "frivolous" antitrust lawsuits, to doctored photos (race directors photo shopping Spira off the singlets of the winners of their races), to the Spira CEO taking a shot at the USATF-Nike relationship: "(Masback) may have changed jobs (by going to Nike), but he didn't change employers." Get the details and possibly expect a ruling (likely approving the shoes) at an IAAF technical meeting this weekend.
In Case You Missed it: The Incredible Heather Dorniden She falls 400m into a 600m race at Big 10s, gets up, and then the rest is history as the announcer goes nuts.
On the boards: Another Marathon Cheating Story Women's Winner of Sarasota Marathon DQd
Guy Who Ran 3:02:26 at Little Rock Marathon Dropped Dead at Finish
LetsRun.com: The Week That Was We recap all that occurred in the last week in track including the richest race in history as well as the final Japanese Olympic marathon team selection race. We cap it all off by praising some of the heroes from the American collegiate conference action including LSU's John Kosgei, Wisco's Brandon Bethke, Minnesota's Heather Dorniden, Georgetown's Joanna Rogers, Cornell's Jeomi Maduka,
Chris Curtis Vollmar and the Eastern Michigan men as well as D3 stars Erin Kelly-and Peter Kosgei.
*Page 2: Collegiate Stars Of the Weekend
Kenyans XC Camp To Start Wednesday With 33 Athletes For 27 Spots Several wild cards have been added. People who show up late will be booted off the team as Kenya is serious about putting forward a good showing to try to help repair the country's image.
104 Year Old Philip ďFlying PhilĒ Rabinowitz Dies He reached his athletic pinnacle at the age of 100 when he set the 100m world record for 100 year olds.
4 Olympic Trials Qualifiers at Kaiser Permanent Napa Valley Marathon
Former Olympic Sprinter, Stony Brook All American Roger Gill Dies in Car Crash
Irish 5k Star Marie Davenport Has a Baby Girl
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
XC Track 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 BBC
Official Sammy Wanjiru and Lornah Kiplagat Win $300,000 and Zayed International Half Marathon (the World's Richest Road Race)
Wanjiru 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
2008 AT&T USA Indoors: *Full Results Here*Event By Event Results Here
Sunday: LRC 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