Conner Mantz pro debut was a victory in 1:00:55 over Sam Chelanga as Keita D'Amato dominated in 1:07:55.

BU Indoor

There were also NZ, Irish, and South African records in the race, while NCAA XC champ Whittni Orton was upset by BAA pro Annie Rodenfels in the women's 5,000, 15:08 to 15:09.

Weekend Marathoning

The top-3 women broke 2:30 while there were three men sub-2:13. *Results

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Olympic Marathon Trials

The projected decrease in the # of qualifiers is drastic as just 17.7% of the women and 65.0% of the men in 2020 hit these marks.

Lamine Diack Has Died

Diack, a former top international long jumper, was IAAF president from 1999 to 2015. Even before his monumental scandals which almost destroyed the sport, Diack was apparently known for "dubious leadership ability" and had some non-complimentary nicknames.

End-Of-The-Year Awards
Big Weekend

There is so much distance action going on this weekend it's wild. Get out your popcorn as we break it down for you here. Between the RunningLane Cross Country Championships, the Cross Champs at Mt. SAC, the first BU meet, the Valencia Marathon, and the US Half Champs, it's going to be a busy weekend of racing.

Alleged Sexual Misconduct From Track Coaches
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Spurred by a $40,000 prize money purse ($7,000 for the winners), 49 women and 62 men have registered for the championships division of the race.

Midweek News of Note

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Runner World's Sarah Lorge Butler is reporting that FBI agents "recently interviewed a high-ranking official within USATF, who has knowledge of the organization’s finances, outside his home" and that a grand jury subpoena has been served. Remember, USATF under head Max Siegel paid two ex-Nike employees more than $20 million to negotiate a no-bid 20+year endorsement deal with Nike.
*Ex-board member Lauren Fleshman welcome federal probe of USATF and asks if Siegel will step down “Is there a plan to suspend Max Siegel while this investigation is going on? [If they don’t], it’s quite a double standard," said Fleshman who noted Vin Lananna had to step down when he was being investigated.
*MB: Nike-USATF-Siegel Subject of a Federal Criminal Investigation

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