Quote Of The Day

"Since I was a freshman when Coach McDonnell recruited me, I knew this team was about one thing, and that was scoring points and sacrificing yourself. If you give absolutely everything you have for the team, then you'll get what you have coming eventually. I think that's what happened for me last weekend."

- Arkansas Razorback tough man Scott MacPherson, who scored 21 individual points at the best conference meet in the country. MacPherson, who plowed out 18,000 meters of racing in becoming the only 3-event scorer at the meet, also had this to say: "For four years I've been waiting to be that guy people counted on." This is why NCAA running is awesome.

Bill Webb Retires After 24 Seasons As Volunteers' Head Coach Hard to believe that the highly accomplished Webb only led Tennessee to 4 SEC championships in almost a quarter century until one considers his misfortune in coaching in the same conference as the almost unbeatable John McDonnell and his Razorbacks (who just won their 48th out of the last 54 SEC titles). The fact that Webb got 2 NCAA team titles in that time says a lot about the strength of the SEC. Who will replace Webb? Well, if this facebook group has any say, it will be distance coach George Watts.

Amazing Story: DII Runner Anthony Luna Going For Glory At Nationals After Unconventional Road To College Running A must read from John Meyer in the Denver Post. Luna is coached by Pete Julian at Metro State. DII Nats are this weekend in San Angelo, TX.

Big River Festival Of Miles In St. Louis, MO To Feature Men's Mile With Leo Manzano And Solid Field A bunch of sub-4:00 guys will be lining up for a track mile led by the late entry of Olympian Leo Manzano after his frustrating race in Carson where he ran 3:57... for 1,500m. Click here for Manzano's post-race explanation.

Science Of Sport's Analysis Of Usain Bolt's Record Run In case you haven't seen the tall Jamaican blast the fastest 150m of all time, you can not only watch the race but read the blog's scientific analysis of his race.

Recommended Read: Pat Butcher's Blog A Gem Again - Professor Craig Sharp On Lasse Viren, Doping, Stretching And Other Topics

GO USA: "The US Endurance Model" - Top British Coach, Jim Harvey, Advocates Sending Top British Talent To US For Development Basically, he argues that the NCAA system pushes athletes to higher levels of performance because they're training at a higher level (i.e. running 100-mile weeks).

LetsRun.com Message Board Helps A Guy Get Into Grad School - The Semantics Of Speed: The Difference Between Run And Jog Read the email and some of the paper for yourself.

AP Review Of Chris McDougall's Born To Run: The book is on the NYTimes best seller list What really interested us was McDougall's research and visits to the Taramuhara Indians of Mexico.

Female British Jav Thrower Speaks After Falling To 4th On Her Last Throw Behind A Surprise Russian

USA Running News

*Ritz On How And Why He Left Brad Hudson He's got big goals and he wants a change.
*Will Claye Named USATF Athlete Of Week: He broke the American Jr record in the triple and won the Big 12 meet as a freshman Coincidentally, he wasn't the best young triple jumper in the world this weekend as a 17-year-old Chinese jumper beat him by about 20cm for a world 17y/o record.

*Inspirational Brief Chat With The USA Men's Berlin Marathon Squad The US squad will be: Nate Jenkins, Fernando Cabada, Dan Browne, Matt Gabrielson and Justin Young. Great opportunity for a hard-working bunch.
*Interesting Notes From The PAC-10 Meet In Eugene - Hayward Attendance DOWN From 2006 Also, we love the story about sprinter Allante Battle, who tied (to the 1/1000th of a second) for 8th in the prelims and had to run the final with only the other guy, then ran fast enough to nab third.

LRC: The Week That Was We try to make sense of the big-time NCAA track and field conference action by comparing Oregon's distance prowess at the PAC-10 meet to Arkansas' at the SEC meet and sympathizing with sub-4 guys and 17-foot vaulters that can't score at conference. We also pause to read an email from one of the greatest legends in track and field history who is a LetsRun.com visitor in addition to being a two-time Olympic champ. Along the way we also admire Galen Rupp's kick and ponder, "Is there something wrong with Jacob Hernandez and is there something really special about LaShawn Merritt?" All that and much more.

Recommended Read: Interview With Athlete/Coach Who Is "More Lydiard Than Lydiard" - New Zealand's Barry Magee With all the information out there, we always find it refreshing to read one of Arthur LydiardBarry Magee and LetsRun.com's favorite lines on training: "Train, don't strain."

Reebok Announces Preliminary Lineups For May 30th Meet At Icahn Stadium In NYC The meet is going to be very, very good. Get your tickets now. New Yorkers show that, unlike LA, you care about track and field.

Amazing Mid-Distance Fields To Be Assembled For June 7th Pre Classic Kiprop, Jelimo, Webb, Keitany and many other top runners to face off. The meet is not for a few weeks but a quick glance at the mid-distance fields will get you pumped. More on this weekend's races below.

Marathoners in the news: *Geb Going For His Marathon World Record In Sold-Out Berlin Marathon On Sep 20
*Kara Goucher Q&A From NYTimes
*Tergat Coming To Seattle For Rock 'N' Roll Half!

Memorial Day Special: Bolder Boulder 10k Preview From David Monti The Ethiopian teams will be tough to beat Monday in Boulder, CO.

Upcoming Races

*Boniface Kiprop, Mo Farah And Others To Race BUPA London 10k On Monday May 25
*Next High Performance Brazilian Meet Lined Up With Stars Vili And Savigne
*Reebok NYC Meet To Feature Dibaba vs. Kim Smith And Other Top Races
*South Africa's Comrades Ultra Is Earlier This Year - Sunday May 24

Another Analysis Of The First Big Weekend Of Pro/College Track Action This time from RunnersTribe

TwoAngryRunners.com Funny Take On Justin Gatlin They're The Onion of track and field reporting.

Bolt News

*Steve Cram, Initially Cool To The Bolt 150m Extravaganza, Writes About Its Success
*IAAF Pres Lamine Diack Speaks To Bolt About Responsibility, Pressure And Scrutiny

Unbelievable Drug News

*Remarkable: Belgian Bodybuilders Flee Championship Facility When Drug Testers Show Up Unannounced This tells you a lot about the "sport" of bodybuilding.
*Big News: Cyclist Bernard Kohl Admits To Buying A Doping Centrifuge And Sharing It With Others
*He'll Cash In Too: The Korean Version Of A-Rod (Cheater) Comes Clean In Book He was tipping off other players on pitches and was privy to the drug culture in Korea, a league where drug testing didn't start until 2007.
*ESPN Interviews HS Star (Double World Junior Champ) Marquise Goodwin, He Says HS Authorities Need To Drug Test We like this guy.

NRR: The Next Swimming Star? 17-Year-Old North Dakotan Dagny Knutson Won 4 Events At Phelps-a-palooza Charlotte

Kenya News

*Big Names Expected To Retain Their Spots In Heated Kenyan Olympic Committee Elections
*Wanjiru, Kemboi And Others Speak To Kenyan Athletes About Financial Matters

Jeremy Wariner On Going Back To Coach Clyde Hart The incredible LaShawn MerrittJeremy Wariner rivalry may be the extra motivation necessary to move MJ's 400m world record lower in the coming years. Merritt and Wariner opened up with 44-second 400s this year and Merritt looked phenomenal in his 200m win at Carson. Hopefully we'll see a few showdowns this year, including in the Berlin World Championships final.

Bolt Says Of Course He Will Be Gunning For 2012 Bolt wants to be "a legend" and to do that, he wants to be on top in 2012 as well.

Notable Weekend Action
*Josephat Ndambiri Goes Sub-27 Again In Blustery Conditions In Japan Prior to 2009 no person had ever broken 27 on Japanese soil and now Ndambiri has done it twice in less than a month.
*NZ's Valerie Vili Has Huge 20.69 Throw In Brazil She's the best women's thrower in the world and may change nationalities to Great Britain.
*17 Year-Old Chinese Triple Jumper Sets Age Group World Record 17.13m That is a monster jump for a youngster.
*Amos Choge Kipruto Takes Mombasa Marathon Crown In 2:13
*Kenia Sinclair Jamaica's Lone Winner In Carson This Weekend In The 1,500m It's pretty amazing their only win came in a distance event.

Andrew Wheating's Photo Finish From PAC-10s Watch Video Of The Ridiculous Finish As The USC Guy Raises The #1 As Wheating Nips Him On The Outside

Summer Training!

You can't click through to sign up yet, but check back later this week for more details. We're bringing back our summer training programs and are using our original banner from 2001. Learn from LetsRun.com's world-renowned JK and a former pupil of the LetsRun.com initital summer training program who went on to be an NCAA All-American. Yes, ladies and gentleman, that is right - we've had one summer training program in the past and it produced one All-American. If you're really interested and want us to email you when the details are up, send us an email.

Recommended Reads

Recommended Read: Pat Butcher's Blog A Gem Again - Professor Craig Sharp On Lasse Viren, Doping, Stretching and Other Topics

Recommended Read: Interview With Athlete/Coach Who Is "More Lydiard Than Lydiard" - New Zealand's Barry Magee With all the information out there, we always find it refreshing to read one of Arthur LydiardBarry Magee and LetsRun.com's favorite lines on training: "Train, don't strain."

LRC: The Week That Was May 11-17 Conference Action, adidas Carson, Edwin Moses and more.

LRC Review: Must Read Kenny Moore's Best Efforts

Kenny Moore's Best Efforts Is Back In Print When this book showed up at LRC corporate headquarters to be reviewed, the response was, ""Holy sh*t! That book is one of the top 2 running books I've ever read." The offical LRC review is in and it is very positive: "I believe a great work only receives the label 'great' if it has passed the test of time. Best Efforts passes the test because it will refresh the man or woman who was following the runners of the 60s, 70s and 80s." Also as a special to LRC readers, you can buy an autographed copy of the book for only $14.95.

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