NCAA Performance Of The Day Decade


- time run by Colorado's Jenny Barringer at the Prefontaine Classic to shatter the NCAA record. She becomes only the 4th American to break 4:00 (and 2nd non drug cheat to do so).
Watch The Race Video Below

2009 NCAA Meet Starts Wednesday On John McDonnell Field

*John McDonnell And Arkansas Excited To Host NCAA Outdoors And Hope To One Day Host Olympic Trials
2009 NCAA Men's Preview
We break down the men's mid-d and distance events plus the relays, 100, 400 and team competition for you.
LRC: 2009 NCAA Women's Preview We break down the women's mid-d and distance events plus the relays, 100, and team competition for you.'s 2009 NCAA Prediction Contest After reading our previews, we dare you to see how your knowledge stacks up against that of the very brightest - the community. Who has truly the best knowledge of NCAA track and field? Enter the contest and find out. Get your friends and compete in your own group. And because we are kind-hearted souls, a perfect distance ballot will net you $20,900.

Toronto Festival Of Excellence (With Bolt) Is Thursday

Big Profile On Bolt Prior To His Run In Toronto On Thursday Bolt's Agent: "Usain's got personality, that X-factor that can make people happy. He likes to entertain them and to have a good time."
*Toronto Meet To Be Streamed On ESPN 360 If you have the right internet provider you can watch Usain Bolt's 100m season-opener for free.
*Wanna See Bolt Live? It'll Cost You Between $50 and $250 Bolt is a star and the venue only seats 6,500. Interesting to see that the race tried to have a $1 million bonus for Bolt to break a WRecord but no insurance company would insure it at a reasonable rate.


*One Of Running's Brightest Optimists, Hendrick Ramaala, Still Hungry For Wins Ramaala wants another major marathon victory. It's going to be tough to get one with Wanjiru, Geb, Merga and Lel out there, but he's going to give it a go.
*Track & Field News Interviews World #1 Lashinda Demus Demus is coached by her mother and is now back after having a couple of babies.
*Runner's World Brief Chat With Serena Burla Burla continues to surprise with her NY Mini 10k runner-up.
*Interview With Sara Hall

Veronica Campbell-Brown Has Been The Most Quiet Candidate For World's #1 Female Sprinter Injury bugs have kept her quiet thus far, but look out in July and August.

Non-Pre Action

NY Mini Rose Kosgei Gets Biggest Win Of Career At New York Mini 10km Aggressive from the start (5:04 first mile), she hung on late for the win as unkown American Serena Burla was 2nd. *LRC: Who The Hell Is Serena Burla?

European 10k:
José Manuel Martínez and Inês Monteiro Win European 10ks

Barringeresque: She's Only 19 - Stephanie Twell Runs 4:03.62 In Warsaw

Unknown Brit James Dasaolu Runs 10.09

Kenyan News

Kenya Unlikely To Host 2010 African Champs As Sports Ministry Won't Give Them The Money The head of Athletics Kenya is irate at the sports minister for favoring soccer: "She will run to football for every small reason, carrying a bag of money."
Double Jeopardy Doesn't Exist In Kenya Either

10k At June 25-27th National Champs (Not WChamp Trials) To Be Used To Pick Kenyan WChamp Team The Kenyans are smart to realize making the guys run two 10ks two weeks apart is foolish.
*Richest Race In Kenyan History - Sotokoto - Will Be Upgraded To Full Marathon In 2010
*Sammy Kitwara Wins 5k At Kenyan Police Champs

European 10k Challenge - Men's Winning Time 27:57, Women's 31:34
*Recap Of German Pro Meet 67.48 women's jav and 2.00 women's HJ.
*Day 1 Of IAAF Combined Event Challenge Is In Books

Doha, Rabat, Hengelo ... Now Turin - "Cocky" Kaki's Win Streak Continues *Photos

*What's Next In Europe? Warsaw Meet Preview

*Yelena Isinbayeva Decides To Vault In London - Media Explodes With Articles "You know you're a track star when ..."
*Yelena Coming To London To Vault - Bolt To Sprint

*Glen Mills Impressed But Not Intimidated By Gay's 19.58 We want to give Glen Mills an honorary degree for being such a good coach.
*Writer Excited About Gay Vs. Bolt
*World's Fastest Female Sprinters Jeter And Williams To Face Off In Eugene With Golden Girl Fraser American Carmelita Jeter is slowly building quite a name for herself.

*IAAF's Prefontaine Classic Preview Not quite the caliber of the LRC's A Fan's Guide to Pre.

Twittering Is New Obsession Of Many - LetsRun Says: Don't Twitter. Run!

NCAA Meet Starts In Less Than 1 Week - Expect Aggie/Duck Team Battle

*Texas A&M Aggies List Their NCAA Track & Field Squads
*Tough Luck: Oregon Javelin Thrower Tears Her ACL At Regional Meet Our NCAA analysis is coming out this weekend, but until then we'll give you a preview: it looks like Oregon and Texas A&M are going to be tight on both the men's and women's side at NCAAs.

Dexter Lee's Agent Upbeat For His Client's Potential The young Lee has run 10.31 and has come through big at world juniors. Reebok has decided to give him a contract and hope he goes big after some developmental years spent studying in the US.
Part 1: The Next Bolt? 17-Year-Old Jamaican Double World Champion Dexter Lee Goes Pro For Reebok

Profiles Of New York Mini 10k Entrants Led By Catherine The Great

Boston And New York Want To Host Olympic Trial Marathons Again, But Want It Cheaper

Brief Chat With Deena Kastor Runner's World

Free Self-Help Tip: Exercise Elevates Moods Of Test Subjects For 12 Hours After We were thinking maybe this study means we should go running in the morning rather than waste 8 hours of "elevated mood" sleeping. Or you can just run 12 hours apart every day and always be happy.

Wall Street Journal Writer Asks: Can Ivy League Sports Teams Get Their Luster Back? asks: Did we miss something? We didn't notice the luster was gone. The writer assumes that because Harvard can't compete with USC in football that Ivy League sports have something wrong with them. We disagree but it's still a worthwhile read.

LRC The Week That Was  Everyone loves teenagers, so this week we do an exhaustive analysis of teen sprint phenoms and tell you how we think the next Usain Bolt likely isn't in Jamaica but rather Texas. We also look at a slew of great performances from some teen distance phenoms and tell you who apparently benefits the most from NCAA Regionals, before telling Nike to get rid of having everyone in the race wear the same uniform and tell you how to get rid of your Prozac. We also wonder why Asbel Kiprop wasn't DQed.

British Opinion

*Pat Butcher On One Of Track's Worst Components: Rabbited Races Butcher has often railed against rabbits in the sport and we agree. Too much emphasis is being placed on time and not enough on man vs. man competition.
*Steve Cram On Dwain Chambers: He Won't Be Missed In The Golden League Drug users continue to be taught the lesson: don't come clean about drugs or you will lose your career.
*Elsewhere In Europe: Berlin Golden League Couldn't Afford Bolt On The Track In June So they want him on the road in October.

LRC: US Athletes Are Kicking Butt In 2009 A brief look at how the US is stacking up in 2009. Trivia: which US athlete is in the top 4 in the world in 3 Olympic events? Hint: Ivy League Alum with dyed hair.

Prefontaine Classic *Events/Results *LRC: Semi-Live Blog as Meet Was Telecast *Results/Links To NBC Race Videos *Kiprop Photos *Pre Classic Photos

LRC Bowerman Mile: Asbel Kiprop Is The Best Miler On The Planet & He Lets Everyone Know It The soon-to-be Olympic Champ Asbel Kiprop didn't get to enjoy hs "win" in Beijing, but he certainly did on Sunday as he mowed down the field in 3:48.48 and was so brilliant that he started to celebrate before he even had the lead - over 100 meters out!!!
Pre W1,500: A Race for the Ages - JENNY BARRINGER GOES SUB-4:00
The CU Buff's sensational year just got infinitely better as she stunned the field (and the crowd), becoming the 2nd clean American to break 4:00, and nearly got the win as a ton of American women ran really fast.
LRC Pre Track Event Recaps Lots of great action, including a STUNNING win by American Maggie Vessey in the women's 800. Other big wins went to Nick Symmonds in a stacked men's 800, as well as Michael Rodgers in the 100 in a world-leading 9.94. Plus Bernard Lagat in the men's 3k.
Pre Field Event Recaps
*Pre Photos The action in the field produced some amazing results, especially from American Dwight Phillips, who became the =5th-farthest jumper in history with an 8.74 jump into a headwind. Phillips won the Olympics in 2004 but didn't make the US team last year. Read our recaps of all the events that took place in the field as NBC showed you almost nothing.
More Pre News: *
Eugene Register-Guard Sports Page Has Tons Of Prefontaine Classic Coverage
*Jelimo And Nancy Lagat Get Slammed In Nairobi Paper
*Joe Battaglia Offers His Prefontaine Winners And Losers
Barringer: *Lengthy Post-Race Article With Quotes From Barringer (She Said She Thought She Could Run 4:04)
*CU Buffs Story On Barringer (CU Assistant Heather Burroughs Says They Thought She Could Run 4:02 Or 4:03)
Men's 800: Nick Symmonds Wins Prefontaine 800 Again, Beating 2 Olympic Medallists Oregonian
Men's Long Jump:  Dwight Philips Jumps 28 feet, 8 1/4 (8,74) To Beat Saladino (Best Jump In World In 15 Years)

Men's 300: LaShawn Merritt Defeats XMan In Pre 300
More: *LA Times Editorial On Pre "This is track as it should be."

*Mary Slaney Says Watching Last Year's Olympic Trials Was Difficult
*Prefontaine Classic Quotes

Pre-Race: LRC: A Fan's Guide To The 2009 Prefontaine Classic
We break down the events in great detail in chronological order. Print this handy guide out and sit down and enjoy the NBC telecast. The meet is going to be great as the fields are so stacked that we had to pick a 2008 US Olympian to finish dead last in one race. The Bowerman mile is top notch with Asbel Kiprop and Haron Keitany. Sadly, we think it's a higher probability that Alan Webb is a DNS than that he breaks his high school PR in this race.
*MBoard: Will Lagat Get AR In Men's 3k?
IAAF Preview Of Pre Classic
*American Women Looking For First Sub-4 1,500 Since 2002
*Shalane Flanagan To Race 1,500 At Pre But Marathon Might Beckon Soon
*Brit 800 Star Jemma Simpson Adjusting Nice To Life In Eugene She made the move with OTC head Marc Rowland.
*Pre Classic To Have Two 100-Meter Races
*Asafa Powell's Agent - Ankle Injury Isn't Concern - Expect Big Race At Pre Agent: "He is going to come back with a vengeance and really wants to win this race."
*Rend Lake Produces Again: Sprinter Ryan Bailey Goes Pro After Frosh Year And Is Running Pre Classic The article says someone like him might make $200,000 per year. We say no way.
*Elijah Greer Wants Natinoal HS Record Of 1:46.45
*Catching Up With HS 800 NRecord Holder Michael Granville (video coming) He never ran faster.
Pre Meet Website Including Event Previews
*Anna Willard Going For 1,500m This Weekend Against Barringer Before Moving Up To Steeplechase

Awesome Read: Oregonian's Ken Goe Says It's Not Fair For Pac 10 To Advocate Cutting Regionals "Doing away with the regional meets would cut costs, but at the expense of fairness."

Hot HS Action

*Recap Of Kenyan HS Champs
*Jordan Hasay Goes Out A Champ
7 Boys Run 4:11 Or Better At NJ State MOC
*3 At 8:55 Or Better In Texas
*26' LJ In Texas
*Texas Girl Wins 2nd Straight State Team Title All By Herself
*New Boys 300h National Record

Doping News
Italian Authorities Indict 10 Austrians For Doping Offenses From Torino Olympics

Jenny Meadows: "I have had a great start to the season." Beating Jelimo certainly will pump somebody up.

Glen Mills Trying To Be Patient With 19-Year-Old Johan Blake Blake has other ideas as the sprint phenom wants to make the Jamaican WChamp team.

Must Read On Barry And Darren Brown - Father/Son Sub-4:00 Darren's father Barry Brown was one of the leading members of the Florida Track Club along with guys like Marty Liquori, John L. Parker and Frank Shorter before taking his life when Darren was a child. Amazing read about an amazing kid giving it a go as a professional runner.

Good News: Augusta State (GA) Adds Cross Country As A Sport

1:48.66 For Robby Andrews At NJ Meet Of Champs - Full Results A LRC reader wrote to us saying the NJ MOC was sick and he was right.

Kenyans Do Racewalking! Photo Evidence In The Link

Pre Videos
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Kiprop Incredible Mile (He Starts Celebrating While In 2nd 100m From The Finish)

Nick Symmonds Wins 800

Lagat in 3,000

Maggie Vessey Surprises in 800

Tight Battle in Men's 400m Hurdles

Phillips Soars in Long Jump

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