Quote Of The Day

"I'll be sitting around the house thinking everybody is running alone,'' says Solinsky. "Then I'll find out they all ran together, but just didn't call me.''

- Chris Solinsky from a Recommended Read Sports Illustrated article by Tim Layden. Solinsky sometimes gets the cold shoulder on the easy run days because he runs too fast for Simon Bairu and company. Solinsky won't be running USAs but you can check out our Day 1 preview including the 10k finals.  

LetsRun.com Previews 2010 USAs Day 1 Iowa favorite and now-pro Lisa Koll will challenge underrated Amy Begley in Thursday's 10,000m final while Galen Rupp should get an easy win against and overmatched men's field. The 1500's and women's 800 will also get under way. See our previews and predictions for the mid-d events as they should be the best of the weekend in Des Moines.

Recommended Read: Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated Profiles Heavyweight Inspiration Chris Solinsky Schumacher calls Solinsky's recent 5000 "the dumbest 12:56 in history", Bairu says Solinsky could have gone 26:40 at Stanford, and everyone chimes in on how Solinsky is the biggest and most durable distance runner they've ever seen.

Boards are loving it: Alberto Compares Solinsky's Intensity To Lance Armstrong's

Interesting: Only 16 Men Faster Than Solinsky Over 5 And 10,000m Doug Binder and our friends at TrackFocus.com in Eugene looked at all-time 5,000/10,000m PRs and found only 16 guys who ran faster than Chris Solinsky's 26:59 and 12:56 in their careers (and at least one of them got banned for drugs).

Chicago Marathon Announces Davila, Lewy-Boulet, DeReuck as Top Americans Back in April, Chicago 1-upped New York on the men's side with Ryan Hall, but NY returned the favor as Shalane Flanagan trumps the Chicago women.

LRC The Week That Was Last week was a light one in terms of new action, so we take a look back at NCAAs, talk about the Great White Hope at 100 meters, praise some high school 800 phenoms, including one bound for 'Nova, before dissing high school running in general, talk about "mechanical doping" and then offer a $50,000 challenge to Anna Pierce.
 June 10, 2010 - Rome, Italy
- epa02195616 Jamaica's Asafa Powell (C), France's Christophe Lemaitre (L) and Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (R) compete in the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Italy, 10 June 2010. Powell won the race.

Random News

iResults - New App Lets You Get Your iTime Instantaneously From Finish Line Volunteers Or iFamily iResults: They wait 30 minutes for you to finish the 5k ... you get your results immediately.

Bolt's Backwards 100? Wild Irishman elephant polo world champ Colin Carroll is trying to pull off the first edition of the Paddy Games and got in the news by saying he's talked to Usain Bolt about setting a Retro 100m WR.

Not Cheesy At All: Bret Michaels Headlines Entertainment At Rock 'n' Roll Vegas 'Thon

Anna Pierce Has Big Goals For 2010: Sub-3:57 And Sub-1:56 Her days as a steepler may be over for the most part, as she's finding "my speed is getting better the more I train my strength side, which is weird."

Sprint News

The 50th Anniversary Of The Mt. Washington Road Race

Shadrack Kosgei Wins 3rd Steamboat Classic 4-Miler (17:36)

Absolute Must Read: Tyson Gay Tired Of Being In Usain Bolt's Shadow The Independent sent a writer from the UK to Florida to do a feature on Gay and it's a must-read in our minds. Learn what Gay has to say about Bolt, fatherhood and visiting his coach in jail. Plus coach Lance Brauman is unapologetic about what sent him to prison as he helped 30 Olympic athletes in the process.
*Usain Bolt Reaffirms That He's Not Running Commonwealth Games

Grandma's Marathon/Half *Searchable Results

22-Year-Old Ethiopian Wins Women's Marathon In 2:31 As 3-Time Champ In American Mary Akor Struggles To 4th Akor collapsed at the finish line. Next Up For Akor? Surgery On Friday To Remove Tumors
Philemon Kemboi Win Men's Marathon Kemboi, who has a 2:10:58 PR, picked up $10,900 in his US debut for running a time that is slower than Paula Radcliffe's world record for women as he won in 2:15:44. The race was run into a headwind or crosswind throughout.
Kenyans Sweep Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon The race served as a comeback for Fernando Cabada, who talked big before the race before finishing fifth in 1:05:55. The course record is 1:04:19 and the winning time was 1:04:24.

2008 World Jr. 10k Champ Josephat Bett Wins Race In Kenya
The article makes a big deal of how he's moving up to the senior ranks. We don't think a 12:57 guy will have too many problems.


NCAA Keeps Super Regionals For Next 2 Years Texas A&M coach Pat Henry and Oregon coach Vin Lananna probably aren't happy. But all it means to them is a week where one of their top people could screw up and not make nationals.
Discuss: NCAA Keeps Outdoor T&F Post-Season Format From 2010 For The 2011 Season

We Guess We're More Powerful Than Henry And Lananna Combined: LRC Editorial: The Case For (Pure) Regionals
We've got some research on what would happen under various scenarios.

Jun 12, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; A.J. Acosta, Matthew Centrowitz and
Andrew Wheating of Oregon pose after sweeping the top three places in the 1,500m in the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Wheating won in 3:47.94, followed by Acosta in 3:48.01 and Centrowitz in 3:48.08 to become the first runner from the school to take the top three places in the 1,500m. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom Vin Lananna - "I think we moved the needle last week." We agree. The meet and interest in Eugene/Oregon were incredible.
*Reader Photo: Wheating After His 800 Win Most intense moment of the meet.

Utah Addition Makes It A 12-PAC Article points out: no men's track for Utah.

NCAA Indoor/Outdoor Mile/1,500 Champ Charlotte Browning Pays Tribute To Kelly Holmes And "On Camp" Scheme Says Holmes' program stuck by her through tough times. Suggests UK needs to be more loyal to athletes in general.

Good Reads For HS, College Kids Looking For Perspective

Upcoming - No Big Meets This Weekend!!! (First Time Since New Year's)

Post-NCAA News

USAs Start Thursday *Webcast/TV Schedule *Prediction Contest Coming Soon ...

LRC 2010 $2,010 USATF Prediction Contest You've got until 5:45 Eastern on Thursday to get in your picks. Eternal bragging rights on the line for the winners. We will give $2,010 for a perfect ballot for sure.

Coverage Starts Friday 8pm Thursday's 10k finals will be online live along with any other non-televised event.
*Updated Entries Some of your contest picks may scratch an event late, so check in here if you want to be sure.
*Drake & Des Moines Excited To Host USAs
*Officials Expect Many Drake Stadium Records To Fall

Profiles Of People Running USAs

Jun 12, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Andrew Wheating (right) and A.J. Acosta of
Oregon (center) finished first and second in the 1,500 in 3:47.94 and 3:48.01 as part of a Ducks sweep of the first three places in the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Photo via Newscom Great Read: Talented Acosta Rights The Ship And Reaps Benefits AJ Nation was probably having a bit too much fun early on in his college years but has gotten himself out of Vin Lananna's dog house with his new dedication (and he basically won his team a PAC-10 title this year). He's still got another year of eligibility and will run the 1,500 at USAs.

Lisa Koll Signs With Peter Stubbs Management (PSM) As Agent All of Stubbs' athletes including Ritz, the Gouchers and Shannon Rowbury can be found here.

Robby Andrews' Parents, Coaches Trying To Take Things Slow Andrews will be running the Jr. 800 at USAs. Dad says listening to his wife and not taking Robby to USA Jr. Olympics events was the best advice he's ever gotten.

Lomong Determined To Help His Homeland He hasn't been running too well in 2010. He'll be in the 1,500 field, which is one of the best events at the championships.

Who's NOT Running? Solinsky, Ritz, Jeter, Gay, Crawford ...

Bizarre & Inspirational At The Same Time
Marathon Great Rob de Castella Believes Africans Can Be Beaten - By Indigenous Australians
He's forming a team and taking them to the NY marathon. He's found one prospect whom the police have to drive 5km from town so he can train without being attacked by wild dogs.

Random Links Of The Day

European Team Champs *Results *Final Team Standings

Weekend Action:
HS New Balance Nationals *Results *Stream

Day After Spliting 1:47.15, Chris FitzSimons Runs 4:05.7 To Lead Team To DMR Victory/HS Girls DMR Record Is Lowered To 11:31.26 FitzSimons will be going to Nova next year.
Not Making This Up: HS Soph GIRL Splits 2:00.59 For 800 In Sprint Med
HS Soph BOY Splits 1:47.99
On The Boards:
Ajee Wilson, sophomore from NJ, splits 2:00 on a relay leg. Could we see Kim Gallagher's legendary record go down soon?
She is quite the talent, as we know from this thread: High School Sophmore Girl runs 2:04.94 800m and 4:43 1600m

Rosa Brothers Go 1-2 As Joe Rosa's 8:44 Crushes Fast-Starting Lukas Verzbicas In 2-Mile

5k Results (HS nationals in N.C.) Matt Mizereck (14:37) and Katherine Walker win 5,000s.

HS Forum

British Newspaper Says Tyson Gay Says False Start Rule Could Ruin Sprints The problem is Gay never said that. He is against the rule, however.

Elites: This Artwork May Help You Get Funded

USATF Auctioning Artwork Honoring Legends - Prints Going For $2,500 Eccentric javelin thrower Roald Bradstock made this piece being sold on ebay Friday at 1:30 Eastern. Can you identify every runner from this enlarged picture?

Must Read For Coaches: Stephanie Hightower, USATF, Responds To Coaching Registry Criticism

NCAA Awards - Oregon, Distance Runners Dominate

Jun 11, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Lisa Koll of Iowa State won the women's 5,000m
in 15:23.80
in the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom Coaches Name Lisa Koll NCAA Track Athlete Of The Year Koll set an NCAA 10k record and destroyed the fields at NCAAs. But what about this record setter?

Queen Harrison USATF Athlete Of The Week - Beaten By Koll In USTFCCCA Voting Hokie Queen Harrison became first woman to win both hurdles events at NCAAs.

Eaton And Whiting Named Co-Field Male Athletes Of The Year Can't argue with these 2 studs sharing the award.
*Wheating Named USTFCCCA D-1 Track AOY, Ducks Top Team

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.

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

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