Quote Of The Day

"As soon as we heard the meet was gonna change, we basically told this group it's in their hands and no matter what happens, they're gonna gain experience and its gonna be exciting ... As we're getting on the bus, they were completely white, they were scared out of their freaking minds and I told them if they do bad, I'm gonna take all the blame because I put them in there."

- Christian Brothers Academy coach Tom Heath talking after he ran a JV team of three sophomores, two freshman, a junior and senior and they incredibly won the New Jersey meet of champions on Wednesday. The top 5 sat out as after Hurricane Sandy the regular state meet was last weekend and the Nike qualifier is this weekend. Truly unbelievable.

The Greatest Feat In HS XC History?

Recommended Read: With State Meet Saturday, NJ MOC Wednesday & NXN Saturday, CBA Sits Top 5 - Runs JV - And Still Wins New Jersey Meet Of Champs Three sophomores, two freshman, a junior and a senior pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in HS XC history.

This Bud's Not For You

Man Who Threw Heineken Bottle At Start Of Olympic 100m Final Is Out Of Mental Hospital & Will Stand Trial In January

34-Year-Old Father Admits He Threw It But Is Denying Charge - Only Question Is His Mental State At Time

We Are Thankful For The Many Great Coaches Out There

Recommended Read: Famed Coach Bill Squires Is Turning 80 & Toni Reavis Celebrates His Life Squires is a legend to many. Squires: "Oh, I can figure out anyone. I figured out Shorter. I know your tendencies. I know what you do. And all you have to do is put it into reading, or whatever, and I can do - I can!"

Jessica Ennis' Coach Is Thankful For Jessican Ennis
Profile of Toni Minichiello, the man who coached Jessica Ennis to Olympic gold We love this guy's humility. "“I don’t have a magic wand like Harry Potter. The truth is, as a coach you’re only as good as the material you’re given. The day I met Jessica Ennis it was like being dealt four aces in a hand of poker.” and on having to re-apply for his job:“If I don’t get my old job back I’ll just have to go back to an office and come down here coaching as a volunteer. I’m not giving this up now.”
*Minichiello named UK Athletics coach of the year

More UK News
*UK Athletics defends plans to create elite hub at Loughborough
*After Failing To Medal in Home Olympics As Reigning WChamp, Dai Greene Has Moved On & Is Ready To Try To Defend His World Title

Jamaican Tempers Starting To Flare

US News: Mammoth Gets A Track

A Look At Spain's Newest Race Walk Ace - 24-Year-Old Miguel Ángel López He was 5th in London.

Former Sprinter Paula Dunn Has Been Named As UK Athletics' New Paralympic Head Coach
*Dunn Focused On Rio

Post-Collegiate XC News Never Gets Old In Our Minds *LRC Photo Gallery *Banquet Photos *Men's Results *Women's Results  *LRC Women's Recap *LRC Men's Recap *LRC M Individual Recap

1st Place Pub:
*Great Q&A With OK State's 13:15 #2 Man Tom Farrell He admits #1 man Girma Mecheso ran more aggressively than planned. Farrell has his own blog here, which we just found.
*After XC Crown, Oregon Women Are Dreaming Of Becoming First Women's Program To Win Triple Crown Only the UTEP men (3 times) and Arkansas men (5 times) have ever done it.
*Kithuka Embraced Underdog Role At NCAAs The article reveals what we'd heard - TTech coach Jon Murray IDed Kithuka 5 years ago in Kenya and had him placed at Wayland Bapist.

Last Place Pub:
Harvard's 1st Trip In 29 Years Results In 31st Place Finish The thing that sucks about NCAAs is someone has to finish last.

DQ Rumor? Track & Field Superfan Admits He Tweeted Out DQ Rumor
But only after he heard it from Michigan coach Mike McGuire. It was natural for them and everyone to assume there had been a DQ as Oregon was the winner, then they weren't. He also says Terre Haute did a better job of hosting.

One We Missed From Last Week:
Junior College Nationals - Stanley Kebenei Wins By 43 Seconds Could he be the next NCAA champ like Kithuka?

Coaching Job Of The Year?
NAU Men Get Cinderalla Ending To Season By Ending Up On Podium For 8th Time In Program History They lost a ton from last year and were #17 in pre-season.
*Former Stanford Runner Hakon Devries Guided Kentucky's Cally Macumber (6th) And Chelsea Oswald (37th) To All-American Honors In His 1st Year Of Coaching

The #1 Excuse Offered By Coaches
Georgetown Men's & Women's Coaches Say Both Teams Didn't Get Out Hard Enough The article also calls Brandon Bonsey the head coach, which isn't true.

*5th & 6th Year Runners Help UVA To Best Finish Since 2008
*David Rooney (7th) And Sara Collins (10th) Top 10 Finishes Get Some Pub In Ireland

Previous Post-NCAAs Reactions

*Wisco Men Not Upset With 2nd
*OSU's 5th Man Shane Moskowitz: "It was definitely the best day of my life. For sure."
*ISU's Corey Ihmels Full Of Praise For Indivual Champ Betsy Saina: "Her life revolves around being as good as she can be and it showed ... She's a great athlete but she's just as great of a person."
*Colorado Women Had Worst Showing In School History (28th) - But Coach Wetmore Is Excited As Everyone Returns For 2012 Included in the returners is Olympian Shalaya Kipp, who will be looking to become Colorado's 1st 4-time XC women's All-American
NCAA Cross-Country Champs Stat Facts

Mixed Day For FSU:
FSU's #1-Ranked Women Finish 4th But #18 Men Finish 5th The FSU women lost despite putting 3 in the top 17 as their 4th was 82nd and 5th 155th. Coach Bob Braman was 100% thrilled for his men, who hit it out of the park: "This was a duct-tape special to try and get through this season and just get everything. We left zero points out there."

Oregon Reacts Differently To Scoring Mishap:

*Oregon's Asst. Coach: "That was bush league. I had to walk back into a tent and tell seven girls that they didn't win."
*Oregon Runner: "It was kind of a shock when they said we didn't win, but now, we're good."

Recommended Read: Toni Reavis Fondly Remembers The Great Joseph Kimani Especially Kimani's amazing CR run in Cleveland, where Kimani ran so fast that Reavis while doing TV thought the mile markers were likely misplaced.

NCAAs Are In The Books *Men's Results *Women's Results *LRC Photo Gallery updated 258 photos *Live Thread

LRC Oregon Wins NCAA Title As Betsy Saina Outkicks Hasay Confusion reigned supreme with the team results as Oregon was the winner, then Providence, but eventually once it was all sorted out the Oregon Ducks had a convincing NCAA championship over Providence. There was no confusion on the individual side as Betsy Saina outkicked Jordan Hasay and Abbey D'Agostino for the win.
*Full Results *Photo Gallery

After !@#@!SDF Delay, Oregon & Oklahoma State Declared 2012 NCAA Cross-Country Champions
*Duck Women Get Their Third NCAA Crown
*Stanford Women In 3rd Have Highest Finish Since 2007, Rosa Twins Disappoint For Men
*Betsy Saina: "I told myself that I was going to go for it from the start." (With Video Highlights)
*Oregonian: The "straw that stirs the drink is Hasay."

NCAAs On The Boards:

Not To Totally Brag: We Nailed These Previews

LRC Women's Team Preview: Oregon Or Florida State? What About Darkhorse Providence? It should be a fierce battle in Kentucky for the NCAA crown. Florida State is favored, but should they be? Last year they choked it big time.

LRC Women's Individual Preview: Can Jordan Hasay Do It? Or Will Betsy Saina Or Abbey D'Agostino Prevent The Fairy Tale Ending?
*LRC Fan Polls Individual Predictions

Weekend Action That Isn't Happening In The Midwest

Non-NCAA Weekend Action

If You're Not Cheating, Part 2: Jon Rankin Wonders How Cheating In Sports Can Be Stopped

International News

When Life Gives You Lemons, Go Race A Marathon In Japan

Yet Another Great Dies Too Young

Former 10k WR Holder Joseph Kimani Has Died At Age 40 The former road superstar took down the world's best in the 10k by a ridiculous 30 seconds in the summer of 1996 as he ran a still unthinkable 27:04 at Peachtree. He won virtually every big road race in the US at least once, also set a 12k WR, and is still the CR holder at Boilermaker.

More: *LRC MB Remembrances of Kimani
RRW Article On Kimani
*Utica Observer Dispatch: Joseph Kimani, Boilermaker all-time great, dies at age 40
*Kimani's Death Getting Mentioned In Slovenia (Translated)
*AJC: Peachtree record holder passes away

A Case That Makes The Caster Semenya Situation Seem Like A Fairy Tale

MB: Indian Female Gold Medallist, Pinki Pramanik, Formally Charged With Rape After Being Determined To Be Male - She Says No, It's Just Result Of Drugs I Took

*Asian Games Gold Medallist Pinki Pramanik Charged With Rape After Medical Reports Confirm Her As Male
*Pinki Pramanik Blames Injections For Her "Masculine" Physique
*Pinki Pramanik Plans Defamation Case Against Cops, Prosecutor
*Medical Reports Confirm Pinki Is A Male
*Police Forcing Me To Commit Suicide, Says Pinki Praminik

Laughable: Cycling Head Pat McQuaid Says UCI Will Establish Confidential Doping Hotline To Build Trust & Says Releases Open Letter to Peloton That Says He's Been A Leader In Anti-Doping Movement It's a little too late for gestures and false statements like this: "The UCI has always been a pioneer in the fight against doping, a fact recognised by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) among others," wrote McQuaid in his letter addressed "Dear rider."

More Weekend Results

US News: Lolo Jones Wins Bobsled World Cup Silver Medal

Thanksgiving Weekend Action *Rupp's Race May Be On Live At 11 PM ET

Chiba Ekiden Preview: Galen Rupp Runs On Turkey Day At 11pm ET Fellow Olympic medallist Priscah Jeptoo also is running *Chiba Race Website

Manchester, San Jose Turkey Trots Boast Classy Fields
US Olympians Donn Cabral, Lisa Uhl and Anthony Famiglietti are in Manchester,  plus Haron Lagat, Ciaran O'Lionaird, Anthony Famiglietti, Miles Batty, Aaron Braun and Bobby Mack. Uhl will face Aussi former World XC champ Benita Willis, Ashley Higginson and Delilah DiCrescenzo. In San Jose, you've got Olympian Kim Conley plus Stephen Sambu, Leonard Korir and Scott Bauhs.

Love For DIII And An "Overaged" Collegian - DIII Women's National Champ Is A 27-Year-Old Mother Of Two

27-Year-Old Mother Of Two & DIII National Cross-Country Champion, Christy Cazzola, Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

*Nov 17: Mike Woods Column: In life and running, Cazzola staying ahead
Running Times Profile Of Cazzola From Sept. Cazzola was a the Wisconsin 800 state champ in 9th grader in 2000 and then walked away form it all and had a kid. She ran the 2008 XC nats while pregnant with kid #2.
*Mike Woods DIII Race Story On Cazzola: Cazzola Wins DIII Title
*2012 NCAA XC D3 Photo Gallery

Track And Field's Male Fans Are Thankful For This
Fit Again & Recovered From Achilles Surgery & Bacterial Infection, Blanka Vlasic Is Ready To Compete Again

37-Year-Old Sergey Lebid Hoping To Get European XC Title #10 On Dec. 9th

UK Olympians And Their Coaches In The News

Random International News

None Of The Following Three Stories Are Made Up - We Swear

Doping News:

Jo Pavey Is Devastated By 2nd DNF Of Her Career She doesn't quit easily, but illness did her in. "Perfect preparation and then had a sore throat since Thursday night. Running can be so frustrating. I could not finish today. I feel mortified. In nearly 30 years of racing that's only the second time I have stopped in a race. The last time was when my calf tore."

Sprint News

Ladies 2012 New York City Marathon - Or At Least As Close As We Are Going To Get To It

Yokohama: Lydia Cheromei Wins With 2:23:07 CR As Kim Smith (2:27:35), Amy Hastings (DNF) And Jo Pavey (DNF) Disappoint Smith's PR remains 2:25:21 from her debut in London 2010. Her teammate Amy Hastings was a DNF. Serena Burla was 11th. MB: Live Thread on Yokohama Non-NCAA Weekend News

JRN Recap: Mizuho Nasukawa Was Top Japanese In 2:26:42
*Kiwi Kim Smith Finishes Sixth
Pre-Race: Pavey Was Adamant She Could PR (2:28:24)
Boston Winner Sharon Cherop Runs Negative-Split CR (2:23:57) The top 3 finishers were all going to run NYC. #2 Hilda Kibet (KEN) 2:25:46. #3 Valeria Straneo (ITA) 2:27:04. 2:10:34 won the men's race.

Weldon Wins Kass Marathon In Kenya - Will He Be Kenya's Next Star? Weldon Kirui, that is. He got the win 1 month after being 2nd in LA. The winner of the Kass often becomes a star like G. Mutai. Agnes Jepkosgei won the women's race.
*RR: Weldon: "Let me tell you, life has been hard for me. I braved numerous challenges."

36-Year-Old Mike McKeeman (2:17:51) Wins Hometown Philly Marathon Over Scott McPherson As Women's CR Goes Down To Russia's Irina Mashkantceva (2:35:27) The half marathons were won by the same people who won the 8ks on Saturday.
Records Are Made To Be Broken:
8k In Philly: Samuel Ndereba's 22:28 Smashes Marcus O'Sullivan's 23:03 CR That Had Stood Since 1997


Seven Hills Loop 15k: MB:
Tirunesh Dibaba Destroys Olympic Marathon Champ Tiki Gelana - 47:08 To 48:09 - At Seven Hills Loop 15km *Video Highlights In Dutch
*IAAF Recap:
Nicholas Kipkemboi Upset Men's 15k WR Holder Leonard Komon In Men's Race

Big Sur Half-Marathon:
3 Weeks After Marriage, Husband-Wife Combo Of Ben Bruce (1:04:45) And Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (72:19) Win

A Really Rich Mountain Race:
Ethiopians Abebe Dinkesa And Etenesh Dironeda Win $50,000 (US) At Obudu Mountain Race
*Australian High Commissioner To Nigeria Completes Mountain Race
Pre-Race: $278,000 On Line In Race That Olympic Marathon Champ Stephen Kiprotich Couldn't Win Last Year

Spanish XC: Kenya's Emmanuel Bett And Eritrea's Nazaret Weldu Come Through As Favorites At Spanish IAAF XC Race
*Former World XC Champ Emily Chebet Wins Kenya XC Series Meet, World Junior Champ Faith Chepng'etich Upset

Non D1 Nationals

D2: Men: Adams State Men Win Record 9th NCAA D2 Title As Anchorage's Micah Chelimo Dominates *Results
Women: Grand Valley State Wins D2 Title By 3 Points *Results: Grand Valley State Edges Augustana by 3, Adams State By 8

D3: (Photos Coming) Men: North Central Men Win 2nd Straight D3 Title *Men's Results
Women: Johns Hopkins Women Win School's First Women's NCAA Title *XC Women's Results

NAIA: Women: British Columbia And Idaho's Hillary Holt Win Titles
Men: St. Francis (Ill.) And John Gilbertson Win National Championship

Men's Race: Upset Alert: We'll Give Out $2012 If An American Wins The 2012 NCAA D1 Men's Cross-Country Title

NCAA Cross-Country Fan Polls Men's Predictions
LRC NCAA Cross-Country Fan Polls Women's Predictions
LRC DIII Fan Poll Predictions
LRC DII Fan Poll Predictions

International News: CAS Going Out Of Its Way To Help Dopers

Section Of US 97 Going Through Ashton Eaton's Home Town Renamed Ashton Eaton Boulevard

High School

US All-Time Greats In The News

Kenyan News: Paul Tergat Is On The IOC

Pro Track/Road News

Previous NCAA News

There's Smart And Then Stanford Smart NCAA Okays Private Plane To Take Stanford's Miles Unterreiner To Rhodes Scholarship Interview From NCAA XC Meet
AP Article On Unterreiner
*D3 Runner Annie Lydens Of Pomona Pitzer Will Skip NCAAs To Go To Interview
*MB: NCAA XC vs Rhodes Scholarship

Oscar P Receives Honorary Doctorate From Glasgow's Strathclyde University - A Leader In Prosthetic Research
*Daily Mail On Oscar P

After 3 Days In Cell With 40 Men, One Open Toilet And A Blanket That Had Not Been Washed In Years, Former World High Jump Champion Jacques Freitag Gets Bail

National Security Issues Start With Running:
Wall Street Journal Examines Paula Broadwell And David Petraeus' Running: "Paula Broadwell Is Faster Than You"
She ran 1:36 for the half marathon at 39.

Recommended Reads And Seb Coe News

Pro News: Galen Rupp Will Be Back At It November 23rd In Japan

NYC News: NYPD To Refund Fees Paid By NYC Marathon Police fees were the main reason entry fees spiked for the 2012 marathon.

NCAA Cross Photo Galleries (Captions Now Added)

Beautiful People: NCAA Banquet Photos (Click On Photo)

First Ever LRC Naked D3 Nationals Photo Gallery

D3 Beautiful People: NCAA Banquet Photos (Click On Photo)

Don't Vote Unless You Were Actually There