An Absolute Must Read: Whatever Happened To Daniel Komen?
Komen had the arguably the greatest 2-year stretch in distance running history and his 7:20 3k record is still untouched. Was it as simple as that he came from the backwoods and made more than he ever imagined?
*1 Year Ago (Saturday May 14, 2010) - Eliud Kipchoge Ran 12:51.21 To Become Closest To Sub-12:50 Since 2007
Diamond League #2 Is Sunday In Shanghai
Shanghai Golden League Is Sunday:
Despite Poor 200 Last Week, Asafa Powell Talking Very Big Prior To 100m Debut In Shanghai Last year, he opened with wind-assisted times of 9.75 and 9.81 and his coach says he's in even better shape this year.
*Asafa Powell Hoping For PR At 100m In Shanghai
*Update On Sunday's Diamond League Start List In Shanghai Ben Bruce and Steve Slattery in the steeple, Heather Dorniden in the 800.
*Liu Xiang Undoubtedly Will Be #1 Star In Shanghai
*Long Jumpers, Including Dwight Phillips, Star At Shanghai Press Conference
After Ryan Hall Leads Early, David Torrence 3-Peats As Sara Hall Wins Women's Marathoner Ryan Hall went straight to lead for the first 400m but faded to a 4:17 DFL finish as David Torrence
put on a show over the final
300 meters and obliterated the field and won handily as he got to enjoy (see the photo on the left) his 3rd straight title. Ryan's wife,
Sara Hall, was patient early as Amy Mortimer got a big early lead, and her patience resulted in the women's title and $14,000 thanks to her 4:30.8, as Mortimer faded to 5th over the final few meters. MB: David Torrence Said He "Cemented Himself In History"
*Recommended Read: 3rd Placer & Former Minnesotra Star Gabriele Anderson Coming Back From 2nd Cancer Diagnosis In 1.5 Years We wish her the best in her medical battle.
This Weekend's College Action - Big-Time Conference Action *More Results Here
SEC Champs: *Championship Central *Free Video Streaming On ESPN3.com *Live Results
*SEC Day 2 Report: Arkansas Men, Georgia Women Lead
*SEC Day 2 Recap From Georgia: Host Lady Bulldogs Have Good Day 31:27 somehow scores in the men's 10k.
*Mississippi State Coach Al Schmidt Suffers Cardiac Arrest At SEC Champs - Doing Fine At Hospital
*Florida's Gray Horn Wins SEC Decathlon Title
*SEC Day 1 Recap: Henning Wins Hammer As Expected
*Florida Coach Very Pleased With Gators' Performance On Day 1
*Arkansas Women Have A Ton Of Studs But The Problem Is They Are Facing #1 LSU
*Tennesse Freshman Sprinter Dentarius Locke Hoping To Make Name For Himself At SEC Champs
*Arkansas Men Remember Last Year's Embarrassing 7th Place Finish Their star Ulrey was red-shirted so they could be a force this year. D-day has arrived.
*Florida Men Hoping To Repeat; Women Want 2nd Title In 3 Years On the men's side, Mike Holloway is expecing a 4-way battle between UF, Arkansas, Georgia and LSU.
*Georgia Is Pumped To Host For 1st Time Since 1999
*Texas A&M's Dan Waters Named Director Of T&F For Alabama *MB: *Dan Waters will be the next University of Alabama- Director of Track and Field *Who replaces Waters at Texas A&M??????????
PAC-10 Champs: *Championship Central/Live Results
*Day 1 Recap Of PAC-10s: Duck Man And Women Score Big In Steeple And Poised To Score Big In Rest Of Meet Finley won the men's steeple in 9:04.
*PAC-10 May Come Down To 5k And Oregon Is Ready With 8 Entrants On Men's Side & 6 On Women's
*Recommended Read: A Look At Arizona's Amazing Kenyans In Lawi Lalang & Stephen Sambu A monthly reminder - Kenyans are people too.
*Former UVA Runner Steve Finley Plays Prominently In Oregon's PAC-10 Title Hopes
*Ken Goe Scores It - Women: Oregon 126, Arizona 123. Men: UCLA 125, Arizona 122, Oregon 116, Stanford 107 *Register-Guard's Form Chart: Expect UCLA Men To Topple Oregon
*Women's Form Chart: Ducks Favored
*Oregon Men Will Have A Tough Time Trying To Win Their 5th Straight PAC-10 Title Vin Lananna: "... it will be a tough battle. It's not going to be about the first places, necessarily. It's going to be about the sevenths and the eighths."
*Matthew Centrowitz Looking For A Three-Peat In The PAC-10 1,500 But Says The Team Title Comes First "I don't know what second is at PAC-10s. It's a legacy that the guys before me left, and it's something I would like to continue."
*It Will Be A Close Meet For The Oregon Women, Who Want To Extend Their PAC-10 Winning Streak
*Running Event Preview *Field Event Preview
BIG 12 Champs: *Championship Central/Live Results
*Day 1 Recap The OU and Colorado men took all of the top 9 spots in the men's 10k as CU put 4 at 29:30 or better as the two-time defending xc champs Oklahoma State had zero scorers.
*Big 12 Team By Team Preview
*Texas A&M Women Want 5th Straight Title, Whereas The 2-Time Defending National Championship Men Want Their First Conference Crown Since 2001
*OU Excited To Host
Big 10 Champs: *Championship Central/Live Results
*Minnesota Men Lead After Day 1 *Indiana Women Lead
*Big 10 Men's Outdoor Preview *Host Iowa Men Considert Themselves To Be "Underdog Contenders"
*Big 10 Women's Outdoor Preview
Other College News:
*Brief Chat With 2010 NCAA Steeple Champ Matt Hughes, Who Will Be Looking To Defend His Title He talks about his plans to try to make the Canadian World Champs team and how he used to be a hockey player.
*USTFCCCA Rankings: In D-I, Teams Make Top Five Moves Prior To Final Week Of Regular Season
World Leaders Set in Men's Steeple, Women's 200 And Men's 110H As Daegu WChampionships Track Gets Test Run The meet had a lot of big names but a new name stole the show, as 19-year-old Hillary Yego won a 3-way sprint for the title, setting a new world leader of 8:12.08 in the steeple, with the top 3 all running 8:12. David Oliver now has won 18 in a row; Walter Dix ran 10.00; Duane Solomon
Slattery 8:43; Johnny Dutch beat Angelo Taylor and Bershawn Jackson. *AP Recap Of Daegu Meet
*Kaila McKnight Gets "A" Qualifier With New 4:05.65 PR In Daegu She's now #4 all-time in Australia thanks to her 3-second PR.
Week In Review
LRC The Week That Was This week we analyze the amazing 3,000 from Doha, which shows you in a weird way why Chris Solinsky might have a chance for a medal in the Olympics, talk about Asbel Kiprop moving up to the 5k, give props to Japanese marathoners and along the way talk about Julia Lucas, Sally Kipyego, Andrew Wheating and a conspiracy theory involving Nick Symmonds.
Why You Shouldn't Celebrate In A Close Race: HS 4 X 8 Loses By .0028 Of A Second The tech guy says he thinks she would have won if she hadn't held her hands up because that threw her shoulders back and it's all about when your torso crosses the line.
*Oslo Diamond League Meet: World Indoor Champ Ivan Ukhov Headlines A Very Competitive HJ Field also includes World outdoor champ Yaroslav Ryabakov and Olympic champ Andrey Silnov. All have jumped 2.38m or better, with Ukhov getting very close to the WR indoors.
*110 Hurdles WR Holder Dayron Robles Looking For Redemption In FBK-Games In Hengelo May 29th
*Jamaica NR Holder Maurice Smith Competing At NACAC Combined-Events Championships At The Usain Bolt Track May 27th-28th
The Biggest Doping News In Nearly 10 Years
- Greek Sprinters Costas Kenteris And Katerina Thanou Appealing Sentences
- Greek Sprint Pair Found Guilty Of Perjury As Judge Says, "The crash never happened." Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were found guilty of perjury for lying about a motorcyle accident so they could avoid a drug test at the 2004 Olympic Games.
- Simon Turnbull: At Last, Justice Catches Up With Greek Sprint Cheats After the verdict, Kenteris' lawyer said, "I am ashamed for my country." Considering the missed test in question was "the 3rd drug test the pair had missed in 17 days" and "on the day they left hospital police raided the premises of their coach and discovered 30 boxes of anabolic steroids and 1,400 boxes of supplements containing the banned stimulant ephedrine," we are ashamed for the lawyer.
- Reuters: Sprinters' verdicts offer Greece a chance to move on
- AP Recap Of Greek Trial *Reuters Recap
- Archive: Earlier In Trial, Drug Cheats Defied Court Order And Didn't Show Up At Court
News From Kenya
- Athletics Kenya Will Announce World Championships Marathon Team On Wed (May 12th)
- Interesting Fact: Matthew Kisorio, Peter Kimeli And Nicholas Kipchirchir Togom All Are Sons Of Kenya's 1st World Cross-Country Medallist The late Some Muge won World XC bronze in 1983 and his 3 sons now all run for Kenya, as Togom will run for Kenya in the African junior champs, which start Thursday and run through Sunday.
Lukas Verzbicas Will Do World Junior Triathlon In Beijing In September To Honor His Triathlon Friend Who Has Cancer It'll be interesting to see how that fits in with his freshman XC season at Oregon.
Non-Diamond League Weekend Track Action
- Jamaica International:
Three World Leads At Jamaica International Invitational Carmelita Jeter defended her title and set world lead in the 100 with 10.86, Kenia Sinclair set world lead in the 800 with 1:58.41 just ahead of Phoebe Wright, who ran 1:59.98. World/Olympic champ Melaine Walker won 400m hurdles in a world-leading 55.60. World champ Kerron Clement was upstaged in the 400m hurdles by Justin Gaymon, who won with 48.58 to Clement's 48.74. Nickel Ashmeade set a WL in the 200 in 19.96, beating Asafa Powell, who "limped home last in 21.40." *IAAF Recap
- Jamaica's 400 Hurdler Danny McFarlane Is Almost 39 Years Old, But Still Going Strong And Looking To Break Record For The Most World Champs Appearances He's currently tied the record at 9 and shooting for a 10th. Even though he has won multiple Olympic medals, he still isn't satisfied and aspires to a World Champs individual title.
- Usain Bolt's Training Partner, Yohan Blake, Runs Wind-Aided 9.80 To Win Jamaica International Invy 100m *MB: Blake 9.80 in 100 in Jamaica looking Bolt like
Diamond League #1 In Doha In The Books *Results *Photos *3k Highlights
Yenew Alamirew's 7:27 3k Highlights 10 World Leaders To Start Diamond League Season In Qatar The meet saw Allyson Felix continue her winning ways in the 400m,
Olympic 1,500m champ Asbel Kiprop get the win in the 800, Walter Dix burst back on the scene with an impressive 20.06 200m and
American Jesse Williams win the high jump with a gutsy performance. The highlight for distance fans, however, was the men's 3,000m, where the young
20-year-old Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew (who burst
on the scene last year out of nowhere, running 7:28 in Milan) opened up his 2011 outdoor campaign with a strong final 200m to pull away from former world champ Eliud Kipchoge to get the win in a fast 7:27.26 win and PR, as the first 6 men all set personal bests and 12 men ran under 7:35.
- Capital Sports Recap: 1,500 World Leader Nixon Chepseba Wins Over Fastest 1,500 Man From Last Year, Silas Kiplagat
- SA Record Holder LJ van Zyl (48.11) Leads Countryman Cornel Fredericks (48.43) To A 1-2 Finish In 400 Hurdles Former World Champ Bershawn Jackson was 3rd in 48.44.
- Bershawn Jackson Shrugs Off 3rd Place Finish In Doha 400 Hurdles
- European Athletics Recap Of Doha: Ukraine's Anna Mishchenko Takes 1,500m In 4:03.00
- Olympic Bronze Medallist Walter Dix Sets World Lead In 200m At 20.06 Dix after race: "Walter Dix is reloaded! ... I'm aiming high in Daegu and I can tell you that everyone is beatable."
- Daily Nation Recap Of Doha: Asbel Kiprop Wins 800 In 1:44.74
- Allyson Felix Has To Fight Until End To Defeat Amantle Montsho In Doha In 400
- Yenew Alamirew The Star In Doha
- OTC's Jesse Williams' Gutsy Performance Wins High Jump After Cyprus' Ioannou cleared on his 3rd attempt, Williams cleared as well to get the win.
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Post-Stanford 10,000 News
- A Brief (But Great) Chat With Bobby Curtis The top American at Stanford in the 10k talks about going after the 27:00 barrier and training under Marcus O'Sullivan but borrowing stuff from Nic Bideau, Terrence Mahon and Zap Fitness. He did zero doubles in college but now does them 6 days a week.
- After Pacing At Stanford, Chris Solinsky Looks Back On Record Run & Talks About How A Stitch Caused Him To Be Off Pace
- Sally Kipyego (& Many Kenyans) Are Experts At Recovery Wejo would agree, as he once lived with Patrick Kiptum and was amazed at how still he could be after a run.
- Proof That The Japanese Know How To Marathon Way Better Than The US: Stat Of The Day: 3 Japanese 2:09 Marathoners Ran 10ks Last Week & Two Set PRs And The Fastest Was A 28:24 At Stanford Additionally, the article talks about how their amateur 2:08 marathoner did a 3 x 5k race/workout last week all under 15:00 - 14:58, 14:48, 14:21.
LRC Another Great Stanford Meet Is In The Books The 2011 Payton Jordan meet did not disappoint, as 22 runners got under the Olympic A standard in the men's and women's 10,000, as the "star" Americans in
Matt Tegenkamp and Shalane Flanagan got beaten. In the men's 10k, the winner was 20-year-old Bedan Karoki,
whose breathtaking move with more than seven laps to go instantly ended the race, which was the first one in American history where three Americans broke 27:30 (led by Bobby Curtis). In the men's 1,500, German Fernandez's struggles continued in the B heat (is it officially time to panic?), while Lopez Lomong and Evan Jager returned to action in the A heat that was won by Ben Blankenship. In the ladies' 1,500, Jordan Hasay got a PR and collegiate leader
finished 5th. The
story of the steeple was that Mark Wetmore-coached athletes shined and got the Olympic A standards, as Emma Coburn impressed from the opening moment of the race while Billy Nelson waited until late to unleash an incredibly impressive kick. In the men's 5k, Elliott Heath's unreal kick wasn't quite enough to get him the win, as seven broke 13:30. Read all about as we recap the top action for you.
*HS Senior Ammar Moussa Runs 14:05 To Win Heat In Payton Jordan 5k
*Athletics Weekly Recap Of Stanford 10k: Brit Chris Thompson Runs Fastest UK Time In 13 Years With 27:27
*IAAF Recap Of Payton Jordan 10k
*Register Guard Recap Of Payton Jordan Meet
*MB: Teg, Nelson 27:28, 13 under 'A' standard!
*Bobby Curtis 27:24, you all saw that right?
*Jordan Hasay 4:10
Penn Relays *Penn Results *Official Site *Photos
Saturday At Penn (Reuters Recap) The carnival that is Penn is always crazy (and hard to recap). Saturday saw Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair run a 1:57.06 split to nearly set the world record in the sprint medley relay, Robby Andrews getting revenge for his loss to Casimir Loxsom at World Juniors by outkicking him to win the 4 x 800, Princeton gets its first Championship of America title in 71 years by winning the 4 x mile, a great pro DMR where Bernard Lagat (2:48.30) and Ryan Gregson (Aussie who turned 21 this week, in his first race back from a navicular stress fracture) had great first legs, and things came down to a 4-way battle on the anchor and Amine Laalou came from behind for the win, plus Allyson Felix winning 2 relays, Asafa Powell leading Jamaica, and even the return of Justin Gatlin. Individual coverage of these stories below:
- Robby Andrews Uses His Patented Kick To Win Penn 4 X 800 Over Casimir Loxsom *Video Of Final 200
More On Andrews: "As soon as he gets the stick, it's over."
- Princeton's Mark Amirault Roars By Arkansas' Duncan Phillips To Give Princeton Its First Championship Of America Title In 71 Years
- Message Board Thread On Pro DMR
- Allyson Felix Leads US To 2 Wins, Asafa Powell Leads Jamaican 4 X 100 Team To Win, Kenia Sinclair's 1:57.06 Split Nearly Gets Sprint Medley World Record
Meb Running New York 69 Days Before Olympic Trials
LRC: Meb Attempting New York / Olympic Trials Double Meb Keflezighi joined the live NYRR 2011 ING New York City Marathon "Opening Day" show from Columbus Circle to announce he was running this year's marathon, 69 days before the US Olympic Trials in Houston (in 2004, Meb did the Olympic and New York double 70 days apart). Meb will take on defending champ Gebre Gebremariam, while defending women's champ Edna Kiplagat will face Jen Rhines. Athletes Apolo Anton Ohno and Curtis Granderson were on hand for the marathon kickoff along with celebrities Al Roker and Ed Norton.
LRC John Kellogg Explains How He "Predicted" The Unpredictable - A Sub-2:03:59 In Boston LetsRun.com's coaching guru explains the rationale behind his non-prediction that is making waves around the globe. Years of timed out-and-back and straight-shot tempos with the wind in Waco, Texas (and other windy Texas venues) proved invaluable to his understanding the effects of the wind. JK took a stab at converting the Boston performances by Mutai and Hall to London and Berlin and even reveals what would happen if the Boston Mutai raced the London Mutai.
LRC Week In Review: 13 Thoughts About The 2011 Virgin London And Boston Marathons We try to give out some thoughts about a glorious two days of marathoning. From it not being a good two days for North American-based debutants or US Olympic women, to Ryan Hall never runs a bad marathon, to stats showing how the wind helped the mid-packers, to you couldn't find two more deserving winners than the Mutais. All of that plus we give out our top contenders for the 2012 Olympic medals and praise Caroline Kilel while talking about kissing Dave Bedford's ***
The Sport Loses A Legend *Grete Waitz's NYC Marathon Results
Grete Waitz Loses Battle With Cancer Waitz is best known for being a 9-time New York City Marathon champion, a class act, and a pioneer in the sport, but she also was a 4:00 1,500m runner and an 8:31 3,000m
runner. As a kid, watching her on ABC win
NYC every year was one of the site founders' earliest running memories. She will be missed. Thanks to Leo Kulinski for the photo. Another one here.
*Pay Your Respects In This Thread
Virgin London Marathon *Watch Full Race On Demand *Photos
LRC Emmanuel Mutai Runs The Best 10km Ever In A Marathon To Destroy The Field & Arrive As One Of The World's Best
A lead pack that was a who's who of marathoning went through 30km together, but soon the race would be nothing but a coronation for Emmanuel Mutai, who destroyed the field with a 28:44 4th 10k and ended up with a 2:04:40 course record. Almost as big of a story as Mutai's
incredible run was the fact that the 2nd placer ended up being one of the all-time greats - Martin Lel - who shocked even himself in his first marathon since Beijing 2008. American Jason Lehmkuhle was the only elite American finisher as the three rookie American marathoners went out too fast and blew up - none worse than Mo Trafeh, who ran with the lead pack for 15 km.
LRC Women's Marathoning Has A New Star Named Mary Keitany Keitany knocked nearly 10 minutes off her personal best and knocked Liliya Shobukhova off her pedestal as the best in the world, as Keitany ran the first sub-2:20 since 2008 and made mincemeat of "undoubtedly" of the strongest women's field in London history. All together, a record 22 women broke 2:30 - but that didn't include US Olympian Magdalena Lewy-Boulet.
April Fools News
Sad News: Sally Meyerhoff Killed In Cycling Accident The two-time All-American and US Olympic Trials qualifier as well former US champion at 25km was killed on Tuesday in a cycling accident at the young age of 27 while she trained for the Ironman World
Championship. *LRC MB: Sad News: Sally Meyerhoff Killed in Accident
*Abc15.com Article With Video On Meyerhoff's Death
*Ahwatukee.com Article On Meyerhoff's Death
*New York Road Runners Article
*More Sad News: Florida High School Track Athlete Sarah Landauer Dies After Collapsing At Practice
Say It Ain't So ... RIP Millrose?
Sad, Sad Day: It's Official - Millrose Games RIP ... "Millrose" To The Armory Next year, the great event formerly known as the Millrose Games will be held not at Madison Square Garden but at the Armory. They can call it what they want, but in our opinion, it's not the Millrose
Games. Wejo: "The Millrose Games at the Armory is not the Millrose Games. It's like having the New York City Marathon
in Long Island or Iowa for that matter."
*NY Daily News: Millrose On The Move To say Millrose is on the move would be like saying a horse race in May at a random track not named Churchill Downs was the Kentucky Derby. We don't get why they don't just say Millrose is gone - we're having another random meet at the Armory instead.
*AP Article: Millrose Games moving uptown to Armory We disagree. A random track meet will take place at the Armory.
Millrose Games Likely To Move To The Armory & USATF Will Stop Supporting It To Tune Of $1 Million The Armory Foundation owns Millrose and it looks like they will move the meet to ... the Armory. If that happens, USATF will stop propping it up financially and Millrose, except for maybe the name, will basically be dead. *MB: Famed Millrose Games May Leave MSG
Depressing Result: Olympic 800m Champ Pamela Jelimo Only Clocks 27.7 For 200m In Kenya Jelimo she's not ready for the 800 yet and the 27.7, which in the past might have been her opening 200 split in an 800, shows it. Jelimo may have been able to run faster, but the 200 was run at the wrong time so she wasn't totally ready.
This Weekend's Pro Action
- Saturday: Healthy Kidney 10k: 2011 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Race Preview
*A Brief Chat With 13:10/27:24 Man and Kimbia Slayer Ben St. Lawrence
*USA's Bobby Curtis Has Battled Insomnia To Chase His Dream He'll have his hands full on Sunday, as current 10k Road record holder Leonard Komon takes on former World Record holder Micah Kogo for the $25,000 1st prize. *Full Pro Field Here *NYRR Preview
More Saturday: US 25km Champs Are This Weekend: Andrew Carlson To Try To Defend Title Colleen De Reuck leads the women's field at age 47. *Watch Live On Saturday Morning At 8:20 AM EST.
*USATF Profiles One Of US 25km Leading Entrants - Nick Arciniaga
- Sunday: Meb Running 100th Zazzle Bay To Breakers This Weekend Congrats to Bay to Breakers for turning 100. We had thought of going to this race to see what the party and 100 years is about but didn't realize it was this weekend.
Powerade Great CityGames & Bupa Great Manchester Run Are Also This Weekend *Athletics Entries
- IAAF Preview Of Bupa Great Manchester Run: Haile G Will Win 4th Title
- Tyson Gay Says Injuries Are What Has Been Keeping Him From Beating Usain Bolt: "I am my own biggest rival." More: "Deep down, do I feel if I'm 100% I can beat Usain Bolt? Yeah, I do. But I haven't ever been fully fit yet [since Bolt's first world record in 2008]. Not since 2006 I haven't had one year when I've been totally fit."
- Gay Struggling With Injuries Prior To Run And Calls Sunday a "Faith" Run A hip abductor injury has limited America's best to just a few days of training over the last 4 weeks and as a result he says, "I don't have expectations." He's at 80% fitness, he says.
- Tyson Gay: "I'm Not in 14.3 Shape."
- Video: Haile G Says If He'd Had More Time, He Would Have Given Manchester United Stars Some Endurance Tips When He Visited Their Training Facility
- Video: Tyson Gay Says A Non-Worlds Matchup With Bolt Is A Possibility In 2011
- With Paula Radcliffe Out, Haile Gebrselassie To Star In Manchester The day in Athletics is so strong the BBC is devoting 5 hours of coverage to it.
- Athletics Weekly Preview: Turner, Gay, Ennis And Ohuruogu Ready To Shine
- A Preview Of Sunday's Manchester Great Day Of Sport The event will feature Haile G in a road race, Tyson Gay in a 150m, and a world champion in an open water swim.
- Tyson Gay Wants To Break Usain Bolt's 150m Record
- 110m Hurdles Champion Andy Turner Pumped To Race In Manchester
Teenagers In The News
- 8:25 Steeple Highlights Day 1 Of 2011 African Junior Champs
- Full Results From 2011 African Junior Champs
- Oregon HS Sophomore Runs 10.35 For 100m
- Aisling Cuffe Runs 9:56.16 - 4th-Fastest 3,200 In HS Girls History
Recommended Read: BBC Correspondent Shockingly Finds That Phillips Idowu And Teddy Tamgho Are Actually Very Much Alike Tamgho says he's is a showman on the runway only but tranquil off it, as "without the pressure, I can't jump."
Bridget Franek Hitting Stride In First Year As Pro While Training With OTC The article reveals that Franek was NCAA Champ at Penn State while running only 45-50 mpw.
HS Stars In The News
- Lukas Verzbicas Will Run 2-Mile At Pre Classic We just wish a few more of his professional counterparts would step up like he is and run in the men's 10k.
- Penn Relays Star Ristananna Tracey Decided To Attend College In Jamaica, As She Doesn't Want To Get Burned Out By US System
- Profile Of CA Mile State Leader & Stanford-Bound Alli Billmeyer, Who Swims Once Per Week
News From South Africa
- South African Olympic 1,500 Finalist Juan van Deventer Is Struck By Car In Training - Out For Season
- Former SAfrican Track Boss Leonard Chuene Concerned For Safety After His Property Is Damaged He also thinks he's being followed.
Two Pros Comment On Their Recent Performances - One Good & One Bad
- Ryan Gregson Blogs About His 2:48 Penn Relays Split
- Sanya Richards Ross Not Too Upset By Her 5th Place 400m Showing In Jamaica
Upcoming Sprint Action
- Puerto Rico's Javier Culson Headlines This Weekend's Puerto Rico Meet The 2009 WChamps silver medallist set a SB last year at home. Lots of pretty big names in the sprint action, including drug cheat Justin Gatlin.
- 200 World Leader Nickel Ashmeade To Run 100m In New York Meanwhile, he'll already run the 100m in Puerto Rico this weekend.
"The Road Of Death"
Feature On Somali Runners Training Each Day On "Road Of Death" For London 2012 (Video) The video shows how some Somali athletes avoid gunfire each day to realize their dream of competing and winning at the 2012 Games. *LRC MB: Top Video on MSNBC Is Feature on Somali Runners Training Each Day on 'Road of Death' For London 2012
Kenyan Marathon Team, World XC, And Other News From Africa
- Watch Out, Haile G & Paula Radcliffe Kenya's Fastest Marathoners, Geoffrey Mutai & Mary Keitany Will Both Skip World Champs And Focus On Setting WRs Instead Keitany: "I may not be an authority in marathon races, but I believe the two races I have competed in are enough to enable me attempt to break the world record. My manager is looking for a race, presumably a flat one where I can make this attempt."
- 2010 Hosts, Bydgoszcz, Poland, Will Host World XC Again In 2013 Of the decision to make World XC Champs biennial, the article says, "continued dominance of the two East African rivals cited as a reason why interest in the event was falling in Europe hence difficulty in securing sponsors to sustain its annual running." *IAAF Article
- Southern Sudan Will Make Distance Running Debut As Independent Nation At Austria's Salzburg Amref Marathon
Distance Races At 2011 Pre Classic To Be Run Under Lights And Free To Public!!! Tom Jordan is right in saying he has assembled "the best fields ever on American soil," as marathon aces Asbel Kirui and Moses Mosop will go after the men's world record at 25k and 30k, Dibaba, Cheruiyot, Masai and Flanagan will race the women's 5k and 7 Ethiopians and 12 Kenyans are scheduled to go out in 13:18 in the men's 10k. *LRC MB: A Look At Who's Running What In The Magical Distance Races At The 2011 Pre Classic
Olympics And Other International
- Grete Waitz Honored At Tribute In Oslo
- Many Japanese Ekiden Team Members Finding Training Difficult In The Wake Of The Natural Disasters Some in the general public have said this isn't a time for them to be racing, but Tomohiro Shiiya says, "I love running. I still want to test myself and see how far I can go."
- Pole Dancing Wants To Join The List Of Olympic Sports That Aren't Really Sports
- Get London 2012 Paralympic Tickets For 10 Euros
Another Bolt Rival?
Writer Says Yohan Blake Should Be Added To List With Tyson Gay And Asafa Powell As Those Who Could Challenge Usain Bolt The article complains that Yohan Blake hasn't been getting more media attention after running his world-leading 9.80, but the reason for that is his time was not wind-legal. Not to mention Blake failed a drug test when he was only 18.
Dean Karzanes Completes Run Across America In 75 Days It's hard to not make fun of Dean for being a PR hound, but the guy averaged between 40 and 50 miles per day.
- AP: Usain Bolt's Agent Says He Is Very Ready For 2011 As "Everything has gone very, very well over the winter." Apparently, some were worried Bolt was behind on his training, as he hasn't competed this year, but that's not the case according to Ricky Simms.
- Usain Bolt To Run 100m In Ostrava On May 31st
- Morons In Britain Still Continue To Tax Sports Stars At 50% Rate On Endorsement Income & As A Result, Usain Bolt Won't Race There Until 2012 Apparently, they won't go after the 50% during the Olympic year. *LRC MB: Proof from Track & Field that high taxes decrease economic activity
- Italy's Top Long Jumper Andrew Howe Raises Eyebrows With European-Leading 45.70 400m Run People seem to be forgetting that long jumpers are almost always really fast and in this case, Howe is a former world junior champ at 200m who has 200m PR of 20.28 from 2004.
More News From Oregon
- Recommended Read: Oregon's David Klech, Who Was Once Confined To A Wheelchair As A Result Of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Gets 2nd In 2nd-Ever Decathlon A great story for the 5th year guy.
- Runners With 33 All-American Honors Are On Sidelines Due To Injuries At Oregon A coach's first duty is to "do no harm."
This Upcoming Weekend
Diamond League #2 In Shanghai: Vivian
Cheruiyot Vs. Linet Masai At 5,000m, Veronica Campbell Brown Vs.
Carmelita Jeter At 100m, Liu Xiang Vs. David Oliver At 110m Hurdles Plus Asafa Powell in the 100m. *A Look At The Australians That Are Competing In Sunday's Diamond League Event
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Marathon Attracting Americans With Its Olympic Trials Qualifier Payouts
UK: Commonwealth 10,000m Champ Grace Momanyi To Run BUPA Great Manchester Run This Sunday
Upcoming: Usain Bolt To Run 100m May 31st In Ostrava
Conference Champs - Schedules/Results/Recaps At USTFCCA
Heps *Men Results *Women Results *Flotrack Videos *Photo Gallery
*Hepstrack.com is the best place to go for meet coverage and results.
*Princeton Men Win Ivy League Title In what was an extremely close meet, Princeton ended Cornell's unprecedented 8-year winning streak winning by 11 pts, 197 to 186.
*Princeton Women Secure 2011 Crown Point totals were close among the top teams, with Princeton winning with 132 points to Cornell's 113 and Brown's 101.
Big East *Results *Meet Central *Men Results *Women Results
*Connecticut Men, Louisville Women Capture Big East Champs Titles Villanova's Sheila Reid battled Georgtown's Emily Infeld in both the 1,500 and 5k, with Reid coming out on top in both. She won the 1,500 in 4:23.98 to Infeld's 4:25.00 and the 5k in 16:13.29 to Infeld's 16:14.06.
*Louisville Men And Women Both On Top After 2nd Day Of Big East Champs On 2nd of three days, Syracuse's Tito Medrano won the 10k in 29:34. Lousiville's Matt Hughes won the steeplechase in 8:44.
*Day 1 Recap
Oregon Twilight *Results *Photo Gallery
Oregon Twilight OTC Defeats U Of Oregon DMR The highlight of the meet was the
frat 4 x 100, men's DMR. We're big fans of AJ Acosta, but he was no match for Andrew Wheating on the anchor. This was Wheating's first race since last
summer (he had a calf
injury this winter).
*Ashton Eaton Sets Oregon Twlight 110 Hurdles Record; OTC Elite Win DMR With 9:26.07 Over OU's School Record Of 9:28.01
*The Oregonian Recaps Some Events From Oregon Twilight Meet Oregon women ran into some trouble in their 4 x 1 as they came almost to a complete stop during an exchange. 3rd leg English Gardner said, "It's a little nerve-wracking when you have to run away from Amber Purvis (school 200 record-holder) ... I did leave a little bit early, I guess. I got nervous. ... She yelled at me, 'Stop!' I was like, 'OK. Sorry.'"
*Oregon's Anne Kesselring Has The NCAA And European Lead In The 800 (2:02.44) And Could Represent Germany At The Euro U23 Championships
A Different Kind Of Marathon: Inaugural Gaza Marathon
Gaza Marathon Held The race had a bunch of kids running relays, but only 9 people in the full marathon. How about this quote: "The people find it strange - if they see someone running, they think they are crazy. Usually Palestinians only run when there are air strikes or when they are frightened."
*Gaza Marathon Photos *More Photos
3 Articles Worth Reading
- Recommended Read: The Independent Catches Up With The Great Paula Radcliffe - Even Olympic Gold In 2012 Won't End Her Career Radcliffe talks about how childbirth has changed her and her fitness. "I can definitely run a sub-2:20. Whether I can run sub-2:15 I don't know."
- Recommended Read USC Hurdler & National Leader Nia Ali Is On Comeback Trail After Shutting Down After Her Father's Murder-Suicide Rocked Her World (And All Of Philadelphia) Ali's father had been trying to contact her for months but she didn't respond and then there was huge guilt after he did a murder-suicide.
- Spurned Ex-Track Coach Is One Who Initiated Boise State NCAA Investigation A former track assistant snitched on a bunch of tiny infractions and now, sadly, while players at Auburn get paid cash and nothing happens, the Boise State football team will be punished in a big way for letting its football players sleep on couches before the dorms open, as they've been cited with a lack of "institutional control."
Drake Saturday *Drake Results *Photos *Newspaper Special Section
LRC 2011 Drake Relays Recap: Boaz Lalang Wins 2011 Drake Relays Mile Over Alan Webb, Who Is Fourth Webb, the American record holder, got the short end of the stick in the final sprint between Kenyan Olympian Lalang, NCAA breakout star Chris O'Hare and World Champs semi-finalist Peter Van Der Westhuizen. In other action, Jenny Barringer went wire-to-wire
in the 1,500, Jeremy Wariner
won the 400m and Adam Nelson went over 70 feet for the first time in 3 years to show he could be a factor in 2011.
On The Boards: Alan Webb Gets 4th At Drake, Boaz Lalang Wins
*Lolo Jones Upstaged For 3rd Straight Year At Drake
*IAAF: Adam Nelson's 21.39 Heave One Of The Highlights Of Drake Relays
*University Of Mississippi's Ellis Moore Wins Drake Relays 400m Hurdles Title For 2nd Year In A Row
More Drake From Des Moines Register: Men's Recap: Jeremy Wariner Cruises, Boaz Lalang Defeats Alan Webb
*Lolo Jones Gets Support From Home Crowd But Comes Up Short
Boston Marathon *Live Boston Thread *Women's Reaction *Men's Reaction
*Video Highlights *Weather *Photos
One For The Ages In Boston: Desiree And The Fastest Marathon Ever Run "Unbelievable" is probably the best way to describe the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Davila, off the back of the lead pack multiple times, was gutsy as hell,
battling for the win with Caroline Kilel down the final straight. There were 4 lead changes on the final straight before Kilel came out on top. In the men's race, American Ryan Hall ran 2:04:57 and lost by nearly 2 minutes. Yes, ladies and gentleman, Geoffrey
Mutai and Moses Mosop ran faster than anyone else ever before the in the marathon, 2:03:02 and 2:03:06 respectively, thanks in part to 20 mph tailwinds. Mutai cemented his status as the strongest runner on the planet with the win. We give you some post-race comments below but purposely are holding off discussing the wind.
LRC: Wejo Speaks: Desiree Davila Inspires Us All At The 2011 Boston Marathon She had the entire press room and Alberto Salazar yelling for her.
LRC: Men's Post-Race Reaction The top 4 were all pleased with their blazing fast times. Ryan Hall summed up the magical day: "I am running 2:04 pace and I can't even see the leaders."
LRC: 2011 Boston Marathon Post-Race Reaction From Desiree, Caroline And Kara
*Video Highlights *Men's Post-Race Reaction/Interviews *Women's Post-Race Comments/Interviews
Webb Coaching Search
Not So Fast: LRC Julia Webb: Alan Webb HAS NOT FINALIZED PLANS To Head Back To Virginia To Be Coached By Jason Vigilante
Steve Nearman Stands Behind His Story
Steve Nearman, the former Washington Times reporter who first broke the story about Webb's pro contract in 2002, reported Wednesday night that sources (plural) close to Webb confirmed that Alan was going to be coached by UVA's Jason Vigilante and we said, "Nearman can be trusted." Well, Nearman is trusted in the industry, but Alan's wife Julia Webb has written and said, "Just wanted to give you a heads up that the story is definitely not true ... we are still looking at the options. No decisions made although Vig (is) still a good option." We contacted Nearman and relayed him Julia's comments and he said, "I stand by my story and I stand by my sources."
*RRW: Alan Webb's Agent Ray Flynn Calls Webb Story "Totally Bogus" In reality, Flynn said the story is "at this stage totally bogus."
*LRC MB: *Julia Webb (Alan's wife) Has Written and Said Webb to UVA Story is Not Accurate *Thread On Webb-Vig
- LRC: Desiree Davila Looking For Respect In Boston Davila finished one spot behind Kara Goucher at the last World Championships in the marathon, and she's hoping to finally
out of Kara's shadow at Monday's Boston Marathon. LetsRun.com has spent the last six years getting a mole into the Hansons-Brooks team, and now thanks to him we have this inside look at Desiree's preparations for Boston, which has included a 123-mile week. Article and video interview plus some video of the Hansons-Brooks training runs.
2011 World XC *Results *New Women's Race Photos *New Men's Race Photos
LRC: Shalane Flanagan Gets Bronze The Olympic bronze medallist and ING NYC Marathon runner-up ran a stellar race to snatch the bronze versus a star-studded field. Flanagan appeared to be dropped with 2km to go, but dug deep to stay in contention and battle back for the bronze. World 5,000m champ Vivian Cheruiyot pulled away from World 10,000m
Linet Masai for gold. The American women did very well to get a repeat bronze medal.
Men: Imane Merga Blasts Away From Four Kenyans In Sprint To Win The Kenyan men dominated the team competition and had 4 of the top 5 guys in the pack for the sprint the final 400m. However, the lone Ethiopian - Imane Merga, the Diamond League 5,000m champion - got the win the Kenyan nation wants most every year. Ben True was the first American in 36th, as he and fellow Ivy Leaguer Max King were America's two best.
*Merga: "Before I used to think of myself as a track runner but this winter I have got to like cross-country races more."
*Craig Mottram Finishes As Top Non-Afrrican Born Male In 21st As Two Guys Ahead Of Him Are DQed For Fighting In Race To Line Eritrea's Samuel Tsegay and Ethiopia's Abera Kuma were given the DQ.
Junior Boys: Geoffrey Kipsang Leads Kenya To 13th Straight Title Kipsang was only 4th at the Kenyan Trials but dominated. High schooler Craig Lutz was the first American in 29th.
Junior Girls: Faith Kipyegon Of Kenya Wins, But Ethiopia Edges Them For Team Title High schooler Aisling Cuffe was the first American in 17th.
Other Nationals *NCAA D3 Champs *NCAA D2 Champs *HS Nationals Results *Photos
HS: Lukas V. Runs Away From The Top Milers To Complete Historic High School Nationals Triple His double on Sunday was super-impressive, but we had completely forgotten about German
8:34 double at the California state meet.
*IAAF Article On Verzbicas
We Wrote This Article Too Soon:
Gerry Lindgren's Legendary 47-Year-Old High School National Record Survives Scare From Lukas Verzbicas And Edward Cheserek Verzbicas hammered home over the final lap to pull away from Cheserek, but in the end, Lindgren's 8:40.0 lived to see another day, as Verzbicas ran 8:40.70 and Cheserek shattered the indoor and overall sophomore class records with his 8:42.66. More: Gerry Lindgren 8:40 Indoors *LRC MB Lukas V. 8:40.7!! *LRC MB So close *Running Times Q&A With Lindgren About His 8:40.0 Note: This article incorrectly implies the record was set in a 16-lap race.
*Lucas Verzbicas (14:06.78) & (Waverly Neer) 16:35.15 Set National HS 5,000 Records
Tokyo Marathon: A Legend Is Born *Photos
Hailu Mekonnen Wins, Japanese Amateur Yuki Kawauchi Runs Amazing 2:08:37 For 3rd And Faints At Finish Yuki Kawauchi's story is amazing.
A 13:59 5ker and 29:02 10ker, he has a full-time job and has stayed away from the Japanese collegiate and professional system, yet he stunned all of Japan with a 2:08:37 run. Dreams do become reality.
*On The Boards: 13:59 5k, 29:02 10k Japanese AMATEUR Runs 2:08:37 at Tokyo Marathon and Passes Out
The 10 Best High School XC Runners Ever
LRC Week That Was: The 10 Best High School XC Runners Of All Time, Verzbicas, Tribute To Gary Reed, The NY Times & The NE Patriots And More We've got the entire running world covered from San Diego to Japan, from the high school ranks to the pros, and even talk about the NE Patriots and the NY Times.
David Torrence Dominates
Sara Hall Wins US 1 Mile
The Greatness Of You (And Us)
LRC Spring Marathon Contest Recap: The Greatness Of You One of our favorite things at LetsRun.com is recapping our prediction contest because we get to highlight you - the interesting people who make our site so successful. Our Boston and
London Marathon prediction contest was no different, as the winners include a guy who is currently making a film on Kenyan distance runners, "The
Greatest Distance Runners On Earth," a guy whose college buddies bet him he couldn't finish a marathon and he ended up running 2:43 on 18 weeks of training, and a guy who was coached in high school by a guy who lived at one time at the LetsRun.com headquarters (proving that three degrees of separation exist in the running world).
LRC The Greatness Of You, Continued - And A Thank You As little LetsRun.com keeps getting bigger and bigger, running laps around the competition, and starts decade #2 dreaming of a million unique monthly visitors, we just wanted to take a minute to thank you - our loyal visitor. Plus, if you've got any suggestions for decade #2 of LetsRun.com, we want to hear them. Our goal has never been to be the biggest, but the best - and to do that, we need your feedback.
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A Club Saving Lives
USATF Profile On Wings Of America XC Club The Club is coached by coached by former NAU runner Shaun Martin, brother of twin NCAA XC All-Americans Tim and Theo, and literally is saving lives. Documentary Trailer on the club below.
If You Were Gone Over The Weekend - Diamond League Gets Underway: Yenew Alamirew Kicks Some Butt In Doha 3,000m (Final Lap Or Highlight Of Race, More Here, Meet Recap Here)
Walter Dix 20.06 In Doha
Stanford Photo Gallery
*Bernard Lagat Says He Wants To Run 12:49 "In my head, I have just put all eggs into that one basket. Monaco. 5,000 meters. If I don't get it there, I don't know when I will get it. It's good to aim high because to me 12:49 is the highest I can put it now."
*IAAF Daegu World Challenge Preview: Recent Drake Relays Mile Champ Boaz Lalang Vs. World 1,500m Champ Yusuf Saad Kamel In The 800 David Oliver in 110 hurdles and Carmelita Jeter in 100m also headline field.
London 2011 Photos
Andrew Bumbalough Thriving In 1st Year As Pro One Year After Getting Mono And Nearly Being Left Out Of Nike's Plans This is an unbelievably good piece of writing for a college newspaper. It also reveals he's gotten his mileage up to 90 per week from 65 to 70 in college.
Boston (Updated Photo Gallery Below) *Recap Analysis: *JK On The Wind *Wejo On Desiree *Rojo *London And Boston *Video Highlights
2:03:02 In Boston: Men's Highlights From Boston (More Here)
Desiree Davila Pure Guts
Emmanual Mutai Becomes A Star, Legend Martin Lel Outkicks Makau (You Can Watch The Full Race Here)
Mary Keitany Crushes London (Highlights And Post Race Comments)
Question Of The Day?
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