Quote Of The Day

"Our history with debuts is strong. It's a good place for significant athletes. They can throw the pressure of time out the window and just race. Shalane is a racer."

- ING New York City Marathon director Mary Wittenberg talking in a Boston Globe article on how Shalane Flanagan will as expected make her marathon debut in New York this fall. For her part, Flanagan says, "I would love to win another Olympic medal, but more than anything, I would love to win a major marathon."

Post-NCAA News

Tyson Gay In The News

LRC The Week That Was We travel the globe from Rome to New York to Eugene tell you how Oregon could have won, how Florida may have really won (if it wasn't for a blown call), but how Texas A&M really did win. Along the way, we talk about those that struggled last week and shined, including Nancy Langat, Jeff Demps, Pat Henry, Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating, Lisa Koll and of course Oklahoma State cross-country. Plus we talk about Bernard Lagat's future at 10k and more.

Brit Chris Thompson Is Pumped And Dreaming Big After His 27:29 Healthy for the first time in a long time and reinvigorated by OTC coach Mark Rowland, Thompson is doing well.

At Age 39, Allen Johnson Is Still Hungry His goal is to break 13.20, which undoubtedly will be an age group record.

Brit Iwan Thomas Expects Martyn Rooney To Break His British 400m Record Of 44.36 This Year Rooney is confident after he broke 45 for the 1st time this year last weekend.

Bryan Clay Pulls Out Of Decathlon In Czech After Injuring Self In 100m

NCAA Team Title Decided By Tiny Margin (Or Should It Have Been A Tie?)
Final Results

Boards: NCAA Shot Put mismeasured? Should Florida have won?

Florida's Mesic: "I'm third, but they put me at fourth. They did a mistake, the officials. I cannot believe it, that that happened at nationals."

*Did Shot Put Mismeasurement Cost Florida Share Of NCAA Men's Title? Register Guard
*More Debate:
Was Oregon's Gergel Robbed In The Pole Vault? trackandfieldnews.com

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 800/1,500 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.

More: An Actual Track Meet That Wasn't 90% Boring ...
*Record-Setting Oregon Crowd Wows Athletes The crowd was packed and into it all weekend.
*Queen Harrison First Woman To Win Both Hurdle Events At NCAAs Whiting, Wheating, Koll and Okagbare were the other double individual winners.
*More Quotes From Ron Bellamy's Article On Meet-Defining 1,500m Final It did look like AJ could have won it but who wouldn't start celebrating if they knew their team was going 1-3 at NCAAs?


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 until 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).

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.

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.

LRC Exclusive: An Inside Look At The After Effects Of The Rome Golden Gala Fiasco At 400 Meters With their focus on NCAAs, many Americans missed out on one of the more bizarre episodes in track and field history as four runners were nearly wiped off the track by the overheard television camera on the giant arm, which mistakenly swept onto the track in the middle of the men's 400.

Women's Marathon News

Britain's European Hopes Lessened With Pullout Of Meadows, Ohuruogu

Kenya's Sprinters And Field Event People Getting The Short End Of The Stick

Tyson Gay And Usain Bolt Both In The News

To The Victor Go The Spoils

LRC $20,010 Prediction Contest Recap A former 800m runner for Frank Gagliano's Georgetown Hoyas came out on top of our NCAA prediction contest. The top 5 were filled out by a genius, a current D1 runner, an ex CU buff, and a high schooler formerly coached by American record holder for 800m Johnny Gray.

USATF Coaching Registry Labeled "Blackmail"

Track And Field News Editorial On New USATF Coaching Registration Says Many Top Coaches Uttering "Blackmail" trackandfieldnews.com

In order to get a coaching pass for the USATF meet this year, any US track coach now has to go through the coaching credential process which involves a 5-fold background check and signing a code of conduct. The USTFCCCA has issued a statement saying they neither support nor helped develop the program, while longtime USA Coaches Education leaders resigned this year as the USATF developed this program.
*USATF Announces "Groundbreaking" Registry

Odds And Ends

More Weekend Results

Diamond League Comes To The Big Apple *Diamond Photos

LRC adidas Grand Prix Recap *LRC Photos

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

Girls Day Out - Wittenberg Hosts NYC Mini 10k
*Mini 10k Photos

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

Golden Gala Roma In The Books *Results *Recap *Photos

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia (R) dances with Chaunte Howard-Lowe of the U.S. after winning the women's high jump event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome June 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)Golden 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 won the 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.

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.

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.

In Case You Missed It
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.

AJ Says He Didn't Let Wheating Have It (Some Disagree)

Kaki's 1:43.48 In Turin

Men's 1,500 Final - Oregon Thrills Fans With Sweep

May 27, 2010 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - epa02175977 Jamaican Asafa Powell
celebrates after winning the men's 100 metres race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 27 May 2010. Asafa Powell Leaving Nike Nike reportedly cut the less-marketable Asafa Powell's annual guarantee from $750k down to $300k and word is Li Ning of China is stepping in to add the currently on-form Jamaican to their Thorkildsen and Isinbayeva stable of track stars. Hard to believe, but Nike now won't represent any of the top 3 men's sprinters in the world.
*IAAF Chat: Powell Says Big Times And Big News Are Coming

David Rudisha's 1:42.04 Discussion Here