Quote Of The Day

"Coach Henry has always told me there’s no magic potion for success. Coach Henry simply trains smart."

- Texas A&M sprinter Gerald Phiri in a pre-NCAA article on A&M coach Pat Henry. In the article, Henry said it takes five years to build a program. This is his fifth year at A&M and he was rewarded with 2 national titles.

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2009 NCAA Meet

Day 4: LRC: Texas A&M Wins Men's And Women's Titles On Epic Day
Fernandez Goes Wire-To-Wire In 1,500, Wheating Gets First NCAA Title, Gall Repeats, FSU Goes Sub-3:00  
The men's team battle came down to the 4 x 400. 4 teams had a shot at the title and we ended up .22 from a 4-way tie for first. But in the end, Texas A&M finished 2nd in the 4 x 400 to win by 2 points over Oregon, Florida, and Florida State, who all tied for 2nd. We recap all the distance action, including German Fernandez's gun-to-tape 1,500m win as a true frosh, Andrew Wheating's narrow 800m win for his first NCAA title, and much more. Plus photos and video of the last lap of Fernandez's 1,500 and the men's 4 x 400. What a meet. Rupp's heroics were not quite enough to bring Oregon the triple crown.
Final Day Photos
Oregon Men Come Up Just Short Oregonian
Oregon Women Pleased With 2nd Oregonian
*Baylor 4 x 400 Streak Ends At 42

Day 3: LRC: Nothing Can Stop Rupp. The perfect senior season ended in style and more than made up for the first 3 years as a 4:00.08 final 1,600 gave him his 6th NCAA title of the year.
Plus Jenny Barringer with a meet record in the steeple, and the men's steeple final and the women's 5k final. Read all about it, photos, and video. Formatting fixed.
Sprint Recap: Trindon Holliday & Alexandria Anderson Go Out In Style
The seniors had done it all but win the big one. Now they've won it all, including Anderson, who had been All-American 17 times without an individual title. Who says we don't love sprinters? We even interview Ahmad Rashad's dad.
LRC: Team Title Update: Unbelievably Tight Team Battles To Be Decided On Saturday We have the Oregon men losing by a single point to A&M and the Oregon women winning narrowly over A&M. Track & Field News has the opposite happening (Duck men winning over A&M, Duck women losing to A&M).
LRC: Field Recap We must admit it's a bit sparse.
LRC: Friday Photos
Updated: 5k Interviews and quotes added to recap.
*Oregonian Men's Recap
*Eugene Register-Guard Recap Chris Winter: "I'm a little devastated right now, I lost two points for the team in those last five meters. I didn't know those guys were there, and that was my fault."
*Oregonian Women's Recap
*Alberto Salazar Interview

Day 2: LRC: NCAA Day 2 Recap: Rupp Wins 1st Outdoor Title With Style As Lisa Koll Fails To Score In an unbelievably exciting men's 10k that featured a 63-second first lap and a 75.99-second 22nd lap (including a 42-second 200), Shawn Forrest & Sam Chelanga teamed up and threw everything they could at Galen Rupp but Rupp more than handled it all as his storybook senior season continued, as he won his 1st NCAA outdoor title. In the end, Rupp closed in 1:58.9 and 3:01 to get the win. If he had to go sub-4 to win, he very well might have done it. Unbelievable. It also was unbelievable that the favorites in the women's 10k and men's 1,500 failed to score and advance respectively. Oregon's Matt Centrowitz, Jr was last in his semifinal heat, tightening up the team competition. We recap the action from Thursday.
Day 2 LRC Photos
*Oregonian: Tag Team By Forrest & Chelanga Can't Stop Rupp From Winning 1st NCAA Outdoor Title After Centrowitz Fails To Advance In 1,500
*We Agree
AP: "There are times Galen Rupp looks as if he's toying with opponents."
*Oregon's Title Hopes Take Body Blow As Favorite Matt Centrowitz Finishes Last In 1st Round Of 1,500 All we can say at letsrun.com is "you're welcome" for reporting the "rumor" that we heard he had a stress fracture. People come here for the inside info which we consistently produce.
*Updated Men's Team Battle Thanks To T&FN
They have it too close to call between A&M And Oregon with A&M winning now after the 10k.
*Updated Women's Team Battle Thanks To T&FN
Oregon is now a projected winner over A&M thanks to Jamesha Youngblood's surprise 3rd in the LJ.

LRC: NCAA Day 1 Track Recap
*LRC: Field Event And Multi Recap The big story on Day 1 was a 3 hour and 15 minute rain delay which pushed everything late into Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Galen Rupp had to stay up late (his 5k prelim started at 12:40 am), but he was rewarded with as easy a qualifying round as possible, as it was much cooler than expected due to the rain and late start. Rupp's quest for history will have its toughest test tonight in the 10,000m final versus NCAA record holder Samuel Chelenga. Perhaps the other big news on Wednesday was the return to action for Colorado's Jenny Barringer after her shocking 3:59 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday. We have an 8-minute video interview with her and it seems apparent after talking to her that perhaps no one in the world predicted her stunning run on Sunday. In other action, the first round of the men's and women's 100s sizzled, but the rain made things much slower in the semis. Plus recaps of round 1 of the 800s, steeples and 5ks. More coverage coming.
*LRC: See Whom LetsRun.com Visitors Have Picked To Win Here

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Previous NCAA Coverage:
Rupp All Over The News:
*LRC: Pre-Meet Report From Arkansas: Does Matt Centrowitz Have A Foot Injury?
"Pardon The InteRUPPtion" Employee #1's take on Galen Rupp's amazing senior season.
*Rupp On The Front Page Of USA Today Sports Dick Patrick wrote a great article, including quotes from Alberto, Lananna, Rupp's Dad and Sam Chelanga.
News From Oregon Papers:
*Indoor Debacle At NCAAs Motivates Hog Jumpers
*Lananna Thrilled To Be In Hunt For Triple Crown
He's trying not to be intimidated by the name John McDonnell on the scoreboard.
*Jumps Are Key To Arkansas

*Lengthy Oregonian Article On Rupp It mentions the "Haters" on LetsRun.com.
*The Register-Guard Preview:
Rupp, Centro & Wheating Lead The Way As Ducks Favored To Win First Title In 25 Years
*AP Preview:
New Coach Bucknam Trying To Make His Own Mark At Host Arkansas
Watch Out For Oregon's Big-Meet Long Jumper Jamesha Youngblood Oregon will need points from unheralded stars like Youngblood if they want to upend a strong Texas A&M squad.
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.
LetsRun.com'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 LetsRun.com 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

More Weekend Track Action

Meselech Melkamu Stuns World With 29:53.80 In Netherlands #2 time ever. World record if you think the Chinese were doping.

Harry Jerome: Gary Reed's 800m Win Among Higlights Of Harry Jerome
*Harry Jerome Results

European News:

Berlin Golden League  *Results *Watch On Demand: On Our Partner Universalsports.com

Bekele Narrow 13:00.76 Win, Augustine Choge 3:29.47!, Sanya Richards 49.57 Plus Ariane Friedrich jumped 2.06 in the high jump, the men's 400m runners ran really slow, and no women's distance races were run.

HS Action

Mac Fleet (4:02:90) Wins Battle At Mile Distance Between Top 3 US High Schoolers At 800 Robby Andrews ran 4:03.49 for 2nd and Elijah Greer ran 4:08.08 for 4th as Foot Locker runner-up Trevor Dunbar was 3rd in 4:06.65.
*Freshmen Verzbicas Runs 8:53 For 2 Miles!

Pre Race Golden Lague News

World Record Holder In Steeple, Gulnara Galkina-Samitova, Runs 4:02 1,500 Over Nancy Lagat

We Sort Of Agree Michael Johnson: Athletics should be more about genuine competition and less about the obsession with star names such as Usain Bolt.

Toronto Festival Of Excellence *Full Results

*Spain's Natalia Rodríguez Runs World-Leading 8:35 3k
*IAAF Hurdles Preview Of Golden League

Mid-Week Non NCAA Action

Greece: Dayron Robles Runs 13.30 In First Race Of 2009 In Greece
*South African Johan Cronje Runs 3:35 1,500 PB In Greece
*Thessaloniki Greece Results

UK: Nike Contract Flap Prevents 3 Top Athletes From Competing In Last Night's UK Athletics' Inaugural Super8 Competition
It's supposed to be a team competition to revive fan interest in the sport, but athletes couldn't wear the swoosh on their jerseys and as a result the Nike athletes had to pull out.

Poland: Josef Odlozil Polish Meet Recap

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.

LRC Running Cartoons: Jeremy Wariner And Alan Webb A LRC reader sent these cartoons to us. Check 'em out.

Good Quotes From The Wacky World Of Track & Field
"You put a 1.2 (metres per second) wind behind me instead of in my face, and we may have had a world record today."
- Yesterday's Quote Of The Day from American long-jumper Dwight Phillips.
"They read in the paper that she runs on caliche, and they call saying, 'How do we get one of those caliche tracks?' They think it's something fancy. They can have this one." - Steve Butler, superintendent of the Rochelle school district where All-American farm girl Bonnie Richardson trains on some dirt circle. What's unique about Richardson is that she has led Rochelle to 2 Texas state titles. By herself.

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

Last 300 Of Men's 4 x 400 (This is the Final Day We Can Leave This up Due to NCAA Rules, We Already Had to Take Down the Last Laps of Rupp's Victories)

Last Lap Of Men's 1,500

Galen Rupp After The Rupptet (6:43)

Class Act: Florida State Coach Bob Braman

Jenny Barringer On Her Stunning 3:59, Holding Every NCAA Record From 1,500 To 5k, And More

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

Maggie Vessey Surprises In 800

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.

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."

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LRC Running Cartoons: Jeremy Wariner and Alan Webb An LRC reader sent these cartoons to us. Check 'em out.

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