Quote Of The Day

"In running, in track, you often get hung up on the results. It just becomes result-driven. You train really hard. Every little thing is so scripted. With Andrew, he is a free spirit. He's been a breath of fresh air for me. I've really enjoyed him. He's re-energized my excitement about the sport of track and field."

- Oregon coach Vin Lananna talking about Andrew Wheating, who will race the 1,500/800 double on his home track at NCAAs. There's a good story in this article about Wheating running 4:05 on the B or C DMR when nobody knew who he was and Lananna didn't bother to even get a watch on him.

Today's All About Running History

*Recommended Read: Former UW Roommates Broke Pole Vault And Long Jump World Records 47 Years Ago The long jump record (ridiculous 8.33m) is still a point of contention as there was no wind gauge, while the pole vault record breaker suffered a massive trampoline injury soon after his WR.

*World War II Bombardier And US 5,000m Olympian Lou Zamperini To Be Subject Of New Laura Hillenbrand Novel Nicholas Cage is slated to play Zamperini in a film based on the Seabiscuit novelist's 7-year research project.

John Meyer: Boulder Group Helps End "Shamateurism"
*Trust In Boulder - How Frank Shorter And Co. Helped End Age Of "Shamateurism"
*How Distance Runners Helped Professionals From All Sports Compete In Olympic Games
*Herb Lindsay Talks About Getting Paid Under The Table In Early '80s Things were a lot different for the top runners 30 years ago. Then again, $1,000 went a lot farther in 1980 than it does today.

RIP - Deaths In The Sport

*Bill Bowerman's Widow Barbara Bowerman Dies At 96
*IAAF Honorary Life Vice President Hanji Aoki Passes Away
*35th Anniversary - Death Of Prefontaine Still Felt By US Track

Laura Roesler Ends Prep Career With Record 20 State Titles And Now She's Off To ... Oregon This probably should have been our quote of the day: "On Friday in the 100 preliminaries, Milbrath became the first North Dakota competitor to beat Roesler in any event since Roesler was in seventh grade." Yes, that's right, Roesler failed in her bid to win 5 state titles for 4 straight years, as she was finally beaten in the 100, where she said she is "vulnerable" - but mega props to her for her amazing run.

News From Britain

Big Injury, Verzbicas 3:56, Bolder Boulder, UK 10k Record ...

LRC Photos - Lukas Verzbicas 3:56 Road Mile The winner ran 3:53 but the debate is on - how much did the 400m of downhill improve the time?
*Results, Discussion *Local Recap

Usain Bolt Out Of adidas NYC With Achilles Stiffness Track's Sprint King apologizes to the fans but Dr. recommends 2-3 weeks off to prevent further damage.

Race Video Of The Week - Gregson Races King Of The Hill Sprint In Australia

Bolder Boulder: Ethiopian Teams Sweep, Team Colorado Beats Team USA The Ethiopian men had a perfect score of 6 and the women took 2 of the top 3 places.
*Results Colorado men Vaughn, Braun and Carney of Team Colorado took it to Team USA and Team Kenya.
*Race Video Guy fully decked out as Moses sprints out to the lead.

New UK 10k Road Record as Mo Farah Beats Olympic Bronze Medallist Micah Kogo A big road win for Mo Farah as he beat recent UK 10k track record holder Chris Thompson as well. Farah will go on the track and try and get the UK 10k track record next week. Mary Keitany won the women's race easily in just over 31 minutes.

More New York City Running News

Get Under The Big Tent - Mary Wittenberg Writes Unofficial USA Running CEO Mary Wittenberg wants to see more events working together to promote the sport in a fan-friendly format.

*Haile Gebrselassie Coming To NYC For Wednesday's National Running Day Somehow we hope the unverified report of Geb running Berlin this year is wrong. Him being in NY can't be a bad thing.

*Shalane Flanagan To Announce Fall Marathon While In New York As the folks at Track Focus point out, it's pretty unlikely the choice will be Berlin or Chicago though ING NYC has not been confirmed.

Comrades Marathon *Top 10 Results *Full Recap

Comrades Excitement: Muzhingi Repeats, Cox Struggles Get the full story of the 2010 Comrades, including the suicidal opening pace, Muzhingi's patient, tough comeback, 1-2 domination by the Nurgalieva twins and even a little video of the finish and post-race comments.
*Boards: Cox 6:51:29
Josh Cox
apparently struggled with stomach issues and crossed the line 20 minutes behind US woman Kami Semick, who was 4th in the women's race.
*More Boards: Josh Cox (the human hype machine) gets destroyed
*Profile: Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, Reigning Comrades Champion

Hengelo Meet - Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Defar - 14:38

Oregon Elite Scene

*OTC Elite Help Out At Oregon's HS State Meet - Run Elite 1,500 Nick Symmonds was the surprise, finishing only 7th in 3:45. Shalane Flanagan was 2nd in the women's 1,500 as the pros mixed in with the HS kids in Eugene.

A Gift On National Running Day

Haile Gebrselassie To Make US Marathon Debut At ING New York City Marathon In 2010 The world record holder in the marathon will be taking to the streets on New York this October. We can't tell you how excited we are to see Haile actually race instead of time trial. The great Haile G made the announcement today at Icahn stadium in New York. *Message Board Thread Here

*Photos Brett Larner In NYC To See Haile G And Arata Fujiwara Run With Kids On National Running Day

Lananna Says Wheating's Free Spirit Has Re-Energized His Passion For Track And Field With NCAA Day 1 only 6 days away, the Ducks are looking like slight underdogs on the men's and women's side, but they could win with a big boost from what will surely be a raucous home crowd at Hayward Field.

Cartoon - Wejo Impresses Danica Patrick Racing in the LetsRun singlet, Wejo impresses most ladies, even 37-minute 10k 8kers like Danica Patrick.

Getting Ready For Friday's Diamond League Meet In Oslo *Tentative Entries

Random Links

Photo Galleries And Banter *D1 West Regionals *Ottawa
Results: East Results --- West Results

West Regional Photo Galleries Courtesy Of LetsRun Reader Bert Richardson From Texas

If you were gone over the weekend, there weren't a ton of major surprises at regionals on the track, as (for the first time ever) everyone except multi-eventers had to qualify directly for NCAAs. Andrew Wheating did run a 3:37.52 PR and a 1:46.44 seasonal best, but some are wondering if Robby Andrews (who ran a 1:46.87 PR) will outkick him in the 800.

Heat And Spills
*M/W 5,000
*M/W 1,500
*Sprints And Relays

College Talk On The Message Boards:
*Bucknam has excuses for being a s..t coach.... 3 highly seeded Razorbacks DNFed in the 10,000, but they werent the only program to struggle, as NCAA XC champs OK State only advanced 1 distance runner to NCAAs.
*Texas A&M coach RIPS NCAA regional system
*43.94 Split in the 4x4 at NCAA East Region

East Results --- West Results

Arata Fujiwara's Drive For Beer Propels Him To 2:09 Victory
LRC Ottawa Marathon And 10k Photos *LRC New 2010 Photo Gallery

Renegade Fujiwara Runs 2:09:33 Course Record In Ottawa Brett Larner, Japan Running News

Fujiwara: "When I drove the course earlier, I saw cafes and pubs and thought it would be nice to go in. Now that I've won, I'll have a few drinks." Ottawa Citizen

LRC Exclusive The 24/8 NCAA Qualifying Plan Explained - Day 4: Women's Field Events
This year in outdoor track, we have the Pure Regional system. Last year was regionals plus time qualifiers. The NCAA plan for next year may likely be a totally different version. As a way of looking ahead, we took the time to find out exactly who would make NCAAs this year if the proposed "Wilson Plan" or "24/8 Plan" was already in place.
Day 4: Women's Field Events
Day 3: Women's Running Events
Day 2:
Men's Field Events
Day 1: Introduction/Men's Running Events

Steamy NCAA D1 Regionals Conclude
East Results --- West Results

IAAF Notices: Strong Sprint Times Highlight NCAA Regionals We were blown away by the number of top sprint times. In terms of distance, a lot happened but the big highlight was Andrew Wheating dominating in 1:46, 3:37.

*Lananna Uses Puskedra To Rabbit McNamara To NCAAs Maybe regionals aren't all that bad.
*DEAR VIN LANANNA: Here are the reasons to have regionals