Our Weekly Recap - The Week That Was

LRC Is Tyson Gay Better Than Usain Bolt? Lawi Lalang The NCAA 1,500 Fav? Abbey D Does The 10k? Is Faith Kipyegon On Drugs? Is The PAC-12 > The SEC? This week we declare the US women's 1,500 medal chances are over unless your name is Jenny Simpson, anoint a new NCAA men's 1,500 favorite, try to move Abbey D'Agostino up to the 10k (or marathon), wonder if the PAC-12 is better than the SEC at trac.k, ask if Kenyan star and Mary Cain slayer Faith Kipyegon is on drugs (not unless Alan Webb was), and give kudos to Brittney Reese, Garrett Heath, and the Dartmouth and Oregon State women.

Running Science: Kenyan/Ethiopian Dominance - Is It In The Genes?

US Distance Running News

UK News

Kim Smith 15:02 5k, Molly Huddle 8:57 3k At New Balance Boston Twilight Meet Abbey D'Agostino won the 800 in 2:08.11. *Full Results

More From The Weekend

Peter Callahan Talks To HepsTrack.com About His Move To New Mexico Next Year "I wanted to be at a place where I could continue with Environmental Studies, which is my minor as an undergraduate, while at the same time carry on with running in the NCAA."

RunnersTribe Interview With Ben St. Lawrence, Who's Training At Altitude In Laguna Mountain, Near San Diego

Random Stuff

Sunday Results

Conference Champs *Links To All NCAA Action *USTFCCCA Previews: SEC, PAC-12, Big 10

Next Weekend: World Cross-Country Champions Japhet Korir And Emily Chebet Lead Fields For May 19th TCS World 10K Bangalor Road Race Korir will face Moses Masai, Ukranian Sergiy Lebid and GB's Scott Overall, while Chebet will race Lucy Kabuu and Pascalia Kipkoech (second-fastest woman over road 10k in 2012).

Two Weekends From Now: Many Top Jamaican High Schools Will Be Competing At May 25th adidas Grand Prix In NY

LA Times Reports That Security Assessment 5 Days Before Boston Cited The Finish Line's "Vulnerability"

Sad News: Woman Runner Fatally Mauled By Dogs In California

Other Weekend Action

Mid-D News

Two Interesting Reads From The UK

Re:Run San Diego

San Diego Tribune On Mary Cain's Great Run Nice read by Mark Zeigler. We wish people would stop comparing Cain to Mary Decker. Mary Decker has a drug offense on her record and is not someone to emulate.

Duane Solomon Wins 800 In 1:46.54 Over Erik Sowinski And Lopez Lomong; Brenda Martinez (1:59.59) Wins Women's 800 As Mary Cain Runs 2:01.68 In 4th (updated with splits) In the mile races, Paul Robinson won in 4:04 after the field went out in 2:10, beating Jordan McNamara in 2nd (4:04.71); David Torrence was 6th (4:05.38). For the women, Susan Kuijken won in 4:27.13 over Brie Felnagle (4:28.90).
*OTB: Mary Cain 2:01.68!!! *
Mary Cain-2:01.68 @ Re:Run *Re:RUN San Diego Results & Discussion

Sunday US Road/Conference Champs Results *Links To All NCAA Action

Non-Conference Results: Ethiopia's Belete Assefa (34:21) Wins Bloomsday 12k Over Kenya's Emmanual Bett (34:33) Brent Vaughn was the top American in 8th place (35:28) as Abdi Abdirahman was 10th (35:46) and Zach Hine 13th (36:09). For the women, Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba dominated in 39:53 as Kellyn Johnson was the first American in 5th (40:42). *Top Results *MB Thread
*Kenyan James Kirwa Defends His Title To Win Pittsburgh Marathon In 2:13:37 As American Mary Akor Won The Women's Race In 2:37:35 Kenyans Julius Kogo and Risper Gesabwa took the 13.1 mile titles in 1:02:32 (CR) and 1:13:16 respectively.
*AP: Pittsburgh Marathon Run Amid Tightened Security
*Feisha Ayelle (47:02) and Askale Merachi (53:45) Win Broad Street Run 10 Miler In Philadephia (results)
*HS: Oregon Recruit MaryBeth Sant Runs High School Leading 11.38 To Win 100 At St. Vrain Invitational In CO She also ran 23.91 at the same meet.

Big 12: *
Big 12 Full Results *Texas Men, Kansas Women Claim Big 12 Titles Both meets were close with Texas beating Oklahoma 146.5 points to 133 and Kansas winning with 158 over Texas with 145. Final day highlights included Oklahoma going 1-2 in the 1,500 as Patrick Casey set a Big 12 record of 3:40.04, beating out Riley Masters (3:41.22), OK State going 1-3 in the 5k led by Kirubel Erassa (13:53.53), who won over Girma Mecheso (13:54.62) and Tom Farrell (13:55.47), Betsy Saina winning the 5k by 33 seconds in 15:41, Natalja Piliusina winning her 3rd straight outdoor 800 title in 2:03.99 and Texas' Trevor Van Ackeren winning the steeple (8:49).
*Texas Article *Big 12 Meet Site

Heps: *Full Men's Results *Princeton Men Win 3rd Straight Heps Princeton was trailing Cornell, but put 3 in the top 5 of the 5K to pull ahead, led by Michael Franklin's win (who also won the 10k). Princeton's Peter Callahan won the 1,500 in 3:49.74.
*Full Women's Results *Cornell Women Defend Heps Title, Beating Columbia By 24 Points Abbey D'Agostino dominated the 1,500 in 4:11.94 and also won the 3k in 9:21.79. Cornell's Rachel Sorna won the steeplechase in 9:58.96. All-Americans Sorna and Katie Kellner had impressive distance triples, each winning their specialty event, to help the Big Red cause.
*Day 2 Highlight Video

Big East: *Men's Results *UConn Men Win Their Big East Crown In Close Battle With Notre Dame Notre Dame's Jeremy Rae won the 1,500 in 3:47.76.
*Women's Results *Notre Dame Women Dominate Big East Championships Villanova's Emily Lipari won the 1,500 in 4:24.25.

Patriot League Report, Final Day: Bucknell Sweeps Men's And Women's Titles *Results

PAC-12: Oregon's Dakotah Keys Wins PAC-12 Decathlon Title; Arizona State's Keia Pinnick Won The Heptathlon Multi events are the week before the rest of the meet for the PAC-12. *Results

2 Reviews & 1 Book Excerpt From John McDonnell: The Most Successful NCAA Coach In History

LRC Book Review By Former Hog Marlon Boykins: "Two Thumbs Up:" - "The book is full of insight into the hard-working, team-first ethos that made us such a successful." We had two people review the book, including the 1:47 man Boykins, who was at Arkansas at the pinnacle of its heyday. "It was a self-contained UBER-COMPETITIVE atmosphere ... the sprinters, jumpers and distance guys all trying to show which group reigned supreme ..."

Book Excerpt
The Legendary Story Of The 1989 Penn Relays DMR, Where 4 Kids From Arkansas, Texas And Missouri Beat 4 African Olympians And The Olympic 1,500m Champ The 1989 Mount St. Mary's Penn Relays DMR team featured 4 African Olympians, including 1988 Olympic 1,500m champ Peter Rono. John McDonnell's Arkansas squad featured 4 kids from Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. A legendary motivational speech by McDonnell and Joe Falcon on the anchor made for one of the great upsets in Penn Relays history. Read all about it in this excerpt from the new John McDonnell biography.

LRC Review #2 John McDonnell D2 Coach Torrey Olson We had Olson, who has an MFA in creative writing, give his take. "It's got a lot to offer anyone interested in an incredibly sustained passion for the both the sport and the profession."

Good Races At Occidental, St. Louis, Shanghai And Loughborough This Weekend

Doping News

Sprinting/Hurdling News

Upcoming Action: Ryan Hall At Bay To Breakers This Weekend

IAAF Profile On Russian LJer And Model Darya Klishina, Who Failed To Qualify For The London Olympics After Coming Back From Surgery At The End Of 2011 Article asks if she will she become the next Maria Sharapova and be known for her looks and athletic achievements or another beautiful Russian blond like Anna Kournikova, who never won a major championship.

Hurdle News

UCI President Pat McQuaid Struggling To Get Nominated For Re-Election

Saturday's Pro Action - US 25km Champs At Fifth Third River Bank Run / UAE 10km *USA 25km Results *UAE Results

MB Tyson Gay Runs 19.79 In only his 2nd 200 since 2010, Gay runs a time that would have won him the bronze at the Olympics.

Mohamed Trafeh Sets US 25km Record (1:14:18) At 2013 USA 25km Champs At Fifth Third River Bank Run Dot McMahan won the women's title as Matt Tegenkamp was third in the men's race.

2013 UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K:
Leonard Patrick Komon (27:58) Wins But Comes Up Short In Bid For $30,000 Course Record American Meb Keflezighi returned to racing for the 1st time since London and finished 9th (28:57). The field was so stacked that Stanford 10,000 winner Ben St. Lawrence was only 10th.
*Pre-Race Q&A With Meb Before His Return To Racing Interesting fact - Meb was healthy enough to run 10 miles the day of Boston and Meb was at the Boston finish just before the bombs went off.

Weekend HS Results

Doping News: Well Done, WADA

Great News: WADA Confirms Changes To World Anti-Doping Code Which Will Double Length Of First Offense Bans From Two To Four Years The decision now has to be confirmed when it is presented to stakeholders on November 12 and will take effect in 2015. Besides longer bans, the code will help WADA to punish the athlete's accomplices - such as coaches and teammates.

Interesting Distance Runner News

Two Recommended Reads

Recommended Read: Religion Blog: What Truths Does Iconic Image Of Boston Marathon Truly Capture? "Just as Jews pray to celebrate Passover 'next year in Jerusalem' and Muslims pledge to visit Mecca, marathoners want to 'run Boston.'"
*More Boston: Runners Start An Online Petition To Grant A Spot In The 2014 Boston Marathon To The 5,700 Runners Who Were Stopped Before They Could Finish More than 21,000 have signed; the BAA say they haven't made a decision yet.

RR#2: John Mayer: Western State's Ian Butler On Remarkable Run In Life's Goal To Succeed The D2 All-American suffered two brain injuries as a kid and has had people tell him he's retarded and the memory of a goldfish. Hanging out with the wrong crowd in 9th grade, he's now of track to be a college grad.

Diamond League: Shanghai Is Saturday

7 Olympic Champions Highlight Fields For Saturday Shanghai DL Meet: Meseret Defar Will Face Linet Masai, Sylvia Kibet And Genzebe Dibaba In The 5,000 Asbel Kiprop will take on Silas Kiplagat, Mekonnen Gebremedhin and Nixon Chepseba in the 1,500, as Brimin Kipruto leads a steeple field including Paul Koech, Richard Mateelong and Abel Mutai. Pamela Jelimo is the top name in the women's 800m. Other highlights include Kirani James vs. LaShawn Merritt and Luguelin Santos in the 400, Yelena Isinbayeva in the PV, Warren Weir vs. Justin Gatlin in the 200, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce vs. Carmelita Jeter in the 100 and Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson in the 110H.
*Doha-Based Television Broadcast Company Al Jazeera Has Expressed Interest In Becoming The New Sponsor Of The Diamond League

Pretty Amazing: 15-Year-Old Legally Blind Charlotte Brown Is One Of Best Pole Vaulters In Texas She is pretty good as she qualified for the state meet with 11-6 and said she's recently jumped 12-5.

Interesting Reads From Africa

Non-Doha Weekend Action

Bolt Opened Up At 100m On Wed. *2013 Cayman International Invitational Full Results

News At Home

Jamaican Invitational *Results *Meet Website

The Virgin London Marathon - The World's Most Competitive  *Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

Women's Race: LRC Priscah Jeptoo Finishes First In Women's London Marathon Marred By Wheelchair Collision Jeptoo was very special over the second half, but the race was marred by the fact that Olympic champ Tiki Gelana was wiped out from behind in a horrific collision with a wheelchair racer.
*Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

More London: *
Video Of Wheelchair Collision
Good News:
Wheelchair Racers May Start Before Professional Women Next Year
Josh Cassidy (Wheelchair Racer Who Hit Gelana): "One of these years a woman is going to have a leg broken, a career ruined."
London Honors The Victims In Boston
Some Are Selling Boston Memorabilia On EBay And Giving Proceeds To Charity
Recommended Read: Paula Radcliffe And Her Husband Reflect On Her 2:15:25 Marathon WR, Which She Ran At London 10 Years Ago


Skechers Settles Lawsuit For Shoe Health Claims Of Their "Shape-Up/Tone-Up" Models, Which Are Supposed To Strengthen/Tone Muscles Just By Wearing Them

Update On Status Of Athletics Kenya Elections

2013 Healthy Kidney 10k Photo Gallery

Gone Over The Weekend? 2013 IAAF Diamond League Started Friday *Results *Flash Photo Gallery

*IAAF Full Meet Recap
Men: LRC Men's 3,000: Hagos Gebrhiwet Makes A Statement With Impressive 3,000 Win - 18-Year-Old Phenom Seems To Be The Man To Beat In 2013 Mo Farah's probably going to be training a bit harder tomorrow after seeing this one as Ethiopia may soon have a third king in the Haile-Kenenisa line of rulers.

Men's 800: David Rudisha Has To Work For It But He Opens 2013 Season With World-Leading 800 Win Rudisha put on a clinic on how to control an 800 from the front. The entire field was right behind him with 200 left but he closed faster than he did in London to win.

Men's 1,500: Asbel Kiprop Is Back - Kenyan Dominates 2013 Diamond League Opener In Doha Kiprop may have flamed out at the Olympics but lots of people seem to have forgotten he was injured. He killed everyone in Doha.
*Johan Cronje Breaks South African 1,500 Record With 3:33.46 For 8th Place

Women: LRC Women's 1,500: Sweden's Abeba Aregawi Wins As Three Women Run 3:57.54 Or Better!!! In terms of quality, the women's 1,500 was race of the night. Coming into the race, only two clean women had run 3:57.54 or better in over a decade. Three did it in the season opener, including a new teen star from Kenya, Faith Kipyegon, who didn't even win. One other person who didn't win - a very happy American in Gabriele Anderson.

LRC Women's Steeple: Lydiah Chepkurui Pulls Off A Big Upset Five of the top six from the Olympics lined up but a non-Olympian got the win thanks to a 2:57 last 1k.

Non-LRC Doha News

LRC The #1 Recruit In The Land Signs With ... New Mexico? The #1 recruit in the land has decided where he'll be running next year and coach Joe Franklin is a very happy man as a result. Whom do we consider to be the top recruit???

Think The Sub-2-Hour Marathon Is On The Horizon? Think Again

LRC The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon The mainstream media thinks it may be close but in reality most people reading this will be dead when it happens.
*Science of Sport's Ross Tucker agrees: Pacing, fatigue and the brain.  Lessons from London.
*MB: Sub 2 Hour Marathon Discussion: My Thoughts and Yours

Stanford Payton Jordan Photo Gallery

Penn Relays Photo Gallery

Blue Collar / Inspirational Runner Of The Week

LRC Meet Conner Paez: "Please don't cut off my leg. Please just don't amputate my leg. I can't lose my leg. I need to run." Two years ago, Conner Paez was on top of the world as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania (8:16, 14:18). Then his life turned in a second as he was broadsided by a car while on his motor bike. The injuries were bad, very bad. He almost lost his leg, then some toes. Doctors told him he'd never compete again. What's he doing this weekend? Competing again.

Boston Marathon Race Photos

Learn From The Pros

LRC Ten Training Tips From Bernard Lagat, Dathan Ritzenhein And Abdi Abdirahman The American men took center stage at the NYC Half on Thursday. You can watch video interviews with the top American men (Lagat here, Ritz here and Abdi here) and we will have more on their race preparations on Friday, but in the meantime we compiled ten training tips from Bernard, Dathan, and Abdi that you can use in your own training.

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