Coming Soon (Wed am): The Week That Was This week our weekly recap looks exclusively at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. We start by saying "I told you so" as we compare the success of these Trials to an Oregon basketball game. We then tell you where Alan Webb would have finished in the men's 1500 final, take a look at all the big name pros that had flameouts, and give Barack Obama some unsolicited advice.
More USATFs *Results Photos: *Day 4 Sunday *Day 3 (1,500, Steeple, 400, PV) *Day 2 (100, 5k) *Day 1 10k Photos *Video
- Sweep of 5k Validates Schumacher's Move to Oregon It was capped with 20-year-old Evan Jager making the team.
- Tyson Gay Wins USA Today Track Athlete of the Week Award So we guess the whole national championships were a joke if a guy who runs one round gets athlete of the week. How about scrapping the bye at the US Champs? The sport needs as much domestic fan interest as it can get.
- Patrick Smyth Joins Team USA Minnesota We got an email praising him this week so we might as well give some of his accolades. He was 4th at NCAAs behind 3 of the greatest 10k runenrs in NCAA history (closing in 59), got 7th at USATFs, and broke Ryan Shay's school record along the way.
- Q&A With Doug Logan: He Wants Fewer Athletes at the Trials: He gives a slap in the face to some of the lesser-known athletes at the Trials: "I would also say that what has come out of it is almost a desire to create an 'entitlement' trials." Last time we checked, someone who is top-30 in the country at something and dedicates four years of their life to a goal is far from entitled. No need to take a shot at hard-working athletes to justify shortening the Trials.
- Craig Mottram Still Hoping to Run at Worlds He switched coaches and agents and hasn't raced since November with an Achilles injury. His once bright career really has tumbled recently.
- Liu Xiang Will Begin Comeback in Low Key Meets, If Injury Reoccurs He'll Hang Them Up
Previous USATF News:
Sprint Rivalries Heat Up As World Stars Soon To Clash
*Gay - Bolt [Powell] Rivalry Now Set For Berlin
*Bolt On Gay: My 100m Record Will Be Very Hard For Him Bolt says watch out for Asafa Powell as he continues to recover from the ankle injury. Powell ran sub-10.00 this weekend into a headwind. Usain also reminds Gay that his 9.75 was run with a serious tailwind.
*Bolt Says He Is Lacking In Overall Fitness But He Will Get Fitter August and the WCs are still several weeks away.
*Michael Rodgers Used To Sell Air Jordans Out Of His Car Trunk To Get By Now Nike sponsors him and he's the USA 100m champion.
*Down Goes Fraser! Well At Least Her 100m Time Shelly-Ann Fraser is sort of the Dawn Harper (who?) of Jamaica. She isn't a big star despite her 100m Olympic victory because the bigger story was The Bolt.
You Don't See This Every Day: 400m Hurdles Trash Talk
*Jamaican Isa Phillips Will Be Major Obstacle To USA 1-2-3 400h Sweep He's now the third-fastest Jamaican ever at the event after a 48.08 this weekend.
*Bershawn Jackson, College Soph Johnny Dutch And Olympic Champ Angelo Taylor Sweep Hurdles, Jackson Predicts Sweep At Worlds
*Hurdler James Carter Throws Out Some Veiled Drug Accusations, Says He May Switch To Decathlon
Sunday Men's Distance Action LRC Lomong Gets First, Symmonds Gets Another, Webb A No Show In the men's 800, rivals Nick Symmonds and Khadevis Robinson put on a show down the homestretch with Symmonds coming out on top.
In the men's 1,500, Alan Webb pulled out before the race with an injury, and that left favorites Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano
dueling down the homestretch with Lomong coming out on top. Arkansas Razorback Dorian Ulrey closed nearly as fast but started the last lap a second back and finished 3rd. Recap and race videos.
More Men's Distance: *Nick Symmonds Wins Thrilling 800 Over KD Oregonian
*Galen Rupp Selects Michael Johnson To Be His Agent Somehow we don't see Rupp pulling a Wariner and signing with adidas and then dumping his coach.
*Ben Bruce On Men's Steeple: "I Blew It."
200: Shawn Crawford Blows Away Field In Men's 200
High Jump: Tora Harris Wins High Jump, Oregon's Jesse Williams Finishes 4th And Won't Go To Worlds
Shot: Christian Cantwell Wins Shot Put
JR: Mac Fleet Wins 1,500 At Junior Meet, Pulls A Deak At The Finish (Photo)
Saturday Distance Action
LRC Rowbury Back Atop The US 1,500 Ranks Christin Wurth made it interesting, opening up a 3-second lead at the bell on Shannon Rowbury, but Rowbury blitzed the last lap in 60 seconds to get the come-from-behind win and put her back atop the US 1,500m rankings. Anna Willard, attempting the steeple/1,500 double, was third.
LRC Josh McAdams Gets His 2nd USATF Steeple Crown McAdams held off the challenge from Dan Huling.
Alberto Avalanche Continues
LRC Kara Goucher Gets 5,000 Crown If you thought Kara had given up on the track now that her marathon career is in full swing, think again. Goucher blasted away from Jen Rhines with 500m to go and coasted to her 2nd straight USATF 5k track crown. Goucher will run the marathon in Berlin. NCAA champ Angela Bizzarri moved up for third. Chasing the World Championship "A" standard wasn't the first thing on her mind, as she's never left the country. Goucher's win gave Alberto Salazar-coached athletes 3 of the 4 distance titles in Eugene. The fourth title (the men's 5k) went to Alberto's co-worker Jerry Schumacher, as Matt Tegenkamp led a 1-2-3 Portland sweep.
More Goucher: Oregonian: Goucher Wins 5,000 While Working On Her Marathon Speed
Day 2 AP Recap: Mike Rodgers Goes From Selling Air Jordans Out Of The Back Of His Car To Winning The USA 100m 9.91w for Rodgers. In the women's 100, Carmelita Jeter outleaned Muna Lee in a fast 10.78w.
Women's 100: Muna Lee Becomes First Woman Ever To Run 10.78 And Lose
Olympic Trials Will Be Cut To 6 Days In 2012 This doesn't seem to cut the financial cost on athletes much or reduce the amount of stress on them much (Project 30 goals), but having the Trials over 2 weekends is perfectly fine with us. The old system wasn't broken and the new one isn't much different.
Alberto In Straight Sets
LRC Galen Rupp Wins USATF 10k Title link fixed Galen Rupp made it look easy, easily putting away from a surprising Dathan Ritzenhein over the last 500 to win his first USATF title in his last time in the Oregon Duck jersey. Along the way, Rupp dispatched a who's who of American distance running, as veterans Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman tried to push Rupp. Rupp's win capped a great day for Alberto Salazar as in the women's 10k final, the Salazar-coached Amy Begley shocked Beijing Olympic medallist Shalane Flanagan in the 10k over the last 150m.
More Rupp: Race Results Weekly: BEGLEY AND RUPP GET TWO DRAMATIC USA 10,000M VICTORIES Rupp is the first athlete to win the USATF 10k and NCAA 10k crown in the same year.
*Eugene Register Guard Recap: Galen Rupp Gets First USATF 10k Crown
*Fabulous Galen Rupp Wins USATF 10k Title
LRC 800 And 1,500 Recaps We give you analysis on the 800s and 1,500s you won't find anywhere else: Rob Myers Gate, Maggie Vessey's giving us a coronary, and Golden Coachman making the 800 semis with one shoe. Of course we've got the basics like Alan Webb and Will Leer.
More Men's Distance: Wheating Wanted To Run 1,500, Lananna Made Him Pull Out
*Three OTC Guys Advance In Steeple
Dan Pfaff Hired to Lead 2012 Performance Centre in London Wejo's met 2 coaching geniuses in his life, Pfaff and JK. Pfaff is most known for coaching former Olympic champ and 100m WR Donovan Bailey, but at Texas he coached field event NCAA champs. He can do it all. Of course another UK paper has to make a big deal of him coaching Marion Jones.
Kenya Selects 3rd Placer at Trials Bernard Kipyego over Moses Masai for the World Champs Team at 10k, Will Only Have 1 Woman on Team If anyone needed proof that Kenya is still a male dominated society it is that the US will send 3 to Worlds in the women's 10k and as it stands Kenya will send 1.
Golden League Friday in Oslo: Defar and Dibaba To Race on Friday at Golden League Meet in Oslo
Michael Johnson's 3 Steps to Save the Sport Shorter meets, more sponsorship on athletes jerseys, and relevant events focusing on competition not records. And how about attempting to entertain fans at the event? That means music. If they do it at every other sporting event in the world why not track?
More UK News:
- Former Footballer Dai Greene Is Hurdling Well After Words of Encouragement from His Idol Felix Sanchez
- Britain's Oldest Olympian Godfrey Rampling Who Won 4*400 Medals in 1932 and 1936 Dies
- UK Writer Blasts European Cup Experiment of Eliminating Runner in Last Place at Various Points in the Race
- London 2012 Olympic Stadium Still Doesn't Have a Long Term Tenant
Track Town Tired Out?
- Eugene Writer Questions Whether "Track Town USA" Had Too Many Meets This Year It was still a great meet but couldn't match last year's Olympic Trials attendance or excitement.
- Ken Goe Also Saw The USA Meet As A Bit Of A Letdown For Eugene We were thinking this exact thing a few weeks ago when PAC-10s and the Regional meet were held at Hayward in front of raucous crowds: "That's a lot of meets at Hayward." Seems like the enthusiasm for running in circles died down a bit but still was probably higher than it would have been anywhere else in the country.
Sunday Women's Distance Action LRC Hazel Clark Gets National Title #5 As Maggie Vessey Leaves It Too Late, Barringer Cruises, Willard Makes 2nd World Champs Team In the women's 800, Hazel Clark went wire-to-wire as Prefontaine surprise winner Maggie Vessey took her Borzakovskiy-like come-from-behind tactics to another level. With 200 meters to go, she was 20 meters behind. She threw down a 28-second last 200 but it was too little too late as she finished 4th. 20-year-old Phoebe Wright picked the perfect time for a nearly 1-second PR to finish 3rd in this tight race. Jenny Barringer took the drama out of the women's steeple as she dominated and Anna Willard was content to just make the World Championships team after she made it in the 1,500 the day before. Collegian Bridget Franek finished third to put a ticket to Berlin on the agenda.
Elsewhere In The World Of Track & Field
*Mo Farah To Return From Pyrenees With Hopes Of Breaking Moorcroft's 13:00 5k Record Farah has been super dedicated this year to his training, traveling to Kenya over the winter and now to the Pyrenees to Paula Radcliffe's camp and his performances have soared.
*Arkansas Razorback Wins Jamaican Long Jump Trials With A-Standard 8.21 Big performance for Alain Bailey
*5k Man Yuichiro Ueno Steals 1500m At Japanese Champs Recaps and video from Brett Larner of all of the action. Japan has pretty good sprinters and distance runners but their milers stunk it up this weekend. *IAAF Recap Of Japanese National Track Championships
*Rocking 'N' Rolling In Seattle Marathon And Half Marathon Peter Gilmore nabs second in 2:18 while Berhane Adere ran a 1:11 half.
*Kenyan Marathon Teams Announced For World Champs Martin Lel relegated to backup on the men's side. Catherine Ndereba, too.
*Nike Inks 4-Year Deal With USATF That Will Expand If Chicago Wins 2016 Olympic Bid The deal with the global running apparel and footwear leader is a rather humble $2.5 million a year.
*Opinionated Cram And Van Commenee Clash Over Former's Criticisms We're not surprised by this.
400: LaShawn Merritt, Sanya Richards Dominate 400 Meters
Jumps/Throws: Big Marks From Dwight Phillips, Kara Patterson Highlight Day 3
Jrs: Chalonda Goodman Gets Sprint Double And Anastasia Jelmini Gets Throws Double At US Junior Champs
Recommended Reads: Walter Dix's Contract Dispute With His Agent Has Taken Its Toll On His Running In 2009
*Galen Rupp Understands The Glare German Fernandez Is Under - Alberto Salazar Says Ritz Is One Guy He Always Wanted To Take On
*Oregon Recruit Jordan Hasay Is Growing Up Fast
It's Official: Nicole Bush Broke Her Foot On Water Jump That Was Too High
LRC Schumacher's Boys Go 1-2-3 In Men's 5k 20-Year-Old Evan Jager makes World Champs team (well, not officially), German Fernandez gets American junior
Matt Tegenkamp got the win over training partner Chris Solinsky as they both blasted 53-second final 400s, while 20-year-old training mate Jager finished 3rd.
Alberto Salazar To Coach Dathan Ritzenhein It's been a great week so far for Alberto's athletes.
*Eugene Register Guard Editorial: As he was as a runner, Salazar is leading the pack as a coach.
LRC 800 Semi/Steeple Recaps The favorites made it to the finals. In the women's steeple the water barrier was set at the men's height instead of the women's.
Decathlon: Senior: Trey Hardee Pulls Away To Win Decathlon
Junior: Curtis Beach Wins Decathlon, Completes Triple Crown Of American Junior Records With World JR Record In Dec. 1,500
Thursday USATF Women's 10k
LRC Amy Begley Shocks Shalane Flanagan It came down to a thrilling last lap and in the end, it was not the Olympic bronze medallist who came out in top with a Hayward Field record, but the
Alberto Salazar-coached Begley.
100m: *Tyson Gay Runs 9.75 Wind-Aided
Look Out Bolt: Tyson Gay "Disgusted" With His 9.75 100m
Discus: Stephanie Brown Trafton Wins Her First National Title In Discus, Will Have Corn Dog To Celebrate The Olympic champ had never won USAs before.
Decathlon: Olympic Decathlon Champ Bryan Clay Pulls Out Of Decathlon
*Ashton Eaton On Trey Hardee's Heels In Decathlon (4 Points Back After Day 1)
Triple: Brandon Roulhac Wins
3 Interesting Articles From Philip Hersh the Only Full-Time Newspaper Journalist From Outside of Oregon at USATFs
- Evan Jager and Angela Bizzarri Set Sights on World Championships They're both in a similar boat, "I have no clue about all this"
- Lopez Lomong Making a Name for Himself on the Track
- After 2007 Nationals Mike Rodgers Was Going to Quit the Sport, but Coach Who Tried to Recruit Him in College Convinced Him to Keep Training Now he's the 100m USATF champ. In 2007, he was getting a turkey leg and going to quit the sport but he bumped into coach Darryl Woodson at the food stand. Good story.
LRC Coverage at USATFs in Review:
Women Hazel Clark Gets National Title #5 As Maggie Vessey Leaves It Too Late, Barringer Cruises, Willard Makes 2nd World Champs Team
Men: Lomong Gets First, Symmonds Gets Another, Webb A No Show
Women Rowbury Back Atop The US 1,500 Ranks
Men: Josh McAdams Gets His 2nd USATF Steeple Crown
Women: Kara Goucher Gets 5,000 Crown
Men: Schumacher's Boys Go 1-2-3 In Men's 5k
Women: Amy Begley Shocks Shalane Flanagan
Men: Galen Rupp Wins USATF 10k Title
Samuel Kitwara, Who Beat Geb In Half Marathon, Wins 10k At Kenyan Trials
*World XC Silver Medallist Linet Masai, Who Beat Dibaba In NY, Wins Kenyan 10k Nationals
*Paul Tergat Delayed Flight To Watch Women's 10k At Kenyan Trials