NCAA Team Title Decided By Tiny Margin
LRC NCAA Final Day - Oregon 1, 2, 3 In 1,500; A&M Squeaks Out Sweep
Andrew Wheating became the first male in over 25 years to win the 1,500/800 double, Texas A&M got their 2nd-straight team double, David McNeill showed again he has a better kick than Sam Chelanga and a record number of fans saw the 2010 NCAA championships in Eugene. Plus, AJ Nation came up with a ridiculous kick to put the icing on the cake for Oregon's milers and Calvin Smith almost set a world record trying to win the title for the Gators in the 4 x 4.
LRC Day 3 Recap - Wheating!!!
*LRC Photos Days 1 & 2
Saying he'd never been more nervous for a race, Andrew Wheating delivered the goods in the biggest race of the 2010 NCAA championships by winning the 800m final by over 1 second in 1:45.69. Lisa Koll also came through with a big win as she did what even Sally Kipyego couldn't and won the 10k/5k double, causing NCAA XC champ Angela Bizzarri to sit down on the infield with 1,400m to go. Other winners included Phoebe Wright, Jeff Demps in a sub-10, Ashton Eaton barely missing the NCAA decathlon record and Matt Hughes in the steeple.
*Boards: Robby Andrews ran a horrible final We love that 1 guy stayed up til 2am in England to watch this race. Andrews told us afterwards that he just didn't have it (which is what it looked like, as he would have been crazy to stay in last place with 200m to go while Wheating was 1 second ahead of him).
*Video: Our View Of The Finish From The Stands
NCAA Day 2 Recap - Chelanga Wins Big, 1,500 Finals Set Sam Chelanga didn't wait as long as Lisa Koll to make his move, surging to the front after 2k and obliterating the competition for his first NCAA track title. The big surprise was tall sophomore Luke
Puskedra surging with Chelanga in an attempt to help his team get some badly-needed points. The strategy didn't work but it was the only gutsy move of the race as the other guys played it conservative. Check out our 1,500m semifinal recaps and the interesting tidbits from Day 2. 800 final tomorrow!
LRC Andrews 1:45.54! - 800m Semifinal Recap In one of the first races of the day, Robby Andrews won a super-fast first 800m heat (5th was a non-qualifying 1:46.19) in US junior #3 1:45.54.
LRC Day 1 Distance Recap - Koll Dominates 10k After the race, it was hard to tell if Koll had just completed an easy tempo workout or an NCAA 10k final. Next up for the NCAA 10k record holder
and 2-time champ is a showdown with Illinois' Angela Bizzarri in Friday's 5,000m. Koll's teammate Betsy Saina was 2nd while Nicole Blood responded to the home crowd
to get 3rd.
LRC Wheating, Eaton And Track Town Buzzing For NCAAs The press conference proved mildly interesting as Wheating says he'd be "thrilled" to get a shot at Robby Andrews and Oregon/A&M coaches, irked over regionals, aglow over great fields set for Eugene.
*Andrews: "He who kicks last, wins ..."
*Ex-Duck Coach Martin Smith Doing Well At Oklahoma Smith was run out of Eugene but it's been a win-win for both the Sooners and Ducks.
Looks Like The Saga
Is Over ... Continues?
Caster Semenya Press Conference Cancelled at Last Second We had speculated she was coming back to competition as IAAF head Lamine Diack was going to attend. Now we have no idea what is up except that Diack is in S. Africa for the World Cup instead of in Rome for the Diamond League.
Tyson Gay Out Of Adidas NY Grand Prix Usain Bolt had already pulled out of the meet with an injury. We wonder how deep in the summer we'll have to go before Bolt, Gay, or Powell race one another.
adidas Grand Prix Start Lists The meet will be on live network television (NBC) in the US from 4-6pm Eastern on Saturday. The women's 1,500 and men's 800 are the top distance races for LRC fans.
LRC $20,010 NCAA Distance Prediction Contest Show us your track and field knowledge and have some fun watching the NCAA meet. Our contest is pretty easy. Pick from our color-coded scorer the top 3 in each distance race and the team battle at the 2010 NCAA Track Champs in Eugene. We give you the top 10 athletes, their school, and top time in 2010. The first event's picks need to be in by 7:30pm Eastern Wednesday.
LRC The Week That Was In Running This week we give props to Bernard Lagat for his new 5,000 AR and praise him for not putting it out of reach earlier in his career. Along the way, we also ponder if Dennis Mitchell is still a cheat and we give out props the arguably the most ignored American runner on the planet and ask you if you can tell us who has the Colorado school record at 5,000 meters. We also give props to World XC champ Emily Chebet, Haile Gebrselassie, Mary Wittenberg, Renato Canova and Nick Arciniaga. Plus our Race Video Of The Week and much more.
San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon *Top Results
Arciniaga Runs 2:11 For 3rd As 2001 5k World Champ Richard Limo Gets 1st Marathon Win
The men's field was Rockin 'n' Rollin in San Diego, especially in the first 10-15k, as they rolled out in 29:34 before a Moroccan threw down a 4:26 mile.
Yulia Gromova (2:27) won on the women's side for the 3rd straight year.
Flying Females At Freihofer's
World XC Champ Emily Chebet Sets Course Record 15:12 At Freihofer's Run For Women *Results State College's Rebecca Donaghue was the first American in solid 15:50 while the first three ran speedy 15:12, 15:20, 15:23.
- Mo Farah Runs GBR #3 All Time 27:28 At European Cup
- Joseph Lagat And Isabellah Andersson Win Stockholm Marathon
Not So Fantastic
Diamond League Comes To The Big Apple
LRC adidas Grand Prix Recap Lukas Verzbicas won the Jim Ryun mile in 4:04 while Bernard Lagat showed he's lost a little speed in the 1,500 (and Manzano ran 3:33). Christin Wurth-Thomas was the only runner in the hot women's 1,500 to go with the rabbits but got swallowed up by Nancy Langat and the field nonetheless. *Recap from Meet *adidas Results
Linet Masai Wins New York Mini 10k RRW Recap, Top Results, Flotrack/NYRR Video
World track champion Linet Masai won with a very fast 30:48 while World XC champ Emily Chebet was 25 seconds back.
*LRC Photos From The New York Mini 10k
Saturday An Epic Day Of Running
- 8:30am Eastern New York Mini 10k Live online (we hope you've seen the ads everywhere on the site). 1 World 10k Champ (Linet Masai), 1 Boston Champ (Teyba Erkesso), 3 World XC Champs (Emily Chebet, Lornah Kiplagat, Benita Willis), 1 World Marathon Majors Champ (Irina Mikitenko), 1 Werknesh Kidane (30:07 10k) plus pregnant Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher.
*RRW Preview: Lornah Kiplagat Poised For Comeback At NY Mini-10k Lornah Kiplagat ended up almost 1 minute back in 4th.
- 1pm-3pm Eastern NCAA Champs Live CBS.
- 4pm-6pm Eastern adidas Grand Prix Live NBC. *LRC Quick adidas Preview A stellar women's 1,500m among others on tap.
- Plus England-USA World Cup at 2:30 PM Eastern.
Gala Roma Recap There were 6 world leaders in Rome.
Lashinda Demus was probably the performer
of the meet with a 52.82
400m hurdles that's only half a second from the WR. Asafa Powell ran a world-leading 9.82 to win the 100m by a big distance. In the women's 800m, Halima Hachlaf, who had never broken 2 before, ran a world-leading 1:58.40, as Maggie Vessey ran a solid 2:00.73 but only finished 9th as 6 women, including two from GBR, ran under 2. The men's 5,000 was a crazy race that went out too fast and had a mad sprint finish which went to Imane Merga in 13:00.12. Augustine Choge
1,500 in 3:32. Milcah Chemos Cheywa put on a furious finish to win the women's steeple in a world leader. A great women's high jump and a Jeremy Wariner world leader.
Boards: Diamond League Live Thread
*Wariner Runs 44.73
*Why isn't Rupp in the Rome 5,000 today???
LRC NCAA Predictions Who Will Win NCAAs? We show you the LetsRun.com fan votes from our $20,010 Prediction Contest. Want to see how you're doing? Check scores here. 7 people are still in contention for the $20,010.
Friday NCAA Distance Finals (Live On CBS College Sports TV 8-10 Eastern):
Men's 800m Final - 8:40pm This race needs no intro.
Women's 800m Final - 8:50pm Phoebe Wright goes for sub-2:00.
Men's Steeple Final - 9:00pm Can Princeton's Cabral get Ivy League's 2nd win?
Women's 5,000m Final - 9:40pm Champion Bizzarri waits for dominant Koll.
LetsRun.com And TrackFocus.com Preview NCAAs
We're fortunate to be heading to Eugene to cover the NCAA championships starting Wednesday with Andrew Wheating and Robby Andrews in their 800m semifinal heats and Lisa Koll in the women's 10k. Can the Ducks rise to win team titles in front of big home crowds? We give you our individual predictions, tell you who's running each event, and introduce the big stories of this year's Hayward Field Championships.
Non-NCAA News: Bobby Curtis Runs 13:18 And No One Notices
Flagstaff Survivor Contestant Matt Smith Wins Christchurch Kiwi Marathon Go back to 2002 in the LRC archive to learn about Flagstaff Survivor.
Final Regional Analysis - We Show You The Hard Data And Argue For Pure Regionals
LRC Editorial: The Case For (Pure) Regionals By comparing regionals to the NCAA basketball tournament, we tell you why we think the Pure Regional system of qualifying for NCAAs is a winner and tell the BCS coaches to stop whining.
LRC Exclusive Unbiased Research Of Current And Proposed 24/8 Regional System: Men
LRC Exclusive Unbiased Research Of Current And Proposed 24/8 Regional System: Women
We have finished up hours and hours of research and analyzed how the first year of Pure Regionals worked out. We show you what percent of the top 10 and top 24 on the descending order list in each event (and event group) made it to the show in Eugene. We also conclude our analysis of the 24/8 Plan and show you which conferences would benefit from that proposed plan the most. See how many (if any) of the conference champions that might get in next year, got in this year.
Piece On Brandon Bethke And David McNeill - NCAA 5,000m Could Come Down To ASU, NAU Duo Add a guy named Chelanga to that mix.
Interview With Princeton's 5k/Steeple NCAA Qualifier Donn Cabral Cabral ate a good steak between last Saturday's steeple and 5,000 and qualified for both, plus ran 4:00 for the mile in practice.
Boards: Can Blood Or Bizarri Beat Koll At Eugene?
Lananna Says Wheating's Free Spirit Has Re-Energized His Passion For Track And Field
World Marks Set
Sam Chelanga Underappreciated Will he win the 10k/5k double? Chelanga ran 27:08 a few weeks ago although hardly anyone noticed. Hard to believe Galen Rupp, David McNeill and others have shut him out of NCAA track titles.
*Nicole Blood Feature In Register Guard Props: Blood moved beyond her high school superstar days to become a big team contributor over time for the Ducks.
The IAAF Is In Some Financial Trouble
IAAF Cutting Budget By $20 Million In 2012 Lamine Diack, the IAAF head who surprisingly announced a bid for re-election, says the IAAF is not in peril.
Good Read: Extensive Interview With Jack Fultz, Winner Of The 1976 Run For The Hoses Boston Marathon In 90+ Degree Heat Fultz is still very involved with the sport, including directing the Ivy League Ekiden trip every year that helped Wejo, Rojo and Employee #1 travel and race in Japan.
Cartoon - Wejo Impresses Danica Patrick Racing in the LetsRun singlet, Wejo impresses most ladies, even 37-minute
10k 8kers like Danica Patrick.
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.