NCAA Regionals Rock:

"Texas A&M's Justin Oliver and Texas Tech's Gil Roberts got out quickly over the first 200 meters of the anchor leg, building as much as a 20-meter lead over the Bears. With 100 meters to go, Roberts, the nation's top 100-meter runner, held a stride's advantage over Oliver and a 15-meter lead over Quentin Iglehart-Summers. But the Baylor senior had a kick left, making up ground over the last straightaway and lunging across the line ahead of Roberts in a photo finish."

- 42 and counting for the Baylor Bears 4 x 400 against collegiate competition, as their anchor Quentin Iglehart-Summers splits 44.5 in a come-from-behind thriller over Texas Tech and Texas A&M where all three teams ran 3:02.xx in the NCAA Midwest Regional. If anyone has a video, we'd love to see it.

*Watch Hengelo Live Online *Results
Results Trickling In: *Geb Fails To Get 1-Hour Record On The Boards: *Hengelo Thread With Live Feed Links/Results/Convo
Excellent Meet On Monday:
Hengelo Meet: 3 Olympic Champs Square Off At 1,500: Kenenisa Bekele vs. Steeple Champ Brimin Kipruto vs. Asbel Kiprop At 1,500, Plus Gebrselassie, Olympic 1,500m Champ Nancy Lagat, Saladino And Kaki  Gebrselassie is going for his 1 hour world record, but the best race by far is the men's 1,500. The article somehow glosses over the fact that Kiprop is the favorite in the 1,500.

Reebok GP *Results *Quotes *Photos

Usain's Got A Rival: TYSON GAY 19.58!!!
*Post-Race Quotes From Event Winners
*Ethiopian Press: "Out of Shape Dibaba Loses In NYC"
It seemed that since the Olympics everyone in the sport (but us) had forgotten that the fastest man in history (all conditions) at 100 meters is a Mr. Tyson Gay. Gay's 19.58 200m shows that when he's healthy, he can challenge Bolt.
*In other action, the meet was unreal. Leo Manzano won the men's 1,500 in 3:34 as Alan Webb basically embarrassed himself with a 3:42 showing (although he did beat Lukezic, who ran 3:43) that has sparked pleas for him to change coaches or just give up. Webb wasn't the only star to do awful as Asafa Powell was terrible in the men's 100. The men's 5k was absolutely stellar, as three guys ran faster than anyone had previously had on American soil. Bernard Lagat ran 13:03 and lost to Micah Kogo. In the women's 5k, Linet Masai upset double Olympic champ Tirunesh Dibaba. Wurth-Thomas was spectacular in the women's 1,500 (4:03). So much more, including a great men's 400h race. Allyson Felix got a win in the women's 400 as Anna Willard ran 1:59.23 to win the 800 and KD got the win in the men's 800.
*Overall Meet Recap Here
South African Milers Move Up To 3rd And 5th In 1500 All-Time In Reebok

Merga Wins Again! This Time In A 10k In India Ethiopian road warrior Deribe Merga won another long road race on Sunday. Merga, who has won the Houston Marathon, set the world record for 15km at the RAK Half, won Boston, won the Ottawa 10k in 27:24 and now has won another 10k, says he is done racing until the world championships marathon, which should be a stupendous race.
Albany's Freihofer's 5k Run For Women: Benita Johnson's Win Streak Ended By Erkesso *Results *Photos

Runner's Tribe Interviews Felix Sanchez This is one of the better interviews we've seen as the multi-time world champion and 2004 Olympic Champion has some great quotes.

Usain Bolt To Race Shawn Crawford In Toronto What a great pick-up for the Toronto meet. We can't imagine a sweeter way to open your track than to have Usain Bolt run his first open 100m of the year. *Len Johnson Writes About Asafa Powell Running Out Of Chances 46 times under 10.00 is good enough for us. He might not win the championships yet, but if he can get one it will cap a legendary career.

LRC Preview: The Stars Indeed Come To New York Once Again We do our best to preview this meet but it would take days to properly preview all of the events. This sick meet has the following names: Alan Webb, Micah Kogo, Gebre-Gebremarian, Bernard Lagat, Tirunesh Dibaba, Kim Smith, Linet Masai, Jeremy Wariner, Asafa Powell, LaShawn Merritt, Kerron Clement, Tyson Gay, the X-Man, Wallace Spearmon, Veronica Campbell-BrownAllyson Felix, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Khadevis Robinson, Boaz Lalang, Nate Brannen and others, including HSer Chelsey Sveinsson and Liberty's Sam Chelanga.
*RRW: After Two Golds & Marriage To Sihene, Dibaba Ready To Race Again The rabbits will take her and Kim Smith out at 14:40 pace for 3k.
*Dibaba's Race In NY Is Her First Since Double Golds In Olympics
*Asafa Powell Warns Usain Bolt Not To Rest On His Laurels
Nice Profile: With Centro In Her Corner, American Miler Lindsey Gallo Is Focused On Worlds
Gallo: "It was difficult leaving Mike, he was my coach for eight years, but I felt like it was time to leave Ann Arbor just to see if I could motivate myself and get the spark back in my training."
Lots Of Press Conference Related News *Video: Press Conference Highlights

*USA Today: Healthy Tyson Gay Excited To Run 200 Meters At Reebok
*AP Preview: Lauryn Williams Still Trying To Overcome Jamaicans And "Voodoo Doll" Comment Apparently a lot of the islanders took great offense to Williams' comment about what was the difference between the US & Jamaican sprinters in Beijing. Also Tyson Gay slams the US-Jamaica sprint rivalry idea.
*IAAF Preview: Gay & Powell Want Your Attention Tyson Gay faces Jeremy Wariner and Wallace Spearmon in the 200 as Powell runs the 100m.
*MBoard Talk About Who Will Win Men's 5k
*Kennedy's 5K AR To Go At Reebok On Sunday?
Free Ticket Giveaway Each Day On LRC Click here for more info. Final 5 pairs of tix available Friday. Friday's Question is now up.

Recommended Read: Reuters Profile Of Zersenay Tadese - The Man Who Is Bigger In Eritrea Than David Beckham Is In Britian The guy has had a remarkable journey. He started as a cyclist and now is known as the former world XC champ but in his first international XC race, he didn't even know to start when the gun went off.

LRC Week That Was This week we give praise to Scott MacPherson, tell you why it may be okay to dislike the French after all, give you free coaching advice, and marvel at how a running book is actually on the New York Times Best Seller list. Speaking of NY, we also start to get ready for Reebok Grand Prix. Plus we announce the arrival of Deriba Merga as a true great, and mourn Pamela Jelimo's first-ever loss at 800.

NCAA Regionals: The NCAA regional meets were awesome this weekend yet again (and perhaps for the last time in a while as big-time coaches want to do away with the competition). Highlights include #42 in a row for the Baylor 4 x 4, Galen Rupp and Centro Jr. battling in the 1,500 (watch highlights of the 1,500 here), Miami's Murielle Ahoure breaking records in the sprints (and the same for Texas' Alexandria Anderson), 3 guys under 10.10 in the 100, Jenny Barringer running CR and WL 9:26, PSU's Fawn Dorr and Gayle Hunter anchoring the 4 x 400 like bats out of hell (52 splits for each) and LRC's Rojo getting 2 Cornellians to the NCAAs (Jim Wyner in the 1,500 and Adrien Dannemiller in the steeple).
The Link Of The Day - A Must Click:
All NCAA Regional Results - Event By Event On Same Page
Regional Meet Highlights: 2 Must Reads! *1. Oregon News Heading Into NCAAs: Wheating Wins From Front, Rupp (3:39 1,500) Looks Probable To Run 1500, 5k, 10k *Will Galen Rupp Triple? "Maybe." *Rupp's Post-Race Interview *Wheating's Win Video
*2. Baylor Bears Win 42nd Straight Collegiate 4 x 4, Running 3:02 With 44.5 Anchor To Win By 0.03
Day 1: Big Shocker - Winner Of Last Two NCAA Titles At 800, Jacob Hernandez, Is A No Show
Oregon, Behind Rupp's Victory In 5k, Has Good Day

*Rock 'N' Roll San Diego Recap *Photos of Ryan Hall, Tom Bedford, Dan Browne and Josh Cox Dan Browne struggles big-time (he dropped out somewhere after a 1:07 half), as does Tom Bedford, who was on pace through halfway (thanks to the much-publicized help of Ryan Hall and Josh Cox) but fell off to run 2:47 (search results here).

*Defar Debuts In 10,000m In Just Over 31 Minutes She's pissed it was so slow.
*Mega Talent Mark Lewis-Francis Returns With 10.06!
*Police Officer Wins Scottish Marathon In 2:18 This is old school.

Weekend Action:

Friday Action: World Marathon Champ Luke Kibet Wins Sprint Finish At Kenya Prisons 10k Championship

This Weekend:



Nike Mile: Nick Symmonds Opens Outdoor Season With 1:46 Four elite events were held on the Nike campus and Kara Goucher ran the 800/mile double 15 minutes apart. Her husband Adam ran in the men's mile.
*Message Board Thread

Jeremy Wariner And LaShawn Merritt Please Brace Yourselves
Usain Bolt: "I want the 400m world record."
What a great piece as Bolt finally seems motivated to attack the 400 next year. He says he's even willing to lose out on the 100 meters if that's what it takes.
Right On! IAAF Says They May Change Olympic Schedule To Allow Bolt To Do 100, 200, 400 Triple IAAF: '"If Usain continues to do amazing things, is super motivated, we'd be insane not to consider it."

Son Of London Marathon Director To Be Paced at Rock 'N Roll Marathon By Ryan Hall (and Josh Cox) As He Tries To Beat His Dad In A Bet We love the British. Over a pint, Tom Bedford bet his dad he could run 2:25 in the marathon. Not sure if his dad knew he'd get some awesome help. Plus he's raising a lot of money for charity in the process.
*Interview With Dave Bedford's Son

NCAA Regionals Start Friday Afternoon

Amazing Page: All Regional Results On One Page